Visiting a new country opens up new opportunities to discover novel cultures and lifestyles. Eating out at restaurants is a big part of traveling anywhere new, and Peru is no exception. Peruvian cuisine is famous all around the world and new restaurants specializing in this rich cuisine open up every other week in different global cities. When in Peru, you will find not only a globalized far-off Peruvian dishes, but also authentic and original dishes that you probably will never be able to try abroad. However, there are a few things you need to bear in mind when visiting restaurants in Peru.
Tipping is not necessarily customary in Peru, unlike in the US. Similar to Europe, most Peruvian restaurants do not expect you to tip. However, Peru is not as rich as European countries are, and many of the wait staff are not paid well. If you visit a restaurant and you are pleased with the service, you can (and should) leave a tip ranging from 10 to 20 percent of the bill amount. Fancier restaurants may expect you to tip at the end of your meal even in Peru. Strangely, the cheaper a restaurant is, the less likely you are expected leave a tip.
The concept of tipping may seemlier outside larger cities such as Lima. In smaller towns where there are no wait staff and the owner sells everything themselves, it probably isn’t a good idea to tip. They may even feel offended if you tip a owner. Nevertheless, leaving a generous tip if you have been treated well and if you like the service is a great way to show your satisfaction to thwart staff (not the owner). If you ever visit the restaurant again, you will be remembered and greeted with a pleasant smile for sure.
Have you already been in Peru and have had experience dining out? If so, let us know your experience in the comments section below. You might also want to download our informative guide to traveling in Peru for various tips.