(Closed) How much do you tip your waiter/waitress?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How much do you tip?

    Less than 15%


    More than 15%


  • Post # 3
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    There are people who think servers deserve tips just for existing…and there are people who base tips on service and cost of food.  *shrugs*

    Post # 4
    3507 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @BakerBee16:  I use to waitress the typical amount to tip is 18-20%. My friends hateeeee going out to eat with me because I was over tip because when you waitress you know the stuggle. Sometimes there were nights where I only made 20 bucks and some nights where I made 200 bucks. Tip well always even if the waitress seems like their paying no mind to you sometimes their section could be slammed or they could be doing side work.

    Post # 5
    849 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @BakerBee16:  Honestly, I think it was rude that she asked you how much you tipped. That’s none of her business.

    I always tip 15% for normal service. If it’s great service, then I tip 20%. Once, I was in a great mood, had more money than usual, and our waitress was just EXCELLENT, so I tipped her somewhere between 25% to 30%. I don’t remember how much the actual amount was but it was definitely at least 25%.

    Post # 6
    2453 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I always tip 20%. 

    Post # 8
    4943 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    At least 20%, provided the service is good.

    my husband has a pub/restaurant and said the average is now 18-20%, not 15.

    Post # 9
    3507 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

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    @BakerBee16:  Oh okay didn’t think it was different in areas lol I’m a Philly girl so it’s high in the city.

    Post # 10
    707 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    Honestly, it depends on the waiter/waitress. If they’re rude, not attentive, won’t refill my drink, etc, then I wont tip at all. For average service, I’ll tip 15%. For rockstar service, I’ll tip over 20%. 

    Post # 11
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I tip 18-20% for standard service, 20%+ for good service, and only go down to 15% or less if it was actually bad. I was a waitress and bartender for years, so I’m absolutely used to the habit of overtipping, but I’m also honest with myself and can admit that servers make good money when they get 18% of their sales, and they won’t starve without more. The reason I like to leave a little more for good service is because I remember how nice it felt to receive a larger tip, like a compliment. I like to spread around that pleasant feeling when I receive good service. 


    Post # 13
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    As a fellow server, you have to be pretty bad for me to leave you less than 20%. there is also a difference between being super busy but doing your best and just not caring.

    Post # 14
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @BakerBee16:  Depends heavily on service.  15% is average, 20% I loved the server.  I know they only make $2 whatever an hour but when I was a server I was ROLLING IN THE DOUGH.  There’s a reason lots of servers end up sticking with it as a career…

    Post # 16
    596 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Good service – 18-20%

    Bad service – 15%

    Excellent service – above 20 – but it depends on the kind of $ I have on me.

    ** I was a waitress for 6 years. I saw it all. But if it’s somewhere you typically frequent, believe me, we remember the good tippers.


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