How to Be a Good Restaurant Waiter

If you work as a waiter, then you probably already know that the amount of tips that you receive is directly proportional to how well you do your job. Because of this, it is wise to learn how to be the best restaurant waiter you can be so that you can make the most money.

Here are some great tips on how to be a good waiter.

1. Be prompt

Although customers like to spend time in restaurants and enjoy the dining experience, this does not mean that they like to wait for their food and beverages. In fact, if you keep your customers waiting too long, then it can irritate them, and it can significantly reduce the amount of money that they give you in tips. So make sure that you move quickly and are efficient in your service.

2. Be polite

While you are on the job, you may be stressed, tired, and wishing that you were somewhere else. However, a good waiter is always polite and doesn’t reflect a negative attitude. The customers want to be treated well, not poorly. So make sure that you greet them with a smile, and always act politely to them.

3. Know the menu

Knowing the menu extremely well is very helpful when it comes to being a good restaurant waiter. This is because the customers are there to eat. So, if they have questions, they expect you to have the answers for them. Also, some people have food allergies and need to know whether certain ingredients are in the menu. It is your job to provide the customers with these answers. Also, if you know the whole menu and can answer every question, then customers are likely to tip you more.

4. Be attentive

When your customers finish their water, be there to ask if they want more. When they finish their meals, be there to take their plates. People go to restaurants to be waited on. Customers usually enjoy waiters responding quickly to their dining situation. When they finish their meal, ask them if they would like dessert. Just do what you can to show that you are paying attention to them, and that you are ready to provide them with what they need.

5. Do not be too intrusive

Although customers often enjoy a bit of small talk, if you linger too long and talk too much, it can take away from their dining experience. You may feel like discussing your recent breakup, or your restoration hardware art project with them, but they may just want you to take their order and get a move on. So, yes, talk to them a little bit, but don’t overdo it.


Most waiters receive a substantial portion of their income in tips. If you want to be a good waiter, and to maximize the amount of tips that you get, then you can try following the advice in this blog. It can be extremely helpful!

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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