Steps of Service: Fine Dining

steps of service restaurant

Here are the Steps of Service for Fine Dining Restaurants with audio and video examples:

The following Steps of Service will help you find a job in the top restaurants in the world, become a better waiter and earn more money:

  1. Greet the guests within two mintutes (Video)
Greeting the guests

2. Present the menus and the daily (chef’s) specials (Video)

presenting the menu and the chef’s special

3. Offer aperitif and water (Video)

suggest aperitif
suggest a bottle of water

4. Present the wine list (Video)

presenting the wine list

5. Serve the aperitif within 6 minutes. Ask for questions (Video)

serve the drink order
ask for questions

6. Take the food order. Repeat it to the guests and send it to the kitchen (Video) (Video)

taking the food order
repeating the food order

7. Take the wine order. Suggest another aperitif if a guest has finished the first one (Video)

Taking the wine order

8. Prepare the table according to the guests’ orders: silverware, glasses, etc. (Video)

setting the table according to the guests’ order

9. Present and serve the wine (Video)

Presenting and serving the wine

10. Serve the food (Video)

Serving the food

11. Refill glasses if necessary, suggest more drinks (Video)

ask for a refill of wine glasses

12. Two minutes – two bites check (Video)

two minutes – two bites check

13. Clear the plates and the used silverware when everyone is done with their meals (Video)

clearing the table

14. Repeat steps 10 to 13 with the next courses

15. Remove the main course plates, silverware, butter plates, breadbasket, and condiments (Video)

16. Prepare the table for dessert, offer coffee and tea (Video)

serve the dessert
offer coffee and tea

17. Serve the hot beverages

18. Serve dessert (Video)

19. Clear the plates and the used cups. Offer digestive (Video)

offer digestives

20. Present the check (Video)

presenting the check

21. Take the payment

taking the payment

22. Thank your guests, wish them well and welcome them back to the restaurant (Video)

thanking the guests for their business

For a complete, detailed tutorial on the steps of service, check the Sequence of Service post!

If you are planning to work in some of the top hotels in the world, a member of the Leading Hotels in the World and Leading Quality Assurance (LQA) read the in-depth tutorial in our blog!

Sign up for the Free Waiter Training Course, or The Free Wine Course at The Waiter’s Academy if you need a complete education in F&B service!

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Watch the full videos:

Full Sequence of Service in Fine Dining:

Steps of Service in Casual Dining:

The LQA Standard:

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  • Ned
    November 24, 2021

    Thank You for reading,
    would You like to give me your feedback about this post?
    I will highly appreciate that!
    Best wishes,

  • TIM.KELLY7136
    February 11, 2022

    Everything I learned has improved and enhanced so many things I do. I’m so grateful and thankful for what they see in us in The Waiters Academy. The way the information is provided for you let’s you know how concerned they are about your desire to be great at what you do. Everything makes sense!

    • Ned
      March 19, 2022

      Thanks a lot, Tim!
      That was beautifully said!
      Best of luck with the job!

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