This past weekend my friend and I dined at The Standard and a few restaurants also on Sunset Blvd. We noticed that those three places--only one of them a hotel--charged a 'service fee'. The Standard also charged a gratuity, supposedly because "European tourists rarely tip" (as explained by a manager there).
I have yet, thank goodness, to see this happen at restaurants in SD.
Too hungover and anxious to head home, we failed to ask personnel at the restaurants why the service charge was added.
So now am just curious if any LA Chowers can provide insight.