10 Ways to Earn Brownie Points with Restaurant Waitstaff - Make More Good

10 Ways to Earn Brownie Points with Restaurant Waitstaff - Make More Good
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Whether you are trying out a restaurant while on vacation or trying to make a new-to-you place a regular go-to, there are a few things you can do to help win over the waitstaff. Because let's face itit's nice if they like you as much as you like them.

1. Stick to your reservation.

If you have a reservation, honor that time and arrive as close to it as possible. If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, give the restaurant a call to give them a heads up. They might not be able to hold your table and that's on younot them. If you are late and the staff ends up holding your table, that's time your waiter is not making money.

2. Be nice.

This is one of those goes-without-saying things, but it's still worth being said. Do not be rude to the waitstaff! It's not nice and it does not look good on you. Also, be understanding. It's probably not your waiter's fault that the kitchen is backed up or if the bartenders have to change the keg. Just keep calm.

3. Keep your stuff out of the way.

Servers and bussers have to carry a lot of hot (and fragile!) dishes. If your backpack, giant purse, or shopping bag is in the way, that becomes a tripping hazard. And that's dangerous for everyone. Do your best to keep the paths clear.

4. Do not make your server come back a million times.

Meeting up with a friend you have not seen in years? While you may be tempted to jump right into the storytelling, take a minute to look at the menu and at least pick out a drink (alcoholic or not!). This way, when your server comes over, you are ready for the first step. While she may tell you to take your time and that it's totally fine, do not keep promising to look at the menu and then not do it.

5. Be quiet-ish.

We know, you are excited to see your friend. Just try to keep your noise level down to match that of those around you. If you just have one of those laughs, try to keep your neighbors in mind.

6. Ask questions.

7. Help your server put down all those dishes.

8. Let your waiter know of special dietary needs up front.

9. Tip well.

10. Do not linger at your table if people are waiting.


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