The semi-finalists for the SouthCoast's Best Waitstaff have been determined. You can vote for your favorite front-of-house staff below for a chance to send them to the finals next week.

We kicked off March with a new idea to put the spotlight on the SouthCoast's restaurants. While the pandemic has certainly hit restaurant owners square in the jaw – repeatedly – over the past 12 months, owners aren't the only ones who have been affected by shutdowns and restrictions. Servers, bartenders, hosts and hostesses have all been dealt a tough hand. The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt them financially and has fundamentally changed their jobs.

There's no denying how important a front-of-house staff is to a restaurant, though. Unfortunately, because of human nature, these tend to be jobs that you sometimes only notice when something is going wrong, but a waitstaff can make or break a restaurant.

For two weeks, we asked our audience to nominate their favorite front-of-house staff. Earlier this week, we posted the top 35 vote-getters up on Today, we kick off the semi-final round, narrowing those restaurants down to the top five. Congratulations to Café Italia, Pasta House, Top Shelf Bar and Grill, and Matt's Blackboard.

Semi-final voting will take place now until Friday, March 19. At that point, the top two restaurants will go head to head in the championship round. We'll crown the 2021 SouthCoast's Best Waitstaff on Friday, March 26.

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. Here are the final numbers from our quarterfinal round.

Quarterfinal Results

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