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Trend of 'No-Tipping' Restaurants Spreading Nationwide

No tipping restaurants are already the norm in other countries, but they're becoming more common in the United States.

Do you tip 20 percent or 15 percent? How about zero percent? 

No tipping restaurants are already the norm in other countries, but they're becoming more common in the United States.

A new “no tipping” restaurant is opening in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood this fall. The restaurant, a French BYO named Girard, plans to pay its servers $11 an hour, offer health insurance, sick days and profit sharing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported

What diners save in tips however, they may spend on the cost of the meals. Menu prices would be 10 percent to 30 percent higher at Girard than at similar restaurants, the Inquirer reported.

The no-tipping movement seems to be gaining traction, especially among high-end establishments that opt for a blanket service surcharge over an optional offering. 

Restaurants from coast to coast have banned tipping, including in New York, California and Washington D.C. 

Some go so far as to give the tips back or donate bills left on the tables to charity. The Public Option Brewery in Washington D.C. pays workers $15 and gives any money left on the tables to charity, according to CBS News.

Scott Rosenberg, who owns a no-tipping restaurant in New York, told Market Watch that eliminating gratuity makes the conclusion of the meal more enjoyable and comfortable for customers, who don’t have to judge the service and do the math based on their satisfaction.

“The meal should be there for you to enjoy without doing this calculus,” Rosenberg said.

Do you think no-tipping restaurant are a good idea? Why? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Jonathan Green June 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Laura, my own experience (admittedly anecdotal) is that very few servers are actually tipped according to how good of a job they do. I have one friend who actually tested it and went overboard with his service efforts, really making an incredible effort to please the clients. He got a lot of nice complements from the guests and even had a few people tell the manager what a great job he did, but the tips remained the same (as did his salary). Generous people tipped a lot and cheapskates shortchanged him & scurried out. I've heard the same story many times over & it makes sense. I always tip 20% unless the service was noticeably bad, which happens maybe once every 2 years. While the idea of an incentive is great, it needs to be a reliable incentive, or else why bother? That's why I like the idea of just letting the restaurant owners/managers reward the best servers with a higher salary & perhaps profit sharing. If guests are pleased, they'll show it by returning for another meal & perhaps even requesting a specific server. The tipping idea was nice in theory, but it just doesn't work in reality.
DM June 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Travel to other countries where tipping is not the norm. You will quickly appreciate the tip based system here. Back in the day i waited tables. Instant gratification if you do your job well. That said its amazing how many waitstaff just don't get it.
Patricia Pell June 24, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Tips are great and appreciated by wait staff. That said, those of us who don't have extra sometimes can't tip at all. Given the choice we would. When is comes to no tip or not eating out at all. No tip wins. A built in system would be better. Incentive should be the responsibility of the owner, however they choose to do it. You are in the service industry after all. That is your job. You would not expect better service from your doctor if you tipped him. It is his job to make you well. You don't tip your construction worker... it is his job to build your house. They get paid to do their job.
Set the Controls June 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM
In the USA diners tip, never been disputed. If you can't afford to tip don't go out to eat.
REVMAN June 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM
I tip 20-25% for good service and 5-8% for not so good service and 0% for bad service. If the servicers wised up they would ALL get 20% plus.

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