BASIC ETIQUETTE FOR F & BBASIC ETIQUETTE FOR F & B
SEVICE STAFFSEVICE STAFF
Attend to guests when they enter the restaurant.
Greet guests according to time.
Preferably address them by their name.
Be polite to the guest.
Help to seat ladies.
Never interrupt when the guest is speaking to another guest.
Avoid meanness such touching hair or nose miring etc.
Remember to regular guest special dish giving him & friendly
Be attentive to guest calls.
CLEANLINESS OF THE BODY
Take a bath regularly especially before reporting for duty.
Apply deodorant or body talcum – Recommend REXONA
Avoid using too much perfume.
Teeth should be clean and breathe odor free.
Always hold the body erect, with head straight and shoulders
Do not run or lean on pillars, chairs, tables, walls or service
Stand at assigned station in an attentive and receptive manner
Do not slouch.
Always maintain an upright posture.
Wear only clean, well pressed uniforms that are free of stains.
The uniform should be well fitting.
Always wear nametags on duty.
Exchange uniform as per the policy.
Avoid wearing excessive jewellery while on duty.
Only one ring of conservative design is permitted.
No ear studs for male.
Pendant or medal in chain worn on the neck must not be visible
Watch should be conservative in design and the band may be
silver, gold, or leather. Permitted colors of the leather band are
black, brown, or tan. NO swatches.
Keep hair short, neat and well combed and free from dandruff.
Hair length must be at least one inch away from shirt collar.
Shampoo hair frequently and do not overuse hair cream, spray, gel,
Hair must be kept off the face at all times especially when leaning
Beards are not permitted unless with the consent from the
personnel Unit due to the religious reasons.
Moustache if kept, must be neat and well trimmed. The moustache
should not be falling below the lip line.
Side burns should not be shorter than the top of the ear and NO
longer than the bottom of the ear lobe.
Clean shaven before the duty.
While on duty do NOT comb or brush your hair
Keep it clean always, wash often, drink plenty of water
and obtain adequate sleep and exercise.
If it is too dry apply moisturizer.
HANDS AND NAILS
Wash hands every time after using the toilet,
washroom and smoking.
Keep finger nails short and clean at all times. Make sure
the cuticles are clean always.
Do not wear any nail polish.
Do not bite nails instead use a nail cutter.
Brush teeth after all meals and rinse the mouth constantly.
If wearing dentures, remember to have them on while on duty
Keep your feet trimmed and toe nails trimmed.
Foot powder is recommended if the feet smell.
For extreme cases consult physician.
Wear the footwear approved by the shop. Shoes should be of
correct size and well polished.
Always make sure that the shoes are not frayed at the edges.
Meeting of the restaurant staff prior to the opening of the
restaurant print to be remembered by the modules are :
Through knowledge of the Food & Beverage items available in
the menu & even the non available ones.
Knowledge of the devoir soup & main dish in order to push it
to the guest.
Be equipped with clean with the service .
Rest manager should check weather the waiter has satisfied the
• Remove soiled dishes and leftover food from the table
• Crumbing should be done regularly before laying the new cover.
• Keep side-station, table and other surroundings clean and
• Keep all souse bottles clean with the mouth wiped.
• Clean cutlery in fresh water and wipe & dry this before use.
• Wipe glasses with a clean waiter-cloth & always hold the glasses
from the bottom.
• Bar mirror & plate glasses should be free from stains.
ALLOCATION OF DUTIESALLOCATION OF DUTIES
• Duties must be rotated to prevent monotony.
• Different stations must be assigned to the staff on a rotation basis.
• Each station must have a uniform number of staff members:
Assistant Waiters/Waiters, and Restaurant Supervisors.
• The person assigned to the bar must have a good experience and
knowledge of beverages.
• Any person who reports late should be marked late and the
records must be send to the Personnel Department for necessary
action like deduction from salary.
• Use a pen and ensure that there is no over-writing to avoid
malpractices, any changes made should be counter-signed.
• The register should be carefully handled as it is used for a full year
and should be kept in a safe place.
• The Restaurant Manager should be made aware of late-comers and
absentees to take necessary action.
• Prolonged absenteeism and periodic late-coming should be dealt
• Staff should be made to realize that coming to their job on time is
of great importance
RULES FOR LAYING A COVER,RULES FOR LAYING A COVER,
SIDEBOARD & MISE-EN-PLACESIDEBOARD & MISE-EN-PLACE
Each cover requires 24” x 18’’ of space
Each cover should be well balanced
All cutlery and other table appointments should be placed at
least ½” away from the edge of the table.
All knives and spoons should be placed towards the right
&all forks on the left.
Water tumbler should be at the tip of the large knife
Sideboard should be stacked properly with cutlery &
crockery's, water tumbler, napkins, condiments sets, salvers
and continental forks. Along with the F & B menu card & the
(a) in mise-in-place every cutlery & crockery should wash at
stage properly in side board .
(b) glasses to staked in the glass racks.
One way of increasing profitability.
Check upon the no of portions size of portions, return extra
portion to the kitchen.
Handle service equipment with care.
Switch off equipment like hot case, chilling machines,
tablelamps, display cabinet lights , gas burner when the
restaurant closes .
