Originally Posted by CouttsClient
I have been trying to get comfortable doing it but it takes some practice to not come off like an ass
Its attitude. Just imagine you're a mob boss in the moment you do it. Say something like "I need this dinner to go smoothly, please take good care of my guests, check comes to me only, ok?"
Another way to handle this w/o money up front is to hand the waiter your CCard in advance. Do it quietly and let him know to bring the processed card to sign when you signal. Looks impressive at the table when nobody knows its coming. This is more common. I do this.
Want to look even more of a baller? Call the restaurant in advance and give them your card, let them know you'll leave 20% but dont want to see the check, just do it. Or, leave the table to take a leak at the end, sign it in private. Let someone ask for the check and let the table know its already been taken care of. Looks impressive. Works very well on a date. Date asks "what about the bill?"... already been taken care of, baby.
Last way to be a baller... have a goto restaurant and setup an account with the manager. Take clients there, no bill. They send it to your office.