Saturday, August 3, 2013

Weekly Whine: Tips for service

When you go to a restaurant, you tip your server. The waiters depend on tips to make a reasonable salary. Yet when I go out to eat, these are the things that generally impact my dining experience:

--Quality of the food

--How fast food comes out

--How busy the restaurant is

--Attentive waiter

I'd say at least 75% of it is all about the food. Yet it's the waiter who gets the tip. And if the food sucks or is great, there really isn't anything you can do about it. For example, we were recently at a restaurant and got just about the worst food ever (clearly reheated hamburger patty), but we didn't want to wait for a new burger that may or may not have spit in it. And what could we do about it? Nothing. And we still tipped well because it wasn't the waiter's fault the food was awful.


  1. I just... Thank you. I've enjoyed your blog for a while and never commented, but I felt the need to thank you profusely for realizing this fact. I'm a nursing student working 2 serving jobs and I wish more people held your philosophy. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

  2. I don't tip based on whether the food is great or poor. I tip based on the waiter alone. I've eaten at 5 star restaurants and I had one in particular where the waiter was so rude and obnoxious, it actually shocked me that he acted that way. I spoke to the management because of his behavior, especially since I was paying $$$$$ for a fine dining experience.
    I've had waiters at local chain restaurants who were outstanding. We give great tips for those waiters/waitresses and let their managers know how great they were.
    I think it's the server who can make or break a trip to the restaurant, not the food alone.