When the Restaurant Owner comps your meal..

  • kaccioto

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    Jun 09, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    Is it rude to pay a portion of the bill?

    I suggested leaving 50% of the bill or at least wine portion, since it came to a lot.. but bf said it would insult the owner, and at most, we should just leave appropriate tip.

    We didn't know the owner directly, but have mutual acquaintances.
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    Jun 09, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    Thank you card. Handwritten.
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    Jun 09, 2008 3:19 PM GMT
    I always like to recommend the restaurant to friends and clients - it's all part of advertising and if the owner can get more people comming in because of a comped meal the better. They should let the owner know that you referred them.
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    Jun 09, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    swpdxguy saidI always like to recommend the restaurant to friends and clients - it's all part of advertising and if the owner can get more people comming in because of a comped meal the better. They should let the owner know that you referred them.

    Yes, please mention that as well in your thank you letter. Handwritten.
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    Jun 09, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    kaccioto saidIs it rude to pay a portion of the bill?

    I suggested leaving 50% of the bill or at least wine portion, since it came to a lot.. but bf said it would insult the owner, and at most, we should just leave appropriate tip.

    We didn't know the owner directly, but have mutual acquaintances.


    I like thew idea of 50% of the bill for a tip, or even the wine portion.

    An alternative would be to send him a gift later, but you really want to show your appreciation right away.

    A hearty smile and thank you is not enough.
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    Jun 09, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    Send 'Thnx d00d' with a sky writer.
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    Jun 09, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    zimster saidThank you card. Handwritten.
    Bingo.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 09, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Leaving half the bill as a TIP would be fine. Certainly a generous tip is in order. And as Zim points out, a nice hand-written thank you note is always a nice gesture.

    I am surprised Zim didn't also suggest including a pic of your torso (just not the one with middle finder]. I'm sure that could secure a few more free meals. [OK, I'm kidding. A bit.]
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    Jun 09, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    GOOD tip and a Thank You card!!!
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    Jun 09, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    I think the best thing to do is to show your appreciation by brining more business to the restaurant. I would go beyond recommending the place to people. I would bring in a reasonable group of people who have not been there. Introduce them to the owner, who will likely swing by your table. It shows you actively care about growing the business and it brings you to the restaurant again. The new people will have something to share in their experience meeting the owner. Additionally, your guests will be impressed with your relationship with the owner.
  • kaccioto

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    Jun 09, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    swpdxguy saidI always like to recommend the restaurant to friends and clients - it's all part of advertising and if the owner can get more people comming in because of a comped meal the better. They should let the owner know that you referred them.


    well said, but i felt inappropriate just leaving tip, since this is a sought out place in town (per se/columbus circle), so the place is always booked. we spoke with a partner of the restaurant (not tom k.) shook hands, and shot the breeze a bit before we left.

    the place definitely doesn't need any more advertisement but the food was awesome, nonetheless.
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    Jun 09, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    You should have tipped the server at least what you would have if you would have tipped him if you would have paid. The tip is no insult. Lets not go into the scene from reservoir dogs that explains why wee all need to tip.
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    Jun 09, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    kaccioto said[quote]...the place is always booked. we spoke with a partner of the restaurant (not tom k.) shook hands, and shot the breeze a bit before we left.
    the place definitely doesn't need any more advertisement but the food was awesome, nonetheless.

    YEP...given that, shift to EricLA's suggestion: insert a signed photo of your torso.icon_cool.gif
    EricLA, my man, I am not that gay on the first instance...especially when food is involved! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 09, 2008 5:58 PM GMT
    Oh yeah also Yelp the HELL out of it too!!
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    Jun 09, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    Accept it graciously. A handwritten note is a very nice way to do so.

    Important: Tip well, since the owner comp'd the food but not the service. The waiter/waitress should still be tipped as if you paid full price. If they anything to do with the comp, then overtip!
  • vindog

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    Jun 09, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    ItsMyLife saidYou should have tipped the server at least what you would have if you would have tipped him if you would have paid. The tip is no insult. Lets not go into the scene from reservoir dogs that explains why wee all need to tip.


    I agree. At least this, I would probably tip more than that if the whole meal was comped.

    And a note says a WHOLE LOT about your character.
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    Jun 09, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, you definitely need to tip the waiter for his work - and I agree with that I would tip a lot more than usual in that situation.

    It reminds me of when I lived in NYC and I went to this one restaurant all the time and my waitress (who was an acquaintance of mine) would always charge me for less than what I ordered, so then I would always tip her an insanely huge amount - and the whole thing never made sense because by the time I provided her huge tip, I was basically paying what I would have paid if she never comp'd me in the first place - but it still felt good to both of us to both be generous and be on the receiving end of generosity, so we kept it up anyway.
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    Jun 09, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    If the owner comped your meal because there was a cricket in the pesto then no thank you card is required.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 09, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    It's a gift so paying for any portion of the meal would be a reneg on his offer
    .... tip the staff generously and maybe send a thank you note
    if you meet somehow later on and your services become available you will be required to offer an equal amt
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    Jun 09, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    If the meal is free, take it. No matter how much someone knows you or not, when they feel it right to comp your meal, it's only fair you take everything they give you. Ease their conscious and fill your belly. Then, all debts are paid, and you can return to eat happily anytime you want.

    Send a "Thank You" card, and/or return again when the occasion arises. Nothing says I appreciate everything you've done like a return customer.
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    Jun 09, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    Ummmm... I think you have to blow him, or at least a hand job


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  • joeindallas

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    Jun 09, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    Its MY Life is right the waiter/servers/ bus people are all working for less than Minimum wage. Owner probally made sure you had great service so at lest tip out the servers go to 30%. It would make their day
  • joeindallas

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    Jun 09, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    same goes for a function with an Open Bar tip out the bartender
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    Jun 10, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    kaccioto said[quote][cite]swpdxguy said[/cite]I always like to recommend the restaurant to friends and clients - it's all part of advertising and if the owner can get more people comming in because of a comped meal the better. They should let the owner know that you referred them.


    well said, but i felt inappropriate just leaving tip, since this is a sought out place in town (per se/columbus circle), so the place is always booked. we spoke with a partner of the restaurant (not tom k.) shook hands, and shot the breeze a bit before we left.

    the place definitely doesn't need any more advertisement but the food was awesome, nonetheless. [/quote]

    I totally agree about the tip. This may sound a bit odd but - another thing you could do is invite him over for dinner (if you feel comfortable enough and with your friends). A good friend of mine has an upscale Itallian restaurant and the best treat he can get is having an evening away from the restaurant when he doesn't have to cook. What better way to say Thank-you? icon_smile.gif
  • docmarvy

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    Jun 10, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    a1972guy saidOh yeah also Yelp the HELL out of it too!!


    I don't know about that. Yelp has been really iffy around here. A few of the Austin suggestions have been way off base. Yelp in theory is awesome, but in practice can be "smart-assed" out of usefulness.

    But it doesn't hurt to recommend it on travel sites as well. A good review can make the difference. I know I rely on them when I travel.