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Old 07-01-2013, 06:57 AM   #11
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If it's a place where they bring you drinks and refills, then 10% if they are really attentive then a bit more. They are after all bringing you drinks and clearing your table, they deserve something.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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I'm with Bakechef; if it is a place where they bring you cocktails or anything else, I tip 10%. If it is all self-serve, completely, no tip. Buffets aren't my favorite anyway, so it doesn't come up often. One time my parents were visiting us in Williamsburg and we took them to a fancy buffet brunch. The waiters were supposed to keep the champagne flowing, water glasses, juice, etc. Our waiter never showed after his introduction. He was talking on the phone, horsing around and joking. Other wait staff took care of us. My husband was great! He flashed some bills and made sure our waiter saw it, then he proceeded to walk around the restaurant and personally tipped every waiter who had filled in for the guy who was supposed to be taking care of our table, and we left. I suspect he got the message!
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #13
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Last night, eight of us went to a Chinese restaurant for the buffet, which is always excellent. The waiter did his job, bringing drinks, soup, more napkins, etc. I would have left a nice tip but the restaurant had already added an 18% gratuity to the check because of the size of the party.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Funny thing, when a restaurant adds a tip to my bill, it is often less than I would have tipped anyway, I usually leave the tip as is, unless the wait staff was exceptional.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #15
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I'm not sure why I am intrigued with Buffets vs regular restaurants. If they use the same foods/ prepared the same as if individual orders, I think they are better quality. I guess at a buffet one can sample a spoonful of more varied dishes. As far as AYCE, I can only eat one normal, not heaping plate these days. I still think I get my "money's worth" and I am satisfied. Not sure why we didn't drive them out of business when we were younger or took our kids to them when they were teen-agers. We went for lunch today at a larger Chinese buffet. It was surprisingly full for lunch time on a Monday. Totally self service except for drinks, one set refills. We left just a 10% tip which was about the same as the Senior citizen discount we received. I think I observe not everyone tips, nor do they necessarily expect you to do so, at least around here.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #16
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I'm not crazy about buffets for a few reasons: you never know how sanitary it is - other customers may not have your meticulous manners; you don't know how long something has been sitting there; and, I like to know that my meal has been freshly made. I do occasionally eat from a salad bar, but not hot foods.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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...If we had kids, they would require milk or chocolate milk...
They always had the coldest chocolate milk.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:33 AM   #18
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Last night, eight of us went to a Chinese restaurant for the buffet, which is always excellent. The waiter did his job, bringing drinks, soup, more napkins, etc. I would have left a nice tip but the restaurant had already added an 18% gratuity to the check because of the size of the party.
Wow, granted I haven't been out in a while, but when did some restaurants start adding their own tip?
While typically the wait staff's income includes tips, my feelings are it should be up to the person being served to determine how good of a job they did. Although, if the business, especially a buffet, feels their clientele is being a bit stingy I could see them automatically adding the gratuity.
That's interesting. This is the first I've heard of this. Do you know going in? Is there a sign or something saying that gratuity is automatically figured into your bill?
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:15 AM   #19
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It's pretty common for restaurants to charge the service fee when the party contains 6 or more people. It's usually posted on the menu.
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Thanks, GG.
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