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Usually, tips are something left at the end of a dining experience. But what happens when the promise of a big one is made up front? Should the guest expect better service?
I asked a few Valley chefs and restaurateurs this question, and here's what they had to say.
Kirsten Burruel, General Manager, DownUnder Wines and Bistro
I don't believe that it does. If you present yourself well, are knowledgeable about the food, and understand the drinks, you should be the lucky recipient of a good tip! When someone promises a higher tip, it sets me up for failure because I feel the pressure of needing to impress more and don't know what the expectation is. Everyone should get great service from a relaxed and passionate server.