Useful Phrases – in a restaurant

Here are some useful phrases in a restaurant in English

1) The waiterteenage_girl_waitress_carrying_order_food_md_clr

What can I do for you?
Can I help you?
Can I take your coat?
Have you booked a table?
How many are you?
Would you follow me, please?
Can I take your order, sir/madam?
What would you like to start with?
What would you like to drink?
What would you like for dessert?
How would you like your steak? (rare, medium, well done)
Do you want a salad with it?
What kind of dressing?
Anything to drink?
Do you want a dessert?
The burgers are very good.
Sorry, the hamburgers are off.
Is everything all right?
Did you enjoy your meal?
Are you paying together?
May I show you to a table?
If you wait, there’ll be a table for you free in a minute.
Do you want vegetables with it?
Why don’t you try the pizza?
It’ll take about 20 minutes.

2) The guestimages (1)

A table for two, please.
May we sit at this table?
The menu, please.
What’s on the menu?
Do you want fish?
What’s Irish Stew like?
We’re not ready yet.
The steak for me, please.
Can you bring me the ketchup, please?
A salad, please.
I’ll have the same.
That’s all, thank you.
Can I have the bill (AE: check), please?
This is on me.
Here you are.
The rest is for you.
Have you got wine by the glass?
I’d prefer red wine.
Please bring us another beer.
Could I have chips (AE: French Fries) instead of salad?
What can you recommend?
Please bring me the bill (AE: check) with my coffee.
I think you’ve made a mistake.


Here are some useful phrases for ordering a meal in a restaurant in English


“I booked a table for two for … .
“It’s under the name of …”
“A table for two please.”

What the restaurant staff say:

“Of course. Please come this way.”


“Your table isn’t quite ready yet.”
“Would you like to wait in the bar?”
“We’re fully booked at the moment. Could you come back a bit later?”

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These are phrases you can ask the waiter if you aren’t sure of something on the menu.

“What’s … exactly?”
“Is this served with … (salad)?”
“Does this have any … (seafood) in it?”
“What do you recommend?”


What the waiter says:

“Are you ready to order?”
“Can I take your order?”
“Anything to drink?”
“Would you like … (chips) with that?”

What the customer says:

“I’ll have…”
“I’d like…”
“Can I have …”
“We’d like to order …”

If there are problems with the order, the waiter can say:

“I don’t think we have any more … (lobster) left. I’ll check with the kitchen.”
“I’m sorry, but the king prawn soup is finished.”

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The customer can say:

“Excuse me, but I didn’t order this.”
“I’m sorry, but this is cold.”
“Can I change my order please?”

The waiter can say:

“I’m so sorry about that…”
“Let me take it back for you.” (take it back = return it to the kitchen)
“Let me change it for you.”

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“Can we have the bill please?”
“Could we get the bill?”
“Could we pay please?”

(“bill” in British English; “check” in American English.)



At the end of this lesson you may try this Quiz

1-  Serving a Table Quiz

2- Understanding your Guests Quiz




Listen to the interactive media

Listen to the following different movies about FOOD AND DRINK to improve your listening skills and increasing the vocabulary amount.

1- Listen to Mark for (English conversation practice) for some vocabulary and food expressions:

2- And this lesson, actually, about James in restaurants. He used to be a waiter when he was younger.

3- At the restaurant – English Basic Communication


Teacher’s Guide

This blog is prepared for the beginner and intermediate level learners. ENGLISH FOR FOOD AND DRINK STAFF offers teachers how to use this blog and navigate its pages to help learners developing their vocabulary the needed in restaurant, actually  in a very activated environment.flower white daisy

lesson 1 (Useful Phrases – in a restaurant)

This lesson is a really simple, effective and communicative lesson related to vocabulary and critical phrases reinforcement. The most important thing is to choose the role that speaker select to start the interactive conversation that the teacher should prepared at the end of lesson or may use the movies in lesson-3 .
* First,  write the (The waiter) on the Left on the board, ask for the definitions of it.
* Then write the phrases related and discuss and representation the case.
* Second,  write the (The guest) on the Left on the board, ask for the definitions of it.
* Then write the phrases related and discuss and representation the case.
* Finally try to built the conversation to activate students, test their understanding and create the realistic environment.
lesson 2: is a story about (The American Pepper) an interactive story aims to improve learners’ reading skills and vocabulary in its real context.free_icon__flabebe_s_flower___orange_by_sinfullycute-d6p1tpb
At the end of the third lesson the teacher guides the learners to improve their skills by listen to the forth lesson (Listen to the interactive media) and also use the useful links by using the links available under the category named “Useful links”, to increase the vocabulary.
For further reading in teaching vocabulary

* Six Vocabulary Activities for the English Language Classroom PDF.jpg

Useful links

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Navigates the links bellow and do the exercises on language on food in English.

1- English Words for Drinks and Beverages.

2- Fast Food : picture matching quiz.


3- Filling the blanks exercise with the correct word. If both words can be used, choose the one that sounds more natural in each situation: “ENGLISH FOR RESTAURANT STAFF/EMPLOYEES”

4- Fruit – Picture Matching Quiz:

5- Adjectives For Describing Food

6- Food Vocabulary – Describe FoodStrawberry-fruit-16967899-343-290


Hi learners,

Here are several exercises that you can try to do in order to enhance your knowledge and understanding. They are interesting! What you need to do are as follows:

1) Click on the Picture given below.
2) Read the instruction given for each exercises and try to answer the questions that follow.
3) After you’ve answered the questions, click on the ‘Check’ button to check your answer.
4) If you get wrong answer, you can try answer the questions again and again until your answers are all correct.
I hope you would try all the exercises provided and improve your English. Happy try! 


