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Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop - 35-9031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Buffet Hostess
  • General Teller
  • Greeter
  • Host
  • Hostess
  • Seater

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Answer telephone calls and respond to inquiries or transfer calls.
  • Assign patrons to tables suitable for their needs and according to rotation so that servers receive an appropriate number of seatings.
  • Assist other restaurant workers by serving food and beverages, or by bussing tables.
  • Confer with other staff to help plan establishments' menus.
  • Direct patrons to coatrooms and waiting areas, such as lounges.
  • Greet guests and seat them at tables or in waiting areas.
  • Hire, train, and supervise food and beverage service staff.
  • Inform patrons of establishment specialties and features.
  • Inspect dining and serving areas to ensure cleanliness and proper setup.
  • Inspect restrooms for cleanliness and availability of supplies, and clean restrooms when necessary.
  • Maintain contact with kitchen staff, management, serving staff, and customers to ensure that dining details are handled properly and customers' concerns are addressed.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payments for food and beverages.
  • Order or requisition supplies and equipment for tables and serving stations.
  • Perform marketing and advertising services.
  • Plan parties or other special events and services.
  • Prepare cash receipts after establishments close, and make bank deposits.
  • Prepare staff work schedules.
  • Provide guests with menus.
  • Receive and record patrons' dining reservations.
  • Speak with patrons to ensure satisfaction with food and service, to respond to complaints, or to make conversation.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of dining room staff to ensure that patrons receive prompt and courteous service.
  • Take and prepare to-go orders.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist chefs or caterers with food or drink preparation.
  • Assist customers with seating arrangements.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
  • Communicate with customers to resolve complaints or ensure satisfaction.
  • Coordinate activities of food service staff.
  • Inspect facilities, equipment or supplies to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Manage food service operations or parts of operations.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Package food or supplies.
  • Perform human resources activities.
  • Plan menu options.
  • Plan special events.
  • Present food or beverage information or menus to customers.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Provide customers with general information or assistance.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Schedule dining reservations.
  • Take customer orders.
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Marine Aide (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Host/Hostess, Restaurant