Server Sidework Checklist

Use the Restaurant Server Side Work Checklist as a list of tasks to complete beyond table service, ensuring smooth operations and a tidy work environment.

Server Sidework Checklist



Front Of House Station

1. Are the lights switched on?


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2. Is the restaurant's security alarm turned off?


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3. Is the background music turned on?


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4. Is the trash or debris cleaned from the restaurant's exterior?


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5. Are the chairs removed from tabletops?


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6. Are the chairs organized around tables?


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7. Are the windows cleaned and wiped down?


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8. Are the tables, chairs, and highchairs wiped down?


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9. Are the glassware and silverware cleaned?


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10. Are the tables set?


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11. Are the table arrangements checked?


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12. Are the napkins folded?


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13. Are the napkin dispensers restocked?


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14. Are tabletop items such as cutlery, glasses, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup, mustard, and napkins restocked?


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15. Are water pitchers replaced and refilled?


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16. Are menus, wine lists, and bill folders sanitized?


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17. Are wine lists and menus organized?


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18. Are bar garnishes such as orange peels, lemon twists, dehydrated fruit, edible flowers, cocktail onions, and umbrellas prepared?


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19. Are trash bins emptied?


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20. Are trash bags replaced?


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21. Are the bathrooms cleaned and stocked with toiletries such as hand soap, sanitizer, toilet paper, and air fresheners?


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22. Is the Point of System (POS) area clean?


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23. Is the restaurant's door sign changed from "Closed" to "Open"?


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Salad Bar Station

1. Are clean silverware and plates equipped at the salad bar station?


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2. Are salad bar items such as salad dressing, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, carrots, croutons, cheese, and sliced vegetables prepared?


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3. Is the salad bar station clean?


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Drink Station

1. Are clean glassware equipped at the drink station?


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2. Is ice prepared?


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3. Are canned drinks, liquor bottles, and bottled mixers replenished?


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4. Are beer kegs replenished?


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5. Is the soda machine working properly and fully stocked?


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Dessert Station

1. Are clean silverware and plates equipped at the dessert station?


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2. Are fresh desserts and pastries prepared?


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Alfresco Station

1. Are tables and chairs set?


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2. Are table settings placed?


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3. Are outdoor umbrellas set up?


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4. Are tabletop items such as cutlery, glasses, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup, mustard, and napkins restocked?


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Front Of House Station

1. Are glasses and tableware brought from the back of the house to the front of the house?


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2. Are tables wiped down after each customer?


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3. Are booths and chairs wiped down after each customer?


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4. Are countertops wiped to remove spills and stains?


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5. Are chairs tucked in under tables?


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6. Are boosters and highchairs cleaned and stacked after use?


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7. Are tables ready for the next customer?


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8. Are menus and bill folders disinfected after use?


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9. Are tabletop necessities replenished?


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10. Are bar garnishes restocked?


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11. Are silverware and glassware cleaned and polished?


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12. Is the restaurant manager notified when inventory is running low?


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Salad Bar Station

1. Are silverware and plates restocked?


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2. Are salad bar items restocked?


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3. Is the salad bar station clean?


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Drink Station

1. Are silverware and glassware restocked?


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2. Are coffee necessities such as coffee beans, creamer, sugar, napkins, cups, and spoons restocked?


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3. Is ice restocked?


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4. Is the coffee and drink station clean?


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Dessert Station

1. Are silverware and plates restocked?


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2. Are cakes and pastries restocked?


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3. Is the dessert station clean?


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Front Of House

1. Is the door sign changed from "Open" to "Closed"?


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2. Is the background music turned off?


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3. Are ovens, gas stoves, and heaters turned off?


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4. Are tables, booths, and chairs wiped down?


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5. Are windows closed and locked?


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6. Are floors swept and mopped?


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7. Are chairs placed on top of tables?


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8. Are crumb catchers emptied?


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9. Are flatware rolled-in napkins?


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10. Are trash bins emptied?


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11. Are table candles put out?


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12. Are the remaining prep ingredients labeled and refrigerated?


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13. Are bathrooms cleaned and sanitized?


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14. Are bathrooms restocked with toiletries such as hand soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and air fresheners?


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15. Are clean dishes unloaded and placed back in their proper stations?


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16. Are dirty cloth napkins, aprons, and tablecloths placed in laundry bins?


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17. Is the dishwasher loaded with dirty dishes?


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18. Is the Point of System (POS) area cleaned?


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19. Is your station's cleanliness approved by the restaurant manager or shift leader?


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20. Is the restaurant's security alarm turned on?


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21. Are the lights switched off?


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22. Is the restaurant locked up?


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Salad Bar Station

1. Are silverware and glassware cleaned and sanitized?


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2. Is the salad bar station cleaned?


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3. Are all food items stored and is there no food left out?


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Drink Station

1. Are silverware and glassware cleaned and sanitized?


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2. Are wine bottles corked?


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3. Are iced tea and coffee carafes emptied, washed, and refilled?


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4. Is the soda machine emptied, cleaned, and switched off?


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Dessert Station

1. Are silverware and glassware cleaned and sanitized?


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2. Is the dessert case cleaned?


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3. Are desserts and pastries properly stored and not left out?


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Alfresco Station

1. Are silverware and glassware cleaned and sanitized?


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2. Are outdoor tables and chairs brought back into the restaurant?


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3. Are outdoor umbrellas closed?


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