Monday, July 7, 2008

What is your basic rule for tipping when you go out to eat at a restaurant?

I tip 15 to 20 percent when I go out to eat. I'll always tip, even if I get bad service.


15 percent of the bill. I wouldn't tip less than that but I would tip more if the service is good.


I always tip at least 15 percent. If I get really good service I may even go up to 20 or 25 percent.


Here are some basic tipping guidelines:

At restaurants

15% - 20% of the total bill before taxes.

If you are at a buffet and you have a server who takes your drink order and checks on you, $1-$2 is appreciated.

At the bar, 15% - 20% of the tab; or, $1 for beer or wine, $2 for mixed drinks. Ideally, pay your bar tab before leaving for your table.

Tip jars

This is optional. Leave 5%-10% for good service or complicated orders, especially if the staff is hired and is more dependent on tips.


At least $1, 15% for normal service, more during rain, snow or other poor weather.

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