general tipping guidelines

Tipping is a customary way of showing appreciation for services. One school of thought is that you should tip regardless of service quality, others feel that a tip is a direct reflection of good service, and must be earned.

Below are general tipping guidelines.



Restaurant Check: 15-20% – Gratuity is usually included for groups of six or more.

Home Delivery: 10% – in bad weather 15%

Bartender: $1 per drink

Hotel Room Service: 15%

Take Out: No obligation. 10% for extra service or a large, complicated order.

Tipping  Jars: No obligation. Tip if you are provided a little something extra or if you are a regular customer.



Hairdresser: 15-20%

Manicurist: 10-20%

Masseuse: 15-20%



Skycap: $2 first bag, $1 per additional bag

Bellhop: $2 first bag, $1 per additional bag

Taxi driver: 15-20% of the fare

Doorman: $1-$4 for carrying luggage. $1-$2 for hailing cab.

Housekeeper: $2-$5 per day

Concierge: No obligation for answering questions.  $5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations. $15 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations.



Restroom Attendant: $1

Valet: $2-$5 when car is returned to you

Coat Check: $1-$2 per item