Rare Steakhouse – Sommelier

Encore Boston Harbor is a luxury global destination gaming resort that features 671 hotel rooms with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, ultra-premium spa, luxury retail, high-end dining, and state-of-the-art ballroom and meeting spaces. At a total cost of $2.6 billion, it is the largest private single-phase development in the history of the Commonwealth.  Situated on the waterfront along the Mystic River and connected to Boston Harbor, Encore Boston Harbor includes a six-acre park along the water that features a harbor walk, an events lawn, public viewing areas, ornate floral displays and retail and dining experiences that overlook the Encore Harbor Walk.

*Encore Boston Harbor is looking for passionate & driven Wine Professionals to join our team. Candidates must have at least two years of Sommelier experience in a full service wine program & previous work experience as a Food Server is preferred*

The Encore Boston Harbor Sommelier will be responsible for driving the guest experience through execution of all aspects of Wine Service. The Sommelier will work as a supplemental piece of the service team understanding when and where it is necessary to step in and assist. While there is an incremental revenue function for this role, this is never at the expense of the guest’s interest. Whenever possible, the Sommelier will also assist with basic aspects of Service and must be able to share knowledge of the restaurant within which they are assigned, not purely the content on the wine list. The Sommelier will also assist with inventory and cost control by following all departmental SOPs.  This includes, but is not limited to: fulfilling job responsibilities to support the department and maximizing opportunities for success; maintaining all Encore Standards; and ensuring excellent guest and team member experience.


  • Ensures all Encore Boston Harbor core values and property and department standards are implemented and applied.
  • Participates in short-and long-term departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement. Identifies key drivers of success.
  • Actively contributes to departmental performance, and the accuracy, confidentiality, and thoroughness of departmental policies and procedures; records and reports.
  • Follows that all applicable internal policies, federal and state laws, rules, regulations and property-wide controls are enforced within the department.
  • Delivers and maintains a maximum level of property-wide service and satisfaction.
  • Contributes to company-wide communication and best practices.
  • Keeps informed of all new developments within the department.
  • Manages multiple priorities simultaneously and meets deadlines, often in stressful and high-pressure situations.
  • Stays fully informed of all changes on the Wine List and in the instance of additions or subtractions is able to speak with confidence about these modifications.
  • Maintains wine storage areas and keeps accurate inventory.
  • Develops and maintains extensive knowledge of outlet wine list.
  • Pairs and suggests wines that will best complement food menu items while working within taste preference and budget parameters of the guest.
  • Polishes all glassware and associated mise en place used for wine service such as coasters.
  • Folds linens that may be needed for wine service.
  • Becomes familiar with all procedural SOPs, especially with regards to RFB/Comp guests.
  • When necessary, assists with VIP service that may be required in areas within the Casino or Hotel Tower.
  • Works with safety as a priority, and follows department and company safety standards.
  • Maintains relevant knowledge of industry through continuing education and training.
  • Performs any other job-related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Age, Gaming and Certifications:

  • 21 years of age or above.
  • Will be required to obtain and maintain registration or a license issued by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain any licensing or active work cards required, including but not limited to an alcohol awareness card.
  • Minimum Level I Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers or equivalent.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • High school degree or equivalent required. Culinary arts, hospitality or a related education or experience preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of sommelier experience preferred.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office a plus.
  • Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills as well as excellent attention to detail.
  • Advanced service knowledge and wine knowledge including vintages, regions, and food pairings preferred.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents, such as policy and procedure manuals, maintenance instructions, and other related documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries from other employees or guests. Conversational English required, second language a plus.  Ability to write instructions.  Ability to present information.

Mathematical Skills & Reasoning Ability:

Ability to compute basic mathematical calculations. Ability to decipher various reports and maintains reports upon request.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Team Member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is also regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms, and to sit, climb or balance, and stoop, stretch, bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Essential responsibilities include moderate physical ability such as lift or maneuver at least fifty (50) pounds, and varied instances of standing/walking.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that exists while Team Members are performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate. When on the kitchen floor or some back of house areas, the noise level increases to loud. Must be able to interact with internal and external guests in a professional manner.
  • Due to the unpredictable nature of the hospitality/entertainment industry, Team Members must be able to work varying-schedules to reflect the business needs of the property.
Employment Type(s): Full Time, Part Time

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Contact: Francisco Sillero
Email: francisco.sillero@encorebostonharbor.com
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