Duties And Responsibilities of a Waiter

  • Duties and Responsibilities of a good waiter are to provide excellent service to the guests.
  • A good waiter ensures the satisfaction of the customers.
  • The main responsibilities of a waiter are taking the order of food and drink to the guests and serve.
  • The duties and responsibilities of a food server is the same as a waiter duties and responsibilities.
  • Most of the restaurant waiter is whole in charge of outlet like table set up, order taking, table cleaning, cash handling, checks closing, etc.
  • A waiter is also responsible for prompt service to the customers.
  • A waiter should always check the satisfaction level of the guest during having meals or while drinking their beverage.
  • If you are a good waitresses or waiter then you should always familiarise yourself with the guest as soon as possible for a good relationship.
  • Smart waiters or waitresses always do upselling of food and drinks to recommend the best selling items from the menu.


  • A waiter is a server who is working in a restaurant, hotel, Cruise, caf√©, lounge, bar, private function to serve the food and beverage to the customers on the table as requested.
  • A Waiter is a server who present the brand name of the company in front of a lovely guest.

Type of Waiter

There are different type of waiter and they have different duties and responsibilities

  • Head Waiter:- Headwaiter is a senior waiter, And a waiter need to follow the instruction of the head waiter.
  • Waiter:- A waiter is a junior of headwaiter in the outlet and a waiter has the main responsibility of guest handling. A waiter is a senior to assistant waiter.
  • Assistant Waiter:- Assistant waiter is a junior waiter who mostly works with the waiter to assist the waiter during guest handling.
  • Bar Waiter:- A bar waiter is responsible to work in a bar department and serve the drinks.

Responsibility of Waiter

If you are a waiter or waitresses then you must know responsibility :-

  • Greet the guest with a pleasant smile.
  • Escort the guest to the table, While escorting make a conversation with guests so they get entertain.
  • Assist them in sitting on a chair, start with kids, senior citizens, Lady, and gentlemen.
  • Present the food and beverage menu and explain the “drink of the day” or “special food of the day”.
  • Give a few minutes to choose the dishes or drinks from the menu.
  • Before taking orders brief them about allergies if they are into anything.
  • After taking the order repeat the order to the guest to avoid miss communication of orders.
  • If your table is set then serve the drink before foodservice and give accompaniment as per meal timing if any.
  • Now coordinate with your assistant waiter to food pickup from the galley and serve food on the table.
  • Always double-check with guests after food service like “dear anything else shall I get for you on the table”.
  • Once they have done their meal then you must clear the table and make it very neat and clean.
  • Ask for tea/coffee at last to close the table.
  • At last, you present the check and collect the bill payment.
  • While leaving the guest from your station you must greet the guest again ” Thank you sir/mam for dining with us” have a lovely day.
  • A waiter or waitresses have different names like food server, hotel waiter, restaurant server, etc.

Qualities of a Good Waiter or Waitresses

  • A good waiter should be a very pleasant personality.
  • A good waiter/waitress should have a good knowledge about food and beverage.
  • The waiter should always on punctual and loyal with his work.
  • A waiter should be an honest person.
  • Always need to inspect all the food and drinks order before serving on the table.
  • Attentiveness is one of the most important qualities of a waiter.
  • A waiter is a brand ambassador of a restaurant or face of the outlet so his appearance should be neat and clean at all the time.

Salary of a waiter in India

If we compare the salary of a waiter in India from another country like the UAE, USA, Canada, etc. then it’s very very cheap.

After passing the diploma or degree in Hotel management they expect a good salary to start a career but the truth is something different.

Dreaming is a good sign to grown in your career but always dream with open eyes so please research properly before doing hotel management.

A fresher waiter gets paid only Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,000 per month only which is very low and never expect anyone.

So, Salary of a waiter in India is only Rs. 8000 to Rs. 12,000 per month.

You will be shocked to know about the salary of a waiter on a Cruise Ship, You must know the difference in salary.

Before you apply for cruise ship jobs you must read the Pros and Cons of working on a cruise ship which help to decide your career on cruise.

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