How to split a restaurant bill.
September 14, 2013 10:47 AM Subscribe
When should a restaurant bill be split evenly between all parties?
posted by futureisunwritten to grab bag (46 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Went out for lunch last week with my brother and our cousin. I ordered a sandwich and a coffee. The other two had entrees that cost almost double what I had and two or three alcoholic drinks as well. When the bill came, the server asked how we wanted it split. I said separate checks and cousin jumped in and said "No, just split it three ways!" I was kind of surprised since my order cost less than half what theirs cost but I just went along with it. I thought it was a bit odd because the only other times I have ever been out with people and split the bill evenly was in a fine dining situation, where the wine was flowing and everybody was sharing and indulging. This was super casual.
My friends never suggest this at home. Either everyone's bill is for what they had or someone picks up the entire tab. However, we were in Montreal. My cousin said "That's how it's done here." I'm curious if there are regional differences. And what would you consider normal for a casual dining experience like the one described above? Thanks all.