Tipping at Palo's?

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  1. 3 things

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    At the risk of asking YET ANOTHER question on tipping... I don't know how to handle tipping at Palo's. What's the right thing to do up there? The cost is $10.00 per person. So, 15% of $20.00 is $3.00. We just returned from a 7-day cruise and ate at Palo's 3 times (1 brunch and 2 dinners). We couldn't imagine tipping the outstanding service with $3.00 - but were perplexed as to how much (and when/how) to tip. We ended up feeling the meal was worth at least $100-150 and that the service was definitely worth a 20% tip - so we just added $25.00 to the bill at the end of the meal.

    Ok, experts... What's the right way to do this? Should we have taken a separate envelope to the server on Friday night? Should the tip be included at the time of the meal? And how much is appropriate?

    My apologies if this is an old question, but I've been on the boards a few months and haven't seen this one. AND, I want to know what to do for our next cruise. Thanks!

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  3. kennancat

    kennancat DIS Veteran

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    Unless your Palo server goes above and beyond, I don't think you need to worry about giving them any extra tip. After all, the $10 fee is to help cover their gratuity since they don't get tipped out of the main dining rooms.
     
  4. Masonpips

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    We did what you did and estimated the meal at $100 or so (food only, more for drinks) and added additional $$ to make the entire amount worth about 20%.

    I think the cost of Palo is spread evenly across the staff there and anything additional goes only to your server?
     
  5. makaylee

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    Only $5 of the $10 goes to the server. So if you figure your meal would cost $50 for one person that is only a 10% tip.
     
  6. The4OfUs

    The4OfUs Happy DVC members since '97!

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    Our server went so far above and beyond any service we've ever experienced, I couldn't have walked out without showing my appreciation for such a memorable brunch AND dinner (same server!) without tipping extra. :) $5 or $10 is simply not enough for the caliber of food, atmosphere and service we got.
     
  7. Skuba2

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    We did the same thing---figured out what the meal would normally have cost and gave 20% for their excellent service. Having been a waitress in college--there was no way in this world that I was not going to tip extra. When we went back for the Champagne Brunch--the server switched tables so she could have us again. We must have done something right. LOL!

    DG
     
  8. kennancat

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    Good point. After posting last night, I asked my husband what we did at Palo for a tip. Turns out we also did the estimate of what the meal would have cost and tipped additional. I was probably so focused on my souffle that I completely forgot! :p
     
  9. Horace Horsecollar

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    Has anyone seen this in writing from Disney Cruise Line?

    Back when Palo (not Palo's) was $5 per person, DCL clearly published that the money went to gratuities.

    Now that it's $10 per person, what does DCL publish?
     
  10. webray

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    We definately tip the server at Palo...we don't consider the $10 fee for eating there the tip..never even thought of it that way.
     
  11. The4OfUs

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    I actually emailed my server and asked her this...haven't heard back yet, but I'm sure they don't have alot of time to email! I'll pipe up when she does tho. ;)
     
  12. jrabbit

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    For the brunch we usually leave an extra $20 for the two of us so for this outsanding meal we spend about $40.

    Since the charge for Palo dinner was bumped up to $10/person, did they raise the brunch prices also? (to $15/person?)
     
  13. Kimnicki

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    We did the brunch and tipped $20.00. Our server was fantastic and deserved every penny!

    Kim:sunny:
     

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