In America, most of us believe that it is standard to leave a tip of 15-20% for good service, but the percentage really depends on where you eat, according to Walton. She told me, "Tipping at a restaurant has increased for satisfactory service. The old suggested tip was 15% of the bill. The new tipping standard is 20% at a restaurant and 22% at a fine dining restaurant with outstanding service."
She also added, "Another tip (pun intended) is to tip off the price of the food and drinks, not including tax when calculating the proper tip amount."
We all know to tip for good service, but what about if your service isn't what you expected it to be? According to Gottsman, even if you ordered the fish, but were served were the chicken, it's never okay to skip out on the tip. She advised me, "If you aren't happy with the service, speak to the manager and leave a minimum of 10 percent."
Walton noted the importance of not just tipping your waiter, but also tipping the valet. "Free valet parking does still require a tip. Many people think tipping a free valet is not required. Standard practice is $2-5 for each encounter, for both the drop off and pick-up. You can expect to pay $4-10 for your valet tip, regardless of if the valet charges a fee or not."