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Restaurant Employee Handbook Template

Use this template to help establish restaurant employee rules and guidelines and build a custom restaurant employee handbook. It's where your staff will go to learn all of the HR policies for your restaurant, and much more.


What's in this employee handbook template?


  • A downloadable, customizable restaurant employee handbook template
  • Instructions on how to write your restaurant employee handbook template
  • A section to state your restaurant’s core values and mission statement
  • A section to explain employee presentation and workplace behavior
  • A section to cover your restaurant's procedures
  • A section to highlight your restaurant's pay and employee benefits
  • A section to reinforce your restaurant’s policy on harassment

Employee Handbook Sheet

Restaurant Employee Management 

Restaurateurs frequently cite staff training, hiring, and retention as the biggest challenge to their success. The annual restaurant employee turnover rate reached an all-time high of 75% in early 2019, and staffing issues have only persisted in the years since, especially thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. That's why clarity, guidance, and positivity in the onboarding process are crucial to well-informed and productive restaurant staff.

Once your staff is onboarded, the learning isn't done — check out our restaurant training manual template that helps you keep all your staff trained on everything they need to know while working at your restaurant.

How do you write a restaurant employee handbook?

With this free template, we've made the task of writing your restaurant employee handbook as easy as filling in the blanks. Just enter your restaurant-specific policies in the highlighted areas, and you'll be good to go.

What to include in a restaurant employee handbook?

An employee handbook at a restaurant is a crucial piece of the employee onboarding process. In your handbook, as you'll see in the restaurant employee sample here, you'll want to include your mission and values, your policies on everything from vacation time to harassment, your restaurant employee rules and expectations, information about employee pay and benefits, and information about employee conduct.