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Jun 21, 2010 07:27 PM

How do you tip at a Dim Sum place?

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  1. I do 15% as it's a little less work than a "regular" restaurant.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Upon reflection, that's not true. Because most of the dim sum places where we eat are SO cheap, 15 or 20 percent would be too little. I do what feels right.

      1. re: c oliver

        15-20 percent generally but at any sit down restaurant where the eats are cheap, i do at least a dollar per head at my table if 15-20 percent comes out to be too little.

    2. I assume you are figuring in the cart ladies who sell, serve and service tables, plus the servers who remove dishes, bring water and requested condiments. There are many more people servicing customers than at other restaurants when you think about it. I assume they all share in the tips, so I leave the same as I would at any other restaurant; meaning about 20%.

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      1. re: budcar

        We do the same, plus a bit more if we requested any special orders.

      2. Do you mean how much or do you really mean "how"?

        I usually do a 15% if you are asking how much

        How? I tip it at the cashier, but often I leave the tip (in cash) at the table partially under the teapot. You can go up to the waiter or waitress and hand the tip to him/her directly if you want, but that is a bit unusual and I think I only did that when I were a kid (when parents send little kids out to do their dirty works)

        (*Edit* I either pay my tip along with my entire bill at the cashier or I leave the tip (cash) on the dining table. I don't mean both.)

        Keep in mind, that tips are usually shared in a busy Chinese dim sum place because a Chinese dim sum restaurant does not function like a typical Western restaurant. You don't have a dedicated server, so it won't make sense to have one server to pocket the entire tip.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Why do you tip at the cashier as well as at the table?

          1. re: c oliver

            Sorry. I meant one or the other, not both.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Oops. Now that I reread it and this, it's clear :)

        2. Thanks, all

          Guess I meant who do you give the money to

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          1. re: adobocaster

            I'm assuming you mean that it wasn't totaled? Some places total it at the table and some you go to the front. If the latter is the case,then I just return to the table and leave the tip.