(Closed) NWR: Restaurant tipping

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would not add an additional 20%, but I would probably make sure that the total was close to that. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I wouldn’t leave extra if they already added 18% unless the server was really great, but I would if 15% was added. I used to waitress and it was always nice to get a little something extra, but I never expected it. I do notice that service isn’t always the best when gratuity is automatically added, because they know they’re getting tipped regardless of how the service is. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Nope, I probably woudn’t add anything additional if there was already an 18% mandatory gratuity.  The last time we dined in a group that was large enough for a mandatory group gratuity would have been when we got engaged and took our families out to announce though, so over a $100 gratuity and our servers here make min $9.00/hr, and we were only there for about an hour, and one of at least 7 tables she was working.  I was kinda like, wow, that’s like Dr’s wages!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@chasesgirl:  If there is 18% added on (usually when a group of ladies go out), I do not tip more.  They are getting 18%!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I wont eat anywhere that I know Gratuity is already added on the bill. Infact, I walked out of a restaurant when I wasnt informed until after my semi-satisfactory meal/service was already had. I will not pay gratuity if its not earned and I will not tip, if its not earned. I will tip 20% however, if I thought the food was okay but service was great. Its all about service for me. Some servers have it and some dont and then some dont care. I refuse to pay more than is deserving.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would add enough to make it 20% or more depending on the service 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@chasesgirl:  I was thinking the same thing this morning when I read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/pastor-tip-receipt-155914258.html

If I get average service I tip 15-18% so I wouldn’t add anything else.  

For our rehearsal dinner their was 18% built in because we were a large party and I did NOT like our server, she was rude to me in front of the entire group so that biatch definitely didn’t get any extra.

I would give an additional 2-5% if the service was exceptional.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I tip on top of automatic gratuity IF the service was great.  In general though, I’m apt to tip more if my table or party is not gratuitized. 

Here, our servers only make $2.13 an hour, so they live off their tips.  Someone has to be REALLY bad to not get a decent tip from me, and I will tip heavier if they provide outstanding service.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere where tip is automatically added (though I’ve seen it posted for large groups), but I wouldn’t add any extra, unless they were super awesome.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Like others, I will only tip on top of an already added gratuity if I was blown away by the service.  Also, if service absolutely sucks, I will not tip or I will leave a very small amount.  I understand that servers make very low wages per hour, but they should at least, I don’t know, take your order…bring your food…show up without being sought out…

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If the service was just barely there, I tip 10%. 15% or more if they did exceptionally.  If gratuity is included on the bill, I do not tip unless it was above and beyond. I HAVE left without tipping when the service and food were terrible.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mchitt329:  Wow, that article shows that you don’t have to graduate from high school to manage a Red Robin!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

A few people have mentioned food quality so I feel the need to mention that servers don’t have control of the food they serve!  Only the service they provide!  If you need to send food back, they should handle the situation gracefully but don’t fault them for bad food when they’re not working in the kitchen!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

No, not if it’s already included. 

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