Ordering in a Restaurant

by Craig Shrives

Important Vocabulary

Here are 10 important terms when ordering in a restaurant in English:

bill

table

menu

booking

waiter

starter

main

dessert

I would like ...

Can I have the bill please?

Conversation 1

In this conversation, Daniel and his wife enter a restaurant without a booking.

Hi! Do you have a table for 2 people?

Do you have a booking with us?

No, sorry. Is there a wait?

I can sit you after I've cleared one of our tables. It will be 5 minutes.

Thank you. Do you have any menus we can look at?

Of course. Here you go.

Can we order some drinks at the bar?

Absolutely. Right this way, sir.

Conversation 2

In this conversation, Amina has a table booked.

Good evening. I have a 7pm booking for 4 people.

Your table is ready. Here are some menus.

Thank you. Is the meat halal?

Unfortunately not. I'll bring the vegetarian menu.

Thank you.

Can I get you some drinks while you decide?

Yes, four diet Coca Colas please. Can we have a jug of water?

I'll bring those right away for you.

Conversation 3

In this conversation, Fred pays his bill.

It looks like you're all finished. How were your meals?

They were great, thank you!

Would you like to see a dessert menu?

Not for me. I'm too full. We had starters and mains.

No problem.

Can I have the bill please?

Sure. Do you need the card machine too?

No, thank you. I'll pay with cash.

Sure, that will be 75 pounds 65 pence in total.

Here's 90 pounds. Keep the change.

Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

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See Also

ESL Vocabulary Lists by Topic All Role-Play Scenarios for English Learners

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