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A person who is in charge of the wait staff in a restaurant and is often responsible for taking reservations and seating guests.


(ˈhɛdˈweɪ tər)

a person in charge of waiters, busboys, etc., in a restaurant or dining car.
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Noun1.headwaiter - a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customersheadwaiter - a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant - someone employed to provide service in a dining room
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Such was the headwaiter at the Craig Fernie Inn; known, far and wide, to local fame, as "Maister Bishopriggs, Mistress Inchbare's right-hand man.
The restaurant is founded by Wolfgang Zwiener, former headwaiter at Peter Luger Steakhouse, an iconic New York establishment founded in 1887.
If the concierge can get tables at Le Jules Verne, L'Ami Louis and other restaurants in Paris, it's not because of the tools they use, but because of the amount of business they bring, having contacts for a long time with the restaurant's headwaiter, maitre d' and manager.
Another salve is playing a "game of make-believe" with his former fellow soldier in World War I--the headwaiter called "Gran Maestro":
Wolfgang Zwiener worked for 40 years at Peter Luger's --the cash-only steakhouse founded in the late 19th century --where he was headwaiter until he decided to venture on his own.
In this plush milieu, a worldly headwaiter (Peter Bartlett, born to play the part and any like it) comforts Amalia after her heart is broken (with deep feeling, in Benanti's lovely rendering of "Dear Friend").
Don't get me wrong, Moore's played the headwaiter tactics often himself and had his share of foxes paws but overall the wee man has had his mounts in the right place at the right time and they'll win if good enough.
The Daily Clarion, reported that on February 13, 1937, Matthews led 57 single unemployed Chinese to the dining room at the Palliser Hotel where they asked for the headwaiter.
He is the establishment's proprietor and headwaiter, so he first took my lunch order, then sat down to try to remember events from his 82 years.
I have been working in Hilton since 27/02/2001,started as waiter in complex(Hemingway-Jazz bar-Tequilana now Cinnabar) after 1 year I have been promoted to captain, than I have been promoted to headwaiter and moved to Vascos, and that was the time Mr.
Cooke described his role as that of a headwaiter in that he is 'there to explain for interested customers what's on the menu, and how the dishes were composed'.
Then the headwaiter announced that tomorrow's dinner was lobster, and that if the weather was nice, we would eat outdoors.