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Tipping on comped meals

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Nyc, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. Nyc

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    question for you guys who get great bottles of wine with comped meals- do you tip as you would on a normal meal? I can get away with just about anything but I usually stick to a $300-500 or so bottle (not exactly slumming it) because with tipping 20% it's still real money out of pocket. So do you guys especially when you get bottles to take home tip like you normally would or adjust in some way?
     
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    What's the etiquette for tipping on an expensive bottle of wine? It's not the standard 18% (or however much you tip for the rest of the meal) right? I never order expensive bottles of wine so don't know what the etiquette is for that.

    Regardless, I think the right thing to do is always tip on the price of the meal before any discounts/comp/whatever.
     
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    When Shifter and I are having dinner together with one of these expensive bottles of wine, we just flat tip on the bottle, maybe like $300, as the 20% tip on an overpriced bottle is ridiculous. The waiters are just as appereciative when we tip this amount
     
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  4. Nyc

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    Maybe I'm a sucker but I usually tip 20% on the full bill
     
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    I should say the $300 tip is for the wine part of the meal, then the standard tip for the rest of the meal
     
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    We did that a couple times, but then realized that we were the sucker for tipping $2000+ on a comped meal
     
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    Yeah sometimes they try to auto grat the bill and I tell them to take that off there. I generally tip $100 per bottle regardless of the price and 20% on the food. I've never had a hint of a comment or feeling from any server that it wasn't enough.

    It's still generally $200-400+ for them which is more than they normally make off a table and it doesn't take them any more work.
     
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    That all makes sense maybe I'll step my game up next weekend :)
     
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    Shifter do you also tip that on the bottles you take home
     
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    As simmering who was in the restaurant business, as a rule never tip on wine or liquor. Food only.. But of course we do. With comp food I tip allot. I also tip in CASH so they aren't taxed which means that's even more for them. Free comp meal if the server is really great, 30% or more depending plus some for wine and or alcohol... Unless I'm having a losing trip! Lol.. Kidding. $1000 bill without alcohol and wine, 300 maybe more. For four of us at breakfast with a $150 bill, 10 to 15$ each depending on service. Terrible service, 15.00 bucks total!
     

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