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Part II: Mind Your Manners > Tip Appropriately

Chapter 13. Tip Appropriately

Always add a tip to the bill, unless the restaurant automatically does this for you. Here are suggestions for appropriate tipping:

Restaurant Captain and Server: 15% to 20% of the total bill before deducting any coupons, gift certificates, etc. Use the high end if your party required extra services or was demanding or difficult in any way. You can go over the 20% if you think it is appropriate. Specify that the captain gets 25% and your server, 75% of the total tip. Pay in cash or by credit card.

Bartender: 10% to 15% based on the complexity of your drink order. Pay in cash or by credit card.

Maître d’: If the maître d’ merely shows you to your table, no tip is necessary. If you are a regular customer, tip the maître d’ $20 every few times that you dine there. Pay in cash.

Sommelier: 10% to 15% of the wine bill, depending on the level of service. Pay in cash.

Coatroom Attendant: $1 to $2 per person, even if there is a charge for checking garments. The charge goes to the establishment, not the attendant. Pay in cash.

Ladies Room and Men’s Room Attendant: $1 to $2 depending on level of service. Pay in cash.

Doorman: $1 to $2 for getting you a taxi. Pay in cash.

Valet Parker: $2 for getting your car. Pay in cash.


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