server taking an order on a order pad

Guest Checks and Order Pads Buying Guide

Just Checking!


A server at a fine dining restaurant has just taken his customers orders. Unfortunately, he didn’t write them down and halfway to the kitchen has forgotten whether the customer in the corner of the booth wanted her steak medium rare or medium well done. This is an easy mistake to make, after all, not only do servers have to remember drink and food orders, but they also have to remember the specifics of those orders. For example, a customer orders a side of fries as a substitute for salad, or a hamburger without onions or relish. It can be hard to rely on memory when working as a server, which is why guest checks can be a waitress or waiters best friend.

CiboWares offers a wide variety of guest checks; booked, loose, carbonless, etc. to fit all of your serving needs. To help you decide which guest check is right for your restaurant, we’ve constructed a list to make your decision as easy as 1, 2, 3.


Things to Consider


Multi Copy Guest Checks
are checks that have 2 or 3 parts. When the server writes on the first sheet the writing is copied on the others, one copy stays with the server (generally) and the other copies go to the kitchen.

Single Copy Guest Checks are checks that, you guessed it, have only one copy and are ideal for restaurants that have POS (Point of Sale) systems. In these systems servers copy the orders onto the checks and then enter them into the system, eliminating the need to give another hard copy of the order to the kitchen

Board refers to durable, heavier cardboard-like paper.


Booked
guest checks are bound into books, while Loose guest checks are not.


Multi Copy Guest Checks

Designed to make your restaurant staff look professional, these guest checks are perfect for keeping deliveries and orders on track.They offer conveniently spaced lines to help prevent mistakes when recording orders, and are guaranteed to keep your restaurant and staff organized and efficient.

Booked Guest Checks: Featuring menu prompts such as: appetizers, soup/salads, entrees, vegetables/potatoes, desserts, and beverages these guest checks are perfect for taking customers orders. They also have boxes for the date, total amount due, number of guests, and server. There are various table diagrams at the top to assist servers.
12 and 16 line guest checks feature two categories; food and bar. 12, 15, and 16 feature a “Thank You” comment box and beverage, food, subtotal, tax, and total boxes in the bottom right corner to help servers calculate guests bills.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Carbonless board
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 6.69" - 4.2" x 8.5" 
  • Lines: 12, 13, 15, and 16
  • Parts: 2 and 3
  • Colors: Green and tan
  • Uses: Takeout or sit down food orders

2 Part Loose Guest Checks: Having the same boxes and prompts as the booked guest check boards they also feature table diagrams. 12 line tan guest check boards have a “Thank You” comment box and food, beverage, subtotal, tax, and total boxes bottom right corner to help servers calculate guests bills.

  • Loose or Booked: Loose
  • Paper: Carbonless board
  • Sizes: 4.2" x 7.75" - 4.2" x 8.5" 
  • Lines: 12, 13, 15, and 16
  • Colors: Green and tan
  • Uses: Takeout or sit down food orders

2 Part Booked Guest Checks: These guest checks feature menu prompts but only the white 13 line ones have the table diagrams. They have space for the tax and total in the bottom right corner and “Thank You - Please Come Again” printed at the bottom.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Carbonless and interleaved carbon.
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 6.69" - 4.2" x 8.5" 
  • Lines: 13 and 17
  • Colors: Green and white.
  • Uses: Takeout or sit down food orders.

2 Part Booked Sales Books: These books have spaces for the date, account name, and account number. They also feature the headers Reg. No., clerk, and account forwarded. They have tax and total boxes in the bottom right corner, and are perfect for keeping track of account information.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Carbon and carbonless
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 6.69" - 3.5" W x 5.75" H x 3.25" T
  • Lines: 13
  • Colors: White
  • Uses: Accountant, bank, and customers records.

2 Part Booked Server Pads: These papers feature menu prompts and table diagrams but do not feature any boxes for calculating customers bills.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Carbonless
  • Sizes: 4.25" W x 7.25" H x 3.25" D
  • Lines: 8
  • Colors: White
  • Uses: Takeout and sit down food orders.

3 Part Loose Guest Checks: They feature menu prompts and have a “Thank You” comment box, as well as food, beverage, subtotal, tax, and total boxes in the bottom right corner to help servers calculate customers bills.

  • Loose or Booked: Loose
  • Paper: Carbonless board
  • Size: 4.2" x 8.5" 
  • Lines: 15
  • Colors: Tan
  • Uses: Takeout and sit down food orders.

3 Part Booked Delivery Forms: These papers have check boxes for delivery and pick up as well as lines for customers phone number and name. They feature house, apartment, and townhouse boxes for the customers address as well as time ordered, promised delivery time, and date.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Carbonless
  • Size: 3.4" x 6.69" 
  • Lines: 14
  • Colors: White
  • Uses: Keeping track of takeouts, deliveries of parcels etc.

Single Copy Guest Checks

Not bound into books these guest checks are available in a variety of unique styles, and can be used for serving or waiting needs. Offering perfectly spaced lines so your staff have ample room to serve customers, these guest checks are perfect for improving takeout or sit down service in any restaurant or food service business.

Booked Guest Checks: Featuring appetizer, soup/salad, entree, vegetables/potatoes, dessert, and beverages menu prompts, these guest check boards also include table diagrams. There are boxes for the date, table, number of guests, name of the server, and the total amount due.
15, 16, and 18 line guest checks include space for the tax and total in the bottom right corner. Gracias guest checks have “Thank You” and “Muchas Gracias! Regrese Pronto!” printed at the bottom, while asian guest checks have “Thank You” and green (16 line) have “Thank You - Please Come Again.”

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Paper: Board
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 6.69" - 4.2" x 7.25"
  • Lines: 13, 15, 16, 18
  • Colors: Green, pink, red, white
  • Styles: Asian, Gracias.

Green Booked Guest Checks: These guest check papers include menu prompts and have boxes for the date, table, number of guests, name of the server, and tax and total. They have “Thank You - Please Come Again” printed at the bottom.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 5.12" - 4.2" x 7.25" 
  • Lines: 14, 16
  • Colors: Green

Loose Guest Checks: Having many of the same characteristics as booked guest check papers, these guest checks have a “Thank You” comment box and food, beverage, subtotal, tax, and total printed at the bottom.

  • Loose or Booked: Loose
  • Paper: Board
  • Sizes: 4.21" x 9.02" and 4.96" x 9.02" 
  • Lines: 15
  • Colors: Tan

White Booked Guest Checks: Featuring boxes for the date, table, number of guests, and name of the server these guest checks have “Thank You” and tax and total boxes printed at the bottom.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 6.69"
  • Lines: 15
  • Colors: White

Booked Unlined Guest Checks: These booked papers have guest check #, and the name of the server boxes at the bottom. They provide ample room for taking customers orders but do not feature menu prompts etc.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Sizes: 3.46" x 5.98"
  • Lines: None
  • Colors: White

Booked Server Pads: These papers include menu prompts, and table diagrams. They feature space for the date, table, number of guests, and name of server at the top.

  • Loose or Booked: Booked
  • Sizes: 3.5" W x 6.75" H 
  • Lines: 8
  • Colors: White

 

Carbon or Carbonless?

Is this something you should be thinking about when browsing multi copy guest checks?

Carbon: In carbon guest checks a carbon insert sheet is placed between the sheets to allow for easy copying.

Carbonless: In this case, sheets are capsule-coated to allow for copying, no carbon is used.

 

Other

Interleave Carbon: Interleaving is the process of putting paper in the correct order before binding it together. Interleave carbon is a process by which carbon is placed between the pages of the book for copying.


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