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Bay Area Diners: How Much Are You Tipping Right Now?

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How much are you tipping these days for sit-down meals, takeout orders, or delivery? Take the poll

Maison La Belle Vie winery in Palisade, Colorado.
The fickle nature of tipping feels even more unsettling during the pandemic, as the people who bring us food are, quite literally, risking their lives to do so

Let’s face it: In an equitable system, folks who work in restaurants and bars would be paid a living wage, and wouldn’t have to rely on the largesse of customers to determine how much they’ll take home after a day of slinging plates and serving patrons.

The fickle nature of tipping feels even more unsettling during the pandemic, as the people who bring us food are, quite literally, risking their lives to do so. They’ve also taken on additional duties like temperature-taker, mask cop, and more, all while facing nasty Yelp reviews from patrons who say they feel “anxious” or “uncomfortable” when asked to comply with state or local health orders.

The Bay Area is now seven full months into the pandemic, and though things are arguably closer to “normal,” with the advent of reduced-capacity dining indoors for almost every county, we’re still nowhere near the dining world we lived in back in January. What we’re trying to figure out is how the events of the last seven months have changed your tipping habits (assuming that they have).

Please drop your answers in the polls below before Wednesday October 21, and if you have additional thoughts to add, we’d love to hear them via email at sf@eater.com.

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Poll

How much do you tip on a sit-down meal (indoors or outdoors) these days?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    1-10 percent
    (30 votes)
  • 26%
    11-20 percent
    (771 votes)
  • 35%
    21-25 percent
    (1030 votes)
  • 9%
    26-30 percent
    (265 votes)
  • 4%
    More than 30 percent
    (129 votes)
  • 22%
    I’m not eating at sit-down places yet
    (651 votes)
  • 0%
    I don’t tip, period.
    (10 votes)
2886 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Are you tipping more or less for sit-down meals than you did before the pandemic began?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    Yes, I’m tipping more
    (1089 votes)
  • 2%
    Times have gotten tight, so I have to tip less
    (40 votes)
  • 35%
    It’s about the same
    (639 votes)
  • 1%
    I told you — I don’t tip
    (25 votes)
1793 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How much do you tip for takeout?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    1-10 percent
    (450 votes)
  • 47%
    11-20 percent
    (1093 votes)
  • 18%
    21-25 percent
    (430 votes)
  • 3%
    26-30 percent
    (90 votes)
  • 2%
    More than 30 percent
    (55 votes)
  • 7%
    I don’t tip on takeout
    (175 votes)
2293 votes total Vote Now

Poll

When you order delivery, do you tack on a tip for the restaurant?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Yes
    (958 votes)
  • 24%
    No
    (494 votes)
  • 27%
    I don’t order delivery
    (548 votes)
2000 votes total Vote Now

Poll

If you do tack on a tip for the restaurant when you order delivery, how much do you add?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    1-10 percent
    (356 votes)
  • 49%
    11-20 percent
    (549 votes)
  • 15%
    21-25 percent
    (167 votes)
  • 1%
    26-30 percent
    (19 votes)
  • 1%
    More than 30 percent
    (16 votes)
1107 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How much do you tip your delivery driver?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    1-10 percent
    (410 votes)
  • 48%
    11-20 percent
    (760 votes)
  • 14%
    21-25 percent
    (230 votes)
  • 2%
    26-30 percent
    (39 votes)
  • 1%
    More than 30 percent
    (30 votes)
  • 6%
    I don’t tip delivery drivers
    (101 votes)
1570 votes total Vote Now

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