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Bar staff – Italian restaurant New Zealand

Bar staff – Italian restaurant New Zealand

Are you looking to be part of a the passionate and talented restaurant team at The Esplanade? Do you have a bubbly personality, have excellent standards, integrity and enjoy working with people. We may have the perfect role for you.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced bartender to join us and enhance our strong team, and help us be the best at what we do.

About us

The Esplanade is at the heart of the stunning St Clair beach, in Dunedin New Zealand We serve delicious, authentic, Italian food made with highest quality ingredients paired with a local and Italian-inspired drinks list.
At the Esplanade, we are inspired by the classic flavours of Italy and the relaxed vibe of the Kiwi beach. The Esplanade is a bustling and fun place with an expert team who want to share their passion for our food and drink with our customers.

Our doors are open from early in the morning and we start the day with our breakfast menu and freshly made in-house baking and coffee. Our main menu starts at noon and we continue to offer food all the way through until late each evening. All menu items are available take away. Offering all this means we are an extremely busy and a fast-paced environment to work in. Being at the heart of the hugely popular St. Clair beach, we are a destination restaurant for many loyal customers, as well as tourists and those seeking an authentic taste of Italy. Our style is welcoming, engaging and lively whilst always maintaining an attentive and professional experience for all our customers.

Our People

We have a wonderful supportive community, many of whom visit us on the daily. Our restaurant is a busy, happy place with knowledgeable, confident, engaging staff,  who care about the food and drink they are serving and the people they are serving it to. Our style of service is welcoming, knowledgeable, confident and engaging while maintaining snappy service and a polished experience for all our customers.

Our team is passionate about zero-waste and reducing our environmental footprint; we compost our green waste then use the compost to grow our restaurant garden, which supplies our kitchen with fresh herbs and greens as well as seasonal vegetables. We make ethical choices and partner with like-minded producers across our food and beverage offerings.

With our Italian identity we have a dynamic multicultural team and a broad customer base. We have a great cultural mix from locals through to people from as far away as the UK and Uruguay;  experienced professionals through to young people making their way in hospitality. Regardless of where we are from, our team is bound together in the pride and dedication we feel for our special restaurant.

About the role

The bar staff work alongside our floor staff preparing exceptional drinks, these range from cocktails, to wine to coffee. We have an amazing drinks list made up of Italian classics and local New Zealand drinks too. We are a busy restaurant so require someone that thrives under pressure and can work to a high standard in busy periods. This role will provide you with the opportunity to learn and grow your hospitality career and be a part of a committed, skilled and collaborate team. 

What you’ll need to offer

Our front of house team works hard to ensure that ‘excellence is a habit’. We are therefore looking for someone who can demonstrate the following attributes and skills

  • A minimum of one-year experience working In a busy bar
  • Has a good knowledge of Italian wines
  • Have experience making cocktails and cold drinks
  • Ideally have experience making coffee
  • Enjoys working in a busy restaurant and bar environment
  • Socially confident with excellent customer service skills
  • Has excellent attention to detail, demonstrating high standards of punctuality, cleanliness and personal presentation
  • Indicates a positive ‘can do attitude’
  • Enjoys working to high standards and working under pressure
  • Is able engage with customers appropriately and respond to their needs
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Friendly approachable manner

What we can offer you!

At The Esplanade we offer comprehensive training and induction, to ensure that you are to speed with the way we do things. This will include understanding our menus and drinks as well as understanding the culture of the restaurant and our customers.

Applicants applying for this role should check their entitlement for a working holiday visa In New Zealand before applying.

For further information on this opportunity please contact our HR Co-ordinator Hayley Rosewarne on