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65200 – Food and beverage servers

Food and beverage servers take patrons' food and beverage orders and serve orders to patrons. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and similar establishments.


Example titles

  • Banquet server
  • Captain waiter/waitress
  • Chief wine steward
  • Cocktail waiter/waitress
  • Food and beverage server
  • Formal service waiter/waitress
  • Sommelier
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Wine steward

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverages
  • Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff
  • Recommend wines that complement patrons' meals
  • Serve food and beverages
  • Prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons' tables
  • Present bill to patrons and accept payment
  • May order and maintain inventory of wines and wine glassware
  • May perform sensory evaluation of wines.

Employment requirements

  • An apprenticeship program for food and beverage servers is available, but voluntary, in Quebec and Saskatchewan.
  • Sommeliers may require courses in wine selection and service or experience as a formal waiter/waitress.
  • Formal waiters/waitresses may require completion of a one- or two-year apprenticeship program or college or vocational school courses.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Responsible beverage service certification is usually required for employees serving alcoholic beverages.

Additional information


  • Food service supervisors (62020)
  • Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses (64300)
  • Restaurant and food service managers (60030)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
65 – Sales and service support occupations
Sub-major group
652 – Support occupations in food, accommodation and tourism
Minor group
6520 – Food support occupations
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