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Waitstaff For Hire Toronto And Ontario

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Are you looking to hire waitstaff for your next gig or event? Ensuring your guests have the best service essential for any great event or gathering. 

In an event, waitstaff is responsible for duties such as taking orders and delivering food and drinks. The exact duties of the wait staff vary with the package and service you choose. 

We provide waitstaff for hire for your next event, party, or meeting. Find out more about our wait staff for hire service, our benefits, and the value we offer you.

Our Event Wait Staff Benefits

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Great Service

180 Drinks has experienced waitstaff with years of experience. 

We use our experience to partner with you to help you plan the wait staff for your event. Our hiring and staff development process ensures that every staff member has a winning personality as well as skill set. 

We tailor our wait staff to your event’s vision and requirements. 

This includes:

  • The type of food and drink service
  • Guest count 
  • Flow of the service
  • Special requests
  • Theme
  • Occasion
  • Budget
  • Event space

Flexible Waiting Staff Agency

Whether you are looking to hire a hostess or catering wait staff for your event, our staff is flexible to take on a variety of roles. 

We know that there is a dynamic flow of tasks and duties during an event. This includes the actual event setup and tear down. 

Our wait staff for hire are trained to welcome guests to the venue. They know when to serve food and drinks to your guests. They do all this while maintaining cleanliness of the venue. 

If you have any special requests, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate it.

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Great Quality Equipment Rentals

Our wait staff carry a wide selection of specialized equipment rentals.

Everything we carry is field tested through our own catering waitstaff.

Great Beverage Service Value

We save you time and money on the beverage service. 

We can provide you everything you need end-to-end at competitive pricing. This includes:

  • Wait Staffing
  • Beverage ingredients
  • Disposables
  • Beverage rentals
  • Liquor order (no price markups on liquor)
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Wait Staff Responsibilities

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Event Setup and Tear Down

Our waitstaff for hire service includes waiters and waitresses to assist with the setup, tear down and help the selected food caterer, as needed. 

Before your event begins, our waiters set up the venue for your event. They handle the chairs, tables, linens, utensils, flatware, dinnerware, and other equipment. 

At the end of your event, our event waiters will clean up, tear down, and pack up.

Provide A Warm Welcome

Our waitstaff can assume the role of a hostess. As wait staff, they provide a warm welcome to your guests as they arrive. 

They can help with coat checks and collecting and storing other items. They usher guests to their tables, and answer any questions about the venue.

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Serve Food and Drinks

Our waitresses and waiters for hire can help with:

  • Taking food and drink orders
  • Serving food and drinks to your guests
  • Restocking flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and beverage ware
  • Maintenance of any self serve food and beverage stations

Maintain Cleanliness

Have you ever planned a party or gathering only to find out that you have a lot of cleaning to do at the end? 

Whether it is a house party or trade event, our waitstaff ensure that the venue remains clean during and after your service. 

They clear tables, change the garbage, wipe down tables, and pack up rentals.

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Wait Staff Types

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Appetizer Service

During your appetizer style service our servers can help with:

  • Serving food and beverages to your guests
  • Restocking flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and beverageware
  • Ensuring that the venue remains clean by clearing tables, changing garbage’s, and wiping down tables

Staffing Recommendation:

  • One server is recommended for every 25 guests for an appetizer service.* 

*Assumes there are additional staff in the kitchen to do the food preparation and plate the appetizers.

Buffet Style 

For the buffet style service, wait staff help with maintenance of the buffet. They ensure food trays, condiment dispensers, and self serve beverage stations are full. 

Additional waitstaff at your buffet service help with: 

  • Serving food and beverages
  • Restocking flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and beverage ware
  • Clearing tables, changing garbage, and wiping down tables

Suggested Wait Staff For Hire 

We recommend one for every 50 guests to maintain the buffet.

We recommend another waiter for every 25 guests to service the guest tables.

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Family Style 

During your family style meal service, our waitstaff help with:

  • Serving large platters of prepared food and beverages 
  • Restocking flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and beverage ware
  • Clearing tables, changing garbage, and wiping down tables

Suggested Waitstaff For Hire 

We recommend one steward for every table up to 12 seats for a family style meal

*Assumes there is additional staff in the kitchen to prepare food and plate the appetizers.

Plated Meal 

During your plated meal service our wait staff help with:

  • Taking guest orders if there is a choice of appetizers, desserts, or entrees
  • Serving beverages and plates of food to your guests
  • Restocking flatware, dinnerware, napkins, and beverage ware
  • Ensuring that the venue remains clean by clearing tables, changing garbage, and wiping down tables

Suggested Wait Staff For Hire 

We recommend one worker for every table up to 12 seats for a plated meal

*Assumes there is additional staff in the kitchen to prepare food and plate the appetizers. 

If you would like to learn more about how we make our recommendations for your wait staff, please contact our waitstaff for hire event planner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cost Of Hiring Wait Staff?

The total cost of hiring waitstaff depends on the size of your event, the number of wait staff that you need, and any travel fees. We customize our wait staff for hire quotes to your requirements. This ensures we include everything you want (and not add additional costs for things you do not want). 


