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RESTAURANT SERVER, IN-DEPTH: We Get Fed By Some Of The Best Chefs In The Bay Area

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Siamac, a Restaurant Server, shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his key decision, how hard it is to find work and his work-life balance. Finding work at a fine dining restaurant is challenging if you don't have experience, but many people work their up to become a server or a manager.

Job Title: Restauran Server

Job Summary: Waiters and Waitresses

Job Description

Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments. Waiters and waitresses, also called servers, are responsible for ensuring that customers have a satisfying dining experience. The specific duties of servers vary considerably with the establishment in which they work.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training can be expected.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $25,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, Strength/stamina, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
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Hospitality
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m='12250'>and</span> <span m='12370'>it tastes</span> <span m='12700'>really</span> <span m='12910'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='13850'>The</span> <span m='13930'>most</span> <span m='14220'>challenging</span> <span m='15070'>about</span> <span m='15430'>my</span> <span m='15560'>job</span> <span m='16180'>is</span> <span m='16810'>dealing</span> <span m='17340'>with</span> <span m='17610'>some</span> <span m='17930'>customers</span> <span m='18600'>who</span> <span m='18780'>have</span> <span m='20500'>really</span> <span m='20890'>picky</span> <span m='21280'>tastes</span> <span m='22660'>in</span> <span m='23120'>food.</span> <span m='23910'>And</span> <span m='24120'>allergies,</span> <span m='25700'>like</span> <span m='25870'>when</span> <span m='26010'>they're</span> <span m='26130'>allergic</span> <span m='26530'>to</span> <span m='26670'>a</span> <span m='26740'>million</span> <span m='27100'>things</span> <span m='28290'>and</span> <span m='28930'>you</span> <span m='29090'>kind</span> <span m='29300'>of</span> <span m='29370'>have</span> <span m='29580'>to</span> <span m='29950'>cater</span> <span m='30290'>around</span> <span m='30520'>them.</span> <span m='31190'>That's</span> <span m='31360'>OK,</span> <span m='31670'>I</span> <span m='31720'>guess,</span> <span m='32049'>but</span> <span m='32780'>it</span> <span m='32840'>gets</span> <span m='33090'>a</span> <span m='33140'>little</span> <span m='33400'>annoying.</span> </p><p><span m='34670'>Well, I</span> <span m='34960'>was</span> <span m='35070'>going</span> <span m='35260'>to</span> <span m='35300'>school.</span> <span m='36200'>I</span> <span m='36210'>was</span> <span m='36350'>going</span> <span m='36510'>to</span> <span m='36590'>SF</span> <span m='36890'>State.</span> <span m='37290'>And</span> <span m='38890'>I</span> <span m='39660'>took</span> <span m='39830'>a</span> <span m='39890'>break</span> <span m='40160'>from</span> <span m='40380'>that</span> <span m='40660'>because I</span> <span m='40820'>needed</span> <span m='41070'>some</span> <span m='41240'>money.</span> <span m='42270'>And</span> <span m='42610'>I</span> <span m='42660'>got</span> <span m='42850'>into</span> <span m='43070'>the</span> <span m='43150'>restaurant</span> <span m='43680'>industry,</span> <span m='44470'>and</span> <span m='45130'>I</span> <span m='45460'>made</span> <span m='45730'>good</span> <span m='46030'>money,</span> <span m='46870'>good</span> <span m='47030'>tips.</span> <span m='47590'>And</span> <span m='48710'>I</span> <span m='48790'>didn't</span> <span m='49120'>go</span> <span m='49260'>back</span> <span m='49500'>to</span> <span m='49610'>college.</span> <span m='50730'>Don't</span> <span m='50930'>hate me,</span> <span m='51290'>kids.</span> <span m='51640'>Don't</span> <span m='51820'>do</span> <span m='51950'>that.</span> <span m='53250'>And</span> <span m='54700'>yeah,</span> <span m='55100'>I</span> <span m='55170'>mean</span> <span m='55600'>the</span> <span m='55760'>money's</span> <span m='56070'>pretty</span> <span m='56270'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='57210'>I got</span> <span m='57320'>used</span> <span m='57600'>to</span> <span m='57790'>it.</span> <span m='58400'>I got</span> <span m='58460'>maybe</span> <span m='58670'>a</span> <span m='58720'>little</span> <span m='58940'>too</span> <span m='59130'>comfortable,</span> <span m='59515'>you might</span> <span m='59900'>say.