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Good advice for waiters from SF food critic Michael Bauer

This is a nice little article that every waiter should read. It concerns reading the guest and not overwhelming them with information and personal details (unless it’s clear that the guest is looking for that sort of interaction). Bauer doesn’t offer any actual concrete advice about reading the guest, but realistically, it’s not an easy thing to teach.  It’s good for waiters to realize that learning to read the guest is one of the most important skills that you can absorb.

So read the article and start using your powers of observation to maximize your service. Always keep it in mind. Even very experienced waiters run the risk of misreading a guest, as I painfully found out myself not too long ago. It’s a skill with constantly moving goalposts.


2 responses to “Good advice for waiters from SF food critic Michael Bauer

  1. helen November 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks, at least you were polite in giving a link to your advice. Most people attempting to give advice to servers seem to be very condescending, and a lot of people are just condescending toward servers in general! As a server myself, I agree that “reading the guest” is not something that can be taught, but it comes with time and experience.

    On the flip side, I have just posted a fun article on my blog from the servers perspective:

  2. biadonatt November 25, 2009 at 9:14 am

    It looks like you are a true specialist. Did ya study about the topic? hehe

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