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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

ifyou can afford those numbers for a bottle of wine, you can afford to tip the server based on the bottom line number..... no exclusions.....

May 23, 2016 05:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It depends on a lot of things. The level of service being the most critical factor. I recently was at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay.  Had a $17 martini and tipped the bar tender $20.  He was over the top amazing.  Sometimes I just feel the need to add a little something to someone's day. 

May 23, 2016 06:55 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think 'your cheap' is showing. I thought it was on the total bill period. 

May 23, 2016 07:37 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin Yes, the tip is based on the total amount of the bill.

May 23, 2016 07:36 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm not a tipper.  I'll never understand the concept.  2 waiters bring 2 plates of food to 2 tables side by side.  One table has surf & turf and the other has burgers.  Why should one waiter earn twice the amount of the other simply for what we had a taste for that day? 

If I wanted the champagne or koolaid, my waiter should still be paid the same.  Ok, you can yell at me now!

May 23, 2016 04:53 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

I am not a connoisseur...

If I am going to splurge on a whole bottle of wine, it will be at home and the dogs will get to smell the tip needed.


May 23, 2016 03:44 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Barbara Todaro gets my vote - I don't do wine anyway

May 23, 2016 10:26 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Cheers to the answer by Barbara Todaro.

May 23, 2016 10:06 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I've never broken out part of the bill versus another. I agree that the tip is based on the service rendered.  

To those who think they shouldn't tip more because they spend more, do they accept a higher commission on a more expensive house?  

May 23, 2016 04:27 PM
Sandy Williams
eXp Realty, - Sarasota, FL

I tip 20% across the board.  You may want to check to see if there is a corkage fee. Some places charge that.

May 23, 2016 04:07 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Barbara Todaro said...

May 23, 2016 11:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've never thought of it as a separate line item for a tip. It's just 15-20% of the total bill depending on the venue and quality of service.

May 23, 2016 09:47 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I always base the tip on the total bill and it depends on the quality of the service, 15-20%.


May 23, 2016 03:56 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Bite the bullet and tip on the whole bill. If your standard is 15-20% don't chinch just because you were extravagant on your drink.

May 23, 2016 12:49 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Daytona Beach Area Florida Homes

Tip should be on the total amount of the bill.

May 23, 2016 12:46 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I always tip big.  Those servers work HARD.  Plus my wife makes a lot of money, so we're good.  

May 23, 2016 11:06 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

We don't go flat rate...It really depends on the server and the real service.  If they are not on their game and we have to wait for long periods... that will be taken into consideration.  but we always go off of the total bill

May 23, 2016 08:43 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My dad always excluded adult beverages before figuring a tip.  Not me.  I worked too many years waiting tables.  I tip a percentage of the total check.  

May 23, 2016 08:39 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Barbara Todaro has a good answer.

May 23, 2016 07:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I still tip 20%

May 23, 2016 06:50 AM
Coal Infantino
Coldwell Banker - York, PA
Realtor specializing in south central PA

Another great reason I drink BEER!

May 23, 2016 06:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have no clue, as I've never had an expensive bottle of wine.

May 23, 2016 05:38 AM
Toronto, ON

It likely depends upon the establishment as well as the country.

May 23, 2016 05:10 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Fred - I have been taught that it's the whole bill, but I've never ordered a bottle so expensive that I had to worry about that.

May 23, 2016 04:43 AM
Scott Lawson
America's Home loans - Santa Rosa, Petaluma Mortgage Broker - Santa Rosa, CA
Mortgage Broker FHA, VA, refinance or purchase

Yep, on the bill total...


You play, you pay...Or, as Bernie says: "Spread the wealth..."

May 23, 2016 04:15 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Actually you are already, it's on the tab.

May 23, 2016 03:55 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I think you tip based on the service experience, just as with everything else.  I don't go by hard % numbers.  If things are good, smooth, and service is friendly without impeding on my meal, 20%.  If great, 25%+, if "meh", 15%, and if worse....I speak with management.

May 23, 2016 03:50 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In the world of wine...separate rules apply. This world escapes me thank you

May 23, 2016 03:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In December went to dinner with a couple after a closing at a high end steak house, and we had a few bottles of wine with the 6 of us.    We tipped on the full ticket.

May 27, 2016 07:35 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I am so glad to see the responses here. And I tip like Kathleen Daniels. I love going into a place and making someone's day when they've done a great job. 

May 26, 2016 04:10 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Depends.  That's what I'd need to be wearing if I'd ordered a bottle that expensive.

If the meal is $500.00... and a single bottle of wine is $10,000.  No, I'm not typing 20% on the $10,500.00 tab.  I would tip 20% on the $500.00, and perhaps a crisp hundred-dollar-bill on the bottle.  If the $10,000 wine tab represented ten $1,000 bottles, I'd probably up the ante ('cause it's a lot more work for the server to decant 10 bottles, refilling glasses as needed)... I might increase that wine tip to $250.00-$500.00 depending on the quality of the service.

May 25, 2016 08:22 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good question but I think I would adjust the tip down based on what you are asking, sort of like a corkage fee.

May 23, 2016 11:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your tips are your personal decisions.

May 23, 2016 10:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Tipping on a bottle of wine is something that I do not foresee ever happening, not likely to ever buy one.

May 23, 2016 08:41 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - the standard is a standard is a standard, isn't it?

May 23, 2016 03:18 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Out here tips are done on food only.  You tip seperately on beverages, if at all.


1) Sit down dinner - you do not tip on water, sodas, teas.  You do not tip on alcohol.

2) If a coctail waitress or the bartender is ordered from directly (example: night club, concert venue, etc.) - You tip on the food as normal and drinks are tipped seperately.  Usually $1-$2 per drink, more if they make it strong or you want to build a relationship to get priority service in the future.  In my drinking days I would usually "tip the tab" (and then some).  I could be at the back of a crowd and the bartender would call me up and have my drink ready.  If there were "extras" leftover from a drink mix, I'd get called over and get it for free.

May 23, 2016 02:56 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

this is an interesting question.  I am not a fancy wine drinker, but can see where it might be ridiculous

May 23, 2016 02:38 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tipping on the bottom line is classy.

May 23, 2016 01:25 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

I totally agree with Barbara Todaro 

May 23, 2016 10:05 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

Many years ago in a restaurant, I was sitting next to someone who was entertaining a client. It seems like they were having a great time as they had been drinking at the restaurant for quite a while and were getting very happy.  As it turned out,  the client ordered a $5,000 bottle of wine when the other went to the mens room. Unfortunately, this brought the bill over expense account limit and the person had to use personal credit cards to cover. However, no tip was given due to lack of funds. 

May 23, 2016 07:24 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the question.

May 23, 2016 05:20 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


20% of the whole bill, and if a bottle is in the price range you illustrated, I would not order it...A

May 23, 2016 04:27 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Did you bring the bottle in?

Did the waitstaff open the bottle?

Did they pour the wine into glasses they provided and not onto your lap?

Did they lurk about to keep the wine flowing?

Sounds like they effectively up-sold and will reap corresponding benefits.

Maybe instead of the high roller 25 you do 20.


May 23, 2016 03:52 AM