Restaurant Service: Styles & Types

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  • 0:02 Styles & Types of Restaurants
  • 1:12 Restaurant Styles
  • 2:46 Restaurant Types
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Instructor: Allison Tanner
This lesson reviews the various styles and types of restaurants by defining what style and type mean in the restaurant industry. It then provides examples of each style and type.

Styles & Types of Restaurants

Mark just won a million dollars! He has always dreamed of opening a restaurant, so he's planning to invest his new-found fortune into this adventure. He thinks he is ready to talk about his ideas for gourmet pizza, sandwiches, and more, but just as he is about to design his plan, Style Gal swoops in and asks what style of restaurant he will open.

Style? Mark hadn't even considered style. Isn't a restaurant a restaurant? Style Gal explains to Mark that he needs to decide if he will have a full-service, limited-service, or self-service restaurant.

You see, Style Gal goes on to explain, when style in discussed in food service, it refers to the level of service the company will provide its guests. This influences the menu, layout, and design. It also affects what equipment the restaurant will need in order to be successful. The type of restaurant refers to the kind of food and level of quality: for example, the difference between a McDonald's burger and one from a five-star restaurant. Style Gal explains to Mark that it might be helpful for him to consider all the different styles and types before deciding how he wants to invest his fortune.

Restaurant Styles

Style Gal reminds Mark that style refers to the kind of service provided to the guest. This includes the layout of the restaurant, menu items, and more.

Some styles include:

  • Full-service restaurants
  • Limited-service restaurants
  • Self-service restaurants

Each of these have different operating procedures. Mark should ask himself if he wants to have a full-service restaurant. This is the style of dining where the guests are seated at table, booth, or bar area and greeted by a server who presents them with a variety of menu and drink items. The guests' main effort is to decide what they want from the diverse menu and order through their server. The restaurant may or may not offer to-go service, where guests can order food to take home.

Style Gal goes on to explain that there are also limited-service restaurants. This the kind of place where you order from a limited menu through a cashier, pay for your food, and then receive it a few moments later. Mark's guests wouldn't be sitting and waiting for a server to bring their drinks; they would get them by themselves, or the cashier will give them to them before they sit down.

Finally, there are self-service restaurants. These are the kind of places where you select your own portions and pay for what you choose. The guests may have a broad range of buffet style or pre-made items that they grab, take to the cashier, and pay for, all before they head out to find a table or rush back to work. Style Gal continues by explaining that each style of restaurant provides a unique offering to the guests, and Mark should decide what style he wants to spend his time creating.

Restaurant Types

To make it a bit more complicated, Style Gal says that style is not the only thing Mark needs to think about. He should also focus on the type of restaurant, which indicates the type and quality of the food.

Types of full-service restaurants include:

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