Restaurant Manager



OFO No: 141201





Other names for Restaurant Manager:

  • Bistro Manager
  • Cafeteria Manager
  • Canteen Manager
  • Caterer
  • Catering Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Food Services Manager
  • Internet Cafe Manager
  • Mess Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Restaurateur

What is a Restaurant Manager?

Restaurant Managers operate for others or run their own restaurants.

They are responsible for the quality and reputation of the restaurant. They handle a wide range of administrative and HR duties, including hiring staff and training staff to provide quality food and service.

In smaller restaurants, Managers may also be responsible for managing staff contracts and salaries.

What does a Restaurant Manager do?

  • supervises the running of the restaurant
  • plans menus
  • manages costing and menu pricing
  • oversees quality in food preparation
  • orders food supplies
  • handles food and beverage deliveries
  • checks the quality of all meat, fruit and vegetables that are served in the restaurant
  • trains and managing staff
  • deals with customer complaints

Are you … ?

  • interested in the restaurant industry?
  • willing to work long and unusual hours?
  • a peoples’ person?
  • diplomatic?
  • organised?
  • a good manager?
  • detail orientated?
  • quality driven?
  • a team player?

How do I become a Restaurant Manager?

There are basically 2 ways to become a Restaurant Manager:

  • You could start off as a ‘Waitress/Waiter or Waitron’ (check on our website for more details) and from here try and collect as much experience as possible. You can then aim to become the Head Waitron. Again, if you work hard and show initiative – you could end up working as the Host/Hostess (check on our website for more details). After many years of collecting experience you may find yourself in charge of a restaurant:  a Restaurant Manager!
  • Or you could skip a few rungs of the ladder and study a variety of courses in hospitality management. This training may help you jump ahead of the rest when it comes to finding a job. You will probably still start at the bottom so you can get experience but you will probably get promoted a lot quicker.

You can do various courses and diplomas in hospitality managment, restaurant management, food & beverage management etc at many local training institutions.


Hospitality qualification

Workplace experience


Diploma in Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Hospitality Management

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Walter Sisulu University

Workplace experience


Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of Venda

Workplace experience



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Food and Beverage Manager … or … Hotel Manager  

 Is becoming a Restaurant Manager the right career choice for me?