Restaurant Glossary

Front of house (FOH)

Restaurant space is full of words that one might not be familiar with, and the restaurant glossary is here to simplify it all for you. It will help you keep up with updated restaurant industry lingo.

What is the front-of-house?

The word ‘front-of-house ’refers to any area of the restaurant that is open to patrons. This applies to everything from the dining room to the bar area, the front desk to the cashier. The restaurant activities that consumers interact with directly are called front-of-the-house operations.

Your customers place their orders and eat there. The host station, waiting area, dining room, bar, outdoor seating, and restrooms are all included. A host or hostess, servers, bartenders, and the general manager are all examples of front-of-house personnel; essentially, anyone who may contact customers.

What does the front-of-house staff do?

The front-of-house employees take requests from diners, welcome and relay them to the right seating. This group of workers includes, among others, hosts, waiters, and sommeliers. 

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