To establish a baseline quote for your wait staff hiring, we consider the following:


  • Number of staff requested and if you want any additional staffing 
  • Length of your service and guest count
  • Party rentals required (e.g. serving trays and stands, glassware, tables, or other rentals etc.)
  • Type of service (e.g. appetizer, family style etc.)
  • If you want any beverage services 
  • If you want help with event brand promotion 
  • Travel distance to the venue

To request a quote, get in touch with us.

To Hire Waitstaff For My Event, Do I Need A Liquor Permit?

This depends. We will guide you on the type of permit you require. We will show you how to get your liquor permit (if required) for your waitstaff to serve alcohol. You don’t need a liquor permit for a private event in a private place with no liquor sales. You do need one if your event is offering alcohol for sale. You need one if you serve alcohol anywhere other than in a licensed establishment or a private place. 


The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) defines a private place and a private event as:


  • A private event is where only invited guests will attend (These events cannot be advertised and there can be no intent to gain or profit from the sale of alcohol at the event.)
  • A private place is an indoor area not usually open to the public, and not open to the public during the event (e.g. a residence, boardroom or private office). 


For more information on liquor permits for your private party server, or to apply for one visit: 


Is Your Waitstaff For Hire Agency Fully Insured?

To help protect you and your guests, our waitstaff for hire agency is fully insured. This is a $5 million commercial general liability policy. It includes liquor liability coverage.

Is Your Waitstaff For Hire Smart Serve-Certified?

All our waitstaff for hire is Smart Serve-certified to ensure your guests enjoy responsibly.

Do You Provide Wait Staff For Hire Near Me?

We provide event waitstaff for hire to the following cities and their surrounding areas in Ontario: 

Ajax, Aurora, Barrie, Brampton, Brant, Brantford, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Fort Erie, Grimsby, Guelph, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Ingersoll, King City, Kitchener, Lincoln, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Oakville, Oshawa, Pelham, Pickering, Port Colborne, Richmond Hill, Schomberg, St. Catharines, Stratford, Thorold, Toronto (Downtown Core, East End, East York, Etobicoke, GTA, North York, North End, Old Toronto, Scarborough, West End, York), Vaughan, Waterloo, Stratford, Welland, Whitby, Woodbridge, and Woodstock.

Do You Provide Wait Staff For Hire For Corporate and Charitable Events?

We provide wait staff for hire for corporate events and charitable events in Toronto and surrounding cities across Ontario. 


Corporate Events

  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Office or Board Meetings
  • Trade Shows
  • Workshops
  • Staff Events
  • Team Building
  • Business Dinners
  • Golf Events
  • Press Conferences
  • Networking Events
  • Product Launches
  • VIP Events
  • Shareholder Meetings
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Customer or Staff Loyalty


Charitable Events

  • Galas
  • Fundraisers

Can I Hire A Cocktail Waiter For A House Party?

Looking for cocktail waiters and waitresses to hire for a home party? We provide wait staff for hire for home parties in Toronto and surrounding cities across Ontario. 


Our wait staff for hire can service any of the following types of events: 


  • Birthdays
  • Cocktails
  • Wine Tastings
  • Dinner Parties
  • Anniversaries
  • Children’s Parties
  • Theme Events
  • Family Events

Can I Hire Wait Staff For A Wedding Reception?

Absolutely! If you are looking to wait staff for hire for wedding receptions, you have come to the right place. 


Our customers hire waiters for weddings to take the stress off. 


Don’t go for just another wait staffing agency, though. Without question, waiting tables is hard work. We have vast experience with wait staff for hire services for weddings in Toronto and surrounding cities across Ontario. 


During a wedding, it’s important to have experienced wait staff if your wedding includes food served at the table. You can easily go wrong by serving vegan guests the meat options with inexperienced waitstaff! 


We provide waitstaff for hire services for the following types of events


  • Weddings
  • Engagements
  • Bachelorettes
  • Bachelor
  • Stag
  • Does


Are you ready to put your event in the hands of the professionals?

If you are wondering what the cost is of wedding wait staff get in touch today for a quote.

Can You Help With Banquet Waiters and Waitresses?

Absolutely! 180 Drinks is top ranked when it comes to banquet waitress and waiter staffing in Toronto and Ontario. 


We provide quality banquet waitstaff for hire for your next formal evening dinner.

Does Your Waitstaff For Hire Do Catering And Bartending?

Not really. Waitstaff does not provide catering or bartending directly. 


For that, you will need to book caterers and bartenders separately. 


180 Drinks can assist you if you require catering and bartending services. 


When you contact us to inquire about our waitstaff for hire business, just ask us about any additional services you need.

Can You Help With Hiring A Hostess For Our Party?

Absolutely! Just as we help you with waitstaff for hire, you can hire a hostess too from us.


A hostess can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests. He/she greets them as they arrive. They provide information about the venue and communicate special requests. Similar to the waitstaff, they also help guests to their table. 


Hiring a hostess for your party will help ensure a smooth flow of your food and drink service.