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How much more do you tip if you're a regular?

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There are a few places that we frequent and I tip more than usual just because the service is damn friendly and we see them often. Both places are $5-7pp type places but I usually end up tipping $4. Does everyone do this, or is anyone still a regular that gets good service and just tips a buck or two?

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  1. I tip more at regular places, but one place in particular comps us a lot of stuff (drinks, appetizers) and we tip waaayyy above average there. I see tipping (especially at regular places) as an investment.

    I also tip well over 20% at Mexican restaurants because the prices are so inexpensive and food and service are consistently terrific.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Ditto on Janet's first comment re: tipping more at those places I'm a regular at. Part of being a regular is getting help getting a seat at the bar, being told by the bartender(s) that the lobster appetizer is almost out and do we want one of the remaining two orders, etc. The occasional comped drinks or apps also warrant tipping more, IMO.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Depending on what happens at the place, I will tip between 20 and 40 percent. In other words, good service and no comps will warrent 20 to 25 percent. Comped food and bev will get 30 to 40 percent.

      2. re: Janet from Richmond

        I usually tip 50% at good greasy spoons and diners where the meal is less than $20. Particularly if the waitress is harried or looks older than my grandmother.

      3. I second the idea that tipping a bit more as a regular is an investment. Creates a good relationship between the server and patron, especially when comps are involved. One hand washes the other, so to speak. Frequenting a place and always leaving a bad tip or never improving on a normal tip when granted special treatment for being a regular might, to some, appear ungrateful.

        1. Major question is do you consider yourself a rugular or does the resto consider you a regular. You can be a regular at McD's, so what, but at a resto you want extra attention, they are your customer on that one.

          Tipping larger at a resto that both sides think of as a regular relationship is absolutely expected. You want "regular" status, they want more money. There is one resto that gives me some special treatment, yet no comps at all, while others, will receive a comped dessert every now and then. It depends.

          Quid pro quo.

          1. I too tip more at restaurants where I am a regular - meaning a place that always gives me a last minute reservation, tells me if I am making a mistake in ordering, and where, as they saying goes "they know my name." I don't expect comps but when I get them, I usually tip more. Other places I look the price if its inexpensive I tip a larger percentage, if its expensive I evaluate the service,. I try to never blame the wait staff for the kitchens mistakes. I waitressed in college - it's hard work. I use the same policy when tipping in almost any service situation - valet, hairdresser, etc. If you live in a city, good relationships with valets can really come in handy.

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            1. re: ptrefler

              You and I see this very much the same way. I also tip my hairdresser very well and it's come back to me tenfold.

            2. We do tip more if we are someplace where we are "regulars" or visit more frequently. There are some places we love to go, we appreciate being treated nicely and we wish to show how pleased we are. We don't do that to "get more" out of anyone or any place, but we have recently been disappointed in places that had staff we didn't seem to care that we are generous tippers and "regulars". Rude service is going to be rude service, regardless of how appreciative you'd like to be.