Last nite, when we arrived without a reservation at an upscale resto here in the Bay Area, the lovely maitre d smiled but informed us that she had no tables available. Disappointed, but not forlorn, we chatted a bit with her, as we contemplated whether or not to avail ourselves of the 2 seats at the bar.
Ultimately, she did a little noodling in the reservation book, and then came over and told us we could have the small table on the far side of the room. We were thrilled. And also very much enjoyed our meal -- my first time at that particular emporium.
Should we have tipped the Maitre D?
What's the appropriate way of expressing our appreciation -- other than the big smiles and huge thanks?