When you go to a restaurant, and get your bill, you pay what you see, right? No! In Canada, we give tips! On top of your bill, you usually pay a bit extra as thanks to your server. It can seem complicated, but it’s not.
Typically, when you go to a restaurant, you tip 15-20% of the price of your bill. If you don’t, it’s considered rude. However, if the service was not good, then you should tip less, like 5-10%. You get to decide how much you tip, but remember, if you don’t tip enough, it is considered rude.
When you get take-out, like coffee, fast food, or other foods where you pay at the counter, you do not have to tip. Often, the shop will have a little jar for tips, but you do not have to give them anything if you don’t want to. Many Canadians choose to not tip in this situation. However, if you get food delivered to your house, like pizza, usually you give a $5 tip.
If you’re at a bar or club, you should tip the bartender. This is an exception to the counter rule. Canadians don’t have a set rule for how much in this situation, but usually you let them ‘keep the change.’ For example, if your drink is $4, or $4.50, you give them $5 and that will be enough. Otherwise an extra dollar will do.
Tipping can be expensive on top of already expensive costs in Canada, but it has a purpose. Tipping is used as a way to show thanks for good service. It also helps waiters and waitresses because their wages are lower than other workers. This is an important thing to remember when you are deciding how much to tip because some workers depend on tips to increase their low salaries.
Next time you go to a restaurant in Vancouver, enjoy yourself, and don’t forget to tip!