Lonely Planet Writer

Holidaying couple shocked by €221 fish dinner in Spain

Highlighting the perils of ordering before asking the price, a couple on holiday on the Balearic island of Formentera were dismayed when they received their bill for a fish dish that cost them €221.85.

Formentera Island.
Formentera Island. Image by Jerome Bon / CC BY 2.0

The John Dory dinner was part of a typical fresh fish display and charged by the weight per kilo – though the price was not displayed. After a social media backlash against ‘rip-off restaurants’, consumer associations have warned that restaurants are well within their rights to charge whatever they like, as long as the price is available to diners. The moral of the story: ask before you buy. Read more: thelocal.es