Your Guide to the Restaurant Tipping Debate

Tipping is optional, but opponents of this deeply embedded American practice say it shouldn't be. Some of the country's top restaurateurs are exploring new tipping and payment structures...

Tipping Etiquette

by mtskeeter 1 month ago

So, I have been told this week that when I pick up my to-go takeout I should tip 15-20%. I will gladly tip 20%+ for a dine in experience, but 15-20% for takeout? Is this a new trend because of th...

Signing Bonuses and Incentives for new restaurant hires

by hotoynoodle 3 months ago

A highly profitable restaurant group in the Harvard Square area of Cambridge MA ($$$$) is currently spamming job sites, desperate for workers with so many locations and the ongoing pandemic labor s...

Tipping vs Fair Wages

by ricepad 9 months ago

This is not a discussion about how much to tip. You can search for restaurants that pay their waitstaff a fair wage here: https://www.highroadrestaurants.org

Ruth Reichl Wants to Fix the Food Landscape

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

" . . . We need to start paying attention to the people who raise our food—the farmers, the fishermen, the ranchers, the dairy people. We need to understand how important they are. It’s really a ma...

Tipping for Delivered Groceries, Peapod, etc.

by dagwood 13 years ago

If you have your groceries delivered (I use Peapod here in the Northeast), how much do you tip? In every other situation (dining out, takeout, delivery, etc.) I generally tip fairly well, a mini...

How much do I tip on catering delivery?

by Isolda 8 years ago

We're having food delivered and set up, but not served, for a party this weekend. What percentage of the total bill should I tip?

Linea Caffe coffee bean discount and virtual tip jar for staff

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

An offer from my favorite coffee roaster in the City, Linea Caffe https://www.chowhound.com/post/linea-caffe-san-francisco-915009 : "Living in the time of COVID -19 Update:/ Dear Linea friends, ...

Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

by johnblacksox 7 years ago

I'm never sure about this, so I'm asking the advice of wait staff and/or restaurant owners... Say my tab is $100, and I'm going to tip $20 on it. I'm paying with a credit card, but I have cash ...

Do you tip extra during the Holidays?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

I am always amused by those news stories about the waitperson at a restaurant receiving a surprise $800 tip from a loyal patron. I don't go that far, but I do tend to leave larger gratuities at fav...

Another tipping question... buffet/brazilian steakhouse

by AmblerGirl 13 years ago

What is the appropriate tip % at a brazilian steakhouse? We recently went to a loca brazilian steakhouse, similar to a Fogo de Chao but much more casual. I tipped aropund 10% which is what I usua...

Just a Platform? Instacart Workers Strike at the Gig Economy’s Favorite Lie

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

". . . The strike, which lasted three days, was about a lot more than tips. The larger issue, Bain said, is that Instacart is doing the classic tech-company move of pretending its employees aren’t ...

General Porpoise Forces You To Pay A Tip To The Person Who Rings Up Your Donut And Puts It In A Bag

by JayDK 2 years ago

And then they have the gall to try and justify it with blather about 70% goes here, etc. I tip when I get service. I don't tip when I get a donut and the person puts it in a bag. Why should I? Yo...

Tipping at Blue Hill at Stone Barns?

by GDSwamp 2 years ago

The reservation site frustratingly says that they apply an automatic 20% administrative fee and that tipping is "neither required nor expected." Which is like a wedding invitation that explains, "g...

Restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

by rtv 6 years ago

We went out for dinner at a restaurant that we have been going to for many many years. this particular time we had a waitress that was WAY short of acceptable. We left 0 tip. and before everyone ...

"Tips" of Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

"Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind...

NY Times article on "no tipping" movement

by tre2012 3 years ago

Good read: How NYC has struggled with the 'no tipping' model over the last few years. It clarifies why this is such a difficult issue for states that don't yet have a "fair wage" law like Oregon an...

...and people wonder why there is a growing chef shortage...

by ChefMikeinBurlington 3 years ago

Yep!! Back on the soapbox, I read the whole article, every word...and not once does she mention "tip-out" or "kitchen gratuity" but still thinks that .....her words..."If the food comes out slow or...

Tip Etiquette: As prices rise, should my tip amount always rise?

by gutreactions 3 years ago

It might be a naïve question of tipping etiquette, but let's face it: prices have been rising across the culinary spectrum, from that glass of craft brew to the cost of an artisanal burger. Should ...

Tipping on Bottle Service

by NShewmaker 3 years ago

Hey Guys, I had a question about tipping on bottle service at a NYE party. I am generally a very generous tipper, but I’ve never done the VIP table with bottle service thing and wasn’t sure what...

Tipping Barcelona / Madrid

by zurwella 4 years ago

What is the tipping protocol for higher end restaurants in Barcelona (Disfrutar) and Madrid (Dstage + DiverXO)? thanks.