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Details for Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers


Facilitate food service. Clean tables, carry dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food, and serve water, butter, and coffee to patrons.


  • Carry food, dishes, trays, and silverware from kitchens and supply departments to serving counters.
  • Mix and prepare flavors for mixed drinks.
  • Serve ice water, coffee, rolls, and butter to patrons.
  • Wash glasses and other serving equipment at bars.
  • Locate items requested by customers.
  • Perform serving, cleaning, and stocking duties in establishments such as cafeterias or dining rooms in order to facilitate customer service.
  • Clean up spilled food, drink and broken dishes, and remove empty bottles and trash.
  • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
  • Fill beverage and ice dispensers.
  • Garnish foods, and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of items such as clean linens, silverware, glassware, dishes, and trays.
  • Replenish supplies of food and equipment at steam tables and service bars.
  • Scrape and stack dirty dishes, and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
  • Serve food to customers when waiters and waitresses need assistance.
  • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, and other supplies.
  • Slice and pit fruit used to garnish drinks.
  • Stock cabinets and serving areas with condiments, and refill condiment containers as necessary.
  • Stock refrigerating units with wines and bottled beer, and replace empty beer kegs.
  • Wipe tables and seats with dampened cloths, and replace dirty tablecloths.
  • Carry linens to and from laundry areas.
  • Clean and polish counters, shelves, walls, furniture, and equipment in food service areas and other areas of restaurants, and mop and vacuum floors.
  • Run cash registers.
  • Stock vending machines with food.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.



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