Handling Guest Complaints And Problems In A Restaurant / Coffee Shop

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Handling Guest Complaints and Problems in a Restaurant / Coffee Shop

Approach the guest and ask politely if there is a problem:

  • Excuse me, may I help you, Mr. Samuel? (Listen with concern and empathy).
  • Stay calm. And never argue with the guest.
  • Be aware of the guest’s self-esteem. Show a personal interest in the problem, Try to use the guest name frequently.
  • Tell the guest what can be the best done. Offer choices. Don’t promise the impossible, and don’t exceed your authority.
  • Set an approximate time for the completion of corrective actions. Be specific, but do not underestimate the amount of time it will take to resolve the problem.
  • Monitor the progress of the corrective action done to resolve the guest complaint.
  • Follow up. Even if the complaint was resolved by someone else, Contact the guest to ensure that the problem was resolved satisfactorily.
  • Restaurant staff should take corrective actions without any hesitation.

Apologizing and taking action as per issue:

  • I’m so sorry (about this), Mr. Samuel.
  •  I’m sorry (about this).
  •  Please accept (our / my) sincere apologies, Mrs. David. 

For Complaints about the food:

  • Shall I bring you another Juice?
  •  I’ll bring you another one right away.
  •  I’ll change it right away.
  •  I’ll speak to the chef, and see what we can do.
  •  Would you like your steak cooked a little more?
  •  Would you like to order something else instead?
  •  I’ll have the kitchen prepare another one. Would you like some wine while you are waiting?

About the service:

  • I’ll attend to it right away. / I’ll look into the matter at once.
  •  I’ll see about your order right away. 
  •  Excuse me, Mr. Bernard. It will take about another (15) minutes for your chicken soup to get ready. 
  •  Your food will be ready in about (15) minutes. (Apologize if there has been a delay.) Thank you for your patience.

About the air-conditioning:

  • I’ll turn the air-conditioning (down / up / off).
  •  Would you like to move to a warmer place/table?

About the table:

  • I’m afraid all the tables (near the pool/lake view area) are already taken. I’ll let you know as soon as one is free.
  •  I’m sorry, but the restaurant is very full at the moment. This is the only table I can offer you.

Spillages and Breakages:

  • Let me help you, Mr. Wilson. / Allow me, Mr. David.
  •  I’ll fetch you a (towel / some water).
  •  I do apologize for the accident, Mr. Langer. May I have it dry-cleaned for you? 
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