5 tipping rules during the holdays you should use when dining

    1) Don’t be afraid to ask the wait-staff what’s the tipping percentage; by asking, you’re sending a message. 

          2) More restaurants are joining the no-tipping cause every day; ask what their tipping protocols are.

          3)Unless you’ve made your displeasure about the services known to the manager, you should leave the going tip                        percentage:

                   ...waiter should be given 15%, 20% , 25%, or 30% of the bill and 25% for extraordinary service.

                   ...wine steward should be given 15% of wine bill. 

                   ...bartender deserves 10% - 15% of bar bill.

                   ...with a smile, the coat check attendee should be given $1.00 per coat.

                   ...while graciously handing your car keys to the attendant, give him/her at least $2.00 – $3.00.

          4) Remember that the amount you tip reflects the total price before any coupons, gift certificates, etc. just because                      you get a discount, does not mean that your server did not serve up the full order.

          5) If the owner of the restaurant serves you her/himself, you should still tip her/himself. She/He will divide the tip                        among those who work in the kitchen and dining room.