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20% Service Charge

Our aim is to professionalize one of the only industries in the world that has no guaranteed income for the service provider, (i.e., the hospitality industry). We have adopted a service model that utilizes a sales commission for every dollar sold for an employee, regardless of discount. This commission-based system has been in use for decades.

We are proud to continue setting a high standard for employee compensation in the vibrant Florida restaurant industry. Our company’s legacy is built on the belief that legendary service is provided by a team – not just one person. It is shown in every detail of the Teak LLC experience. Ever since opening in 2020, we have been committed to compensating all employees, both front and back of the house, as the professionals they are. This model ensures that our team will thrive, our guests will continue to receive an outstanding experience and our company is well positioned for the future.

What is a service charge?
A 20% service charge is included on each check. Teak LLC retains 100% of the service charge.
What if there is a problem with my experience?

If there is any aspect of your experience that does not exceed expectations, we will make it right.

Does this mean that your servers will make less?
No. This model was implemented in Seattle almost two years ago and Dunedin a year and a half ago so we have extensive data which tells us that it is working well for staff, guests and the companies. Our servers and bartenders are paid a commission and there is a revenue share model for the rest of the service team. The result is that whole team benefits from delighting our guests from the moment they arrive until they leave us for the night. Our entire team will do as well or better with this model. Our professional service team receives industry leading compensation including commissions on sales, health insurance, matched 401K, and extensive education and training for a successful career path.
What if I still want to leave a tip?
Additional gratuities are accepted but not expected.
Why are you making this change?

The industry is moving in this direction locally and across the US. With increasing wages, restaurants are adopting this model to make service an inclusive part of the revenue model. This model was implemented almost two years ago so we have extensive data which tells us that it is working well for staff, guests and companies.

Are you also raising prices?
No. In fact, we are developing ways to add even more value to our guests by not having to raise prices due to labor costs.
You guys are already so expensive, isn’t this going to scare people off?
This percentage is already in line with what most of our guests were leaving as a gratuity. Our guests come here because they know they are getting the very best service. Now it is just inclusive in the bill. They don’t have to do the math. It’s just part of what we do.
What will you do if a guest is upset about their service?
We know that excellent service is provided by a team – not just one person. It is shown in every detail of the Teak LLC experience and all our people are dedicated to providing that. We stand behind what we do. If a guest is not delighted – we will make it right. That’s what we have always done.
Is this going to help with the disparity between front of the house and kitchen compensation?
Our company culture doesn’t work that way. We have always paid well and provided great benefits to all of our employees. It is part of why people love working here. We respect our employees for the pros they are. We pay them well; we provide health insurance to our team and their families. We have a great 401K with matching program and a career path with extensive training opportunities. We really want people to build their careers with us. That is why we invest so much in training and development so that our team grows and thrives.
Will employees still be rewarded for a job well done?
Our servers and bartenders are paid a commission and there is a revenue share model for the rest of the service team. The result is that whole team benefits from delighting our guests from the moment they arrive until they leave us for the night. Our entire team will do as well or better with this model. In addition, we provide health insurance to our team and their families (at 25 hours a week.) We have a great 401K with matching program and a career path with extensive training opportunities. We really want people to build their careers with us. That is why we invest so much in training and development so that our team grows and thrives.
What has the reaction been from employees?
We have been talking to our team for a while now about this and have taken their input to heart and I believe they know that we are absolutely committed to making sure they do as well or better than they did before. Our team is made up of professionals who have made hospitality their career and they count on doing well here because they have families, they are homeowners, they are active members of their community.

job openings

If you are interested in working for Pier Teaki, we may be hiring!

Please check out positions available now or let us know what position you are interested in, and we will notify you once the position is available.

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teaki huts & large event rentals

Interested in hosting an event? Contact our team here!

At Pier Teaki, there are a few options for hosting private events. Our Teaki Huts overlooking St. Pete’s skyline and Tampa Bay. Each Teaki Hut provides seating for 6 guests, with standing space to accommodate 2 additional guests. Our Teaki Huts are perfect for special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, and more! For larger groups, two partial buyout options are available for up to 75 guests.

For more information on Teaki Hut & Large Event rentals, contact our event team at 727-513-8325.

Please note that our event team’s operating hours are Monday-Saturday 9AM-5PM.

Event Inquiry

our hours

Mon – Fri: 11am – late
Sat – Sun: 10am – late

Serving food only from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

*After 8 p.m. all guests must be 21+.

*Only service animals are permitted on property

visit us

800 2nd Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

call us

727.513.8325