An American couple was slapped with an eye-watering $860 bill after a meal and drink at an infamous Mykonos restaurant where the owner defends the outrageous prices.
Jessica Yarnall, 31, and Adam Hagaun, 30, from Montana, say they thought the cocktails were €25 each when they ordered from the DK Oyster bar off Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos.
However, the couple say that after consuming two mojitos, four crab legs and a Greek salad, they ended up with a bill of a whopping €800.
When they challenged the bill they claimed the staff produced a ‘shot glass’ drink which they said was a sample of the €25 mojito and told them their mojitos were different, at €100 per drink.
It is not the first time that the restaurant surprises tourists. 40-year-old Alex and Lindsey Breen from Canada received a bill for 400 euros after eating a ‘quick snack’ on their honeymoon in May.
Jessica Yarnall, 31, and Adam Hagaun, 30, were hit with an eye-watering $860 bill after a meal and drinks at an infamous Mykonos restaurant
The pair say they thought the cocktails were €25 each when they looked at the menu (pictured)
They ordered four crab legs, a Greek salad and a mojito each and were shocked by the outrageous bill
Hairstylist Jessica says she was in disbelief at the shocking amount, but said the staff insisted they pay, so they paid the bill in cash and left.
Jessica and construction worker Adam had saved up for the trip for two years and traveled to Athens, Mykonos and Santorini in May 2022 before flying home to Montana, USA.
She emphasized that they had only sat down to eat because the menu gave the impression that it was affordable.
Jessica said, “There were waiters outside trying to get people in. They asked if we wanted to eat and we said we would get a drink.
‘I had asked for a menu with prices to make sure it was within our price range. The menu made it seem like a really affordable place to eat.
“We sat down and talked about eating or not. They were very pushy. We thought maybe it is and we didn’t want to be rude.
‘ We asked what was good and they said crab legs and a greek salad so we said ‘ok let’s think about it’ and then they brought sandwiches.
“We told them we hadn’t ordered anything yet and they said we did. There was a bit of a language barrier so when we said we would think about it he thought we meant yes so when we tried to work out how much it was going to cost they started bringing out the food and they said we have definitely ordered this.
“It was a powerful moment that we didn’t want to be funny about, but we also tried to relax. We didn’t want to get into a fight with a server.
“As he walked out I asked my friend if he was okay with it and he said yes, I told him it would probably be a little expensive and he said we should just do it.
DK Oyster bar owner Dimitrios Kalamaras (pictured) said Jessica’s account was incorrect
Jessica and Adam (pictured) had saved up for two years for their dream trip through Greece
“I thought it would be $300 at worst. We expected it to be slightly more expensive, but not as much as with the quality of the food.
‘Adam got the bill and said ‘it’s bad’. It was over €800 and I thought ‘absolutely not’ so I went to the manager and said I was really confused and wanted to see an itemized bill.’
When discussing the bill, Jessica said she googled their menu and showed it said €25 for a mojito but her bill said €100.
Jessica said: ‘It looked like €38 for a crab leg, it was €38 for an ounce of crab leg and there is a minimum you have to order.
He came to the bar and threw down a shot glass and said “that’s a €25 mojito, you ordered a €100 mojito” and I told him I didn’t and I wasn’t given any choices.
‘They charged €100 for the nastiest mojito, the mint was not good. It was disgusting.
“He said we paid the bill. He didn’t want to have a conversation. They told us to pay the bill.
“We were so surprised that we thought we’d pay the goddamn bill and get out of there. We were super upset.’
On their website, DK Oyster next to Platys Gialos beach is described as the ‘destination of luxury and style’ in ‘one of the world’s top destinations’.
Jessica says while at the beach bar, they saw other patrons “freaking out” about their own bills.
Jessica says the astronomical bill helped the couple cut back on the rest of their trip.
She claims it was not only the most expensive meal they had, but also the worst.
Jessica said, ‘The Greek salad was vegetable and oil so not complicated, but it wasn’t the best we’d had, it got gross really quickly. I am not a chef but think the crab legs tasted [bad]it wasn’t great and not even worth €100.
‘The holiday was so good apart from this experience everything else was 11 out of ten. We saved a lot for the trip. We were saving for two years. When we go we want to have a good experience.
“When we got back to the hotel, everyone on the island heard about me that day. God bless my friend who said we shouldn’t let the money ruin the rest of the trip, but I made a TikTok video and about ten reviews and then we tried to make the most of the rest of the trip.
“We would have done some nicer dinners and spent that money elsewhere where we chose. We would have spent money in other places and not been aware of the expenditure.’
It’s not the first time the DK Oyster bar has taken tourists by surprise – with negative reviews and previous complaints
Hair stylist Jessica (left) says she was in disbelief at the shocking amount but said staff insisted they pay so they paid the bill in cash and left
DK Oyster’s TripAdvisor page is flooded with one-star reviews from customers who claim they’ve experienced similar treatment to Jessica and Adam
DK Oyster’s TripAdvisor page is inundated with one-star reviews from customers who claim they’ve experienced similar treatment to Jessica and Adam.
One reviewer wrote: ‘Don’t be fooled by their free beach beds. They recover the cost by charging you for overpriced drinks and food! Their mojito is $58 each and it’s not even good.’
Another says, “I’m not going to get hot under the collar like I’ve been there and done that.” This is advice not to enter these buildings under any circumstances.
“Unless you just want to give your money away for ridiculously expensive food and drink. Really watch out for this money pit.’
Dimitrios Kalamaras, owner of the DK Oyster bar, said Jessica’s account was inaccurate, but declined to state what it said inaccurately – however, he acknowledged that some of their fees “could be perceived as high prices.”
In August, another couple named Lindsay and Alex Breen made headlines when they claimed to have been slapped with a whopping $400 bill for a beer, an Aperol spritz, and a dozen oysters at the same restaurant.
Recruiter Lindsay said they were in “disbelief” when they saw the tab because the restaurant staff had given them a drink menu that didn’t have the prices listed.
The pair also allege that instead of presenting them the bill at the table, carpenter Alex was taken to a back room to pay and when he asked for breakdowns, they showed him their computer screen which was all in Greek.
However, Mr Kalamaras defended his prices at the time, boasting that they were simply ‘out of budget’ for some of his visitors.
Mr Kalamaras said in August: ‘This false claim [made by Lindsay Breen and husband Alex] has been used against our restaurant so many times by dozens of anonymous users in Trip Advisor that we decided to put three huge blackboards at the entrance of the restaurant with the menu and prices on it.
‘I thought that this way, if the reviews were indeed written by actual customers, our guests would at least have an idea of the range of our prices to make sure they thoroughly review the menu before ordering.
“Each time I received such a complaint, always from anonymous users via Trip Advisor, I consulted with staff and reminded that it is critical to our reputation to ensure that procedures are followed carefully.
“They always assured me that they are following the rules. So I used Tripadvisor to encourage our guests to always browse the menu and prices carefully.
“I cannot stop every person entering our premises and explain the significance of such a practice. It would be ridiculous.
‘I understand that some people find our prices above their budget and I fully respect their opinion, even if they don’t appreciate the value of our services, cuisine, concept and experience.
‘We believe that the value of the experience offered is high and we are not going to explain why we charge more than a supermarket or a traditional taverna, which can be quite nice, but it is certainly a very different concept from ours .’