dealsrestaurant.com - new coupon code - 80% off

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I have used these before and they work well. A good chance to try out a new place.

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Lets be clear, you aren't getting free food here. It's basically a 50% off coupon.

There's 18% gratuity added, and minimum $35 dollar purchase.

So, lets say you get $35 worth of food.

35+(18%*35) = 41.3

Subtract your 25 dollar certificate and add the 2 dollars you spent on it.

41.3-25 = 16.3

16.3+2 = 18.3

So you're still spending 18.3 dollars on food. Which is approx. a 50 percent discount (from the original 35).

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I can't explain it in more detail like how amosdududley did, he really did a good job explaining how Restaurant.com works.
First, my partner and I love eating out and 50% is actually a very good deal. You get to choose different food and different restaurants. The main thing here is that, you are saving while you are given several options of restaurants and types food to eat. You can avoid eating crappy food like what you get from chain restaurants.

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@treveldez: So to get this deal, you have to jump thru hoops with gratuity already added and then add more gratuity on top of that when you are ready to leave the place? Im sure the restaraunt will expect a gracious tip on the table. Am I over reacting here? Do you really have to pay the built in gratuity and then shell out another gratuity? Confusing!

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@amosdudley: So to get this deal, you have to jump thru hoops with gratuity already added and then add more gratuity on top of that when you are ready to leave the place? Im sure the restaraunt will expect a gracious tip on the table. Am I over reacting here? Do you really have to pay the built in gratuity and then shell out another gratuity? Confusing!

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@amosdudley: So how is getting 50% off your bill not free food?

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@briansmac: No, you don't have to add more of a tip. They calculate it for you and add it to the bill when you present your coupon. I would try to avoid presenting it at first, and rather wait until the end if you can, since they immediately know they will be getting the tip, I've had subpar service.

I always find restuarant.com certificates to be more hassle then they are worth. They often not only had stipulations about gratuity and minimum purchase, they sometimes include days which the certificates aren't valid (like Fridays and Saturdays) or exclude times of day (like lunch).

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@deepseabc: Er, how is 50% off = free? His/her point is that these aren't really "gift certificates", you will always have to pay something when using these coupons.

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@briansmac: I have used these certificates a number of times, and it's never been a hassle. The restaurants may each have their own terms (minimum amount to spend, days you may or may not use them, etc.), but the gratuities are not automatically added up front. You pay gratuity as you normally would. Pick your restaurant, make sure the terms suit your needs, buy and print the certificate. You hand it to your server when you order, and that's it. The amount is deducted from your bill.

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@briansmac: No, the way it works is when you get your bill and hand the coupon to the server they automatically add 18.5% gratuity to the bill AND THEN subtract the coupon amount. If you would normally leave less than an 18.5% tip then you'll end up leaving more tip than normal. If you normally leave more than 18.5% then you can still write in an additional amount as you would when you normally get your bill.

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@meh3884: Um...ok.. I guess there are two ways to look at. If you get 50% off your bill you can argue that everything was 1/2 off OR that you got half of your bill for FREE. Thus "free food!"

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@meh3884: Thanks for the info. I just looked at my area restaraunts and all are either SOLD OUT or they only offer $25 cerificates for $20. No big deal there...Will look again in a month or so...:\

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I bought a bunch of these as Christmas gifts this year, and found I actually had $60 in unused coupons from 2008! Friend and I enjoyed a nice evening out at a Japanese restaurant. No hassles in buying certificates, no hassles in using the certificates. There MAY be a hassle in finding a restaurant which will accept them, it varies widely depending on where you live. 18.5% gratuity is no issue for me, gratuity these days probably should be at 20%. (Note: I'm a former waiter and restaurant manager, I MAY be biased ;-) )