Knowing common English phrases used in restaurant can be very helpful for English learners to ensure that their dining experience is as pleasant as possible.

Eating out is fun and exciting. It allows one to experience new taste sensations. It allows one to see unique dining settings and ambiances. It allows one to save time and effort since someone else does the cooking; and cleaning up.

There are any number of English phrases used in a restaurant you are likely to utilize. Below are just a few of them.

English Expressions Used in a Restaurant
    Waiter: May I take your order?
    Guest: Could I have a few minutes, please?
    Waiter: Are you ready to order sir?
    Guest: Yes, I would like a cheese burger and fries.
    Waiter: How would you like ( … your steak)?
    Guest: Well done.
    Waiter: Would you like ( …baked or mashed potatoes).
    Guest: I’ll prefer baked please.
    Waiter: What would you( … like to drink)?
    Guest: Yes, I’ll have an iced tea.
    Waiter: May I get you (…anything else).
    Guest: No, I’m fine thanks.
    Guest: Could I have another ( … roll, please)?
    Waiter: Of course, I will bring it right away.
    Guest: Can I look at (the…menu)?
    Waiter: Here you go sir.
    Guest: This soups is (… cold. Could you have the chef heat it up)?
     Waiter: Right away, ma’am.
    Guest: I ordered (… a ham sandwich, but this is a chesse burger. Could you bring me the correct order).
    Waiter: I’m sorry sir. I’ll bring the ham sandwich right away.
    Guest: Could I get (… the check, please)?
    Waiter: Right away, sir

Once you have eaten you may describe the food just eaten to your dining companion. Or to see if you might like it, you may ask the waiter to describe a particular dish. There are a number of words that can be used to describe food. Look at these examples.

Words used to describe food
    Bland Rich Spicy Salty
    Sweet Sour Bitter Hot
Ways to prepare food
    Pickled Baked BoiledBroiled
     Fried Sautéed PoachedSteamed


Waiter: Welcome to Romano’s.
Customer: Thank you, we would like a booth, if possible.
Waiter: Of course, right this way. I’ll be back in a moment to take your order.
Customer: Thanks.
Waiter: Are you ready to order?
Customer: Yes, I’ll have the spaghetti and meat balls.
Waiter: What kind of dressing would you like on your salad?
Customer: Vinegar and oil, please.
Waiter: Would you like anything to drink?
Customer: The house red wine.
Waiter: And what would you like ma’am?
Customer 2: I’ll take the same, except I’ll have ice tea instead of wine.
Waiter: Yes ma’am. Will there be anything else?
Customer: Not at the moment.
Waiter: Your meal should be here in about 15 minutes.

Practice Activities

Find a partner and role play a conversation in a restaurant. One partner can take the role of the waiter and the other the guest.

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for English used at a restaurant take a look at:
Conversation Made Easy OR Talk, Talk, Talk

Other Links for at a Restaurant
XX Ordering in Restaurants
XX Restaurant Vocabulary