a fixed charge added to the cost of food and drink at a nightclub or restaurant
Origin of cover chargesee cover,
A fixed amount paid when arriving or added to the bill at a nightclub or restaurant for entertainment or services.
(plural cover charges)
- An amount of money to be paid for entering a bar or restaurant where entertainment is provided.
- The cover charge was pretty high, but the band was really good.
- An amount of money added to a restaurant bill in lieu of tips, and to pay for uncharged items such as bread and water.