Let’s get down to it, bringing to you another post on how to increase tips. Today I’m going to tell you about prioritizing your guests at a table.
What exactly do I mean by prioritizing your guests at a table?
It’s a simple form of service etiquette, think of it as a hierarchy at the table. Who should you take an order from first to last.
Please note that this topic on how to increase tips is generally a service standard for fine dining or higher end restaurants. Not a lot of restaurants will enforce or teach you about this method but it’s good practice and it also shows your guests a level of respect.
There can be some variants depending on a few things like the occasion (birthday, anniversary, guest of honor etc) and the dining experience (banquet, al a carte, set menu etc) and number of guests.
The basic rule is to serve the ladies first (eldest to youngest) then the gents (eldest to youngest). If someone is having a birthday or a couple is having an anniversary then start with them then back to the ladies then gents order.
With larger groups of people this rule will generally be ignored because of time management (if you have a table of 12 people and you try to go by this rule you may be running from one end of the table to the other taking orders, which will suck up a lot of time) the most efficient way in this scenario is to start with one person, preferably the head of the table and make your way around in one swoop.
This may not seem like a relevant procedure to increase your tips but I have had tables comment and thank me as they were leaving for making the effort to take care of the older guests at the table by serving them first.
Try and make this a habit as it’s respectful service.
See you next time.
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