The Cliffs Hotel and Spa
  • Pismo Beach, CA, USA
  • Full Time

The Cliffs Resort

Position Description

Position: Restaurant Manager

Department: Food & Beverage

Status: Full-time

Reports to: Food & Beverage Director

Position Summary:

To ensure all guests' absolute happiness with each experience in any or all F&B outlets (restaurant, bar, in-room dining, pool service) and overall stay at the resort by contributing to a positive work environment where teamwork and the Cliff's service culture are top priorities. Ensure staff is appropriately equipped to perform at their best, to exceed guest expectation at every opportunity. Lead the property in selecting, training and managing beverage requirements on an ongoing basis and to insure proper wine and liquor inventories.

Essential Functions of the job:

  • Manage operations with passion, integrity, and knowledge while promoting the culture and values of the Cliffs Resort.
  • Implement new company policies and procedures and instructing staff
  • Supervise and provide direction to staff to ensure service standards are exceeded in order to achieve restaurant goals
  • Be a visible presence in the Dining Room, Lounge, IRD and hotel; be accessible for any guest at any time
  • Assist in conducting staff and daily pre-shift/line-up meetings for staff education and communication of policies and procedures.
  • Create a positive guest experience by delivering a high level of service and ensuring all staff engage guests to understand their needs and expectations.
  • Solicit guest feedback to understand needs and wants of customers.
  • Ensure proper delivery of guest services and sales department amenity requests
  • See to any and all guest complaints in a timely, professional manner, and turn it positive if possible
  • Maintain open working lines of communication with Front Desk staff/management for all guests' special needs and requests
  • Maintain positive working relationships with all vendors
  • Knowledge of any in house groups or VIPs and seeing to their absolute satisfaction and special needs
  • Act as lead trainer for all service job codes, with perhaps, exception of Bartender job code
  • Coach staff on appearance and adherence to uniform policies
  • Develop and implement creative solutions to areas of improvement.
  • Consistently review operations and staff to identify any problems, concern and opportunities for improvement.
  • Provide coaching and feedback to managers and staff; assess performance on an ongoing basis
  • Assist in areas of the restaurant when staffing constraints require
  • Identify employee weaknesses and retrain as necessary
  • Follow Cliffs Resort / Marisol Restaurant policies and procedures, including those for cash handling and safety/security.
  • Monitor and maintain POS system
  • Assist in new menu implementation.
  • Knowledge of higher standards of service; train staff on guest service principles and practices
    • Menu knowledge
    • Open Table training
  • Full knowledge of menu, wine, resort, and our mission, values and basics, in order to train, test and coach staff
  • Manage the restaurant to exceed standards in food quality, safety and cleanliness; including sanitation of all front of the house areas, back of the house work areas, storerooms and waste management storage areas.
  • Ensure staff is properly distributing waste into recycle and compost bins
  • Consistently monitor product and labor costs to remain within goals.
  • Knowledge of current marketing promotions and associated procedures
  • Report to and receive direction from the Director/Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
  • Assist Director of Food and Beverage with any and all needs


  • Able to work very well under stress
  • Able to work varied shifts, weekends, nights, and holidays
  • Able to maintain absolute professionalism while working with many personality types
    • Approach employee issues with solution minded approach by evaluating opportunities for retraining of staff paired with how we can improve as MODs to give staff skills to recover from service issues
  • Speak absolute fluent English

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or 50 lbs frequently and/or 20 lbs of force constantly to lift, carry, push or pull objects
  • Ability to stand continuously for duration of shift (6-8 hours a day)
  • Ability to walk/run continuously for duration of shift (6-8 hours a day)
  • Ability to work in stressful situations

Education, Experience, Skills:

  • At least High School Diploma, culinary school or college degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience managing a high end, hospitality related, staff
  • Good knowledge of culinary art
  • Good knowledge of wine, especially local
  • Excellent knowledge of superior service standards


  • Competitive pay
  • Hotel perks, employee discounts
  • Optional benefits includes medical, life, dental, and vision

This job description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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