1. Be yourself!
I know that this is something you've heard a million times before pertaining to all sorts of things, but it's so true! Let your table see you as an actual person instead of an animatronic being. Show your guests you are, in fact, a human just like them, and they will feel more sympathetic towards you.
2. Let your table know what is happening!
If the kitchen is running a bit behind and food is taking a little longer to come out, give them a heads up. Let your customers know this right after you take their order, so they already know that it could be a little bit for their nachos. Now they won't be wondering why their food is taking so dang long.
If you see a table sit down and you don't have the time to greet them right away, walk by and let them know that you'll be with them shortly. That way, even if it does take you a while to get there, they know they're not being ignored.
3. Remember the regulars!
Let me tell you; regulars can sometimes make the world go round! Remembering people that have come in several times can make the repeating guest feel welcome, respected, and loved. Not only that, if you remember them, they will remember you and possibly start asking for you to be their server in future visits. In my experience, regulars asking for you and coming in to see you, especially in the slower seasons, can help out a lot!
4. Anticipate the guest's needs!
Anticipating the guest might need extra napkins, or want water with their margarita can make a huge difference in their experience of the restaurant. Having this attentiveness impresses guests. Most of the time, they came out to have a good time and don't want to spend the whole time flagging you down to get that side of ketchup that should already be with their fries.
5. Don't be lazy!
This will probably come as a shock to some of you, but customers have eyes that work and everything! They can see you standing around doing absolutely nothing while your co-workers are running your food for you, and that can reflect poorly on you! No matter how relaxed your bosses might be, serving is still a job, and you still have to do things!
Hopefully, some or all of these tips will help you make some more of that moolah! Let me know in the comments if you have any more tips to share! I am always down to learn how to make more money waiting tables. Also, please be looking out for more serving posts on this blog!