How old do you have to be to work at Dave and Buster's

How Old Do You Have to be to Work at Dave & Buster's?

Dave & Buster’s is different from everywhere else. This is the kind of job where no two days are ever the same. Time will fly by serving hundreds of people with flexible schedules that can accommodate school or other jobs.  Plus your co-workers are awesome!

Dave & Buster's employs an elite group of men and women who are considered to be among the very best in the hospitality industry. Their Team Members are the key to the continued success of the Company, and they know that every job is essential. 

In 2021, Forbes Magazine named Dave & Buster's one of the best employers for women. As well as one of the best employers for diversity. 

To get an entry-level job at Dave & Buster's as a Front Desk/Host, Line Cook, Dishwasher, Service Support (Busser), Support Technician, Server, Customer Service Rep., Drink Runner, Receiver, or Special Events Assistant you must be at least 18 years old. 

Every worker at Dave & Buster's is expected to deliver an unparalleled Guest experience through the best combination of food, drinks, and games in an ideal environment for celebrating all out fun!

Teen Jobs at Dave & Buster's and Age Requirements

Front Desk/Host  (Hourly)

The front desk and host position at Dave & Buster's ensures Guests' initial impressions are positive and welcoming. The front desk/host positions require a strong communicator who will guide Guests through their retail, game rental and dining experiences.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Acting as an ambassador to the building, greeting Guests with a positive attitude and enthusiasm while coordinating game rentals, merchandise sales, and telephones. Smile and greet Guests upon entering.
  • Keep immediate supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action.
  • Bid farewell to Guests leaving. Ensures everything was satisfactory and invites Guests to return.
  • Prepare for the shift by ensuring the area is stocked with supplies: menus, silverware, Power cards, gift cards etc.
  • Review the cleanliness and organization of the Front Desk and Host station.
  • Ensure all menus are stocked and properly cleaned and maintained.
  • Check for restocking of necessary supplies.
  • Bring all areas up to standard.
  • Discuss problem areas with Manager
  • Conduct merchandise inventory during and after shift, if applicable.
  • Notify the Manager of any Guest that is perceived to be unhappy.
  • Drive table turn timing by scouting open tables, bussing and cleaning tables as necessary.
  • Rotate seating appropriately following guidelines to ensure fairness and balance in the dining areas.
  • Manage flow from the front doors, efficiently helping Guests with needs and directing as needed.
  • Manage wait times and communicate information as needed to Guests, Team Members, and Managers.
  • Deliver silverware as Guests are seated.
  • Make timely and accurate calculations of bill transactions.
  • Greet and assist Guests efficiently and with a smile while processing transactions.
  • Reconciliation of any monies from their banks.
  • Completes “To Go” order transactions for Guests and ensures accuracy.
  • Sell merchandise from the Front Desk, if applicable.

Must be 18 years old to work as Front Desk/Host at Dave & Buster's. Restaurant, retail, or cashier experience preferred, but not required.

Line Cook  (Hourly)

Line Cooks at Dave & Buster's are responsible for creating an exceptional culinary experience for Guests through the preparation and presentation of the menu. The line cook is also responsible for the correct handling and preparation of all food items to ensure Guests' safety at all times.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Adhering to all company safety and sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Safely and correctly operate all equipment.
  • Using all chemicals properly in the correct quantities for safety and cost control.
  • Ensuring that all products are stored properly in the correct location at the appropriate levels at all times.
  • Preparing and selling food that meets all food quality indicators and prepared to Guest expectations.
  • Selling food within recommended time frames to meet Guest expectations.
  • Preparing and cooking all food items by recipe and to specification.
  • Controlling costs by following prep sheets as designed to ensure the freshest product is served and eliminate waste.
  • Maintaining cleanliness and sanitation of all kitchen areas.
  • Responsible for station maintenance, cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of all kitchen mats, floors, walls and drains.
  • Emptying kitchen trash and cleaning and maintaining trash cans.

