What does a Waiter do?
Servers work in restaurants as the point person between their customers and the establishment. They take orders and answer questions about menu items or food and prices. They also describe any specials and prepare non-kitchen food items including drinks, desserts, and salads.
Servers greet customers and seat them. When taking orders, they help customers with any dietary concerns or issues, including food allergies. They also ensure they have noted the customer’s preferred method of cooking some items like steak or eggs. Servers work alongside kitchen staff to execute customer orders, and they handle any customer issues that may arise, including incorrectly prepared food or dissatisfaction with a meal. Servers ensure customers have a satisfying dining experience, and they follow-up by removing any dirty or used items from their tables while the customers are still there. Servers also verify a bill or check has the correct items and amount due at the end of the transaction, and collect payments from the customers. They clean the tables once the customers have departed, and refill condiments and stock service stations. While there is no formal education requirement for a server, some states require a food handler card.
Average Base Pay
“Money can be really good and consistent (if you know what you're doing).”
“I really enjoyed working here because everyone was so friendly and I was able to make great money.”
“It was my first serving job and everyone was so kind and helpful to me from the start.”
“Loved being a server the tips where great and I love the customers I have great customer service.”
“Great team to work with and salary is not bad for how simple the job is.”
“It was nice to work with professional and responsible people that cared for each and every guest.”
“everyone is nice and the French toast is the best to get and my favorite.”
“You can meet some of the best people there and the hourly pay rate is great for a retail job”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a waiter
When working as a waiter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VERBAL Communication, Writing, Excellent Communication, Modifications and Requests.
- Food Service Manager
- Food And Beverage Manager
- Catering Coordinator
The most common qualifications to become a waiter is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.