So how much do you tip at a buffet?

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2006/03/15 16:15:16 (permalink)

So how much do you tip at a buffet?

The waitstaff gets your drink, cleans off the plates.15%20%??
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/15 16:57:17 (permalink)
    Well here all they do is get plates and wipe down tables we get own our drink and everything. So I leave a dollar at most.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/15 18:20:52 (permalink)
    If I schlepp my own food (and the plates it's on), 1/2 my normal tip, i.e. 10%
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/15 18:33:52 (permalink)
    10%. Unless they something out of the ordinary.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/15 19:30:53 (permalink)
    I'm w/ BT.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/15 21:43:26 (permalink)
    Even being in the Biz... 10%.....
    But they do refill drinks, just dont get them.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/16 14:29:17 (permalink)
    Put me on the 10% bandwagon as well. Unless it's someone I know and like serving me.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/20 00:31:30 (permalink)
    10% here too, if they bring the drinks and do a decent job I'll round upto the next whole dollar. Ava and I ate at Ryan's tonight while PP shopped at wally-world. Dinner was 13.33 and I left the lady 2 bucks.

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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/20 09:55:24 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by MikeSh

    10% here too, if they bring the drinks and do a decent job I'll round upto the next whole dollar. Ava and I ate at Ryan's tonight while PP shopped at wally-world. Dinner was 13.33 and I left the lady 2 bucks.

    MikeS.

    that would be 15%.

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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/21 15:58:04 (permalink)
    If I get my own drinks and condiments then 10% depending if they are good at picking up the plates.

    I tip full if they are running and getting drinks and things.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/21 17:19:23 (permalink)
    I just realized the exception to the rule. Last night we had my mom's 70th birthday at Old Country Buffet (yeah, I know...it's where she wanted to go, whaddya do?), and since you pay at the door upon entering, it never occurred to me to tip anything at all. Of course, it is completely self-serve, and someone may or may not actually remove the used plates and glasses (mostly not), so I probably wouldn't have tipped much anyway, but there you go.

    I revise my answer to "it depends on the buffet".
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/21 17:59:49 (permalink)
    I don't go to buffets. How long's that food been out there?
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/22 11:36:41 (permalink)
    Who's been touching it?
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/22 12:04:34 (permalink)
    Put me down for 10 percent.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/22 12:09:50 (permalink)
    There is no hard and fast rule on how much I tip at buffets or anyother place. It really depends on the type of service I receive. Tips generally range between 5-20% of the gross bill if I find the quality of service received deserved such.

    I am not sure where the term "tip" originated from. Some indicates that it came from "to insure promptness". I do not know.

    There are many different folks I tip. My yard guy at certain times, the laidies that clean my house, my barber and sometimes the folks who do various work on my vehicles and the car wash.

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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/22 19:18:37 (permalink)
    Our waitstaff has knowledge of the forty some odd dishes that are rotated in and out of our buffet. Every night they are briefed on the holding times(start & temperatures)of the hot dishes and salads and some items as to their contents for people who may be allergic to certain ingredients. They refill drinks,leave additional silverware and remove dirty plates while people are returning to the buffet and will retrieve buffet items for older people. Foods that may have been low on the buffet(fried shrimp/oysters/crab legs)will be taken to the table directly from the kitchen by the wait staff. The baker describes the desserts to the staff and they should be able to impart that knowledge to the customers. The waitstaff provides bar/wine service if needed to their tables and finally tabs the table out instead of having a cashier.

