5 Ways to Show Appreciation on National Waiters and Waitress Day

national waiters and waitress day

Today, May 21st is National Waiters and Waitress Day.

Lets be honest, it’s not always easy being a server. They work hard to represent their restaurant and keep customers happy. A positive dining experience begins and ends with excellent service. On this day, make sure the waiters and waitresses out there get the respect they deserve.  Here are five tips on how to show appreciation for waiters and waitresses today.

Give Them a Tip

A tip is the original form of respect and support. If you can afford it, why not give them a bigger tip than usual? Even if it’s around 30%, you can be sure they will be happy to receive it. A larger tip will not only relieve their wallet, but make them feel better at work as well.

Words of Encouragement

Take a minute to tell them how great of a job they are doing. Nothing will make them feel better about their performance than some verbal recognition from their customers. Also, if they have time, have a quick conversation with them.

Write Them a Note

Leave a little note on the bill after you pay. This visual conformation will mean a lot to your server, and will be proof to them of a job well done. It doesn’t have to be long. Just give them a quick “thank you” to show appreciation for their hard work.

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Give a Gift 

Go above and beyond on National Waiter and Waitress Day! Bring a gift to give to your favorite waiter or waitress. It could be a thank you card or a gift card. Just show them that they are recognized and respected for serving in the community.

Be Kind and Courteous  

Waiters and waitresses put up with all kinds of customers throughout the year. Be courteous on National Waiter and Waitress day. Being kind and respectful can brighten up a servers day. You can even help them by not leaving a mess on the table after your meal. Help clean up by stacking the dishes and picking up the trash left on the table.

Servers cater to us to keep us happy and to keep customers coming back for more, why not show them some recognition for their service.

Have you thanked your waiter or waitress today?

May 7, 2013


  1. Irma on February 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

    #1 is most important. Everyone should leave a minimum of 15% on every bill, for decent service. More if the person’s service went above and beyond. e

    If your server gave you malicious treatment, then you have a right to tip less. If they were having a rough time, consider that you probably have NO idea how complex it is to work as a server, dealing with fiery tempers coming from the kitchen, the bartenders, and the occasional customer. Tip them minimum 15% unless they were jerks to you.

    If you think you could do better, go ahead and try this job out for 2 weeks and we’ll see if you still think that.

    If you cannot, somehow, afford to pay that–then stay home or go to a fast food place.

    If you are not sure how to calculate 15%, use your phone’s calculator.

    • David Pascoe on November 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      You are absolutely correct. Most people don’t realize that waiters and waitresses are taxed on their sales not on their tips.

  2. Richie Woodard on December 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Seems to me waiters and waitresses just expect a high tip when their service sucks. I mean suck like never smiling, filling your drinks, or even checking to see if you need anything. I always leave 15% for robotic servers. Excellent service gets 30% or more. A simple smile and an attempt to make sure things are good get 20% from me. Being treated in a disresptful way gets a see ya. I’ll just eat somewhere else. It goes both ways between servers and customers. I worked as a waiter before, so I do understand. But on the whole, today servers are mediocre at best. When I do get one that’s superb. Leaving a large tip and a well deserved recognition is standard for me.

  3. Erik Martin on May 21, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I demand perfection of myself as a waiter. If I’m not on my A game, I don’t deserve even the smallest tip.

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