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Tipping at buffets

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Tipping at buffets

I know this is a subjective topic, but hopefully you can share your "rule of thumb" on this. My girlfriend and I enjoy the many buffets in Las Vegas everytime we visit, but we kind of "debate" on how much to tip. She thinks that we should treat it like a full service restaurant and tip at least 15%, but I think it should be closer to 10%. I don't mean to sound like a cheap-o, but after all, the customer has to get up and get their own food (except drinks in most cases). On occassions, we have seen tables near us where the customers(s) did not leave any tip, so that kind of makes it more confusing. Thanks for the comments..............

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1. Re: Tipping at buffets

if the only time i ever saw the sever is when they brought me my first drink and my glass sat empty the rest of the time and my plates were never cleared, then i would tip maybe a $1 per person. if the service was more like i would expect from a full service restaurant (keeping my water glass full and the dirty plates cleared and service with a smile) then i would tip closer to 15%.

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2. Re: Tipping at buffets

my 2 cents is that you tip for service.

I make a point of it to not over tip in Vegas. I do not believe that I should supplement an employees wages because the cheap bastards that own the casino's will not pay a decent wage. The server at a buffet is generally bringing a drink and that is what I tip for. I do think that I am on the low end of the tipping scale though compared to most tourist. To me it is still real money. I tip way less than 10% for a buffet (usually a few dollars) for two people. I tip 15 - 20% for a full service meal.

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4. Re: Tipping at buffets

what about tipping the person that makes the omlets or maybe even the crepes at paris , i really dont understand the whole concept of tipping them . surely they are hourly. and if it comes with the buffet and i have already paid 15.99 or sometimes more for the meal in the first place.

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6. Re: Tipping at buffets

Love it Big aaAAaa, love it......the whole issue here is that tips are voluntary, not compulsary. For a full service in a restaurant I will tip 15-20% but in a buffet I will tip $1.

It is SELF-SERVICE, that means you serve yourself!! I should keep the dollar for myself, and the speed of drink service is nothing to shout about.

Even some stores have a jar on the counter and expect a tip.....for what!!!!!

By the way, for posting this reply I expect a $1 tip from everyone that reads it, it is entertainment isn't it?

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7. Re: Tipping at buffets

I tip $1 per person for drink service in buffet. If drink is also self service, then no tip.

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8. Re: Tipping at buffets

I'm gonna tip u all........over!!

LoL

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9. Re: Tipping at buffets

1$ or 2$ for every drink (drink= softdrink, beer, juice, chapange etc.)they bring to the table, depending on service level (speed) and kind of buffet.

If they clear plates regulalery I'll tip some more for that, it all depends on the service level I get, but generally as mentioned above 1 -2$ for each drink they bring.

EK

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10. Re: Tipping at buffets

I look at it this way,you go to a restraunt and get served you do the 15% or more according to service,at a buffet you are serving yourself,they just clear plates i basically leave 2 bucks.