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What Does a Food Service Manager Do?

The best food service managers see the hectic pace and surprises of restaurant life as a challenge. 

Also called restaurant managers and sometimes general managers, these administrators keep the dining room running smoothly — no matter what happens. (And something always happens.)

These managers are needed in hotel dining establishments, restaurants, cafes and fast-food chains. The backdrop may change, but the skills needed to succeed are similar.

Good restaurant managers must be able to switch gears quickly, handling tricky customer service situations one minute and crunching the numbers in the back office the next. The pace is quick, but the payoff is worth it. This is a well-paying career with the promise of good camaraderie and satisfaction.

It’s also one of the few careers that allows an entry-level worker to eventually make their way to the top rung. To do that, you will need solid experience and excellent training. Keep reading to learn more.

Young female food service manager with tattoos holding a tablet in a restaurant
The smooth daily operation of a restaurant requires a food service manager with the ability to juggle many tasks while keeping a cool head. (Credit: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock)


  • Ensure quality of food and service
  • Train and manage front-of-the-house employees
  • Establish and maintain standards for presentation, behavior and sanitation
  • Manage worker schedules and assignments
  • Respond to customer complaints
  • Resolve in-house disagreements
  • Manage budget and payroll
  • Focus on profitability

How To Become a Food Service Manager: FAQs

The bottom line:

Working in a restaurant can be hectic and rewarding. For the right person, the challenge of making sure a food service operation runs smoothly and profitably can be very satisfying. If this sounds like you, check out the many training programs offered by SkillPointe’s partners and get started on your next chapter!

Find Food Service Manager Training In Your Area


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