Who has been like this? When going to a restaurant abroad, I don’t feel confident. Don’t know what to say, afraid to say the wrong word, or say a few words like I want this / that.This article summarizes useful sentences and vocabulary at restaurants. From the moment you reserve the table until you collect the money, you can use it to speak with confidence. Before that, let’s go see what sentences and vocabulary are there.
Popular restaurants often let customers reserve a table first. Because it makes the store easier to manage and customers do not have to wait in long lines. When you are booking a table, the following sentences can be used to communicate with the receptionist.
- I’d like to book / reserve a table for two tomorrow at 6 pm, please.
(I would like to reserve a table for two tomorrow at 6 pm .)
- Could we have a non-smoking table, please?
- Could we have a table by the window, please?
- Do you have a high chair for young children?
(Do you have a chair for the child?)
- We booked a table for two in the name of Andrew.
( We booked a table for two in Andrew’s name )
When you sit at the table then ask to see the menu and order food using the sentences below:
- Could I see the menu, please?
(May I see the menu?)
- What would you recommend?
(Do you have any recommendations?)
- Do you have any specials?
(Is there a special menu?)
- I’d like ………………., Please.
(I would like to order ……………….)
- I’d like my steak rare / medium-rare / medium / well-done.
(Request for a steak like Undercooked / low to medium cooked / medium cooked / very cooked)
Oh, and don’t forget to tell the waiter that we can’t eat anything.
- I’m vegetarian.
( I’m vegetarian. )
- I don’t eat meat / pork.
(I don’t eat beef / pork.)
- I’m allergic to shrimps / seafood / peanuts / dairy products.
( I’m allergic to shrimps / seafood / peanuts / dairy products )
Time to eat in a restaurant. There may be events that make us upset. Whether it is about food or service
- Excuse me, we’ve been waiting for over half an hour for our food.
( Excuse me, we’ve been waiting for food for over half an hour .)
- Excuse me, this isn’t what I ordered.
( Excuse me, I didn’t order this dish.)
- Excuse me, I ordered Carbonara not Lasagna.
( Excuse me, I ordered Carbonara. Not lasagna)
- Excuse me, this food doesn’t taste right.
( Excuse me, this dish tastes weird.)
- Excuse me, this food is cold / too salty.
( Excuse me, this dish is too cold / too salty)
Once you’ve finished your meal, you can get on your car home. Oh, I forgot I haven’t paid. In Thailand, we might say “check the bill” when we call our waiter to collect the money, which is actually not correct in English. Foreign waiters may be confused. If it is correct, we should say
- Bill / check, please.
(Collect money too)
- Could we have the bill / check, please?
(Collect money too)
Would like to add a little bit American English, uses the word check, while British English uses bill, so if you’re in the United States, you should use check, but if you’re in England, Scotland, Canada, or Australia, use the word bill.
Some useful sentences when making a payment include:
- Can I pay in cash?
- Can I pay by debit / credit card?
(Can I pay with a debit / credit card?)
- Can we pay separately?
Finally, we would like to leave some interesting vocabulary and should know when going to a restaurant, you can use it with confidence.
- appetizer / starter (Appetizer)
- Bon appétit! Or Enjoy your meal! (Eat it well, please!)
- cutlery (spoons, forks and knives)
- dessert : The word reads de ‘cert (pronounced on the second syllable). Be careful not to interrupt with the word desert. Say the ‘Cert (pronounced on the second syllable)
- main course
- napkin (napkins )
- side dish (sub dish)
- (today’s) special (a special meal served only for the day)
Remember that you can be good at English, you must use it often. Next time you go to a restaurant abroad or a foreign restaurant try to practice using these sentences .