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Hosts and Greeters Job Description

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Hosts and Greeters are the first point of contact for guests at restaurants, hotels, or event venues. They are responsible for creating a positive first impression, coordinating guest seating, and ensuring a smooth transition into the establishment.

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  1. Guest Reception:
    • Welcome guests with a warm and friendly demeanor upon their arrival.
    • Provide initial greetings and offer assistance as needed.
  2. Reservation Management:
    • Confirm reservations, either by phone or in person, and check guests in.
    • Maintain an organized reservation book or electronic reservation system.
  3. Seating Coordination:
    • Manage guest seating arrangements, ensuring an efficient and balanced flow of diners.
    • Accommodate special seating requests or requirements.
  4. Waitlist Management:
    • Maintain a waitlist for guests without reservations and provide estimated wait times.
    • Communicate effectively with guests regarding the status of their table.
  5. Communication Hub:
    • Serve as a communication hub between the front of the house and back of the house staff.
    • Relay special requests, allergies, or other guest information to servers and kitchen staff.
  6. Assistance and Information:
    • Provide information to guests about the establishment, including menu details, daily specials, and event information.
    • Answer questions and address guest inquiries or concerns.
  7. Resolving Issues:
    • Handle guest concerns and issues efficiently and professionally.
    • Collaborate with management to find solutions and ensure guest satisfaction.
  8. Cleanliness and Organization:
    • Maintain the cleanliness and organization of the host/hostess stand and waiting areas.
    • Ensure menus, promotional materials, and other resources are readily available.
  9. Event and Special Occasion Coordination:
    • Assist in coordinating special events, private parties, and large group reservations.
    • Ensure all guests receive a high level of service during such events.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in a host/hostess or greeter role is advantageous.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Effective communication and problem-solving abilities.
  • Neat and professional appearance.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Familiarity with reservation and seating management systems.
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • A friendly and welcoming personality.

Note: The specific responsibilities and qualifications for Hosts and Greeters may vary depending on the type of establishment, including restaurants, hotels, event venues, and other hospitality settings.

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