Ordering at the Restaurant

Ordering food in a restaurant is also one of the most important language functions for any learner. Everyone needs to eat. So, this lesson is about communicating in a restaurant.

1/ Making a reservation:

You may say:

  • Do you have any free tables?
  • A table for two, please.
  • I’d like to make a reservation.
  • I’d like to book a table, please.
  • Do you have a reservation?
  • I’ve got a reservation.

You may hear:

  • Of course. Please come this way.
  • Your table is ready, Sir.
  • Your table isn’t quite ready yet.
  • This way, please.
  • Would you like to wait a minute?
  • Sorry! We’re fully booked.


2/ : Ordering the meal:

You may say:

  • Could I see the menu, please?
  • Could I see the desserts list, please?
  • Do you have any specials?
  • What do you recommend?
  • What’s this dish?
  • I’m allergic to…
  • I am a vegetarian.
  • I’ll have the chicken breast.
  • I’ll take this…
  • Nothing else, thank you.
  • We’re in a hurry.
  • How long will it take?

You may hear:

  • Yes, of course. Here you are.
  • Can I get you any drinks?
  • Are you ready to order now?
  • Today’s specials are.
  • I recommend the apple pie, it’s fantastic.
  • I’m sorry, we’re out of that.
  • How would you like your steak?
  • Is that all?
  • Would you like anything else?
  • It’ll take about twenty minutes.


3/ After the meal:

You may say:

  • Could we have the bill, please?
  • Can I pay by credit card?
  • Do you take Visa cards?
  • We’d like separate bills, please.
  • That was delicious. My compliments to the chef.

You may hear:

  • Yes, of course. Here you are, Sir.
  • We accept Credit Cards.
  • Thank you for choosing our restaurant.
  • Welcome anytime.
  • It was a pleasure to serve you, Sir.

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