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Working As A Food Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $21,343

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Server Do At Penn National Gaming

* _Duties include, but are not limited to the following:_
* Responsible for full knowledge of all menu items, ingredients, and prices, including beverage.
* Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the sequence of service and follow it at all times.
* Able to describe all items on menu and drink specials.
* Assist other servers to give the best possible service.
* Perform necessary sidework.
* Handle guest checks according to internal hotel policy.
* Follow departmental rules to ensure safety, cleanliness and guest satisfaction.
* Responsible for proper uniform attire and proper name tag.
* Serve all food and beverages with proper garnishes.
* Monitor all tables in station to be sure that they are maintained in a neat and orderly fashion.
* Make every possible effort to approach every table within two minutes.
* Maintain teamwork with other team members at all times.
* Maintain a level of service, be able to greet a guest within 1 minute, approach the table within 2 minutes, and serve cocktails/beverages within 3 minutes.
* Must provide courteous and friendly service to all guests and team members.
* Performs related work as requested.
* The above statements represent a general outline of principal job functions and should be not be construed as a complete description of all aspects and requirements inherent in this job._
* To be successful in this position it will require the following skill set

What Does A Food Server Do At La Familia Cortez Restaurants

* Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
* Collect payments from customers.
* Write patrons' food orders on order slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff.
* Prepare checks that itemize and total meal costs and sales taxes.
* Take orders from patrons for food or beverages.
* Check patrons' identification to ensure that they meet minimum age requirements for consumption of alcoholic beverages.
* Serve food or beverages to patrons, and prepare or serve specialty dishes at tables as required.
* Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
* Clean tables or counters after patrons have finished dining.
* Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for patrons, and chill bottles of wine.
* Requires passing of background check and drug screen for all positions.

What Does A Food Server Do At Marriott International

* The Bistro at Courtyard is a chic, fast-casual concept restaurant offering an eclectic menu including a variety of refreshing to-go options as well as full sit-down fare including cocktails, wine, beer, and Starbucks coffee.
* Our Bistro Team Members master a wide variety of food & beverage functions, from serving coffee and other beverages (including alcohol), to preparing ingredients for cooking, including portioning, chopping, and storing food.
* This position processes all orders and collects payment from customers, and provides assistance in food & beverage areas including busing, cleaning, resetting tables, and delivering food to guests.
* This position also performs general cleaning and maintenance of food and beverage prep areas, counts the bank at end of shifts, and follows property control audit standards and cash handling procedures.
* Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures; report accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to manager; and complete safety training and certifications.
* Ensures uniform and personal appearance are clean and professional, maintains confidentiality of proprietary information, and protects company assets.
* Welcomes and acknowledges all guests according to company standards, anticipates and addresses guests service needs, assists individuals with disabilities, and thanks guests with genuine appreciation.
* Speaks with others using clear and professional language.
* Develops and maintains positive working relationships with others, and supports team to reach common goals.
* Ensures adherence to quality expectations and standards.
* Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance and objects in excess of 50 pounds with assistance.
* Stands, sits, or walks for an extended time period.
* Performs other reasonable job duties as requested.
* To apply now, go to: https://marriott.taleo.Net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=18000506 Marriott International is consistently recognized as an employer of choice globally by FORTUNE magazine, DiversityInc and Great Places to Work Institute, among others.
* Visit www.marriott.com/careers to learn more about our workplace culture and career opportunities.
* Chat, engage and follow us on social media. www.facebook.com/marriottjobsandcareers www.twitter.com/marriottcareers www.linkedin

What Does A Food Server Do At Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

* RESPONSIBILITIES**_include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned._
* Ensure the timely execution of every banquet event order so that our customers are satisfied.
* Set-up all tables and kitchen stations properly with all the correct equipment.
* Serve each course of the meal at the appropriate time in the proper manner.
* Clean-up room and return all assets to storage area.
* Dirty linen to be taken to appropriate location.
* Assist and train new/existing employees as requested.
* Interact with co-workers and customers in a professional and polite manner

