Career summary

Details for Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop


Description

Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Tasks

  • Provide guests with menus.
  • Assign patrons to tables suitable for their needs and according to rotation so that servers receive an appropriate number of seatings.
  • Greet guests and seat them at tables or in waiting areas.
  • Answer telephone calls and respond to inquiries or transfer calls.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payments for food and beverages.
  • Speak with patrons to ensure satisfaction with food and service, to respond to complaints, or to make conversation.
  • Take and prepare to-go orders.
  • Maintain contact with kitchen staff, management, serving staff, and customers to ensure that dining details are handled properly and customers' concerns are addressed.
  • Receive and record patrons' dining reservations.
  • Inspect dining and serving areas to ensure cleanliness and proper setup.
  • Inform patrons of establishment specialties and features.
  • Inspect restrooms for cleanliness and availability of supplies and clean restrooms when necessary.
  • Assist other restaurant workers by serving food and beverages, or by bussing tables.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of dining room staff to ensure that patrons receive prompt and courteous service.
  • Hire, train, and supervise food and beverage service staff.
  • Prepare cash receipts after establishments close, and make bank deposits.
  • Direct patrons to coatrooms and waiting areas such as lounges.
  • Plan parties or other special events and services.
  • Prepare staff work schedules.
  • Order or requisition supplies and equipment for tables and serving stations.
  • Perform marketing and advertising services.
  • Confer with other staff to help plan establishments' menus.

Interests

  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

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