This type of service is also known as "family style" service. In
this service, the soup tureen is placed before the host alongside with
preheated soup plates and hands them to the waiter, indicating the
person to be served. The same procedure is followed with the main
entree. If so desired, the partly filled dinner plate is presented to the
hostess who serves the vegetables from large serving dishes placed
before her. Then the waiter places the plate before the guests. This
type of service is usually found in coffee shops, family restaurants,
counter service, etc.
1. It is fast. Plates of food are served immediately at the proper
2. It is inexpensive.
3. It requires no special equipment.
1. Less showmanship.
2. Reduced personalized attention to the customer.