To work as a Line Cook at Dave & Buster's you must be at least 18 years old. Previous kitchen experience at a hotel or restaurant is preferred, but not required.

Dishwasher (Hourly)

Dishwashers at Dave & Buster's are vital to the overall cleanliness of the building and safety of the Guests and staff. The Dishwasher staff is responsible for cleaning, sanitizing, and properly storing all dishes, flatware, utensils and kitchenware.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Using all chemicals properly in the correct quantities for safety and cost control.
  • Safely and correctly operating all equipment.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all dishware, flatware and glassware.
  • Carefully sorting all dishware and flatware to ensure none are lost or disposed of.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing kitchen pots, pans and utensils.
  • Carefully handling all glassware and dishware to eliminate breakage.
  • Emptying all trash in the kitchen and cleaning and maintaining trash cans.
  • Assisting the other kitchen staff members with pressure point relief during the shift as needed.
  • Cleaning and maintaining kitchen and dish areas, floors, walls, drains, and mats.

You must be at least 18 years old to work as a Dishwasher at Dave & Buster's.

Service Support (Hourly)

Service Support Staff at Dave & Buster's -- AKA Bussers -- Assist Bartender, Cocktail Staff, and Wait Staff by maintaining area cleanliness and providing necessary support to ensure fast, friendly and accommodating service.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ARE:

  • Adhere to all company safety and sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for bus stand cleanliness and stocking.
  • Ensure wait stations remain clean.
  • Empty trash and spot sweep whenever the floor needs it, or when a Manager requests.
  • Perform opening/closing responsibilities, including party breakdown/duties.
  • Restock and prepare supplies for shift change and or close.
  • Ensure food is properly garnished prior to running out to Guests.
  • Follow all tray procedures to minimize loss and ensure food is delivered timely or correctly.
  • Buss and reset tables.
  • Deliver food to tables and ensure the Guests have everything they need.
  • Offer assistance to Guests by clearing away dishes and glassware, and refilling beverages.
  • Assist in party setup.
  • Maintain cleanliness of restrooms, including restocking of supplies.
  • Clean high chairs and booster chairs.
  • Assist other Team members as needed or when business needs dictate.
  • Must be friendly and able to smile a lot while working days, nights and/or weekends as required.

You must be 18 years old to work in Service Support at Dave & Buster's.

Support Technician  (Hourly)

Dave & Buster's Gaming Support Techs or Midway Techs are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the building -- including games, simulators, and technical equipment. They also assist Guests and maintain ideal player conditions in the midway at all times.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Keep immediate supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action.
  • Provide timely and accurate service while managing wait times and communicating information as needed to Guests, Team Members, and Managers.
  • Greet Guests with a positive attitude and enthusiasm while performing multiple job functions. Smile and greet Guests upon entering Midway.
  • Assist Guests by repairing and maintaining amusements equipment in a timely manner.
  • Load and refill tickets in redemption games paying special attention to securing all ticket storage areas.
  • Assist the Guest with all requests, answer questions as needed, and make recommendations.
  • Bid farewell to Guests leaving. Ensure everything was satisfactory and invite Guests to return.
  • Notify the Manager of any Guest that is perceived to be unhappy.
  • Stocking, displaying, and securing merchandise in all storage areas.
  • Conduct merchandise inventory during and after shift, if applicable.
  • Check for restocking of necessary supplies. Bring all areas up to standard. Discuss problem areas with Manager.
  • Review the cleanliness and organization of the Midway games. Ensure all games are clean and unobstructed.
  • Properly position and set up displays to increase Guest traffic and promote sales.
  • Assist in daily maintenance and organization of tech room and storage areas.
  • Efficiently and safely perform daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly game maintenance as directed by management.
  • Assist with general store maintenance as directed by management.

You must be at least 18 years old to work as a Support Technician at Dave & Buster's.

