Things Waiters are Tired of Hearing

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Maybe you’re a waiter who can relate? Maybe you’ve heard all of these lines before (and then some)? Read on to discover a compilation and prepare yourself for some of these gems if you plan on beginning a new position as a waiter.


Here’s a compilation of some things a waiter never wants to hear:


“I’ll have the steak well done, but on the rarer side” to which the internal answer might be Please utter a more confusing sentence, I dare you.

Things waiters are tired of hearing

“Are we able to split the bill ten ways?”25 to 30 ways is fine. You know what, don’t pay at all I’ll grab it. My shout because I’m a cool waiter.


“What’s your recommendation? … Oh no I don’t like that” Oh, ok, sorry for not being overly familiar with your taste buds.

Hopefully you haven't heard too many of these one-liners if you've worked as a waiter or currently have a waitstaff role. If you have, however, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone; we guarantee that every other waiter has had similar instances (or worse). 

And while we certainly don't recommend using any of these sassy responses (which should obviously strictly remain within your internal dialogue), we do promote reaching your potential as a waiter through soft skills, and technical skills.


Check out the original and full article here.

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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.


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