• $50-$60 is only about 7%! You always should tip 15-20%; otherwise, you are undertipping.
  • The only dinner that I attended that had a bill over $1,000, we did add 15%.
  • People always tend to tip less if their bill is more expensive, which definitely isn't fair to the server. Plus, when the bill is higher a credit card is often used, and then the server gets taxed. A $200 tip would definitely be more acceptable...
  • I would like to add something to this discussion that might shock you. In one jurisdiction that I know of, the government taxes the server's tips based on what he or she should have recieved from the meal tab, not what was given as an actual gratuity. So anything less than 15% given to a hard worker is definitely a slap in the face. How would you feel if your employer with held a portion of your earnings?
  • I'm sure in America it's etiquette to give a 15-20% tip regardless of how much the bill is... they're big tippers. In the UK though I've found tipping isn't as socially mandatory (I'm English). Personally, I'd give them a $50 tip and be done with it. I think a tip is nice, but a tip over $75 is just silly, it's not my job to make up for low wages.
  • 15-20 is the norm, I don't see any exceptions for the type of food, cost ect. You can leave any tip you want, but less than 15% will make you look like a cheap bast**d.
  • She is expecting 15-20 %. Her boss is expecting her to get 15-20 %, so he may have given her less tables that night trying to even things out. Restaurant managers have an idea of what you'll be spending and they try to give all the servers a fair chance to make some money. Oh, and she's getting taxed on that 1000.00. The government is expecting her to get 15-20%.
  • 15-20%, in the US, is the norm. You should plan for it ahead, before choosing the restaurant or ordering that amount or quality of wine. When you go to less expensive restaurants, do you subtract the drinks from the tab before calculating the tip? I hope not. One word of advice, though: some restaurants include 15% tip in the tab, so if you're not careful, you end up tipping twice.
  • I would tip at least double that. If your spending $1,000 on a meal it is not that much more to leave a decent tip. After all $1,000 dollars worth of food requires a lot of attention.
  • The percentage rule applies whatever the cost. If you expect to pay that kind of money on a meal, you'd better be able to figure in $150 - $200 for the tip, if the service warrants. And in a restaurant where you would pay that kind of money for a meal for two, you can bet you will get the kind of service that will justify this tip.
  • Not only is the server being charged taxes based on a percentage of the price of your meal, but if you pay with a credit card, some restaurants are now taking that fee out of the servers tips.
  • One thousand for a meal does not seem extreme -- but your are concerned about a tip? Fees based on percentile are figured on parts of one hundred -- not total dollar amount.

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