What Does A Food Server Do At Wynn Las Vegas

* Wynn Resorts is a Fortune 500 company led by hospitality industry visionary Steve Wynn.
* Currently operating in the top two casino gaming markets in the world, Wynn is financially stable and growth oriented.
* Our 12,000 employees at our Wynn Las Vegas and Encore properties have helped us win more Forbes Travel Guide Five
* Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world.
* Wynn resorts are known for their innovative design, luxury offerings, and exceptional guest service.
* Joining Wynn means working for a leader in the global resort industry, one that has set today’s standards and will likely define them tomorrow.
* As a Food Server your role will include:
* The Food Server is responsible for creating the overall guest experience, taking food/beverage orders, carrying out wine/beverage service, performing table maintenance, completing side work, maintaining health code standards, and providing excellent customer service for our guests as defined by outlet standards.
* The Food Server handles guest checks and related financial transactions

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How To Become A Food Server

Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.

Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.


No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.


Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.

Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.

Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.

Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.

Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.

Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.

Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.

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Food Server Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • Tagalog

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Hmong

  • Korean

  • Filipino

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Thai

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Real Food Server Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant Flannery Hardware, Inc. New York, NY Jun 21, 2012 $36,962
Supervisor of Food & Serving Workers Derek's Bistro, Inc. Pasadena, CA Sep 02, 2010 $33,601
Manager of Food Serving Workers Charmill Corporation Los Angeles, CA Jul 25, 2011 $32,307
Food Server E & J Restaurants LLC Oklahoma City, OK Feb 26, 2008 $27,131
Food Server Fresh Meadow Country Club Lake Success, NY Apr 30, 2015 $24,794
Food Server Glen Head Country Club Glen Head, NY May 01, 2015 $24,794
Food Server The Seawane Golf and Country Club, Inc. Hewlett Harbor, NY Apr 30, 2015 $24,794
Food Server Cold Spring Country Club, Inc. Cold Spring Harbor, NY May 01, 2015 $24,794
Food Server G & M Deli Grocery Store Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2008 $24,606
Food Server Glen Head Country Club NY May 15, 2013 $24,188
Food Server Fresh Meadow Country Club Lake Success, NY Apr 30, 2016 $23,541
Food Server Cold Spring Country Club, Inc. Cold Spring Harbor, NY Apr 01, 2016 $23,541
Food Server Glen Head Country Club, Inc. Glen Head, NY May 01, 2016 $23,541
Food Server The Seawane Golf and Country Club, Inc. Hewlett Harbor, NY Apr 30, 2016 $23,541
Supervisor of Food Serving Worker 328, Inc. DBA/ARBY's Roast Beef CA Feb 04, 2010 $20,640
Food Server WHI Hotel LLC Wilsonville, OR Feb 25, 2016 $20,500
Food Server WHI Hotel LLC Wilsonville, OR Feb 03, 2016 $20,500
Food Server WHI Hotel LLC Wilsonville, OR Sep 15, 2015 $20,500
Food Server, Non Restraunt Rainbow King Lodge Inc. Iliamna, AK Jun 01, 2015 $18,261
Food Server Regency CSP Ventures LP Custer, SD Apr 01, 2016 $18,073
Food Server Cotton Bayou Marina Inc. AL Nov 07, 2014 $17,990
Food Servers Regency CSP Ventures LP SD Apr 15, 2014 $17,760
Food Servers, Restaurant Chief Enterprises Custer, SD Apr 30, 2015 $17,740
Food Server Kemper Sports Management, Inc. Valentine, NE May 09, 2016 $17,677
Food Server Worker Melendez Company Inc. TX Jan 01, 2013 $17,510
Food Server Kemper Sports Management, Inc. Valentine, NE Apr 01, 2015 $17,343

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Top Skills for A Food Server


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Top Food Server Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Food Orders
  3. Beverage Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in a fast paced service environment and providing excellent customer service skills
  • Served food to customers in a timely fashion * Organized food orders * Trained others to perform job related duties
  • Developed relationships with guest, wrote food and beverage orders, made cocktails.
  • Greet guests, take food and beverage orders, closeout receipts and prep food orders.
  • Explain how various and neatly menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods.

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