Tipping table captains

Last year, at the Rainbow Room, I had my first experience with Table Captains. I’m not exactly sure what they do, but there was a line on the bill to leave them a tip, along with the waiters. I had to guess at what to leave him.

Since I will be at the Rainbow Room Grill again this Saturday (for my 2nd Annual Birthday Bash), I looked up tipping guidelines for table captains. Would you believe it was pretty hard to find. I did some searching online and didn’t come up with much. So I turned to my trusty 16th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette. Turns out it’s right there on page 533:

Like the waiter, but unlike the maitre d’, the captain depends on tips for a living. Leaving him 5 percent in addition to what you leave the waiting staff is adequate.

That’s good to know. I way overtipped the last time. It still leaves me wondering what a table captain does exactly. After I found the item in Emily Post, I also found this which give much the same information.

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.