Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Not About Food

Should the amount of tip always depend on the total bill?


Not About Food 39

Should the amount of tip always depend on the total bill?

ipsedixit | Apr 16, 2007 02:08 PM

This semi-related post on minimum tips got me thinking.

The standard, default rule is 20% (or maybe 15%) of your total bill is how much one should tip.

But what if you are dining solo, order only one item that is very expensive. Say, for example, a rib eye that is $50. And that's your entire meal. No apps, no drinks, nothing. All the server does for your entire dining experience is bring you your steak. Is that still worthy of a $10 tip?

Conversely, what if 3 people went to the same restaurant, each only ordered appetizers, e.g. fries, and iced teas (that came with free refills). Each of the diners requested multiple refills of the iced teas, and several refills of the ketchup jar and their total bill came out to only $15. Is it right (or fair) that they only tip $3?

Shouldn't this threesome tip more than the standard 15%-20%, esp. when compared to the solo steak-eating diner?

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound