Mar 17, 2023 - Business

Denverites are among the best tippers in the U.S., new data shows

Average restaurant tipping rates in select metro areas
Data: Toast; Chart: Axios Visuals

In the face of inflation, you're still quite generous.

What to know: Denver metro residents ranked as the No. 2 city for restaurant tips among a list of 12 major metro areas, according to data from Toast, a digital payment platform popular in the food industry.

  • Our average tip is 19.8% for on-premise and delivery dining.

Why it matters: We don't want to ruin our reputation.

Yes, but: The payment experience is a moment of pressure with ubiquitous payment screens encouraging tips at various levels. And figuring out how much to tip is harder than ever.

  • More eateries also are adding service fees to the bill, but it's not always clear who is getting the money — the server, the staff or the owners — Denver7 reports.
  • Other businesses are adding fees to cover employment costs, such as health care.

What they're saying: Business owners say the service fees are necessary to cover their increased costs, or to more equitably compensate staff, but they acknowledge it's tough for consumers with inflation.

  • "We distribute 100% of our service charge back to our staff, and it's important to make that distinction," Chris Rippe, an owner at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, told the TV station.
  • "But when you get to the level of diners, that's a lot for them to sift through. They shouldn't have to know the laws to hope that people are doing the right thing."
Average restaurant tipping rate
Data: Toast; Map: Axios Visuals

Of note: Health food orders saw a 22% yearly increase in the Denver metro area through the fourth quarter of 2022, the data found.


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