Restaurant Customer Service Tip
Handling Customer Complaints
From time to time you will have a guest complaint. Your managers must be trained on how to deal with such encounters. Teach the steps below for dealing with a complaint.
1. Listen to the guestʼs complaint
2. To ensure that you understand what the complaint is and demonstrate that you understand, repeat the complaint back to the guest
3. Apologize for the situation
4. Acknowledge how the guest feels
5. Explain what you will do to correct the problem (sometimes a simple apology is enough; other times you must do more to counter a negative experience)
6. Thank the guest for bringing the problem to your attention
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