if that "service charge" is for the restaurant owner, then basically what it boils down to is its a cover charge to eat in the restaurant. now i've seen cover charges at clubs but never have I seen a cover charge at a restaurant. you can go to the Plaza in NYC and not pay a cover charge. i've seen "gratuity included for parties of 6 or more" which I can almost understand. but a cover charge to eat in the restaurant?? that's pretty much what it is if its going directly to the owner of the restaurant.