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Barcelona: Grrrrrrr...restaurant tipping!

Barcelona: Grrrrrrr...restaurant tipping!

Old Sep 17th, 2004, 10:29 AM
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Barcelona: Grrrrrrr...restaurant tipping!

Just got back from Paris and Barcelona. When we were in Paris...service was always included in our meals and was reflected on the receipt. I think it was usually 17%.

When we were in Barcelona...the receipt didn't say anything. We asked at multiple restaurants if service was included and they always said NO. I thought this seemed weird, since I had read that service must be included. We usually ended up leaving an additional 10-15%.

What's the deal?????????????????
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You've answered your own question.

If service isn't included then, believe it or not, it isn't included.
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Old Sep 17th, 2004, 10:40 AM
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Hmmmmmmm...but I've now read and heard from friends that the service is already included in the prices of food, but they just don't show the 17% breakdown like they do in Paris.
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We were in Barcelona over the summer and asked the concierge at the hotel about tipping. He stated that service was included, but if we had a good experience it was customary to leave something extra/a tip (anything from a couple of euros at a tapas bar to more, obviously, at a nicer restaurant).
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in spain you leave, as mentioned a complimentary tip , but 15% is certainly not necessary and is not customary from locals.

rounding up the change a bit, from 5% or so would be fine.
tips are always welcome, and i am sure the staff in very touristy areas are grateful to have the generosity of many foreigners worried they will be frowned at if they do not leave a hefty tip.
it is just not so here.. fortunately.

for example, a spaniard for a 9.25 meal or bill would probably just leave 10 euros and so on. but for a 6.10 bill might only leave 6.25 or 6.50. it is really not an issue here.
and i find young people rarely tip standing at the bar.

there has been no additional service fee added to your bill as in france. but waiters and service people do have a salary that is at least minimum wage, not like the U.S. restaurant industry where your tip makes up for the usually low salary.

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