Exercise 1Multiple Choice Quiz

Since you have read [The American Pepper], let’s test you vocabulary knowledge .
Instruction: Click the Picture below to direct you to Exercise 1.
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!
Multiple Choice Quiz

Exercise 2True & False Quiz

True False question will test your memory on some of the important points highlight in the passage.
Instruction: Click the Picture below to direct you to Exercise 2.
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!

True & False Quiz

Exercise 3Matching Quiz

This matching exercise will test again your understanding on the passage.
Instruction: Click the Picture below to direct you to Exercise 3
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!

Matching Quiz

Exercise 4Filling Gaps Quiz

The filling  gaps exercise will test your knowledge on the basic vocabulary.
Instruction: Click the Picture below to direct you to Exercise 4.
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!
Filling Gaps Quiz

Exercise 5Crossword Puzzles Quiz

The crossword puzzles exercise will test your knowledge on your understanding of  the passage and the wealthy of your words. It is very tricky. Focus and try to understand the hints.
Instruction: Click the Picture below to direct you to Exercise 5.
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!
Crossword Puzzles Quiz

Exercise 6Sentence Reconstruction Quiz

Sentence reconstruction Questions will test your knowledge on your understanding of word order as what you have learned from Lesson 2.
Instruction: Click the Numbers below to direct you to Exercise 6.
Once you have clicked, read the instruction given carefully before answering. Good Luck!

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The American Pepper


Read the  passage below  and try to answer the exercises to check your understanding and development.

The American Pepper

“Mummy! Mummy!” shouted little Murna racing from the front door through to the kitchen. “There’s a parcel. The postman’s brought a parcel!”

Her mother, Savni, looked at her in surprise. She had no idea who could have sent them a parcel. Maybe it was a mistake. She hurried to the door to find out. Sure enough, the postman was there, holding a parcel about the size of a small brick.

“From America, madam,” he said. “See! American stamps.”

It was true. In the top right-hand corner of the brown paper parcel were three strange-looking stamps, showing a man’s head. The package was addressed to Savni, in big, clear black letters.

“Well, I suppose it must be from Great-Aunt Pasni,” said Savni to herself, as the postman went on his way down the street, whistling. “Although it must be twenty years since we heard anything from her. I thought she would have been dead by now.”

Savni’s husband Jornas and her son Arinas were just coming in from the garden, where Murna had run to tell them about the parcel. “Well, open it then!” said Arinas impatiently. “Let’s see what’s inside!”

Setting the parcel down in the middle of the table, Savni carefully began to tear open the paper. Inside, there was a large silver container with a hinged lid, which was taped shut. There was also a letter.

“What is it? What is it?” demanded Murna impatiently. “Is it a present?”

“I have no idea,” said Savni in confusion. “I think it must be from Great-Aunt Pasni. She went to America almost thirty years ago now. But we haven’t heard from her in twenty years. Perhaps the letter will tell us.” She opened the folded page cautiously, then looked up in dismay. “Well, this is no help!” she said in annoyance. “It’s written in English! How does she expect us to read English? We’re poor people, we have no education. Maybe Pasni has forgotten her native language, after thirty years in America.”

“Well, open the pot, anyway,” said Jornas. “Let’s see what’s inside.”

Cautiously, Savni pulled the tape from the neck of the silver pot, and opened the lid. Four heads touched over the top of the container, as their owners stared down inside.

“Strange,” said Arinas. “All I see is powder.” The pot was about one-third full of a kind of light-grey powder.

“What is it?” asked Murna, mystified.

“We don’t know, darling,” said Savni, stroking her daughter’s hair. “What do you think?” Murna stared again into the pot.

“I think it’s coffee,” she announced, finally. “American coffee.”

“It’s the wrong colour for coffee, darling,” said Jornas thoughtfully. “But maybe she’s on the right track. It must be some kind of food.” Murna, by now, had her nose right down into the pot. Suddenly, she lifted her head and sneezed loudly.

“I’d god ub by doze,” she explained.

“That’s it!” said Arinas. “It must be pepper! Let me try some.” Dipping a finger into the powder, he licked it. “Yes,” he said, “it’s pepper all right. Mild, but quite tasty. It’s American pepper.”

“All right,” said Savni, “we’ll try it on the stew tonight. We’ll have American-style stew!”

That evening, the whole family agreed that the American pepper had added a special extra taste to their usual evening stew. They were delighted with it. By the end of the week, there was only a teaspoonful of the grey powder left in the silver container. Then Savni called a halt.

“We’re saving the last bit for Sunday. Dr. Haret is coming to dinner, and we’ll let him have some as a special treat. Then it will be finished.”

doctorThe following Sunday, the whole family put on their best clothes, ready for dinner with Dr. Haret. He was the local doctor, and he had become a friend of the family many years before, when he had saved Arinas’s life after an accident. Once every couple of months, Savni invited the doctor for dinner, and they all looked forward to his entertaining stories of his youth at the university in the capital.

During dinner, Savni explained to the doctor about the mysterious American pepper, the last of which she had put in the stew they were eating, and the letter they could not read.

“Well, give it to me, give it to me!” said the doctor briskly. “I speak English! I can translate it for you.”

Savni brought the letter, and the family waited, fascinated, as the doctor began to translate.

“Dear Savni: you don’t know me, but I am the son of your old Great-Aunt Pasni. She never talked much to us about the old country, but in her final illness earlier this year, she told us that after her death, she wanted her ashes to be sent back home to you, so that you could scatter them on the hills of the country where she was born. My mother died two weeks ago, and her funeral and cremation took place last week. I am sending her ashes to you in a silver casket. Please do as she asked, and spread them over the ground near where she was born. Your cousin, George Leary.”Books