How much do you tip a waiter in Chile?
If you go to any restaurant in Chile, you’ll need to answer the question: “how much should I tip the waiter?”
Regardless of the standard in your home country, the accepted norm for waiter tips in Chile is 10%.
In fact, the bill you get will often suggest the tip or propina of 10%.
The challenge for you may be even getting the check. In Chile, it is customary to ask for the check. If you wait around thinking that the waiter will bring you the check, you’ll be waiting a long time.
Flag down the waiter and request la cuenta, por favor and they usually will deliver it promptly.
Chileans are fond of eating and then staying to socialize for quite some time. Thus the waiter isn’t sure you are done until you actually request the check.
One caveat in tipping is if you are eating at a restaurant that is used to foreigners. In that case, they may be expecting a bigger tip since foreigners will typically follow the cultural norms from their homeland and give a 15-20% tip. Nevertheless, you now know the rules and can tip accordingly.
It is interesting to note that tipping waiters is different from taxi drivers. Remember: you don’t have to tip taxi drivers in Chile.
Picture by Paul Lowry
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