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Busser - Café Zoetrope

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Summary:

The Busser assists Servers by monitoring and cleaning tables throughout service. General duties include setting and clearing the table of dishes during the meal. They are often responsible for bringing bread and butter, etc. to the table before the ordered dish arrives. They may also help bring food from the kitchen and serve. Ensure excellent food service to all guests.  Maintain a clean, friendly environment for employees and guests to enjoy.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

 Food Service: (50%)

  • Greet all guests and take their orders as needed to assist servers
  • Be knowledgeable of the menu and wines if asked by the customer
  • Assist servers with the accurate and timely delivery of food by running food from the kitchen to table
  • Deliver bread and/or olive oil to tables within 3 minutes of a guest being seated
  • Clear and reset tables at the proper times during each course
  • Open and serve beverages as needed
  • Fill water and non-alcoholic beverages in a timely manner
  • Present guest checks
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety code standards
  • Abide by state liquor service standards, particularly prohibiting service to minors or intoxicated persons
  • Promote the FC Winery and up sell Coppola wines and products
  • Communicate all issues to the Manager
  • Dress appropriately in uniform for shifts

 Preparation: (25%)

  • Fold/stack cocktail napkins
  • Cut bread for all tables
  • Stock supplies as needed in the dining room
  • Stock glassware
  • Reset tables after each guest completes their meal
  • Assist in maintaining the cleanliness and proper maintenance of the kitchen, workrooms and equipment
  • Assist in taking inventory of silverware and glassware
  • Report stock inventory shortages
  • Make recommendations regarding replacement of equipment

 Opening / Closing: (25%)

  • Clean bathrooms, dining room and sidewalks so they are guest-ready for next day
  • Adhere to daily cleaning schedule and utilize any and all check lists
  • Set up outside furniture and return furniture and movie posters at Café close
  • Secure and lock front door gates
  • Declare tips accurately
  • Restock sodas
  • Wipe tables
  • Bring all dirty dishware to the kitchen
  • Take out dining room trash to garbage bin
  • Check in with Manager at end of shift

Job Requirements:


  • High school diploma or general education degree.
  • One to three months of prior busser experience and/or training.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Ability to read and clearly communicate in English
  • Knowledge of food and wine helpful
  • Knowledgeable of safe food handling and preparation procedures
  • Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace
  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word
  • Customer Oriented - Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures
  • Energetic - Ability to work at a sustained pace and produce quality work
  • Enthusiastic - Ability to bring energy to the performance of a task
  • Friendly - Ability to exhibit a cheerful demeanor toward others
  • Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals
  • Organized - Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task
  • Patience - Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous
  • Relationship Building - Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers
  • Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy
  • Resilient - Ability to recover from, or adjust to, misfortune or setbacks
  • Responsible - Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct
  • Safety Awareness - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety
  • Tactful - Ability to show consideration for and maintain good relations with others
  • Working Under Pressure - Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations


Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this occupation

O (Occasionally) - Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently) - Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)

C(Constantly) - Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand – C, Walk – C, Sit – O, Handling/Fingering – N, Reaching Outward – O, Reaching Above Shoulder - N, Climb – F, Crawl – N, Squat or Kneel –O, Bend – O, Working at the computer - O



10 lbs or Less, F

11 – 20 lbs, F

21 – 50 lbs, C

51 – 100 lbs, N

Over 100 lbs, N



12 lbs or Less, O

13-25 lbs, N

26-40 lbs, N

41-100 lbs, N


Other Physical Requirements

  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Must wear non-slip footwear


Work Environment: Restaurant:

  • Handling glass, exposed to hot water or liquids, steam, compressed gas cylinder; stairs



  • Ability to work weekends, weeknights and some holidays as required
  • Requires CA Food Handler Card or ServSafe Certified; TIPS Certification
  • POS system knowledge


Safety Statement

All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.

Posted: August 16, 2022



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