Busser Job description – Restaurant and Bar

busser job description

Bussers, Busboy or Bar Back or referred as dining room attendants or bartender helpers to help waiters and bartenders at restaurants or bar to serve food and beverages. Bussers usually not front line staff and direct contact to the guest, but neat appearance and a customer attentiveness are still necessary. Bussers make sure waiters or bartender can focus on the guest service and make sure that food or beverage comes out in a timely manner.

Restaurant Busser Job description

  • clearing restaurant tables for resetting; promptly and consistently resets all silverware and glassware
  • Maintain cleanliness of equipment, including silverware, linen and condiments; wipes down booths and chairs, moves tables and chairs, and cleans floors as necessary.
  • food and beverages is delivered quickly and correctly
  • Carry large loads of dirty dishes to dishwashing area for washing
  • Performs any general cleaning tasks using standard cleaning products as assigned by supervisor.
  • polish silverware, glassware and fold napkins,
  • Replenishing condiments and restocking side stands.
  • Perform other duties such as cleaning unexpected spills, greeting, seating guests and handling special guest requests,.
  • Support other areas of the restaurant as necessary, such as setup, cleanup, prep work and equipment maintenance
  • Follow proper food handling and safety guidelines

Bar Back/ Bar Busser Job description

  • Get ice for all the wells
  • Make sure that everything is at the bar. Restock the bar with liquor, beer, wine, glassware, juices
  • Get trash cans and towels.
  • Check Keg beer and change kegs if necessary.
  • Make sure that the bar is clean before opening it.
  • Collect empty glasses
  • Wash glassware.(for small bar only, big bars have a dishwasher so busser do not need to wash dirty glasses)
  • Restock anything at the bar.
  • Help the bartender on anything that he/she needs.
  • Clean the bar for closing
  • Place dirty towels in their appropriate location.
  • Make sure that the beer cooler is clean and organized.
  • Clean all the trash and boxes.
  • Do any other tasks assigned by the supervisor or Manager on Duty.

Busser job requirement

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • A fun attitude.
  • Providing amazing experiences requires the ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and through legible writing
  • Familiarity of restaurant or bar terminology and food service techniques
  • Maintain a professional appearance and manner at all times.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with customers and coworkers
  • Must enjoy and be able to succeed in a fast-paced work environment and be a team player.
  • Ability to comprehend written product labeling instructions to enable the safe application of products and processes
  • Ability to grasp, bend, lift, carry, move or push goods on a hand cart weighing a maximum of 50 lbs., on a continuous schedule.
  • Ability to perform duties within temperature ranges, from normal to refrigerate.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays based on restaurant or bar needs


In 2010 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly income for bussers, busboy or bar back was $8.75.


Most of busser job will train you on site so do not need a high school diploma.


As a busser in restaurant you can easily become a waiter or Servers, as a bar back you can learn how to mix drink and become a Bartenders. you should consider getting a degree in hospitality management to get to higher position.



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