Does Promising a Higher Tip Mean Better Service?
it should not, of course, but tips are what most servers work for and how they make a living. If a guest said that to a server, you would assume it's someone that feels they are special and need attention.
The promise of a higher tip may get you some good service in the beginning. Great servers know that a tip is earned for the entire dining experience.
A loaded handshake can go a long way in this business. When I was a young lad in "MinneSnowta" I watched plenty of maître d's jump at a moment's notice to fill a glass or two of Puligny-Montrachet wine. These days it doesn't garnish you much.
I believe so, as long as the server believes you and you don't come across as a putz!
Service is not always what it seems. The guest's expectation of service may be different than the server's. The people that genuinely care that the guest has a great time will do so without a promise.