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Become A Waitstaff

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Working As A Waitstaff

  • 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

  • $21,287

    Average Salary

What Does A Waitstaff Do At Saint Elizabeth Community

* Take food and beverage orders from residents, and serve meals on a timely basis, that are both presentable and appetizing in appearance.
* Set up and deliver meals to residents in the dining room, as instructed.
* Handle requests from residents who require assistance with meal selection or have specific needs.
* Set up dining room for the next scheduled meal.
* Perform other general waitstaff duties, as assigned.
* Deliver and retrieve tray service to apartments.
* Follow safety regulations and precautions at all times.
* Follow established infection control procedures when performing daily tasks.
* Ensure that all food service areas are maintained in a clean and safe manner by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are properly maintained.
* Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to your supervisor.
* Report all accidents to your supervisor.
* Dispose of food and waste in accordance with established policies.
* Assist in daily or scheduled cleaning duties.
* Clean tables, chairs, refrigerators and freezers, etc.
* Carry soiled dishes, cups, glasses, and utensils to dishwashing area.
* Return clean dished, cups, glasses, and utensils to proper storage areas.
* Keep work areas clean, dry and free of food beverages, etc.
* Return dishes from dining room to the dishwashing area.

What Does A Waitstaff Do At Sodexo Inc.

* Greets and seats customers.
* Presents customers with menus.
* Serves food to customers at a limited number of tables, using proper rules of etiquette.
* Makes appropriate meal and beverage suggestions and answers questions regarding food preparation.
* Writes a food check and/or memorizes the order.
* Relays the order to the kitchen.
* Accepts payment, refers customers to the cashier or operates the cash register.
* Cleans and sanitizes workstations and equipment and assists in clearing and resetting tables.
* May carve meat, fish or poultry and/or prepare flaming dishes and desserts.
* May carry and distribute supplies and equipment.
* May assist others in the preparation of foods and properly store food.
* May total bills and may be asked to respond to complaints regarding food or service.
* May operate dishwasher or assist with washing dishes, glassware, silverware, utensils, pots and pans.
* May assist with stocking food inventory.
* Attends all allergy and foodborne illness in-service training.
* Complies with all Sodexo HACCP policies and procedures.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
* Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
* Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
* Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
* May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Waitstaff Do At Sunrise Senior Living

* Handling all foods, storage and cleaning activities in accordance with sanitary procedures and standards
* Complies with all federal, state and local regulatory procedures regarding food storage, cleaning and preparation

What Does A Waitstaff Do At Red Dog Saloon

multi-tasking food and drink server needed to wait tables and tend bar in a busy pizza/steak

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How To Become A Waitstaff

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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Waitstaff 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

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Filipino

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Choctaw

  • Swedish

  • Chinese

  • Greek

  • Turkish

  • Dutch

  • Dakota

  • Hmong

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Real Waitstaff Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Waitstaff Wianno Club MA May 05, 2015 $34,143
Waitstaff Nantucket Golf Club, Inc. Siasconset, MA May 09, 2016 $29,114
Waitstaff The Westmoor Club MA May 31, 2014 $27,507
Waitstaff The Wianno Club MA May 05, 2014 $27,027
Waitstaff The Wianno Club MA May 14, 2013 $26,630
Waitstaff Scout Sea Crest Management, LLC North Falmouth, MA May 01, 2015 $26,234
Waitstaff Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 10, 2015 $25,983
Waitstaff Nantucket Golf Club, Inc. Siasconset, MA May 11, 2015 $25,983
Waitstaff Wianno Club, Inc. MA May 07, 2016 $23,813
Waitstaff 512 Main Street, Inc. Chatham, MA Apr 07, 2016 $23,813
Waitstaff The Bayberry Group, Inc. Glen Arbor, MI Apr 01, 2015 $23,166
Waitstaff The Bayberry Group, Inc. MI Apr 01, 2014 $22,268
Waitstaff Caffe Prego, LLC Ogunquit, ME May 04, 2016 $21,580
Waitstaff The Bayberry Group, Inc. Glen Arbor, MI Apr 01, 2016 $21,517
Waitstaff Boughton Hotel Corporation ME May 01, 2013 $21,058
Waitstaff Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation ND Apr 01, 2014 $20,953
Waitstaff Nantucket Island Management, LLC MA Apr 01, 2013 $20,849
Waitstaff Prego, LLC. ME May 01, 2015 $20,119
Waitstaff Prego, LLC. ME May 01, 2014 $20,077
Waitstaff Sagacious, Inc. SD May 17, 2013 $19,701
Waitstaff Prego, LLC ME May 15, 2013 $19,680
Waitstaff Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Medora, ND Apr 12, 2016 $19,534
Waitstaff Camino Real, LLC NC Mar 01, 2015 $17,969

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Top Skills for A Waitstaff


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Top Waitstaff Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Food Preparation
  3. Wait Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train and encourage excellent customer service skills and professionalism.
  • Assisted with food preparation and display onto each table, ensuring the presentation is of the highest standards for our customers.
  • Wait staff, serve people, clear tables, wash dishes and clean.
  • Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request.
  • Provided Host/Wait Staff support with banquet events, prepared and set up the banquet rooms, and handled the take-down process.

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