Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses (NOC 6511)

About this job

Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses:

  • greet patrons and escort them to tables
  • supervise and coordinate the activities of food and beverage servers
  • work in restaurants, hotel dining rooms, private clubs, cocktail lounges and similar establishments
Common job titles
  • chief host / hostess - food services
  • host / hostess - restaurant / dining room
  • maître d' / maître d'hôtel


Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses perform some or all of the following duties:

  • receive and record customer reservations and assign tables
  • greet customers at entrance of dining room, restaurant or lounge and escort them to tables or other seating areas
  • speak with customers to make sure they are satisfied with food and service, and deal with complaints
  • order necessary dining room supplies and equipment
  • inspect dining and serving areas and equipment
  • supervise and coordinate activities of food and beverage servers and other serving staff
  • take payment for food and beverage
  • maintain financial statements and records and ensure safe keeping
  • prepare work schedules and payrolls
  • interview candidates for food and beverage server positions
  • train new employees
  • may be responsible for marketing and advertising the dining establishment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • Work generally takes place in an indoor setting.

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