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To­gether, tax and tip add 25–35 per cent to restau­rant bills. SF fol­lows the US tip­ping stan­dard: 20 –25 per cent is gen­er­ous; 15 per cent is the min­i­mum, un­less some­thing went hor­ri­bly wrong with the ser vice you re­ceived. More SF restau­rants are now charg­ing a flat 20 per cent ser vice fee, es­pe­cially for large par ties, even though diners may balk at hav­ing tip­ping de­ci­sions made for them. Restau­rants ar­gue that the flat fee helps guar­an­tee a liv­ing wage to staff in the no­to­ri­ously pricey Bay Area. Some restau­rants tack on a 4 per cent sur­charge to cover the cost of pro­vid­ing health care to em­ploy­ees, as re­quired by SF law.

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