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Tipping at a Restaurant

February 20, 2010

It’s amazing how many people are unaware of how to properly tip when dining out. In the United States, most employees of a restaurant rely on tips for their income. When traveling abroad, some countries have a table tax included in the check. I recommend doing a little research to find out what that country’s policy is on tipping.

18% is usually the norm for good service
10-15% if the service is mediocre
20% for exceptional service
18-20% might automatically be included on larger parties but this should be indicated somewhere on the menu

If you feel service is extremely bad, I believe not leaving a tip is unacceptable. Leave a tip on the low end, but you should also talk to the manager of the establishment. Make them aware why you are leaving a low tip. Lastly; make sure to have enough cash or credit to leave a tip before even dining out. If you don’t then you should not be dining there. It’s insulting and rude.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    February 20, 2010 11:49 AM

    Cheers to that! I really believe many people like to stay ignorant of tipping standards so that they can save the few extra bucks. But it shows poor character and poor class. Like you said, don’t eat at an establishment you can’t afford. Service industry people are not slaves. It makes you wonder if tip should just be included in the cost of a meal and automatically added. Maybe we can bring this up at the next Senate meeting….

  2. Nan permalink
    February 21, 2010 2:06 AM

    That’s great Paul! Well said.

  3. Laxap permalink
    October 19, 2010 6:02 PM

    I do NOT agree with the 20% tips as a ”great” service tips ! 20% is pretty much the norm in most places especially in New York and lunch time = corporate cards =fatter tips. And being from the Old World YES and YES Melissa, the service SHOULD be included gratuity meaning extra dollars if the waiter(ress) was amazing ”above the table” ………………

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