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Old 04-07-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Here in NZ I wouldn't think twice about ordering an appetizer as the main part of my meal. However, tipping is not common practice here, so ordering a cheaper meal does not affect the servers pay.

I was just wondering therefore if it's acceptable practice to order an appetizer (and possibly a dessert) at a WDW table-service restaurant, but no entree?

While I'm interested in how this scenario relates to any non-signature restaurant, I'm mainly thinking of Yak and Yeti when I ask this question. I already know what I would pick off the menu - one of those Dim Sum baskets for two (but I would eat it on my own). I may follow it up with the wonton dessert, but there will definitely be no room in my stomach for an entree.

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That's fine to do.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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I, personally, see no problem with that. I've often times ordered 2 appetizers instead of a meal. My kids hate kiddie food, so they often split an adult meal. Sometimes we share desserts. There's no rule saying everyone must order an app, main and dessert. I suppose the waiter staff wouldn't be too happy if you ordered 1 app and glass of tap water for a party of 3

I think your plan sounds yummy, BTW.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #4
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Totally fine to order an app instead of an entree. We do it all the time - we have avery picky son too. All wait staff will want to turn those tables over as quickly as they can. That being said We've never ever been rushed out or felt rushed to leave. Since the appetizer does not take as long to eat you may need to buy a few extra drinks if everyone is just getting apps and you wanted to sit and stay a little longer.
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Not a problem. I look at the average dinner cost and if I don't reach that I will add a higher percentage tip. You don't have to worry about it in WDW but I never leave less than $5 for a table.
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While I'm interested in how this scenario relates to any non-signature restaurant, I'm mainly thinking of Yak and Yeti when I ask this question. I already know what I would pick off the menu - one of those Dim Sum baskets for two (but I would eat it on my own). I may follow it up with the wonton dessert, but there will definitely be no room in my stomach for an entree.

Thanks in advance.
Well, looking at the menu, the appetizer you are referring to is $14.99 and if you get the dessert, that's another $7.99. So you would be spending more than anyone who got a wok entree. Even if you didn't get the dessert, the wok entrees are only $3-$4 more expensive.

Some American do the entire appetizer, entree and dessert thing. A lot don't.
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That's how we eat about 90% of the time at home or WDW. They don't care what you eat as long as everyone is making money.
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Thanks so much everyone for your helpful answers!

Great to know :-)
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
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You'll be fine!

Since the price is 14.99, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Sometimes if I get something small at a restaurant, like if it's $10 but the entrees are $30-40, I'll leave a bigger tip (more than 20%) because it's not the server's fault that I'm not hungry and they still waited on me the same (assuming they did). Or I'll order a more expensive drink.
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You'll be fine!

Since the price is 14.99, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Sometimes if I get something small at a restaurant, like if it's $10 but the entrees are $30-40, I'll leave a bigger tip (more than 20%) because it's not the server's fault that I'm not hungry and they still waited on me the same (assuming they did). Or I'll order a more expensive drink.
Really?

Eat what you want and tip on what you eat.

No need to tip on a higher check than what you got.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:16 PM   #11
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I, too, will get a slightly more generous tip, maybe 23%, if I feel like I ordered cheaply and the server might have made more money without me in their section.
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You ABSOLUTELY can order just appetizers! We do it all the time.


FYI, I have no idea what restaurants your hitting in WDW, but best appetizers I have had are at Flying Fish and Kouzzina.

FF: Mussels, Crab Cake, and Artisanal Cheese plate.

Kouzzina: Sampler, Shrimp, and Calamari Appetizers.


OK, now I'm hungry!!
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. . . tipping is not common practice here, so ordering a cheaper meal does not affect the servers pay . . . I was just wondering therefore if it's acceptable practice to order an appetizer (and possibly a dessert) at a WDW table-service restaurant, but no entree? . . .

1) No problem.
2) After traveling most of the world, many countries do not use tips.
. . . in many areas, wages are high enough to include what U.S.A. would tip
. . . in fact, in some countries, tipping is an insult
. . . many countries are no-tips-necessary
. . . some use the "coin change" as acceptable tips for great service
3) In the U.S.A., tip on the pre-tax (subtotal) of the meal.
4) Tips in U.S.A. usually range
. . . 5%-15% for buffets, average 10%-12%
. . . 10%-20% for service, average 15%-18%
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Really?

Eat what you want and tip on what you eat.

No need to tip on a higher check than what you got.
I never, ever, ever tip on what I eat. I tip on service. Sometimes that's nothing, sometimes it's 5%, sometimes it's 20%, and sometimes it's 100% of the bill but the amount is based on service. So if they served me just the same as if I had a full sized meal but I ordered a fraction of that, I'll give them a little more. I mean, I'm eating out at a nice restaurant... if I can't afford a couple of extra dollars, I shouldn't be eating out... as the saying goes.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:49 AM   #15
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You ABSOLUTELY can order just appetizers! We do it all the time.

FYI, I have no idea what restaurants your hitting in WDW, but best appetizers I have had are at Flying Fish and Kouzzina.

FF: Mussels, Crab Cake, and Artisanal Cheese plate.

Kouzzina: Sampler, Shrimp, and Calamari Appetizers.

OK, now I'm hungry!!
Thanks Fly Girl. Those appetizers sound great and I'm also feeling hungry :-)

I haven't booked either of those places, but I haven't completely ruled out Kouzzina. I'm staying on the Boardwalk and it looks yum.

Not including buffets or family-style, my ADRs include: Sci Fi, San Angel Inn, Sanaa, Y&Y, 50's Prime Time, T-Rex and Raglan Rd. If you know of any great appetizers (or menu items in general), I'd love to hear about them.
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