Post # 1
I’ve been wondering this one for years– when you tip at restaurants, do you calculate the tip amount based on the full tab, including all drinks, or do you calculate it just on the food, leaving the amount of money spent on drinks out?
I think that the tip is supposed to be a percentage of the entire bill, everything included, but for some reason my father always leaves the drinks money out when he calculates the tip. Maybe it’s an older custom that is no longer generally done (my SO always tips on the full amount), or maybe my dad is just cheap about it???
Which is the correct way?!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
Ooooo good question! I have always just calculated the bill but come to think of it, in my opinion, drinks are kind of overpriced at restaurants because they can make a nice profit off of it…
I suppose in the end, unless you were part of a big party or bought a TON of drinks, in the end it probably comes out to just a dollar or two more for the server, so I will probably just keep doin what I’ve been doin 😛
Post # 4
I always tip on the full amount. The server still does work by bringing your drinks – you tip a bartender at a bar, why wouldn’t you tip your server? Plus, the server usually needs to tip out the bartender at the end of the shift.
Post # 5
I tip on the full amount – the server has no control over what the drinks cost and they serve them just like they serve food. Sometimes, as a server, I worked harder bringing constant drinks and refills to a table than on serving the meal itself.
Post # 6
FI and I don’t drink much when we go out, usually one drink a piece. We just tip based on the whole bill.
Post # 7
I tip based off the entire bill.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Creiddylad: I calculate it on the entire bill if we have food and drinks. I calculate it at $1 per drink if I order individual rounds or at 10% if the bill is relatively high and the tip is going to be more than $5.
Post # 10
@beachbride1216: Huh, interesting. That sounds like a method for someone who likes doing math (not my strong point 😉 ). I guess it’s a good way to do it precisely.
From everyone’s responses, it sounds like my SO and I were right, and my dad, with his weird leaving-the-drinks-out method, is not. I wonder if I can convince him of that, because every time I go out to dinner with my parents, I feel embarrassed that he does this. :/
Post # 11
Your dad is cheap. It’s on the entire bill.
Post # 12
I tip on the entire bill, including beverages.
Post # 13
@Creiddylad: I tip on the entire bill and when I used to serve/bartend I figured everyone did. Maybe those times I thought I was just getting a shitty tip, it was somebody doing funny calculations and deductions on their bill lol
I totally understand being embarrassed…I don’t go out to eat with some acquaintances because their poor tipping embarrasses me or obligates me to tip on their portion of the bill. Those are people I put in the group labeled “movies and non service oriented activities only!” lol I dated a guy once and I literally used to double back with the excuse of using the ladies’ room to either stuff money in the book or find the server and give them more money. Ugh…never again!
Post # 14
Entire bill. Of course, I almost always order water, so I rarely have drinks on the bill anyway. But nonetheless, I just look at the total. I don’t deduct anything.
Post # 15
@Creiddylad: I always tip on the full amount before any coupons or discounts
Post # 16
I tip based on the entire bill, which I just now realized includes 13% sales tax. I may start tip on the pre-tax amount.