You’ve probably heard about tipping fatigue.
Well, did you know that there are a number of restaurants in Toronto that are “service included”?
These no-tipping spots generally increase the salary of their staff, and raise the menu prices or include a standard service charge on the bill instead.
This generally means stable income, equal compensation among staff, and no surprises when it’s time for a customer to pay their bill.
If you’re looking to check them out, here are some restaurants in Toronto that offer the no-tipping policies.
Consider this your local spot for traditional BBQ brisket, ribs, wings, and more. Barque is a full-wage restaurant so while you can tip if you really want to, it’s not necessary.
Where: 299 Roncesvalles Ave.
This spot does whole animal dinners (that you book in advance) along with some killer pizza. They’ve also joined the no-tipping movement and are certified as an Ontario living wage employer.
“We are a no-tipping restaurant and any gratuities that are collected will be evenly divided between the entire staff,” states the restaurant.
Where: 96 Tecumseth St.
This cozy spot brings together a seasonal menu of wild & foraged foods to create an elevated Canadian dining experience. Their menus are pre-planned with set prices that include service.
“As of January 2024 we have introduced a 20% service charge on our pre-paid experiences at Edulis. This will be distributed to our staff – enabling us to provide a fair and stable wage to our team of outstanding hospitality professionals,” states Edulis. “This 20% service charge will only be applied to the pre-payment of your experience. Any additional items you order (beverages, supplements, etc) will be charged separately on the day of your visit, and gratuity will be up to your discretion for these additions.”
Where: 169 Niagara St.
This semi-upscale restaurant has all hospitality included in their pricing to ensure that everyone working in their restaurant can earn a living wage. Trust us, the burger here alone is worth a visit.
Where: 1 Richmond St. W
Sarang Kitchen is a Korean fried chicken restaurant that goes one step further. They employ neurodiverse staff in order to provide job opportunities and raise awareness about neurodiversity. Of course, they are also a hospitality included restaurant.
Where: 1056 Bloor St. W
This Asian-fusion restaurant is also a certified living wage employer. Then & Now is a newer restaurant in Parkdale, with the “mission of providing a livable wage to all employees as a non-tipping establishment.”
Where: 1316 Queen St. W
Avelo is an adventurous plant-based restaurant located within a beautiful heritage building. Each bill includes an automatic service charge, rather than a tip, to support their front-of-house and back-of-house staff.
Where: 51 St Nicholas St
Your favourite brunch spot is also a certified living wage employer! They’ve been a leader for year in the push to treat employees fairly. Stop by next time you’re in the mood for a stack of pancakes!
Where: 810 St. Clair Ave. W
Enjoy your meal!