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tipping sushi chefs

do you tip them seperately or just include the normal tip with the bill?

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  1. I usually just include it in the bill, but sometimes will put an extra dollar or two in the jar on the sushi counter. It usually doesn't look like a tip jar, but if you ask a server they can tell you where to put it.

    1. Usually, if you sit at the sushi bar, the chefs and the servers each get a percentage of the tip. So, if you really want to tip the chefs, the jar is the place.

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      1. re: joaniebaby

        Funny, most of the sushi places I go to do not have a jar at the sushi counter. OH, and yes, I tip them separately b/c I do not know how they split the tip and feel that they deserve the majority of the tip.

        1. re: justagthing

          Not being critical but just wonder why there is not the same feeling about other chefs? I understand when you are sitting at the bar you are getting a higher level of personal attention from the chef. Like if you were at a restaurant and sitting at the "food" bar with the chef on the other side asking what can I make for you. This would be an more intimate and personal chef/client relationship. But if you are at a table ordering in ths sushi restaurant, is there any difference from the sushi chef and the regular chef?

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Sorry, never sit at a table, always at the bar. So maybe someone else could give you a better answer, but when you sit at the bar and are conversing with the chef and have very little interaction with the server, my tip goes to the chef. Not that the server is doing anything wrong, but they just seem to do less than if I was sitting at a table in any other restaurant. Many times I also get 'extra's b/c the chef sees how much I am enjoying his work. This occurred last night and was such a nice treat.

            1. re: scubadoo97

              We virtually always sit at the bar and always put a tip in the jar/box on the bar for the chef. We also tip the server as they're bringing tea, sake, beer, water, and sometimes appetizers or the occasional tempura.

              Sitting at a table, we tip as we do at any restaurant with table service.

        2. Tip the chef...especially if you're a regular because, if so, you are very likely receiving finer pieces of fish, and even larger pieces of fish, lagniappes, special recommendations and overall 'VIP" treatment. Drop a couple of dollars or more in the tip jar...it's just polite!

          1. a couple bucks in the jar. It adds up for them - and it's not a lot to me. We go to this crazy sushi place where it comes out on a moving train - and those guys work as fast as all 40 people (they are in the middle of the "train") eat it.
            I also tip the server - but, since the chefs do all the work - server clears plates and gets tea - not as much as a normal server.

            1. As a former itamae, I can say enthusiastically: By all means, tip my brothas! And buy them drinks, too!