Do not misuse linen by using them as dusting cloth instead
use waiter’s dusters for cleaning purposes.
Food spoilage should be avoided, it could spoil the carpet
plus waste that portion of food.
Never forget to make checks for whatever is served.
Send back flower to housekeeping or store in a cool place so as
to refresh them.
Send timely maintained order.
Be hank eyed for staff pilfering food.
RECEVING, GREETING OF GUESTRECEVING, GREETING OF GUEST
Always greet the guest when he/she enter the restaurant with
smile and eye contact
Ask him for the number of cover he would want to book the
Ask him weather he’s any reservations.
accordingly escort the guest toward the table &help him take a
HOLDING SERVICE SPOON & FORKHOLDING SERVICE SPOON & FORK
The first finger gives initial leverage and when removed from
between fork and spoon enable the two to close non food to hold
The fork in invested to hold removed food item like potatoes
The fork and spoon are kept facing upward along side each other
to form a broader base to scoop rice, fish fillets and sweet dishes.
Left hand by the side & by the right hand pull out the nearest tip
of tray so that the tray is half out over the edge of the table.
The left hand palm should be facing upward under tray and let
palm make contact with bottom of tray so that it reaches center
of the tray pull tray by the right to enable the left hand to reach
the bottom center of tray. The table still supports the main
weight of the tray.
Take the weight of the tray and lift it slightly above left shoulder
adjust tray to balance properly on left palm. Keep holding right
tip of tray to center balances, by the left palm.
Ensure the left palm adequately support tray.
Look a head to proceed walking.
Lift soiled plates from right of guest.
Transfer soiled plate from right hand to left hand. placing first,
second and third finger under the plate and the thumb on near
edge of plate to balance. The fourth finger protrudes outside the
top of plate to receive other plates.
Place used fork, prongs upward and the knife put at right angles
under the bridge of the fork.
Receive second soiled plate and balance on three points formed by
thumb, forth finger and base of hand.
Use knife and fork of second plate to drop any left over food into
first plate. Then transfer the knife and fork to the first plate
placing them along with original knife and fork.
Hand menu to each Guest, ladies first, then gentlemen, then
finally the host.
Offer wine list to host alone , with menu, saying “you might
wish to see the wine list sir”.
Be attentive and use your judgment to anticipate when Guests
are ready to order. always ensure that menus are clean and dry,
check that menus are up to date.
Basic information you should ready to give relating to the
Ex-: for each dish the main ingredients and summary of how it
Don’t promise what can’t be delivered. “that should be fine, but
I’ll just have a word with the chef”.
When removing glassware from tables always being by ensuring
that the salver or tray is placed on the palm of the hand.
It must be covered with a clean waiter’s cloth, this helps you to
rotate the tray while.
First dirty glasses always positioned closest to the holding hand
and working out towards the rim of the salver or tray.
Hold the wine bottle firmly by shoulder of bottle. The bottle
should have base towards you and neck facing away at 45 degree
Pierce cork with tip of cork screw and twist the latter gently in a
clockwise direction till the screw is fully in.
See that the cork is not splitting, and that the bottle is not shaken
to disturb any sediments at the side or base of bottle.
Draw cork out gently by twisting the cork to and fro.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big
The waiter should be briefed about the tip system and shown how a
good service can fetch greater tips. At this stage emphasize the
point that a guest lavish tips only when he is pleased with the
service and the service can only be good when the waiter is willing
A waiter’s job is appraised on his keenness and willingness to serve.
This determines his job advancement, promotion, increment and
A waiter is a representative of the hotel and his restaurant. He
projects its image and is responsible for maintaining its high
standards. On his attitude and action will depend the image of the
CHEERFUL ATTITUDETOWARDS WORK &CHEERFUL ATTITUDETOWARDS WORK &
A cheerful attitude is an asset. It is infectious as one cheerful
person spreads cheer and goodwill wherever he goes. As a result
the work atmosphere is pleasant and free of tension and
A cheerful attitude towards colleagues is an advantage because a
waiter would be able to obtain the maximum cooperation and help
Job satisfaction comes from within oneself and depends on one’s
attitude towards one’s work. If one has a cheerful outlook any kin
of work can seem worthwhile and interesting.
CORDIAL RELATION WITH INTERACTIONCORDIAL RELATION WITH INTERACTION
One of the best ways to develop cordial relations and a team
spirit is through group effort. Let the group effort. Let the
group set the goals. Show how much easier it becomes to
resolve problems when everyone puts their heads together.
The phrase “United we stand, divided we fall”, should be the
Through team spirit and teamwork efficiency is increased.
Increase in efficiency implies higher sales turnover, which
implies more earnings for everyone.
By maintaining cordial relations, one not only benefits
financially but also personally. A good friendship is also an
asset and is of great help during times of trouble.
cordial relation with guest is good relation. A guest who is
pleased with the guests is good relations. A guest who is
pleased with the friendly atmosphere of a restaurant is bound
to visit it again and again.
It is the hallmark of a good waiter to be courteous on all
occasions not only towards guests but also towards his
colleagues and other people working in the same unit.
Courtesy should be inherent in his nature and a sign of his desire
to please those with whom he comes into contact.
The advantage and necessity of being courteous should be
emphasized as it not only smoothens operation but also ensures