Cover letter for restaurant job (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a restaurant job.”

How to write a cover letter for a restaurant job

To get a restaurant job, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a cover letter for a restaurant job, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letters for a restaurant job”


Naomi Munson

Restaurant Manager

Legal Seafoods

1537 Hillview Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Dear Ms. Munson,

As a dependable waitress and manager with 7 years of experience running the front-of-house in a 5-star restaurant, I was happy to see your ad for a waitstaff manager at Legal Seafoods. Legal Seafoods’ reputation for excellence is based on its passion to deliver the highest quality product and service, every time. I believe my history of training 15 waitresses and bartenders during a period of 20% revenue growth will contribute to that success.

Your job listing on LinkedIn emphasizes skills in hiring, vendor management, and bookkeeping. As waitstaff manager and waitress at The Enchanted Narwhal Cafe, I hired 9 entry-level staff while reducing turnover by 15% through excellent interpersonal and communication skills. During the same period, I built strong relationships with liquor, produce, and other vendors resulting in a 15% cost savings. Finally, I oversaw bookkeeping and payroll functions, holding overall register mistakes near zero.

You’ll find other waitstaff management accomplishments in my resume that match the duties in your ad. I’d be thrilled to guide your waitstaff to ever-higher levels of customer satisfaction. Could we set up a meeting next week to discuss how my leadership and active listening skills can translate to continued success for Legal Seafoods?

Best regards,

Marge Metaxas

Waitress, Manager


Sample 2: “Cover letters for a restaurant job”

“Dear Mrs. Hitchins,

Because you run an establishment with four direct competitors within five minutes’ walk, I understand that you need a Restaurant Manager with the ability to provide an efficient and enjoyable front-of-house dining experience as well as ensure that culinary standards are impeccable.

Three generations of my family have been involved with Italian cuisine. I had served as manager at my cousin’s establishment until his decision to sell the business; now I want to move to a more established chain. The possibility of eventually moving up to Regional Manager is intriguing and I believe that I have much to offer your customers.

I completed my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management from the University of Colorado and spent two years after graduation in Rome under the tutelage of my uncle (who runs a five-star bistro there). My eight years of experience since have been in two family-run restaurants that have regularly won industry awards.

I gave maximum attention to everything that impacts the diner experience: fostering relationships with regular diners, supervising server training, handling customer complaints and even waiting tables when we were short staffed and will continue to do so. Managers in an Italian restaurant should be visible and involved. I achieved an increase in customer satisfaction rating from 85% to 98% at my previous position. We increased spend per customer by 28% by upscaling the menu and improved profits by focusing on our cost base and reducing waste, while still paying the best staff salaries in the market.

My proactive nature and deep knowledge of Italian cuisine allows me to get involved in the kitchen and I strive to have to closest possible relationships with my chefs to source the best possible ingredients and lead the way in providing a delicious menu. With 36% repeat customers and an active social media presence, I left the business in great shape for its sale.

I would be fascinated to understand how I might be able to do similar things for Via Verona – both as a manager and potentially later on a regional basis.


Gerri Smith”

Sample 3: “Cover letters for a restaurant job”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[341 Company Address]

[Company City, State XXXXX]



Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms.] [Manager’s Name],

I’m writing to you with regards to applying to the waitress role I saw on [Website Name]. With over five years of experience providing excellent service to diners at quality establishments, I know that I’m a strong candidate to fill out your team.

While working as a waitress at the Longhorn Grill in Los Angeles, I learned the ins and outs of the industry, including food handling techniques and how to take orders efficiently in a 120+ seat restaurant. I also served as a hostess and waitress at Mike’s Fancy Kitchen, where I was introduced to bussing tables and proper cleaning techniques for maintaining a hygienic dining experience.

My accomplishments include:

  • Memorizing Longhorn’s wine stock and the appropriate entrée pairings, leading to daily wine sales averaging $180
  • Assisting in the training of 6 new waiters that helped boost the restaurant’s performance
  • Implementing new menu introduction strategies, increasing customer purchases of wine by 10% on average

All my experience and skills would make me a great new addition to your establishment. I have attached my resume, which contains a more in-depth look at my experiences and skills. I look forward to hearing from you, and would love to visit your restaurant for an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Your Name]”

Sample 4: “Cover letters for a restaurant job”


[Phone Number] | [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m thrilled to be applying for the open Restaurant position with Bandit’s Bar & Grille which I saw posted on I have over five years of restaurant experience and have been a loyal customer of Bandit’s Bar & Grille since it opened last year. I would be proud to join the team of the best steakhouse in town!

I’ve worked part time at a local seaside restaurant since high school. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my up to busboy, then host and finally server. The opportunity to experience such a variety of roles has given me a thorough insight into how all the teams of a restaurant work together to create a delightful dining experience.

I’m a team player and always look for opportunities to help my coworkers even when the tasks fall outside of my job description. Over the years I’ve learned how to anticipate the needs of my customers in order to provide them a high quality dining experience. As a result, I have many repeat customers who request to sit in my section each time they visit the restaurant!

I’ve always had a great experience when visiting Bandit’s and I am excited about the opportunity to join the team. I have no doubt that my superior customer service skills and familiarity with restaurant environments make me a strong candidate for the role. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding an interview!


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 5: “Cover letters for a restaurant job”

“Dear Ms. Walker,

I am pleased to submit my application for the food server position with Nelson Cafe. Given my background in customer service and hospitality, I believe I can make significant contributions to your restaurant and am the best candidate for the position. I have achieved success in a variety of business objectives by employing a focused work ethic and personal integrity as well as enthusiasm for problem-solving. 

With more than seven years of experience in the food service industry, I have a food service worker’s certification and a strong, practical knowledge of waste prevention, sanitation, and food safety. With my hands-on experience guiding service teams, I have earned a reputation for consistently taking a collaborative approach to increasing productivity.

I possess the fundamental talents and abilities you require from someone in this role. I am well-versed in welcoming patrons, taking orders, and serving guests in a prompt and polite manner. 

As you can see, I have a comprehensive background that will make me a valuable asset to your team. I hope to hear from you soon to discuss your needs for the food server opening. My resume is attached for your review, and I thank you for your time and consideration.

John Doe”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a cover letter for a restaurant job

How do I write an application letter to a restaurant worker?

“All my experience and skills would make me a great new addition to your establishment. I have attached my resume, which contains a more in-depth look at my experiences and skills. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to visit your restaurant for an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

How do you say you have no experience but are willing to learn in a cover letter?

Example: “I believe that my enthusiasm and willingness to learn make me a strong candidate.”

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