There are 4 table aisles that the customers walk down for food. To serve food, go to an aisle and press the spacebar to pass food down the aisle table to the customer(s). Press the up and down arrow keys to switch between aisles. Customers will walk back down the way they came when the have their food served. The player has a total of 3 lives. If one serves food down an aisle that has no customers, a life will be lost.
Certain customers who finished eating will send the food plate back down the aisle. Use the right arrow key to walk (in SpongeBob's direction) through the aisle and grab the customer's finished plate. Press the left arrow key to walk back down the aisle. If the player doesn't grab a finished plate moving down the aisle, it will fall on the floor, break into pieces, and one will lose a life.
If a customer walks all the way down to the end of the aisle and is not served, the customer will get mad and leave the restaurant which causes the player to lose a life. The player can press the letter Q key to call Squidward who can help collect all of the leftover plates on the aisles. The game is over when all three lives are gone.