Server (Hourly)

Servers at Dave & Buster's make sure Guests have an unparalleled experience by providing fast, friendly service and being attentive to their needs.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create a warm, fun atmosphere for Guests and Team Members.
  • Adhere to company sanitation procedures.
  • Maintain responsibility for your personal bank and ensure all financial transactions are accurate by operating credit card machines correctly, calculating and returning appropriate change and maintaining adequate cash and coin for making change.
  • Follow alcohol awareness procedures for preventing intoxication and dealing with intoxicated Guests.
  • Assess Guest demeanor and identify when behavior should be called to the attention of a Manager.
  • Greet newly seated Guests’ in a friendly and timely manner.
  • Accurately take Guests’ food and drink orders.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of all menu items and answer questions regarding food and drink items and their preparation.
  • Enter orders into Micros quickly and in proper sequence, using appropriate modifications and charges.
  • Ensure food is properly garnished and delivers trays to designated table server’s own section, as well as other sections in the restaurant, as needed.
  • Work quickly and efficiently adhering to “Full hands in, Full hands out” philosophy.
  • Assist in party set up and breakdown. Buss and reset tables as needed.
  • Responsible for all sales on personal Micros keys and completing station side work at the beginning and end of shift.
  • Participate in all incentives and contests, driving sales and promoting the brand.
  • Follow portion guidelines to ensure cost control, while maximizing the Guest
  • experience.
  • Ensure ongoing Guest satisfaction by checking back after delivery of food, maintaining drink levels, removing clutter, pre‐bussing as necessary, and responding to Guest needs in a timely manner.
  • Keep station clean, set up and take down station tables appropriately.
  • Operate Micros, make changes, accurately conduct credit card transactions, and account of all monies at the end of each shift.
  • Listen to Guests’ orders and needs, and then communicate with Guests verbally and with other Team Members verbally via Micros system.

You must be at least 18 years old to work as a server at Dave & Buster's. Previous experience is preferred, but not required.

Customer Service/Winner's Circle  (Hourly)

The Winner’s Circle position at Dave & Buster's ensures Guests' initial impressions are positive and welcoming. The Winner’s Circle position requires a strong communicator who will guide Guests through their Midway experience.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Keep immediate supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action.
  • Provide timely and accurate service while managing wait times and communicating information as needed to Guests, Team Members, and Managers.
  • Greet Guests with a positive attitude and enthusiasm while performing multiple job functions. Smiles and greets Guests upon entering.
  • Assist the Guest with all requests and answer questions as needed and make recommendations on items.
  • Provide game assistance by promptly notifying Support Technicians or Management as needed.
  • Bid farewell to Guests leaving. Ensures everything was satisfactory and invite Guests to return.
  • Notify the Manager of any Guest that is perceived to be unhappy.
  • Practice proper cost controls by accurately weighing tickets and scanning merchandise.
  • Stocking, displaying and securing merchandise in all storage areas.
  • Reconciliation of tickets and merchandise inventory.
  • Conduct merchandise inventory during and after shift, if applicable.
  • Check for restocking of necessary supplies. Brings all areas up to standard. Discusses problem areas with Manager.
  • Review the cleanliness and organization of the Winner’s Circle. Ensure all plush and shelves are stocked, properly cleaned, and maintained.
  • Properly position and set up displays to increase Guest traffic and promote sales.

You must be at least 18 years old to work in the Winner's Circle at Dave & Buster's.

Drink Runner  (Hourly)

Drink Runners at Dave & Buster's assist Bartenders, Wait Staff and Guests by providing outstanding beverage service. They run drinks to tables, games, and guests throughout D&B. They also keep the service area clean and provide necessary support to ensure fast, friendly, and accommodating service.

YOU WILL BE GREAT IN THIS POSITION IF:

  • You can deliver drinks quickly for guests to enjoy.
  • You are friendly and able to smile a lot while working days, nights, and/or weekends as required.
  • You can educate guests by presenting and explaining the drinks you are serving
  • You can differentiate between a good and a bad drink (Beer that has lost its foam, drinks that have sat too long).

