Extended Audio Sample

Download Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business, by Danny Meyer Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danny Meyer Narrator: Danny Meyer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $8.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $8.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and scant experience. He is now the CEO of one of the world's most dynamic restaurant organizations that includes eleven unique dining establishments—and each is at the top of its game. How has he done it? How has he consistently beaten the odds in one of the toughest trades around?

In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he's learned while developing the winning recipe for doing business he calls "Enlightened Hospitality." This innovative business philosophy emphasizes putting the power of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: The first and most important application of hospitality is to the people who work for you, and, in descending order of priority, the guests, the community, suppliers, and investors. This way of setting priorities stands the more traditional business models on their head, but Danny considers it the foundation of every success he, and his restaurants, have had.

Full of behind-the-scenes history on the creation of Danny's most famous restaurants, and the anecdotes, advice and lessons he has accumulated on his long and ecstatic journey to the top of the American restaurant scene, Setting the Table is a treasure trove of innovative insights that are applicable to any business or organization.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone in the hospitality industry would do well to consult Setting the Table.

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Restaurateur Danny Meyer offers a rich menu of business tips.”


  • “Danny Meyer, restaurateur nonpareil, shares his never-fail recipe for business success.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Meyer is the best salesman for his own words, and, one suspects, for his restaurants as well.”


  • James Beard Foundation Award
  • Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack | 2/6/2014

    " Danny Meyer tells the story of his desire to make a perfect NYC restaurant (and then another, and another) given his values of hospitality, caring for staff, sharing a joy of great food at a reasonable price. Yes, profits came last as he took his lumps in the blood sport of idealistic restauranteering, but he has thrived in the long run because his staff are loyal and the customers more so. Reads easily as either great anecdotes from the restaurant world or as a primer on small business management--in any field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher Rising | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting read- good for those interested in the restaurant business, little light though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Cecere | 1/28/2014

    " My boss bought this book for me and all my co-workers. I found it surprisingly engaging. While Meyer's personal background was lengthy, it was interesting and very readable. It helped me to really understand Mr. Meyer and his theories of enlightened hospitality from the core, and made me yearn to work for someone who cares as deeply about providing a memorable experience as he does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pat Monahan | 1/27/2014

    " He calls it the final chapter or what you do to make up for a mistake. He says to do something creative after a goof, so that the client telling about how you screwed up will have to include how you rectified the situation. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations