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The Definitive Guide to How Much to Tip

Tipping is a vital part of the restaurant industry and, as opposed to the prices on a menu, there’s no set amount listed for how much you should pay. For many people, tipping is still a huge gray area, so we’re making it easy for you by breaking down how much to tip in just about every circumstance.      

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Waiter

“Twenty percent is the new normal, not a nice tip,” one industry veteran told us, and that’s certainly the case. “I tip 25 to 30 percent every time, because I know how hard the industry is,” he added. While you’re certainly not obligated to tip 30 percent, going past 20 is par for the course for good service. Most waiters depend on tips in order to make a living, and even if service is poor it’s not always the server’s fault. We wouldn’t advise venturing any lower than 17 percent.

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Takeout

If you’re just picking up a sandwich from the local deli, leaving a tip isn’t a necessity, but a buck or two is always appreciated. If you’re picking up a large order, however, you should plan on tipping at least 10-15 percent, because boxing up all that food isn’t easy and takes up valuable time. 

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Delivery

Delivery tipping has lots of variables, and as opposed to restaurant tipping, it doesn’t always come down to the price of the food. Three dollars should be the baseline for delivery (if you think about it, even that’s a small price to pay for someone who brings you dinner when you’re in your pajamas). If it’s raining or cold, if the delivery person had to travel far, or if the delivery is especially heavy, a couple extra bucks will be certainly appreciated as well.

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Bartender

A good rule of thumb at the bar? The longer it takes to make your drink, the more you should tip. If you’re ordering a beer, a buck is fine. If it's a simple cocktail, like a vodka soda, make it two. Anything that involves a cocktail shaker is worth a $3 tip. If it’s a lengthy tab, tip 20-25 percent. And if it’s a crowded bar, tipping well on your first round might keep you top-of-mind for the bartender.

 

 

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Barista

The majority of tippers at coffee shops toss whatever loose change is returned to them into the tip jar, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But if you’re a regular, or if your drink took an especially long time to make, tipping a dollar or more is nice. 

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Drink Server

If you’re sitting in a lounge area and only ordering drinks, treat the server like you would any other when it comes time to tip, with a minimum of twenty percent. All those martinis aren’t easy to walk with across a crowded room!

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Coat Check

It’s standard (and expected) to tip the coat check attendant a dollar when you pick up your coat

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Room Service

At this point, most hotels have taken to the practice of adding a service charge onto the room service bill, so check the tab when you receive it and make sure gratuity is covered. If it isn’t, 15 to 20 percent of the total room service bill is expected.

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