Restaurant Service Charge

AskRestaurant Service Charge
Nick Cunha asked 9 years ago

I noticed some restaurants add a “service charge” to your total bill, but this does not seem to be a consistent practice. Is an additional tip expected after they already tack on an 18% service charge – this seems excessive.

Lauren Charley replied 9 years ago

An additional tip is not customary, but it is a nice gesture if you have received exceptional service. It is a good habit to always check the bill to see if this has already be included. This is usually for larger parties, or sometimes at higher end restaurants.

Typically if there is no additional service charge, 10-15% is customary to tip around here, based on your experience with their customer service.

If paying cash at bars, tipping is also a common and greatly appreciated practice, so it is always kind to leave a buck or two depending on how many drinks you’re ordering and how kind and efficient your bartenders are. Our restaurant and bar staff here in the BVI work very hard to keep their customers happy 🙂