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...

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Tipping and confronting

by Kidco 4 years ago

Regular non tipping husband and wife. Non tippers. Bill comes to approximately $50. Finally, decided to say something. First, let me say all servers who wait on them are very good and very attenti...

Gratuity/hospitality-included restaurants

by Multifoiled 4 years ago

I'm curious to hear from people as to what they are doing at their favorite restaurants that have adopted the no-tipping policy when they have been given comped drinks, dessert, etc. Since there is...

Are credit card payments cheating waitstaff?

by Howard_2 4 years ago

I have a message I would like to post on some forum frequented by restaurant waitstaff. I have not yet been able to find a good forum. I would appreciate any tips anyone might have on where to po...

Should you tip on tax?

by josephnl 13 years ago

I have always been, I think, a reasonably generous tipper. I almost always leave 20% of the total (including tax) in nice restaurants, and often push it up to 23-25% in places where I am a "regula...

What Should Be on the Food Policy Agenda

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Eater has updated its look at Trump's possible food policy agenda, last discussed here, https://www.chowhound.com/post/trump-food-policy-1043549 . The new piece asked thought leaders what could and...

Foreigners Not Tipping

by Motosport 5 years ago

We had Sunday brunch at Maison Kayser. It's a semi upscale French bakery and café, moderately expensive but not over the top. Brunch for two $30-40 before tip. The late 20's couple sitting nex...

Servers who ask if you need change...

by kali43 14 years ago

Had an experience at a rare lunch out with my husband today and would love to hear others' opinions about this. Went to the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH, which has good food and uneven service ...

tips for to go order?

by monkfanatic 14 years ago

what do you do when you pick up a to go order, should you tip or not? for the longest time I though I don't have to tip, until my friend's son start working in the restaurant, and he said sometimes...

Should I tip extra when I'm given some items for free?

by phil123 5 years ago

Quick question: If you are a regular and your server gives you a couple of items (a drink, say, and or dessert) at no charge, is the server's expectation that at least some of the money you save w...

Why do we tip?

by ipsedixit 11 years ago

Why do you think people leave tips at restaurants? Not interested in discussing HOW MUCH you tip, just WHY. Put another way, what compels a person to tip, no matter how much or little? It ...

Daniel - did we tip enough?

by waxyjax 5 years ago

Hi CHers! My husband and I went to Daniel last night. It was our first real date night since having a baby--with most of my time dedicated to parenting I had no time to read up on the restaurant i...

Reverse Takeover...

by phil123 5 years ago

Hi, I just wanted to share an amusing occurrence that happened to me last week. We've all heard about people asking for their favorite server. I do it all the time. However, last week it happe...

Putting delivery tip on credit card

by ebchower 5 years ago

Online delivery services give the option to put the tip on your credit card along with the food purchase. I use Seamless and it adds the tip charge to the order by default, and sometimes I forget...

Is it ok to tip less now with the new minimum wage hike? Regions San Francisco Bay Area, Norcal

by Mission 5 years ago

Now that servers are getting a "living wage"... why tip at all? I mean is that not the point of the new living wage laws? Do you ever tip the cashier at Home Depot? Or the Gas Station Att...

Yet another tip question: Servers? Do you have a minimum DOLLAR amount?

by cayjohan 14 years ago

Fair warning - I may be a rube. I just want to know! Back story: I cook at home, for many reasons, most significant of which is the budget (that thing we call fiscal responsibility). When we do ...

Tip suggestion when paying with credit card

by Bonniexx 5 years ago

It seems that all of my favorite local restaurants use a program on an iPad to run credit cards. When I sign, I must first navigate through the tip screen. I'm curious to see what others think abou...


by arlr106 5 years ago

Does anyone know if tipping in Spain? I am asking for both tapas bars and sit down restaurants especially fine dining such as Martin Berasategui, Asador Etxebarri, and Casa Julian. If tipping is ...

The Hidden Cost of Cheap Pizza

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

"...But such extremely low prices are not sustainable. When food prices go that low, Conti argued, someone — almost certainly a worker — is getting stiffed. 'We’re not responsible consumers when...

Former Empire Szechuan delivery boy living the dream

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

"Proud father of newly graduated Jacqueline Xu '16 reflects on his past and celebrates his daughter's accomplishments. #barnard2016 #classof2016 #barnard" Watch the video and get out your hanky.