Bus Girl Duties and Responsibilities

Updated on July 1, 2015

Falling under the broader category of dining room attendants, bus girls work in restaurants where their main duty is to facilitate food service. They perform many support services such as cleaning tables, removing dishes, replacing soiled table linens and setting tables.

Working as a bus girl requires a lot of physical energy as one has to be on one’s feet all the time. Lifting heavy trays and carrying them long distances to the kitchen can be tiring so it is important to be physically strong and have the capacity to work for hours in one go. Often, bus girls are required to assist servers in serving food and ensuring that customers’ beverages are topped up as soon as they ask for them.

Job Requirements

To work as a bus girl, one does not need more than a high school diploma. If you have some knowledge of the food service industry, you may be able to operate in a profound manner though. At times, bus girls are also required to fill in for waiters, usually during rush hours and holidays. They may also be asked to assist in setting up buffet tables and helping out in the kitchen. Typical duties of a bus girl include:

Bus Girl Duties and Responsibilities

• Offer welcome drinks to customers and refill their drinks as and when they ask
• Assist in serving food by bringing order trays from the kitchen and holding them while waiters serve them
• Ascertain that condiments are placed on tables and are replenished when needed
• Clean up spilled food and wipe table tops and chairs
• Replace table cloths and ensure that soiled ones are sent in to the laundry
• Pick up dirty dishes from tables and transport them to the kitchen area
• Bus tables by placing dishware, flatware and glassware on them
• Serve ice, coffee rolls and butter to customers
• Stock cabinets with condiments and refill condiment containers before they run out
• Ascertain that adequate supplies of items such as linen, silverware, dishes and trays is maintained
• Assist food preparers in garnishing dishes and slicing fruits and meats
• Bus buffet tables and ensure that dishes do not run out
• Ascertain appropriate supply of clean plates, bowls and flatware at buffet tables
• Stock refrigerator units with cold beverages
• Assist in washing dishes and pots and pans
• Prepare flavors for mixed drinks and stock vending machines with food and beverage items
• Keep record of all items ordered by customers and provide information to cashier
• Assist cashiers in preparing bills and hand them to waiters