How Should You Handle a Restaurant Bill? Pay for Yourself or Just Split It?

Close up of waiter’s hand noting down menu on tablet.


My rule of thumb has always been, if I ask you to lunch or dinner I pay. Not sure if that is how everyone operates.


A lot of people haven’t been out to dinner with friends in over a year.  But it’s coming back soon, so it’s a good time to revisit this.  When the bill comes at a restaurant, should you each pay for yourselves, or just divide it up and all pay the same?



Someone polled a bunch of people.  And ironically, the RESULTS are split down the middle.  36% say you should only pay for what you ordered . . . 34% say just split it evenly . . . and everyone else isn’t sure.



When you opt to just pay for yourself, it takes an average of 6 minutes and 45 seconds to figure it all out.  2 in 5 people have paid more than they wanted to, just to avoid an awkward conversation.  And 1 in 4 have had drama about how much to tip.