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.

amisstree June 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Wow, calculus, really? While this initially may seem to be a good idea, I personally feel in the long run it's going to fail. Where is the incentive to do a good job and be well rewarded for the outstanding service provided? Service sucks most of the time in restaurants now, these pimply-faced idiots will have NO incentive to provide good service if they're receiving $15 a hour whether they do a great job, spit in your food, and play on their phones while your steady trying to flag your server down to get a H²o refill. Like most anything/everything else these days that seems to create "equality", generally ends up being a cluster-4uck of a disaster.
Renate Plank June 23, 2014 at 07:16 AM
We recently ate in a beautiful, upscale restaurant. On the bottom of the menu was noted: 18% tip and 6% tax included. I thought that was a good idea.
Nancy Benson June 23, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Having worked my way through college by waitressing, I always tip well, but I know others don't. And oftentimes it isn't the server's fault i.e. it could be the cook's, but the server "pays the price." In general I'm against the "spread the wealth" concept but I don't think this falls under that category. I think it is a good idea, and one that is based on fairness. And I agree that if the service is poor, complain to the manager after the meal.
Rosemary Reed Bandura June 23, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Having worked as a bartender and a waitress, I think the no tipping trend is a terrible idea. Working for tips is usually the reason a person does that job and if they want to earn that tip, they do it well. If you get a bad server, letting them know, in a nice way is the best way to handle the issue and show it in their tip. Working as a food server comes with a lot of things you don't see or feel until you've done it. No reward for your service...don't like it!
Gina TB June 24, 2014 at 05:04 AM
Does anyone know what the word TIPS means??? It's an acronym. ..To Insure Proper Service It was supposed to be an incentive for good service.


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