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Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers - 35-9011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Facilitate food service. Clean tables; remove dirty dishes; replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Barback
  • Buffet Attendant
  • Bus Boy
  • Bus Person
  • Busser
  • Dining Room Attendant
  • Food Service Aide
  • Food Service Helper
  • Server Assistant
  • Server's Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Carry food, dishes, trays, or silverware from kitchens or supply departments to serving counters.
  • Carry linens to or from laundry areas.
  • Carry trays from food counters to tables for cafeteria patrons.
  • Clean and polish counters, shelves, walls, furniture, or equipment in food service areas or other areas of restaurants and mop or vacuum floors.
  • Clean up spilled food or drink or broken dishes and remove empty bottles and trash.
  • Fill beverage or ice dispensers.
  • Garnish foods and position them on tables to make them visible and accessible.
  • Greet and seat customers.
  • Locate items requested by customers.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of items, such as clean linens, silverware, glassware, dishes, or trays.
  • Mix and prepare flavors for mixed drinks.
  • Perform serving, cleaning, or stocking duties in establishments, such as cafeterias or dining rooms, to facilitate customer service.
  • Replenish supplies of food or equipment at steam tables or service bars.
  • Run cash registers.
  • Scrape and stack dirty dishes and carry dishes and other tableware to kitchens for cleaning.
  • Serve food to customers when waiters or waitresses need assistance.
  • Serve ice water, coffee, rolls, or butter to patrons.
  • Set tables with clean linens, condiments, or other supplies.
  • Slice and pit fruit used to garnish drinks.
  • Stock cabinets or serving areas with condiments and refill condiment containers.
  • Stock refrigerating units with wines or bottled beer or replace empty beer kegs.
  • Stock vending machines with food.
  • Wash glasses or other serving equipment at bars.
  • Wipe tables or seats with dampened cloths or replace dirty tablecloths.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Add garnishes to food.
  • Arrange food for serving.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Assist customers to ensure comfort or safety.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Clean tableware.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Cut cooked or raw foods.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Maintain food, beverage, or equipment inventories.
  • Mix ingredients.
  • Move equipment, supplies or food to required locations.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Provide customers with general information or assistance.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
  • Stock supplies or merchandise.
  • Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas.
  • Usher patrons to seats or exits.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Attendant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bartender Helper
  • Cafeteria Attendant
  • Counter-Supply Worker
  • Dining Room Attendant