What does a Restaurant Manager do?

Restaurant managers are responsible for managing and organizing daily restaurant operations with a goal of controlling costs and providing a high quality experience to customers. Areas of operation range from personnel management to cook and waiting staff coordination to inventory management. Restaurant managers can work in a variety of settings, including fast food restaurants, fine dining restaurants, and casual dining restaurants.

Although not required, many employers prefer that restaurant managers have a Bachelor's degree in hospitality or training from a community college. Restaurant managers must at least have a high school diploma or equivalent and extensive experience working in the food and beverage service industry. Additionally, many restaurant managers are required to have their food handler certification card, which is obtained by taking a short course or program that covers food safety. The best restaurant managers are passionate about hospitality, have strong leadership skills, and show attention to detail.

  • Hire, train, and supervise restaurant employees
  • Create staff schedule to ensure appropriate staffing
  • Track stock levels of food, supplies, and equipment, forecast needs, and oversee ordering as necessary
  • Take ownership of budgets and cost control methods to minimize expenses
  • Address customer needs, comments, and complaints
  • Adhere to and enforce employee compliance with health, safety, and sanitation standards
  • Process payroll and maintain all relevant records
  • Ensure all employees are working within outlined operating standards
  • Report on financial performance, inventory, and personnel
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required; Bachelor's degree in Hospitality preferred
  • 3-5 years of food and beverage service industry experience required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a food handler certification card
  • Working knowledge of general restaurant operations, including personnel management, food planning and preparation, purchasing, sanitation and health codes, and security
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leaderships skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage operating costs in accordance with budgets
  • Comfortable setting priorities and delegating tasks as needed
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Restaurant Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,272 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £28K
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Restaurant Manager Career Path

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The Meridian Club
Front of House Manager
27 Oct 2020

“It was a great opportunity to deliver that level of customer service on a private island.”

Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe
Restaurant Manager
11 Jan 2022

“If you enjoy working in the restaurant industry it is a great place to work.”

Restaurant Associate
15 Nov 2020

“I had to quit because the manager was cutting my hours and denied it when I confronted her”

Omni HotelsOmni Hotels
Restaurant Manager
16 Sep 2019

“A stronger presence in Florida for Omni would be great for career growth for Associates who don't want to leave Florida.”

Greens and Proteins
Juice Bar
2 Mar 2021

“Fun and friendly.”

New York Police DepartmentNew York Police Department
25 Aug 2020

“Some of the best things about the NYPD is all the different units within the job that lead to great opportunities.”

Panera BreadPanera Bread
Restaurant Associate
31 Jul 2019

“Good hours and team.”

Flynn Restaurant GroupFlynn Restaurant Group
Assistant Restaurant Manager
26 Mar 2020

“I got hired as a General Manager and was told I needed training before so I became an Assistant Manager.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a restaurant manager

The most similar professions to restaurant manager are:
  • Store Manager
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Food And Beverage Manager

The most common qualifications to become a restaurant manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.