No question stirs up as much angst as the “How much do you tip?” issue.
Phil, who has an incredible site, by the way, asks the question I am asked most:
What is your standard tip when you go out? Do you consider it above what is customary? I think I’m a good tipper, and never leave less than 20%. The waiter would have to be purposefully rude to garner less. What do other waiters tip?
Phil, I don’t know what waiters usually tip other waiters, but my standard tip is 30%. Why? Because I figure the server is only getting about 60 percent of that, after tip-outs to the bussers and back waits.
If the service is fantastic and/or the waiter (or bartender) comps me something, I tip 40 percent. I know, I know, I am insane.
And if the service and food sucks, I tip 15 percent, regardless, unless the server is so pathetic, I figure he/she needs five or ten bucks far more than I do.
I hope most folks tip 20 percent for a good experience. If you think the service is a cut-above, tip more. When in doubt, ask yourself: “Would it kill me or my budget to leave just a few dollars more?”
And there you have it. The Gal’s standard, which likely has nothing to do with anyone else’s standard.