One of the last things you do before you leave a restaurant is to work out the amount of tip you should leave. It’s amazing how stressed people can get about making sure that they are tipping the correct amount. The situation can be even worse if there is a large group of you out for a meal and you are already trying to calculate how much everyone owes for the meal they have eaten. You should not let working out the tip you need to leave spoil your meal.
We are going to take a look at whether the type of restaurant you eat in should help to determine the amount of tip you give, and also what other factors should be taken into account.
We are also going to show you how calculating a tip can be made easier and a lot less stressful.
Does where you eat determine the amount you give?
The type of restaurant you eat in does not in itself influence the amount of tip you should leave. It can be involved in the decision as some restaurants provide a higher level of personalized service than others and you would normally expect to pay a higher tip for more extensive service.
Choosing to dine out in a more expensive restaurant does not mean that you have to pay a higher percentage of the cost as a tip though; although the amount you tip will still be high as a result of the high cost of the meal.
What factors should you consider when determining the tip?
If you are dining out in an establishment such as NYP Bar & Grill you should never tip less than 15%. Many people now give around 20% if they believe the standard of the service they received was good. In order to determine the standard of service you need to think about:
~How friendly and efficient the servers were.
~How quick the service was.
~Were there any problems with ordering?
You should also think about how well any special requirements were catered for. If this was done well then you may want to consider leaving a higher amount. You may also want to consider doing this if any members of your party were difficult when it came to dealing with servers or if you had children with you who left more mess than would usually be expected.
Calculating the tip
Many people worry so much about leaving the right amount of tip that they end up using a calculator in the restaurant. It’s not actually necessary to do this. All you really have to do is divide the amount by a whole number to get to the nearest percentage; for instance, dividing by six brings you to 16.7%. Most people then choose to round up to the nearest dollar.
Tipping is obviously expected when you go out to a restaurant. The percentage of the cost that you choose to tip should be determined by how satisfied you are with the service and by any additional events or circumstances that need to be taken into account.