Reservations, Tipping and Service Charge


Ins & Outs of Barbados

February 22, 2022

It can be difficult to navigate the cultural norms that vary from country to country when dining abroad. Here is a short list of tips to take the worry out of eating out in Barbados.


Although most restaurants welcome walk-in diners, there are many that are fully booked in advance, especially between December and May, so reservations are highly recommended.

Tipping & Service Charge

At many restaurants around the island there is a 10 to 15% service charge automatically applied to the bill. Adding an additional tip is left up to your discretion, with a 10% tip being the average. Typically tips are shared with the entire staff.


Most restaurants in addition to cash take both local and international debit and credit cards, with Visa and Mastercard as the most widely accepted. However, smaller rum shops and cook shops may accept cash only.

Unless otherwise stated all prices are in Barbados dollars and include 17.5% VAT. A restaurant bill is usually not presented until it is requested.

Bon Appétit! 

Things to do

From swimming with sea turtles, partying under the stars, exploring the rugged east coast to enjoying the island’s duty free shopping, Barbados has something for everyone.

Reservations, Tipping and Service Charge