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Still / Sparkling Water

Old Mar 11, 20, 5:44 am
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Still / Sparkling Water

Did a search but surprisingly (or I'm just bad at this) did not find a thread discussing this.

Would you order Still or Sparkling water when "normal" (free) water is available ?

Most high end restaurants would offer this option as part of the bill, but anything less than a Michelin Star would tend to bottled water on as an un-named extra. It's something I find petty, especially when it's the first thing the wait staff ask when passing out the menus.

Probably sounding cheap here, but personally I'd ask the charges for the water as I'd prefer to know beforehand if it's complimentary or otherwise. Definitely would go for sparkling if it's part of the bill otherwise just plain "normal" water is fine.

Rather place the "savings" from the water into the tip than buying something I do not value ?
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Old Mar 11, 20, 10:21 am
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I don't find value in bottled water, so I prefer the free stuff. I'm drinking wine or beer, I still want water, and don't want to pay for multiple beverages. If I'm drinking just water, I might end up with two 1L bottles just for myself. No thanks, just the complimentary/tap please!

I have never asked the price of the water, I assume a bottle incurs a fee and just go right to "tap please".
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Old Mar 11, 20, 12:20 pm
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I can't see what's wrong with a restaurant charging for a branded water which they have to pay for. All restaurants, at least here, are required by law to offer free tap water. Many will also offer free water which has been run through a machine to make it fizzy. But if I want Badoit or whatever, I'd ask for it and be quite happy paying.
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Old Mar 11, 20, 3:02 pm
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If I want still water I am always happy to specify that tap water is OK.

If I want fizzy water at a fancy restaurant I ask for sparkling water and know they'll bring a bottle of Pellegrino or whatever. If I want fizzy water at a nonfancy restaurant, I ask for club soda with lime.

I'm not sure what OP's beef is...it seems to be that restaurants would dare charge for bottled water (which they have to pay for too). If I'm at a fancy restaurant I don't worry about the $10 or whatever outrageous price they charge for a bottle of water. I'm spending many times that on the food!
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