The Best Server Tips and Tricks from Reddit

This post originally appeared on Restaurant Insider by Cinnamon Janzer.

You’ve got a few doubles this week, some social events to squeeze in over the weekend between shifts, and you start all over again on Monday, am I right? Serving is a demanding gig, both physically and mentally. Even though you know there are some gems out there, it’s not like you have the time to do things like scouring Reddit, picking through various threads for the best server tips and tricks.

We, however, do. So why don’t you let us, especially since we already have? Sit back, relax, and enjoy that post-shift drink while you peruse these top tips and tricks for servers courtesy of Reddit.

1- Smaller Tables First

It’s the middle of a dinner rush and you just got double sat with a two-top and a four-top. It might seem like visiting the larger table first is the way to go — you’ve got to secure a good tip from the bigger table right? Not exactly. As Reddit user, Cupcake_eater explains, “the larger tables will keep themselves occupied with chatting [and] catching up, whereas a [two-top] will more than likely get bored waiting.” They went on to explain that it’s quicker to get drinks for a two-top versus a larger table, so it’ll take you just a few minutes to get service started. Once they’re happily waited on, then you can move onto the larger, more time-consuming table that is likely still chatting away.

“I always tipped out [my] bussers well — and tipped even better if they did something extra to help me out that night.”

In the event that you can’t get to one of your tables right away, another user added this: “Just letting a table know that you see them and will be right over can buy you an extra five to 10 minutes of patience.”

2- Be Generous With Your Tip Outs

“I always tipped out [my] bussers well — and tipped even better if they did something extra to help me out that night,” explains Reddit user Chuck_Lotus. “Sure, it’s fewer dollars in your pocket at the end of the night, but no matter how in the weeds I got I always had a busser on my heels to help me out with refills or bread or even running food.” Tipping out…

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