This is also called self service and is normally used in banquet functions and in some restaurants. Food is attractively arranged on a long table, classified and arranged according to proper sequence, from appetizers to desserts. Soup is placed on a soup tureen and the hot entrees in chaffing dishes to keep them warm. Some equipment like dinner plates and saucers are laid down right on the buffet table. Instead of the waiter serving the guests, the guests go to the buffet table pick up plates, china, cuttkery and knapkin and all other items and serve themselves of their own choice.

1. It is a fast service.
2. It requires less staff to render the service needed.
3. The presentation of the different dishes can be appetizing.

1. It may result in shortage of food especially when the early ones may serve themselves more; thus very little food is left for the latecomers.