In budget or average restaurants tipping is normal, though not obligatory and you should rarely expect to give more than about ten percent. In fancier places you may well find a service charge of at least ten percent as well as a tax of nineteen percent (IGV) added to the bill. In restaurants and peñas where there’s live music or performances a cover charge is generally also applied and can be as high as $5 a head. Even without a performance, additional cover charges of around $1 are sometimes levied in the flashier restaurants in major town centres.

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