Host/Hostess

Posted: 08/28/2020

Host/Hostess Job Description
A Host/Hostess presents a positive first impression of the establishment's friendliness, excellent service and high standards. The Host/Hostess also greet Guests upon arrival, inform Guests of their wait time, monitor a waiting list, enter Guest names into the computer system, show Guests to their table and bid Guests farewell as they leave.
A Host/Hostess must be able to carry natural conversation with Guests without sounding scripted or intrusive. Additionally, the Host cares for our Guests by refilling beverages and performs light housekeeping duties such as cleaning glasses and menus and ensures restrooms are clean, stocked and orderly. As a member of an energetic team, the Host/Hostess may also need to answer the phones and fill to-go orders when needed. Availability must include nights and weekends.
Responsibilities:
Greet incoming and departing Guests warmly with a genuine smile and eye contact; escort them to assigned dining area; present menus; announce waiter's name
Use visual cues to seat Guests in either the bar or dining area depending on their preference
Inform Guest of current promotion and who will be serving them to ensure a smooth handoff to the service staff
Answer incoming calls to the restaurant and provide appropriate service
Manage the flow of Guests into the Dining and Bar areas, provide accurate wait times to incoming Guests if appropriate
Tend to special Guest needs and requests
Observant to Guests' needs throughout dining experience to ensure they receive high quality service (i.e. notice a drink refill is needed while seating another Guest and ensuring the drink is refilled prior to getting back to the door).
Protect establishment and patrons by adhering to sanitation, safety and alcohol control policies
Help dining room staff by setting and clearing tables; replenishing water; serving beverages
Receive payments by validating credit charges; approving checks; accepting currency; calculating and issuing change for ToGo orders
Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
Requirements:
Must be able to read menus
Must be able to articulate clear greetings and farewells to Guests, as well as being able to understand requests for assistance
Must be able to clearly communicate Guests' needs to W/Ws, Bussers, Managers, etc.
Must be able to hear well in a loud environment in order to answer telephone and respond to Guest requests
Must be able to reach, bend, stoop and wipe
Must be able to articulate clear greetings and farewells to Guests
Must be able to understand requests for assistance
Must be able to carry trays or supplies (10-30 lbs.)
A desire to help out where needed and work as part of a team
Passion for providing extraordinary service
The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
An appetite for learning (and great food)
Flexibility to work a variety of shifts
-6 months experience in a full-service restaurant preferred
Must be upbeat, outgoing and positive
Must be able to assist Guests and possess great Guest relations skills
Ability to work positively in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work effectively within a team
Ability to effectively communicate on the telephone.
Host/Hostess top skills & proficiencies:
Customer Service
People Skills
Professionalism
High Energy
Multitask
Thoroughness
Planning
Basic Math
Teamwork
Attention to Detail
Verbal Communication
Organized
Flexible
Management Skills