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by following organization standards and sanitation regulations.
  • Adhering to state liquor laws and Alcohol Awareness guidelines.
  • Performing opening/closing responsibilities, including party breakdown/duties.
  • Restocking and preparing supplies for shift change and or close.
  • Ensuring drinks are properly garnished prior to running out to guests.
  • Offering assistance to Guests by clearing away dishes and glassware, and refilling beverages.
  • Assisting other Team Members as needed or when business needs dictate.

To work as a Drink Runner at Dave & Buster's, you must be at least 18 years old. 

Receiver (Hourly)

The receiving clerk position at Dave & Buster's is responsible for the proper receiving of all food, liquor, and non-consumables. The receiver position is responsible for maintaining area cleanliness and providing necessary support to ensure fast, friendly, and accommodating service while upholding food safety standards at all times. 

The receiver must have the ability to communicate with delivery companies, drivers, and be able to perform light administrative duties.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Keep immediate supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action.
  • Properly store and secure all products received
  • Inspect all products upon delivery for quality, temperature, and condition
  • Vegetable wash all produce upon receipt.
  • Perform proper rotation of all food and beverage products upon receipt-first in/first out mentality.
  • Properly handle and store all chemicals received.
  • Pull thaw of frozen food products on delivery days.
  • Break down boxes and dispose of them properly.
  • Clean and maintain storage and delivery areas.
  • Maintain a receiving log by competently tracking all deliveries and missing items.

You must be at least 18 years old to work as a Receiver at Dave & Buster's.

Special Events Assistant (Hourly)

A Special Events Assistant at Dave & Buster's provides pressure point relief in the Special Events office so the Sales Teams can focus on introducing Dave & Buster’s to new guests every day. 

The SEA provides administrative support to the Special Events Manager (SEM) and Special Events Consultant (SEC) and ensures each Guest knows their business is important to Dave & Buster’s. 

During high‐volume periods, this position may also provide some sales and marketing support, under the direction of the GM, SEM, and/or SEC.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide critical administrative support to the SE office, including faxing, filing, making copies, mailings, and other general administrative work.
  • Receive and finalize contracts within the sales system and assist with collection of event deposits and payments.
  • Assist in maintaining event archives.
  • Take incoming Guest calls as a backup when the SEM and/or SEC are busy, taking down important information and referring the Guest’s needs to the SEM or SEC.
  • Generate PowerCards, drink tickets, and the other items needed to make events one‐of‐a‐kind.
  • LShow Guests around Dave & Buster’s and introduce them to all of the ways the restaurant can make their event one to remember!
  • During high volume periods, follow up on leads identified by the SEM and SEC. This will include checking availability, responding to online event inquiries, and giving Guests an overview of the FUN Dave & Buster’s has to offer.
  • Assist in executing local marketing plans.
  • Go above & beyond to ensure the needs of each Special Events Guest are met, processing paperwork in a timely manner, following up on questions, and working behind‐the‐scenes to make sure the SE team and Operations are set up for success.

You must be at least 18 years old to work as a Special Events Assistant at Dave & Buster's. 

Can a 15 Year Old Work at Dave & Buster's?

No. Dave & Buster's does not hire 15-year-olds. We have a page on our website specifically for 15-year-olds that you can scroll through for more info about jobs that are available.

Can a 16 Year Old Work at Dave & Buster's? 

No. 16-year-olds can't work at Dave & Buster's. To see other options, we have a page on our website specifically for 16-year-olds.

How Much Does Dave & Buster's Pay Part-Time Workers?

The hourly earnings for employees at Dave & Buster's vary because of state and city minimum wage laws. However, we can give you a general idea of what the hourly pay is for each position.

Front Desk Host (Hourly)

The average wage for a Front Desk Host at Dave & Buster's is $14 per hour.

Line Cook (Hourly)

Line cooks at Dave & Buster's start out around $17 per hour. The average wage for a line cook is $20 per hour. Many locations are currently offering $500 hiring bonuses for this position.

