After you've been seated, you will be greeted by a server. This is not the time to be on your cell phone, some servers will wait until you’re off
the phone to greet you. During the greeting, It’s important to look at the server and listen to what he/she is saying to you. Smiling, saying
hello back, and listening makes for a happy server. A happy server is a good server.
After you’re greeted, your server will ask you what you would like to drink. What seems like a simple enough question confuses many people. If you
really have no idea what you would like to drink, let your server know that you need time to decide, and ask for a water. If you’re a drink
guzzler, or are super thirty, order 2 drinks. Unless your sever asks you for a food order at this point, it isn’t the best time to try and place
“We are running late and need to eat in a hurry.” Ok, no problem, a good server will be able to accommodate you, but you have to help. Order
simple, no substitutions, and no special orders please. Appetizers, salads, and fried foods are quickly prepared. If your not sure what will come
out of the kitchen fast, just ask.
The server will look at YOU when it’s YOUR turn to order. If you don’t know what you want, ask to be last, don’t expect him/her to stand there
while you read. Reading the menu is a great way to find out what is in the food you are ordering. If you HATE mushrooms, and think there’s a
chance they could be in the dish, ask. And lastly, unless you know your child is capable of placing an order in a timely fashion, please order for
Food delivery. When your sever sets your food down in front of you, look at it. Think to yourself: Is this what I ordered? Am I missing something?
Do I need more of something? Do not start eating and/or flailing your arms around the table until everyone has been served. Do not start asking
for the things you need until everyone has been served. When all of the food has been delivered the server will look at the table and ask if anyone
needs anything, this is your cue.
The check back. This is suppose to happen within a few minutes of food delivery. Please take advantage of this time to get ALL of your ducks in a
row so you don’t have to keep running the server back and forth. If for any reason you don’t like your food, don’t get upset and be rude to the
server. Give him/her a fair chance to fix the problem, a good server will have a reasonable solution to the problem.
Snap, whistle, or shout across the room for a server’s attention.
Interrupt your server while they are with another table.
Try(even if you think you’re helping) to remove things from the tray.
Be a low talker, speak up!!
Stand around in highly traveled walk ways.
Roll your eyes or have a bad attitude.
Leave your child’s mess all over the floor, pick up most of it, we can vacuum up the rest.
Forget to say please.
Forget to say thank you.
Stiff your server.
The basic tip for a server is 15% of the bill. If she/he did an outstanding job it’s 20%.
If your party was difficult and unable to follow these general guide lines, and the service was still successful, tip 20%+. If you are in a group and
you are not paying, make sure someone is tipping appropriately.
edit on 1-8-2011 by MidnightSunshine because: oops