Question Compulsory service charge in restaurants......

Smiffy 2

Well-known Member
Do you tip as well????



Distinguished Member
I don’t tip if they add a service charge. Also refuse to pay the service charge if the service was poor.

BT Bob

Well-known Member
Service charges are not compulsory and you can decline if you feel the service wasn't worth it.
But, to answer the question, if it's included I don't tip as well - unless the waiter/waitress is exceptional.

Smiffy 2

Well-known Member
The service was good. But not being used to paying a service charge I wasn't quite sure what the "done thing" was.
We were celebrating my Son's graduation.
The waitress said that she had deducted the price of his Cheesecake dessert off of the bill as a "well done" gesture. But on checking the bill when we got home, we'd been charged for it.
Minor thing, but it was more the tip situation I was concerned about.


My understanding is that it replaces the tip and may be distributed equally amongst all the staff, not just the waiter/waitress who served you. Restaurants have been criticised in the past for creaming a percentage off the top so I don't know if that practice still goes on.

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
If there is a service charge, I always ask if the whole amount is going to the staff. If not, I get them to take it off and will pay the tip in cash instead.
If there is a compulsory service charge the a) I expect to be notified for that upfront. Often it is on the menu for group of 6+. And b) no I do not provide an additional tip as well.


Distinguished Member
I'm in the dislike camp when it comes to service charges and have discussed this with staff, management at places that have added this and not included that it is an option.

If they cannot pay their staff enough then they might need to reconsider their currently prices!
Last edited:
Top Bottom