Hosts/Hostesses

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Hosts and hostesses may also be called maitre'ds, restaurant hosts/hostesses or dining room hosts. They greet customers, ask them about seating preferences; guide them to their table and give them menus. They answer phone calls, take reservations, answer questions and assure guests are happy with their dining experience. Individuals may take payment for guest checks. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Maître 'ds; Dining Room Hosts; Restaurant Hosts/Hostesses; Maître d's
Duties Greeting customers at a restaurant; seating them, giving them menus; answering phone calls; taking reservations; answering questions; assuring guests are happy with their restaurant experience; taking payment for guest checks
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Jobs may be located throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience on-the-job training and experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Talkative
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Sales
Special Requirements Age requirement where alcohol is served
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Experienced Hosts or Hostess
  • Entry Level Host or Hostess