Been reading all the posts re: tipping on wine and food cost etc. I am a server in a fine dining restaurant. Weve been featured in Gourmet magazine etc.
One interesting note not covered so far is the price a server pays when you pay by credit card. We all know the credit card companies are vicious evil entitys and charge you a fee to run a card. They also charge the restaurant a fee for a percentage of the total charge. Most restaurants pass the credit card fee onto the server. Most restaurants are charged betw 2 and 3 % service charge just to run a credit card. For example: if you charge a $100 dinner, your the restaurant pays $2 to $3 dollars just for you to have the privaledge of using your american express. THIS FEE IS PASSED ON TO THE SERVER. This is taken out of the servers paycheck (in my state a server earns $2.13 and hour) If you charge $1000 dinner your server pays betw $20 and $30 fee just so you could pay by plastic.
So next time you tip twenty bucks on a $100 dinner keep in mind that server is only seeing a seventeen dollar tip.
Re: tipping on wine etc. if you can afford a 500 dollar bottle of wine you should be able to afford a 20 percent tip. 20% is the industry standard for good service. Exceptional service should receive more.