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Jan 20, 2012 12:13 PM

How much do you tip coat check attendants at restaurants?

I usually tip $2 per item, but my friend says that's too generous. What do you think?

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  1. I do $2 for my coat, but not another $2 if I have a scarf, etc. I don't think I'd go over $3.

    1. Where do you people go that has a coat check room??? I've lived 70+ years and have never seen one except in the movies.

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      1. re: mucho gordo

        I didn't know they existed until I moved to Chicago. I tend to use them most often at concert venues, but they're also at some restaurants. They also have them at museums and other places where people may be moving around a lot.

        1. re: caseyjo

          I can understand that Chicago and N.Y. would have them. Harsh winters call for heavy coats that take up too much space at the table.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            Even though the winters in LA are nothing like the winters in Chicago or NY...

            We still have 'cold' days...imo anything under 65 degrees where an extra layer of clothing is needed. Every decent restaurant in LA, that I know of, has some sort of coat check...even if the host has to find somewhere to put it.. The host/hostess is promptly tipped.

        2. re: mucho gordo

          Wow, almost everywhere that we dine, or at all events, even in Phoenix, AZ, there are coat-check areas.

          Where do you live?


            1. re: mucho gordo

              I am surprised that LA-Area restaurants do not have some sort of "coat-check," but then, like AZ, it would be seasonal, and for many months, one would likely have nothing to check.



              1. re: mucho gordo

                Nick and Stef's, Patina, Cafe Pinot, Cicada, The Royce, Peninsula, Spago, Providence, etc. all have coat checks.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Of course....

                  All the restaurants you've mentioned and then many, many more.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    Absolutely! Nevertheless, these are the exceptions. By far, the very great majority of restaurants in southern CA do not have a coat check facility. That said, nost fine restaurants will either have one, or will certainly arrange to hold one's coat while dining.

              2. re: Bill Hunt

                Like Mucho Gordo, I too am from southern CA. Many venues have coat check facilities (Walt Disney Hall, for example), nevertheless most restaurants do not. Certainly, any fine restaurant in L.A. will hold your coat for you. Unlike NYC, Chicago or DC for example, coat checks at the point of restaurant entry are pretty rare in southern CA.

            2. I agree with $2 for a coat, but only $1 for an unbrella or hat, maximum of $5 for whatever my wife and I have (example, 2 coats, hat and unbrella).

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              1. re: bagelman01

                2nd Bagelman; $2 not too generous, and $5 for 2 people's "stuff", inclusively, sounds about right. If it was a really nice place, in the city, and I planned on returning, I might just go with a $5 min. tip - singles don't seem to have the same "whip appeal" these days!

                1. re: BrettLove

                  One other determining factor is 'how many claim checks was I given? If the coat check person hangs two garments on one hanger I might not be as generous as if each is on ots own hanger and I get a stub for each.

                  1. re: BrettLove

                    "singles don't seem to have the same "whip appeal" these days!"

                    Yeah, even strip clubs use $2 bills these days as a minimum. At least that's what I've been told.

                    1. re: bobbert

                      Yes, but does that include the "whip," or do you pay extra?????


                2. Since we rarely have cash we'll tip what we have in dollars up to $5. Most places here just have coat racks to hang up coats.

                  1. to answer the question above --- coat checks really do exist --- last time i went, the popular steak place in Toronto called Barbarians (spell?) (near Yonge on Elm) has a staffed coat check - -- and the mountain resorts have coat checks, like at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge during certain functions / and winter -- for obvious reasons.

                    2 dollars is what i am aware of - agree with the posters above.