We travel and dine often with our group of wine friends. We generally bring our favorite wines to the restaurant. There is always at least one very old wine that one of us brings and we ask that it be decanted, which means extra work for the server. We always agree to tip the wait staff on the entire check amount, including corkage.
What about the servers who tell you that they are waiving the corkage fee? Are they doing that just because they like us? It’s doubtful. I am thinking it might be because the server has been stiffed before on the corkage tip so a better angle is to waive the corkage, expecting that the patrons will add what would have been the corkage fee to the tip amount. We are finding it more often than not that servers are waiving the corkage fee. I like this trend.
Most restaurant wine lists have a huge markup. Sometimes as much as three times the retail price. I know many who will subtract the cost of restaurant wine from the check when figuring the tip amount. The reasoning is because they figure service is built into the huge markup restaurants add to the price of wine. Restaurants say the markup on wine covers the extra work required to serve wine. This includes opening the wine, decanting if necessary, serving the wine, storing, and of course the many aspects of the glassware. Again, as with the corkage fee, to tip or not tip on the price of the wine?
What are your thoughts about wine, corkage, and tipping at a restaurant?
I have included the link to the handy hospitality calculator for you to peruse at your leisure. Too bad this widget is not an app for the smartphone. I would like to have this handy tip tool for traveling. There are plenty of apps for figuring the tip for a restaurant meal. This little widget covers more tipping rules.