Originally posted by SassyGritsAL
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....