Dishwasher  (Hourly)

Dishwashers at Dave & Buster's earn an average wage of $14 per hour. 

Service Support (Hourly)

Service Support workers at Dave & Buster's earn an average wage of approximately $17 per hour.

Support Technician  (Hourly)

Support Technicians at Dave & Buster's earn an average wage of $19 per hour.

Server (Hourly)

Servers at Dave & Buster's make an hourly wage plus tips. Pay depends on hours and shifts worked, but usually averages out to approximately $20 per hour. Many locations are currently offering a $650 hiring bonus for this position.

Customer Service/Winner's Circle  (Hourly)

Customer service employees who work at the Winner's Circle earn an average of $14 per hour.

Drink Runner  (Hourly)

Dave & Buster's pays Drink Runners an average wage of $14 per hour.

Receiver  (Hourly)

The average hourly wage for Receivers at Dave & Buster's is $17.

Special Events Assistant  (Hourly)

Dave & Buster's Special Events Assistants earn approximately $17 per hour.

How Much Experience Do You Need to Work at Dave & Buster's?

Dave & Buster's is an entry-level friendly company, as each restaurant operates with a large crew of teen workers. You can apply for a position without any experience and get hired. However, if you do have some work experience, it could get you a higher hourly pay rate and move you faster into supervisory and management positions.

What Should You Wear to a Job Interview at Dave & Buster's?

When you show up for your interview at Dave & Buster's, you will want to be dressed in clean, casual attire. A nice shirt with jeans or khakis is all you need, just make sure your clothing doesn't have any stains and is wrinkle-free.  Look neat and professional at all times.

Dave & Buster's Interview Questions

The possible questions in a job interview are endless, and it always depends on the interviewer. But, there are some common questions that they often ask. 

Why do you want to work at Dave & Buster's?

Why are they asking?  

Gaming/amusement restaurants like Dave & Buster's hire a number of entry-level teen workers, and they make an excellent first job for young people to get work experience. If they ask you this question during your interview, they want to know what makes Dave & Buster's stand out over other options in fast food and retail.

What’s the ideal answer?

There is no wrong answer to this question. Whatever your reason is for applying at Dave & Buster's, tell them! Maybe you have a friend that works there or you want a career with the company. Whatever your reason is for applying at Dave & Buster's, just be specific and honest with your answer.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Why are they asking?  

If they ask you this question, they are trying to find out what job skills you can bring to the position, and what you need to work on. 

Applicants are usually able to communicate their strengths, but when it comes to weaknesses, some think it’s best to say they don’t have any or can’t think of any.  Don’t do this!

What’s the ideal answer?

The hiring manager wants to know that you can accept feedback and develop your own skills. Give one or two strengths with examples to go with them. Then list one or two weaknesses, and describe how you’re working on them.

A good answer for a weakness would be something like, “I’ve been told I speak too quickly, so I’ve been practicing slowing down when talking with customers.”

How do you deal with stress?

Why are they asking?

They are asking you this because jobs at Dave & Buster's can get very busy and stressful. They want to make sure you can handle working in a fast-paced environment.

What’s the ideal answer?

You don’t want to tell them that you start to yell or scream, or completely shut down. The best way to answer how you deal with stress is to say that you smile, take the time to breathe, focus on the task at hand, pay attention, and manage your time as well as you possibly can.

Benefits of Working at Dave & Buster's 

Dave & Buster's offers an attractive benefits package for many positions, including medical, dental, vision, 401K, and more.

What it’s Like to Work at Dave & Buster's

How to Apply at Dave & Buster's

If you are interested in working at Dave & Buster's, you can apply online or in-person at the location you are interested in. You can find job listings on sites like GlassDoor and Indeed, and you can apply on the Dave & Buster's corporate website.

Dave & Buster's is now hiring for all positions at their locations across the country. Check out the hashtag #WeRunTheFun on social media for more information about your area. Some locations are offering "on the spot" hiring and bonuses up to $650.

Leave a Comment: