A few of my friends and I are hitting a number of the nicer restaurants in Spain (Tickets, Arzak, Mugaritz, Etxebarri, a couple others). I am from America, but have been to Europe, several different countries, and I know that tipping there is not what it is here. Given the seemingly exquisite service of these restaurants, what tipping procedures have you used? As high as in America? Do many of these restaurants include tip? I am not against the tipping, I'm just going with some friends who don't realize the overall bill they just signed up for, so I'm trying to soften the blow.
Thanks for all your help. And I looked for another thread on this in the Spain board and couldn't find one, so sorry if I missed it.