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Server Job Description

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A Server is a front-line member of the restaurant or hospitality staff responsible for providing exceptional customer service by taking orders, serving food and beverages, and ensuring an enjoyable dining experience for guests.

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  1. Greeting and Seating:
    • Welcome guests as they arrive, assist with seating, and provide menus.
    • Answer questions about menu items and daily specials.
  2. Order Taking:
    • Take guest orders accurately, including food and beverage preferences.
    • Ensure any dietary restrictions or special requests are conveyed to the kitchen.
  3. Food and Beverage Service:
    • Serve food and drinks to guests with precision, adhering to proper service etiquette.
    • Monitor tables to anticipate and fulfill guests’ needs, such as refilling drinks, providing condiments, or offering additional menu items.
  4. Table Setting and Clearing:
    • Set and clear tables efficiently, ensuring a clean and organized dining area.
    • Reset tables for the next guests in a prompt manner.
  5. Cash Handling:
    • Handle guest payments, process credit card transactions, and return change accurately.
    • Provide receipts and thank guests for their patronage.
  6. Upselling and Recommending:
    • Suggest additional menu items, specials, or beverages to enhance the dining experience and increase sales.
    • Provide recommendations based on guest preferences.
  7. Team Collaboration:
    • Coordinate with kitchen staff and bartenders to ensure orders are prepared and served promptly.
    • Communicate any guest requests or issues to restaurant management or colleagues.
  8. Cleanliness and Hygiene:
    • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness in the dining area, including wiping tables and ensuring clean tableware.
    • Adhere to food safety and hygiene protocols.
  9. Guest Relations:
    • Address guest concerns or complaints promptly and professionally.
    • Ensure that guests have a positive and enjoyable dining experience.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous experience as a server is advantageous.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong communication and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with restaurant POS systems and order entry.
  • Knowledge of menu items, ingredients, and daily specials.
  • Good memory and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Physical stamina to stand and walk for extended periods and lift trays and dishes.

Note: Server job descriptions can vary based on the type of restaurant or establishment, from fine dining to casual dining, cafes, and other food service settings.

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