    Probably about half of the staff does this at an optimum level. The buffet "conversion" is interesting because it represents a great value in quality even for light eaters. The best staff does an excellent job of this as the buffet represents only an additional $5-6 dollars over the average entree while affording exceptional variety and bang for the buck. The staff that do a good job of this average 20-25% and up while the meek "order takers" are probably in the 10% range.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/23 08:43:12 (permalink)
    Dogmeat,where's your Buffet?I'd like to eat there!
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/26 08:14:09 (permalink)
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/26 11:21:51 (permalink)
    Occasionaly, actually rarely, we hit a Chinese buffet. We leave a buck a person on the table as we never come in contact with any servers, but see them cleaning up after someone leaves. I'm in the minority as most leave nothing. They all look like illegal immigrants to me so its really a mercy thing. You expect a clean table when you come into any restaurant, even a FF one, and you wouldn't tip at Mickey D's would you? Down South where buffets are much more common and waitresses bring you bread, water and drinks I was always unsure but figured 10% minimum was proper. I read this thread just to find out what others did. BTW, the Chinese buffet cleanup crews were always Asian and I've yet to meet one that could understand any English question I asked. They seemed anxious if you approached them.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/29 11:20:02 (permalink)
    I always leave $2, but if we have a huge table full of family members, says 4-5 adults, 4 kids, I leave $5-7. The kids can made quite a mess and I feel it is worth this to have to clean up after them.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/31 12:36:42 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BT

    If I schlepp my own food (and the plates it's on), 1/2 my normal tip, i.e. 10%
    Ditto.
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/03/31 23:24:40 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I always leave $2, but if we have a huge table full of family members, says 4-5 adults, 4 kids, I leave $5-7. The kids can made quite a mess and I feel it is worth this to have to clean up after them.


    I'm with you, sassy grits.......I usually leave a couple of bucks..

    It can vary, though, and I really go strongly on the personality/efficency of the server.

    case in point: while visiting my aunt and uncle in Florida, 4 of us went to the Golden Corral Buffet in Boynton Beach....
    I ended up giving the guy $8.00 for our party, as service was excellent (drink refills/plate pickups, etc..)......he was really right on top of things. It made our meal that much more pleasurable.
    (plus they cook up some great tasting hot , charred, crusty steaks on the flame broiler!!)

    (and our buffet waiter was so appreciative , as he told us he only gets paid $3.13 an hour salary). It felt rewarding to me as well.
    I work for tips , too and I like to reward good service.

    On the other hand, there have been times when a server introduced themselves, but never came by to pick up an empty plate....everything piled up. I basically never saw them again. I'll usually just leave a token dollar, in that case.

    I think the $2.00 per person rule is a good rule of thumb...
    espescially when they are also refilling your drinks..

    I don't believe in wierd amounts, like a 75 cent tip.
    A full dollar looks much nicer...
    most of you have said 10% tip........but if the bill is only $7.00, for instance ,
    it's good to average it up to that full dollar.

    Plus, I feel at some buffets, they work even harder than a sit-down restaurant...so I want to give them more than just a straight 10% rule....




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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/04/16 07:16:03 (permalink)
    Ok, wait a ho...

    I was THE buffet runner for a major resort for a long time and managed not only safety as in temps, quality (my buffet cook refused to believe that underdone or charcoal bacon was servable), putting up, tearing down, sanitizing, THEN preparing pastries in the afternoon for the next day.

    When a guest ordered the buffet, who do you think did the most work? The servers that stood around until someone wanted coffee, or me? Replacing quarter pans, dishes, pastries, cleaning, ...etc?

    Did I get anything from the waitstaff? No. Not one penny.

    Being on this particular offball not recognized side of the venue, I don't tip for buffets. A buck is for people who do an attentive and adequate job of refilling my coffee mug before it becomes painfully and annoyingly obvious they haven't been around for ages. 10% and up are for servers that actually serve, sit down, they take my order and bring me my order from the kitchen, actually 'wait' and are attentive to a guest's needs. I wouldn't tip a busser after I leave to clear my plates. I don't know of any buffet waitstaff who personally do that.

    Yeah, I'm a cold brioche at times, but lets get real. A tip is for over the top service. Not mandatory.

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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/04/17 14:17:39 (permalink)
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    RE: So how much do you tip at a buffet? 2006/04/20 13:10:06 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by drsmoke02

    The waitstaff gets your drink, cleans off the plates.15%20%??


    15-20%. About the same range I'd tip in a "normal restaurant", although I rarely have cause to tip less than 20% there.
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