Etiquette Boss: Buffet etiquette

December 30, 2015 Phillipa Morrish
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I have been asked by a reader to address the subject of buffet etiquette; especially as it relates to tipping guidelines.

Many buffet patrons are unsure what percentage of the bill they should tip the waiters who clear the tables and replenish beverages, as half of the service is done by the patrons themselves. There is no clear guideline for buffet tipping, but if your table is partly served by waiter, a 10 percent tip is the most common amount given. Some people give 15 percent if the waiter seems to be a college student or someone who has provided extraordinary service.

In addition to tipping, buffet etiquette involves having food in the middle of the plate, and not piled so high that the rim is partly covered. If half of the table returns from the buffet line, it is okay to begin the meal, whereas a sit-down dinner requires waiting until all at the table are served for a group of 10 or fewer.

If fruit is available as part of the meal, remember that grapes are to be picked by the stem, and not individually from the stem. Picking them individually leaves the stem looking untidy and less appetizing as portions of grape flesh are left exposed on the naked stem. I need not emphasize that taking food home from a restaurant buffet is strictly prohibited.

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Phillipa Morrish is the president of Etiquette Training International.

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