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What is the normal practice for tipping in Albufeira? Do restaurants charge for bread and butter?

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1. Re: Tipping

Yes its called a couvert. (its on the menu under starters) some restaurants charge more than others for bread , pate, olives, marinated carrots etc.. If you don't want the bread when they automatically bring it to the table without you asking for it, say you don't want it, but check they havn't charged you for it when the bill arrives as some will still try and charge even though you havn't used it, you can then dispute it. Even paying couvert charge many still leave a tip 5 or 10% of total bill. Personally it depends on service and how good the food was that determines what we tip. If food and service bad we won't tip, it's very rare we don't tip but on occasions it has been known.

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I'm portuguese and I don't think I've never given tips at all. It's not usual among us...

Sometimes the bread is included in the menu, the butter I think you have to pay. As Jayjan said, if you don't want to eat it, say at the very beginning of the meal to take it away as you don't want it and, at the end, check that it isn't charged.

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3. Re: Tipping

I usually tip 10%

Albufeira, Portugal
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4. Re: Tipping

Portuguese are not known for tipping but standard practise, if service is good is 10% and I know that the staff are always very grateful and rely on their tips enormously.

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