Restaurant Lingo

If you’ve ever sat near a group of restaurant workers in a bar or in a restaurant they weren’t currently working, you probably heard a bunch of lingo that made no sense, or you found unusual in the context of what you could hear.

So, here’s a small list of the most common bits of restaurant language with their generally accepted definitions.

Deuce                                  A table for two or two people at a table

Single                                 One person at the table

In the weeds or weeded    Extremely busy and I’m not sure I can handle it.

Sat                                      Guests brought to or sat at a table

86                                       No longer available

Swamper                            Any person given the job of mopping

W.A.                                   Wait Assistant, also known as a Busser or Bus Boy/Girl

Blue Hair                           Older person, usually a woman

Busser                               See Wait Assistant

Comp                                A freebie of some sort for the guest

Patio                                 Either a dedicated deck, or outside area with tables.

Grind it out                      The only way to get out of the weeds

Four top                          A table for four or four people at a table.

Slammed                         Very busy, sometimes without warning

Jammin                           About the same as “slammed”

Flat Sat                           When the host seats your entire section at once.

Family meal                    A staff meal 

Roll ups                           A way of rolling flatware into napkins

Feature                           The special menu item, wine or cocktail

The Wait                        The time people are waiting to be sat

Expo                                A liaison between server and kitchen.

The House                      The restaurant

The door                         The front door or host position

Shot                                A small drought of alcohol. .