Did anyone see the article in today's (March 15)Trib about suburban brunches? I notice that the review for Maggiano's indicates that their brunch costs $29.95, and that a "gratuity" of 18% is added to all bills.
Two things come to mind: First, I thought a gratuity was freely given, not mandatory. And second, I thought that a 15% gratuity was considered appropriate in most cases, and that a gratuity of around 10% was appropriate in a buffet setting, where table service is a more limited than at a full service restaurant.
Don't misunderstand: I always tip, and generously when service is adequate. But, with the exception of large groups of dining out together, I don't like mandatory gratuities. And I sure don't like a restaurant adding 18% to my bill for the privilege of serving myself in their buffet line.
Comments? What do you think is an appropriate tip for buffet service?