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6 Tipping Mistakes You're Making When You Go Out to Eat, Experts Say

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6 Tipping Mistakes You're Making When You Go Out to Eat, Experts Say




<p>It's common knowledge that whenever you go out to eat, you're expected to tip your server. In fact, it's so ingrained in the hospitality industry that it's the one place where most <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href=" target="_blank">people don't forget</a> to leave a little something extra. There are a few mistakes you can make even if you follow the rule. Read on for the worst tipping mistakes you're making when you go out to eat, according to etiquette experts.</p>
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<p>There's nothing better than getting a free or heavily discounted meal thanks to a gift certificate or coupon. But while this will reduce how much money goes toward the restaurant, it should never cut into the server's expected share.</p>
<p>"Diners make the mistake of forgetting to tip for the full amount of the bill if they are dining using a Groupon dining deal or a restaurant gift certificate," says <strong>Jules Hirst</strong>, an etiquette and lifestyle coach and founder of <a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank">Etiquette Consulting</a>. "It is important to tip based on the total amount of the bill. Your server did the same job whether you paid full-price or a reduced amount, and shouldn’t be penalized for it."</p>
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<p>Don't be mistaken: Servers are thrilled when you leave the appropriate gratuity after a pleasant meal. However, adding a bit extra in the way of politeness can go a long way toward ensuring staff knows how much you appreciate them—especially when it's with people you regularly see <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href=" target="_blank">at your favorite spots</a>.</p>
<p>"Tipping isn't just about the money: It's also about expressing gratitude," <strong>Kristi Spencer</strong>, etiquette expert and founder of <a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank">The Polite Company</a>, tells <em>Best Life</em>. "Don't forget to accompany your monetary tip with a genuine and sincere thank you."</p>
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<p>A little gift during dinner from the kitchen is always appreciated. However, this is one situation where it should remain clear why "gratuity" sounds so much like "gratitude."</p>
<p>"If you receive complimentary items such as a free drink or dessert, you should add the estimated value of those items to your total bill and include them in your tip calculation," says Hirst. "Sure, they were free, but the bartender or server went out of their way to make your experience special, so increasing the tip accordingly is good practice."</p>
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<p>Even though everyone knows that you should leave a tip at the end of your meal, there are some diners who still worry about how much they should give. Fortunately, experts have finally weighed in on what's considered appropriate.</p>
<p>"Tipping on the pre-tax amount of your bill is acceptable, but tipping on the total amount is always appreciated," says Spencer. "And if you're still tipping 15 percent at full-service sit-down restaurants, it's time to increase it to 20 percent."</p>
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<p>Restaurants are fast-paced environments, where mistakes can occur before anyone notices. However, this doesn't mean you should be taking out your frustration when you go to pay the bill.</p>
<p>"Don't deduct or lower the tip amount to punish your server for circumstances during your meal that were beyond their control," says Spencer.</p>
<p>Other experts agree, pointing out that waitstaff aren't the only ones working on getting you a meal. "Often, this is not the server's mistake, but the kitchen's," says <a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank">etiquette expert</a> <strong>Lisa Mirza Grotts</strong>.</p>
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<p>Even when you're dining at home, there are still plenty of rules to consider when it comes to tipping. This is especially true in the post-pandemic world, where apps and services have made the process of who's getting paid what more confusing.</p>
<p>"It is customary to see a delivery fee on the bill breakdown, but most times, this delivery fee is not the tip but a fee charged by the restaurant that does not go to the delivery person, so you would need to add a few buck tip for the delivery driver," says Hirst.</p>
<p>And if you've opted to stick on your couch instead of holding your reservation due to bad weather, you should show appreciation when your delivery makes it to your door. "Your driver is braving the conditions you chose to avoid, so they should be rewarded accordingly," she explains.</p>

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