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General Tipping Guidelines

When and Where and How Much

 

The following chart covers tipping guidelines for three of the most common times tipping is expected: at restaurants, during travel, and at salons. For more information, read about the finer points of tipping and holiday tipping.

 

RESTAURANTS:

   

Wait service (sit down)

 

15-20%, pre-tax

Wait service (buffet)

 

10%, pre-tax

Host or Maitre d'

 

No obligation for greeting you and showing you to your table.
$10-$20 for going above and beyond to find you a table on a busy night or on occasion, if you are a regular patron

Take Out

 

No obligation
10% for extra service (curb delivery) or a large, complicated order

Home Delivery  

10-15% of the bill, $2-5 for pizza delivery depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery 

Bartender

 

$1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab

Tipping jars

 

No obligation
Tip occasionally if your server or barista provides a little something extra or if you are a regular customer.

Restroom Attendant

 

$0.50-$3, depending on the level of service

Valet

 

$2-$5
Tip when the car is returned to you.

TRAVEL:

   

Skycap

 

$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag

Doorman

 

A smile and a "thanks" when he  opens the door
$1-$4 for carrying luggage
$1-$2 for hailing cab (add an extra $1 if it's raining)
$1-$4 beyond the call of duty

Bellhop

 

$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag
$2-3 for each additional service, such as room delivery

Housekeeper

 

$2-$5 per day, left daily with a note marked "Housekeeping - Thank you"

Concierge

 

No obligation for answering questions
$5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations
$15 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations, or 10-20% of the ticket price

Taxi driver

 

15-20% of the fare, but minimally $1
$2 for the first bag, $1 for the second

SALON/SPA:

   

Hair Salon

 

15-20%, ask to be split among those who served you

Manicurist

 

15-20%

Facial, waxing, massage

 

15-20%

 

You may also be interested in:

18th-Edition-Cover-WOFor more information on tipping, we recommend Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition, by Peggy Post, Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning. View our full line of etiquette books in our bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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