</span> <span m='61310'>But</span> <span m='62060'>maybe</span> <span m='62260'>it's</span> <span m='62430'>not</span> <span m='62670'>for</span> <span m='62770'>me,</span> <span m='63120'>I</span> <span m='63200'>mean</span> <span m='63430'>for</span> <span m='63830'>the</span> <span m='63930'>rest</span> <span m='64180'>of</span> <span m='64220'>my</span> <span m='64330'>life.</span> <span m='64700'>And</span> <span m='64739'>maybe</span> <span m='64980'>I</span> <span m='65000'>want</span> <span m='65160'>to</span> <span m='65200'>go</span> <span m='65349'>into</span> <span m='65500'>other</span> <span m='65680'>things.</span> <span m='65970'>And</span> <span m='66090'>I</span> <span m='66170'>have</span> <span m='66420'>the</span> <span m='66520'>option</span> <span m='67040'>with</span> <span m='67320'>the</span> <span m='67390'>restaurant</span> <span m='67800'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='68160'>It's</span> <span m='68300'>really</span> <span m='68500'>cool,</span> <span m='68810'>because</span> <span m='70410'>you're</span> <span m='70580'>allowed</span> <span m='70940'>freedom</span> <span m='71720'>when</span> <span m='71960'>you</span> <span m='72060'>work</span> <span m='72280'>at</span> <span m='72330'>a</span> <span m='72380'>restaurant.</span> <span m='72890'>You're</span> <span m='73020'>allowed</span> <span m='73340'>your</span> <span m='73460'>whole</span> <span m='73660'>day</span> <span m='75530'>to</span> <span m='75730'>do</span> <span m='75910'>whatever</span> <span m='76180'>you</span> <span m='76300'>want.</span> <span m='76750'>And</span> <span m='76790'>then</span> <span m='77070'>at</span> <span m='77270'>night,</span> <span m='77560'>yeah,</span> <span m='77760'>you</span> <span m='77870'>have</span> <span m='78000'>to</span> <span m='78240'>clock</span> <span m='78560'>in</span> <span m='78780'>and</span> <span m='79110'>do</span> <span m='79230'>whatever</span> <span m='79480'>that</span> <span m='80170'>is.</span> <span m='80420'>But</span> <span m='80720'>you</span> <span m='81170'>get</span> <span m='81330'>freedom.</span> <span m='81630'>You</span> <span m='81710'>get</span> <span m='81850'>the</span> <span m='81930'>day</span> <span m='82210'>off</span> <span m='82450'>when</span> <span m='82570'>you</span> <span m='82670'>want</span> <span m='82910'>to,</span> <span m='83230'>and</span> <span m='83530'>you</span> <span m='83640'>get</span> <span m='83860'>the</span> <span m='84070'>whole</span> <span m='84330'>rest</span> <span m='84580'>of</span> <span m='84630'>your</span> <span m='84700'>day</span> <span m='84900'>to</span> <span m='85040'>do</span> <span m='85640'>whatever</span> <span m='86060'>it</span> <span m='86120'>is</span> <span m='86260'>you</span> <span m='86360'>want</span> <span m='86500'>to</span> <span m='86570'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='86760'>You can</span> <span m='87020'>pursue</span> <span m='87450'>anything.</span> <span m='88210'>You can</span> <span m='88480'>enjoy</span> <span m='88800'>a</span> <span m='88870'>hobby</span> <span m='89290'>or craft.</span> <span m='90080'>And</span> <span m='92250'>my</span> <span m='92370'>bosses</span> <span m='92700'>are</span> <span m='92780'>really</span> <span m='92980'>cool.</span> <span m='93300'>Like if</span> <span m='93490'>I</span> <span m='93530'>wanted</span> <span m='93760'>to</span> <span m='93800'>go</span> <span m='93900'>back</span> <span m='94060'>to</span> <span m='94140'>school,</span> <span m='94400'>I</span> <span m='94450'>could</span> <span m='94590'>tell</span> <span m='94810'>them</span> <span m='94990'>tomorrow.</span> <span m='95470'>I</span> <span m='95570'>could</span> <span m='95730'>say,</span> <span m='96040'>hey,</span> <span m='96660'>I'm</span> <span m='96710'>going</span> <span m='96850'>to</span> <span m='96900'>start</span> <span m='97140'>taking</span> <span m='97370'>classes.</span> <span m='97880'>I</span> <span m='97980'>need</span> <span m='98180'>these</span> <span m='98380'>days</span> <span m='98620'>off.</span> </p><p><span m='99360'>And</span> <span m='99660'>they'd</span> <span m='99790'>be</span> <span m='99910'>really</span> <span m='100100'>cool</span> <span m='100250'>about</span> <span m='100480'>that.</span> <span m='100690'>And I'd</span> <span m='100840'>be</span> <span m='100940'>able</span> <span m='101070'>to</span> <span m='101130'>go</span> <span m='101250'>to</span> <span m='101310'>school</span> <span m='101710'>and</span> <span m='101780'>make</span> <span m='101940'>some</span> <span m='102070'>money</span> <span m='102300'>on</span> <span m='102380'>the</span> <span m='102440'>side.