A popular Mykonos beach bar, repeatedly accused of extorting tourists to pay exorbitant sums, warns locals that it’s “expensive” there, even though it only charges unsuspecting tourists a fraction of what it charges, according to research in “Daily Mail”.
A series of customers – all foreign tourists – complained to the media that they had been defrauded last week after being forced to hand over hundreds of euros at DK Oyster, a beach restaurant on the luxury Greek island.
All the victims told how they were not informed of the prices before ordering and were intimidated by tough waiters when they were handed the bills. Some tourists claimed they were lured to the bar by advertisers promising them free use of sunbeds if they bought just one drink each.
The Daily Mail has uncovered evidence that only foreign tourists were charged outrageous bar prices on the trendy Greek holiday island.
Kostas, a clerk at a local shop who ordered in Greek, was told he could get six oysters for €30, which is €5 for one. However, foreigners have to pay €18 each, or in other words, instead of the €30 price for locals, tourists are charged €108 for six oysters.
Shortly after, he was charged €50 for a cocktail “the size of a football” by waiters who assured him he was lucky not to be a tourist. Otherwise, he would have paid three times as much.
“They brought me a cocktail after I ordered in Greek. I had told them that I live in Mykonos and am a local like them. At first I was advised not to enter the bar, as the prices are very high and I might not be able to afford it,” says Kostas.
The DK Oyster restaurant gained notoriety back in May 2019 when it charged a group of American tourists more than $800 for six plates of calamari, six beers, three chicken Caesar salad entrees, two bottles of water and a glass of tomato juice.
Last week, New Jersey attorney Theodora McCormick and her husband said they were forced to pay $557 for a dozen oysters, two beers served in giant glass boots and two cocktails.
Danish nurses Amanda Mich and Alma Rasmussen from Copenhagen nearly cried when they were told they owed €533 for a mojito, an energy drink, two plates of moussaka and calamari.
Amanda, 28, told the British publication that she and her friend were walking past the bar when they were offered free use of the lounge chairs if they bought just one drink each.
“The beach was very crowded and the sunbeds at the other bars were already taken, so we accepted,” she says.
The young woman kept asking for the bill or at least a menu to get an idea of the prices, but the staff never brought it to her.
“One of the waiters repeated to us several times that he could not show us the charges because he had given us a discount and he had to clarify it with his boss,” she continued.
When they eventually went in to pay, the waiters – only men – gave them a bill for 553 euros. This upset the two girls and they started arguing with the staff. The showdown even turned into profanity. In the end, the establishment made a “discount”, and the girls had to pay the final 433 euros.
“We just wanted to get out of there as three of the waiters stood just inches away from our faces and kept saying we were stupid people and that we should pay the money before we left. There were no waitresses, only men, and they scared us,” said the two nurses.
Kalamaras, the boss of DK Oyster, insists the prices are justified by the quality of the food and the stunning beachfront location.
He denied claims by customers that they were not told the prices before going inside, adding that he had placed blackboards at the entrance of the restaurant with the prices on them.
Kalamaras accused many of his TripAdvisor reviewers of lying, stating that “no adult in their right mind” would order a drink without seeing the prices first.
The restaurant’s website has four “dinner set menus,” with no amounts listed.