Rip-off restaurateur in Mykonos continues to defend establishment amid more accusations

Oysters and beer
Another couple has spoken out about the now notorious restaurant. Photo credit: Getty Images

A 'rip-off restaurateur' in Mykonos who hit headlines last week after charging a couple $650 for two drinks and a dozen oysters has continued attacking his critics online.

Last week Newshub brought you the story of Canadian couple Alex and Lindsay Breen, who said they only found out after their experience that the infamous DK Oyster has a reputation for scamming customers and hiding prices.

The pair told the media they felt pressured into ordering the meal and there were no prices on the menu. Their waiter then allegedly put unwanted desserts on their table to get them to spend more money.

Now another couple have revealed they faced a similar situation and were presented with a bill for $880 after ordering a platter of oysters, two glass boots of beer and two cocktails.

Theodora McCormick, from New Jersey in the US, said they had only dined there to be polite as they stopped in to order a taxi. 

When they complained about the bill, McCormick said they were surrounded by "hulking" male waiters who intimidated them until they agreed to pay.

Dimitrios Kalamaras, owner of DK Oyster, has hit back at the bad reviews, claiming those who have said negative things about the restaurant are "all influencers trying to score a free meal".

"An influencer, an experienced well-travelled person, did what most adults in their right mind would not do; ordered drinks and food from a waiter who refused to present a menu," he told Kennedy News.

"Unfortunately, all of us who work in the hospitality sector have been approached by notorious 'influencers' who instead of making their living by advertising products and services to their audience they put pressure on certain businesses for exorbitant fees and free meals," he said.

He has also claimed the influx of bad reviews on TripAdvisor are false, and has been replying to those who have rated his establishment poorly.

One of the one-star reviews called DK Oyster "crazy".

"Don't go here. It's a ripoff. I saved my family from this place because I asked for the menu. And it was difficult to make them understand that normal persons look at the menu before order [sic]," they wrote.

Kalamaras responded saying he agreed that normal people look at the menu before ordering, but disputed the claim that extra effort had to be used to actually see one.

"All our waiters have been clearly instructed to first welcome our guests and then be sure that the menus are available before ordering," he wrote.

Another one-star review was even more scathing.

"Not recommended. The service is just awful on top of outrageous prices," they wrote.

"We are assuming that the Greek authorities have no saying about their predatory business practices."

And Kalamaras couldn't resist biting back.

"Your opinion about our service and prices is noted. Your assumptions about the Greek authorities though are unfounded," he wrote.

"If you do not like a restaurant, do not go there. But asking for the authorities to shut it down because you didn't like the service or because according to your opinion the prices were outrageous sounds totally absurd."

Not everyone seemed to take it quite as seriously, however.

One offered a three-star review, saying it was a "great place".

"A beer only cost me $185.50… but saved me from spending a week in the hospital with broken teeth and ribs," they wrote.