</span> <span m='104920'>So</span> <span m='105060'>yeah,</span> <span m='105340'>the</span> <span m='105410'>restaurant's</span> <span m='106010'>really</span> <span m='107240'>welcoming</span> <span m='107565'>and</span> <span m='107890'>catering</span> <span m='108340'>to</span> <span m='108780'>people,</span> <span m='109390'>to</span> <span m='109490'>students</span> <span m='110020'>and</span> <span m='110990'>people who</span> <span m='111310'>want</span> <span m='111570'>to</span> <span m='112010'>maybe</span> <span m='113410'>go</span> <span m='113560'>down</span> <span m='113870'>another</span> <span m='114160'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='114850'>It</span> <span m='114960'>definitely</span> <span m='115280'>is</span> <span m='115390'>hard</span> <span m='115670'>to</span> <span m='115820'>find</span> <span m='116200'>work</span> <span m='116570'>in</span> <span m='117140'>a</span> <span m='117600'>fine-dining</span> <span m='118290'>place</span> <span m='118760'>if</span> <span m='118970'>you</span> <span m='119140'>have</span> <span m='119260'>no</span> <span m='119460'>experience</span> <span m='119920'>whatsoever.</span> <span m='120970'>But</span> <span m='121270'>a</span> <span m='121360'>lot</span> <span m='121590'>of</span> <span m='121650'>people</span> <span m='122040'>come</span> <span m='122330'>up</span> <span m='123490'>from</span> <span m='123650'>the</span> <span m='123740'>bottom</span> <span m='124100'>ranks,</span> <span m='124940'>and</span> <span m='125670'>eventually</span> <span m='126855'>you</span> <span m='127210'>can</span> <span m='127450'>become</span> <span m='129320'>a</span> <span m='129380'>server</span> <span m='130050'>or</span> <span m='130419'>a</span> <span m='130699'>manager,</span> <span m='132130'>like</span> <span m='132360'>a</span> <span m='132430'>wine</span> <span m='132720'>connoisseur</span> <span m='135130'>or</span> <span m='135220'>whatever.</span> <span m='136410'>But</span> <span m='136480'>you</span> <span m='136760'>have</span> <span m='136940'>to</span> <span m='137810'>just</span> <span m='138010'>work</span> <span m='138230'>your</span> <span m='138320'>way</span> <span m='138540'>up</span> <span m='138710'>like</span> <span m='138940'>anything,</span> <span m='139500'>like</span> <span m='139640'>any</span> <span m='139740'>other</span> <span m='139920'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='140360'>Ooh,</span> <span m='140830'>work-life</span> <span m='141410'>balance.</span> <span m='141760'>OK,</span> <span m='142020'>well,</span> <span m='142630'>like</span> <span m='142890'>I</span> <span m='142970'>said</span> <span m='143460'>before,</span> <span m='143840'>I</span> <span m='144230'>have</span> <span m='144670'>the</span> <span m='144770'>whole</span> <span m='145020'>day</span> <span m='145260'>off</span> <span m='146590'>until</span> <span m='147220'>around</span> <span m='147620'>6:00.</span> <span m='148160'>So</span> <span m='148450'>I</span> <span m='148550'>can</span> <span m='148700'>do</span> <span m='148850'>whatever</span> <span m='149190'>I</span> <span m='149270'>want.</span> <span m='149790'>And</span> <span m='149840'>I</span> <span m='149920'>can</span> <span m='150510'>run</span> <span m='150870'>errands.</span> <span m='151510'>And</span> <span m='152930'>I</span> <span m='153090'>can</span> <span m='154020'>decide</span> <span m='154590'>to</span> <span m='154650'>take</span> <span m='154850'>classes</span> <span m='155700'>beforehand.</span> </p><p><span m='156610'>I'm</span> <span m='156740'>not</span> <span m='156900'>engulfed</span> <span m='157310'>in</span> <span m='157530'>work</span> <span m='157890'>working</span> <span m='158290'>at</span> <span m='158540'>the</span> <span m='158720'>place</span> <span m='159050'>I</span> <span m='159100'>work.</span> <span m='159430'>It's</span> <span m='159860'>just</span> <span m='160030'>sort</span> <span m='160320'>of</span> <span m='160410'>an</span> <span m='160810'>appendage.</span> <span m='163340'>I</span> <span m='163410'>can</span> <span m='163540'>do</span> <span m='163650'>whatever</span> <span m='163960'>I</span> <span m='163990'>want</span> <span m='164360'>really,</span> <span m='165090'>pretty</span> <span m='165240'>much,</span> <span m='165900'>up</span> <span m='166040'>until</span> <span m='167070'>6</span> <span m='167380'>o'clock</span> <span m='167760'>on</span> <span m='167880'>a</span> <span m='167930'>workday.</span> <span m='168440'>Then</span> <span m='168874'>I</span> <span m='169742'>have to</span> <span m='171480'>game</span> <span m='171710'>face,</span> <span m='172290'>game</span> <span m='172480'>face</span> <span m='172740'>on.</span> </p>","file":{"id":346074,"video_id":"3127822428001","name":"1859-Siamac-p-RestaurantServer2-indepth","duration":174104,"thumbnail_url":null}});