Great list of tips for servers and bartenders via Upserve.com:

  1. Be pleasant. Greet everyone who enters warmly.
  2. Don’t refuse to seat three guests just because the fourth isn’t there yet.
  3. Be attentive, but not intrusive. Constantly scan the dining room, and if a guest needs attention—even if they’re not at your table—either help them or say you’ll send their server immediately.
  4. Your job is to help. Never say “I don’t know” to a guest’s question without immediately following up with “… but I’ll find out.”
  5. Be patient, and choose your moments. Never interrupt a conversation; wait for a lull to list the specials—and always include the prices. Don’t clear any plates until everyone is finished.
  6. Inform guests if the restaurant is out of something before they read the menu and order a dish you don’t have.
  7. Always bring all appetizers, entrees, and desserts at the same time. Never leave one guest hungry while everyone else is enjoying their food.
  8. Serve from a guest’s left, using your left hand, and clear from their right, using your right hand.
 Read more tips here.
Written by Jennifer

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