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Become A Dining Room Server

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Working As A Dining Room Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $19,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Dining Room Server Do At Aramark

* Reports to property on time and in proper uniform.
* Checks with Manager for assigned dining room station, opening side work, and closing side work duties.
* Reports to line-up for review of the day’s activities, groups in house, and menus.
* Sets-up, organizes, maintains, and closes the restaurant or banquet functions ensuring that areas are stocked and cleaned.
* Moves quickly with good balance carrying up to 20 lb. on a tray.
* Converses with guests, makes suggestions, and answers questions regarding food and beverages constantly.
* Clears and re-sets tables constantly.
* Maintains cleanliness of tables at all times - clearing empty glassware, plates, etc.
* Maintains full knowledge of menu items and specials.
* Rings all food and beverage items into the Micros computer accurately at all times.
* Communicates with guest and co-workers in a friendly and professional manner.
* Participates in proper sanitation and food handling procedures.
* Maintains full knowledge of service standards.
* Follows the Aramark Business Conduct Policy.
* Must be T
* I.P’s certified and follow all rules and guidelines set forth for ensuring responsible beverage service.
* Performs all other duties as assigned

What Does A Dining Room Server Do At Sunrise Senior Living

* Serving as a role model in providing dining service to our residence
* Assisting with training team members
* Maintaining proper dining room set up
* Assisting in special events
* Monitoring appropriate checklists in support of the dining area cleanliness, readiness, standards
* Assisting in table top inventories maintenance
* Responsible for handling all food and beverages in accordance with sanitary procedures and standards
* Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory procedures regarding food service

What Does A Dining Room Server Do At Central Bethany Development

* Maintain clean, well-organized coffee and juice bar.
* Setting and clearing tables.
* Washing table tops, condiment containers after every meal.
* Washing edges and legs of tables, and chairs including the arms, seats, backs and legs of chairs after every meal.
* Vacuums dining room after each meal.
* Takes orders from residents, pours beverages(s) of choice and provides food to residents in a timely and organized fashion.
* Deep cleans dining room per schedule.
* Assists with food preparation as requested.
* Assists with dish washing as requested.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Dining Room Server Do At John Q Hammons

* Display good customer relation skills and take initiative to greet guests in a friendly manner.
* Serves ice water and/or coffee upon greeting the table.
* Presents menu to diner, suggesting dinner courses, appropriate wines, and answering questions regarding food preparation.
* Writes order on check or memorizes it.
* Relays order to kitchen or bar and serves courses from kitchen and service bars.
* Garnishes and decorates dishes preparatory to serving.
* Serves patrons from dish at table on occasion.
* Observes diners to fulfill any additional request and to perceive when meal has been completed.
* Totals bill and accepts payment or refers patron to cashier.
* Replenishes supplies and prepares for the next meal.
* Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures; report accidents, injuries and unsafe work conditions to management; complete safety training and certifications.
* Ensure uniform and appearance is clean and professional, maintain confidentiality of proprietary information and protect company assets.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Dining Room Server Do At Dignity Health

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Takes orders, answers questions, and makes suggestions regarding food preparation.
* Provides starter (soup/salad), entree and dessert service to residents.
* Garnishes and decorates dishes preparatory to serving.
* Ladles soup, portions pies and desserts, brews coffee, and performs other services as
* determined by establishment's size and practices.
* Obtains linen, silver, glassware and china to set tables and arranges settings on
* tables.
* Prepares beverages, relays orders to kitchen, and expedites food orders.
* Maintains assigned station, including table pieces, side stands, and chairs.
* Observes diners to respond to any additional requests and to determine when meals
* have been completed.
* Busses and clears tables.
* Cleans dining room (counters, bus areas, tables, chairs, vacuum).
* Helps decorate dining room for buffets, parties and special events.
* Carries pens and markers at all times.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Dining Room Server

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Dining Room Server Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

  • Arabic

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Real Dining Room Server Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dining Room Staff The Mayflower Cafe, Inc. Provincetown, MA Apr 15, 2016 $29,114
Dining Room Staff The Mayflower CAFE, Inc. MA Apr 15, 2014 $27,507
Dining Room Staff The Mayflower CAFE, Inc. Provincetown, MA Apr 15, 2015 $25,983
Dining Room Assistants Biltmore Company Asheville, NC Apr 12, 2016 $21,914
Dining Room Staff The Mayflower CAFE, Inc. MA Apr 15, 2013 $20,870
Dining Room Server Assistant Beach Properties, Inc. VT May 10, 2013 $20,453

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Top Skills for A Dining Room Server


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Top Dining Room Server Skills

  1. Kitchen Area
  2. Menu Items
  3. Dinner Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Greet clients *Take orders and enter in computer *Clean and organize work area *Stock waitress station and kitchen area as needed .
  • Present menus to guests and answer questions about menu items, making specific recommendations.
  • Maintained proper customer contact throughout dinner service and provided excellent customer service to ensure a wonderful dining experience.
  • Prepared and delivered guest's beverage orders.
  • Monitored food preparation and safety standards.

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