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How to get your waiter or waitress to give you the best service

The objective of After5Specials is to get you to have a great new experience at a new restaurant. A key part of your experience is based on the interactions you have with your waiter or waitress. Building a positive rapport with your waiter or waitress can contribute to receiving excellent service and therefore increasing you chances of having an awesome experience. Here are some tips to enhance your dining experience:
Great Waitress Service
  1. Be Polite and Respectful:
    • Treat your server with kindness and respect. Use polite language and engage in friendly conversation.
  2. Establish Eye Contact:
    • When placing your order or asking for assistance, establish eye contact. It signals attentiveness and shows that you value their input.
  3. Use Their Name:
    • If your server introduces themselves, make an effort to remember and use their name during your interaction. This personal touch can create a connection.
  4. Communicate Clearly:
    • Clearly communicate your preferences, allergies, or any modifications you need for your order. This helps the server understand your needs accurately.
  5. Be Understanding and Patient:
    • Understand that restaurants can be busy, and servers may have multiple tables to attend to. Be patient during peak times and avoid snapping your fingers or raising your hand to get their attention.
  6. Communicate your Limited Time Frame:
    • If you have limited time, like out for lunch or need to catch a show or a game, let them know up front so they can process your order accordingly.
  7. Ask for Recommendations:
    • If you're unsure about what to order, don't hesitate to ask your server for recommendations. They often have insights into popular or well-liked dishes.
  8. Express Gratitude:
    • Express your gratitude when the server provides good service. A simple "thank you" goes a long way in creating a positive atmosphere.
  9. Tip Generously:
    • If the service exceeds your expectations, consider leaving a generous tip. This is a tangible way to show appreciation for exceptional service.
  10. Provide Constructive Feedback:
    • If there are any issues with your meal or service, communicate it politely and constructively. Most servers appreciate feedback that helps them improve.
  11. Read the Situation:
    • Be mindful of the restaurant's atmosphere. If it's a casual dining place, keep the tone relaxed. In more formal settings, maintain a corresponding level of formality.
  12. Follow Established Protocols:
    • Adhere to restaurant policies and guidelines. For example, if there's a specific way to request assistance or pay the bill, follow those protocols.
Remember, every server is different, and factors such as the restaurant's policies and workload also play a role in the quality of service. Being courteous, understanding, and communicative will generally contribute to a more positive interaction with your waiter or waitress.

After5 Specials has programs to assist restaurants in the areas of improved customer service and increased profitability, without raising prices. If you know a restaurant that needs more customers or could you a hand on improving their service, send us an email.
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