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Booking a table
do you have any free tables?
a table for two, three, or four please
I'd like to make a reservation
I'd like to book a table, please
for what time?
this evening at seven o'clock, seven
thirty, eight o'clock, or eight thirty.
tomorrow at noon, twelve
thirty, one o'clock, or one thirty
for how many people?
I've got a reservation
do you have a reservation?
could I see the menu, please?
could I see the wine list, please?
can I get you any drinks?
are you ready to order?
do you have any specials?
what's the soup of the day?
what do you recommend?
what's this dish?
I'm on a diet
I'm allergic to wheat, dairy products
I'm severely allergic to nuts, shellfish
I'm a vegetarian
I don't eat meat, pork
Ordering the meal
I'll have the chicken breast, roast
beef, or pasta
I'll take this
I'm sorry, we're out of that
for my starter I'll have the soup, and
for my main course the steak
how would you like your steak?
Rare, medium-rare, medium, or well
is that all?
would you like anything else?
nothing else, thank you
we're in a hurry
how long will it take?
it'll take about twenty minutes
If you'd like to get the waiter's attention,
the most polite way is simply to say:
Here are some other phrases you may
hear or wish to use during your meal:
enjoy your meal!
would you like to taste the wine?
could we have ...?
another bottle of wine
some more bread
some more milk
a jug of tap water
still or sparkling?
would you like any coffee or dessert?
do you have any desserts?
could I see the dessert menu?
was everything alright?
thanks, that was delicious
the bill, please
could we have the bill, please?
can I pay by card?
do you take credit cards?
is service included?
can we pay separately?
I'll get this
let's split it
let's share the bill
this isn't what I ordered
this food's cold
this is too salty
this doesn't taste right
we've been waiting a long time
is our meal on its way?
will our food be long?
Paying the bill
Things you might see
Please wait to be seated
Service not included
what would you like to drink?
what are you having?
what can I get you?
I'll have ..., please
a pint of lager (one pint is a
little over half a litre)
a pint of bitter (a type of
traditional English beer)
a glass of white wine
a glass of red wine
an orange juice
large or small?
would you like ice with that?
no ice, please
a little, please
lots of ice, please
a beer, please
two beers, please
three shots of tequila, please
are you being served?
I'm being served, thanks
which wine would you like?
house wine is fine
which beer would you like?
would you like draught or
I'll have the same, please
nothing for me, thanks
I'll get these
keep the change!
whose round is it?
it's my round
it's your round
another beer, please
another two beers, please
same again, please
are you still serving drinks?
Ordering snacks and food
do you have any snacks?
do you have any sandwiches?
do you serve food?
what time does the kitchen close?
are you still serving food?
a packet of crisps, please
what flavour would you like?
cheese and onion
salt and vinegar
what sort of sandwiches do you
do you have any hot food?
today's specials are on the board
is it table service or self-service?
what can I get you?
would you like anything to eat?
could we see a menu, please?
When placing your order at a café
which offers take-away food, you may
eat in or take-away?
does anyone fancy a game of ...?
do you have internet access here?
do you have wireless internet here?
The next day...
I feel fine
I feel terrible
I've got a hangover
I'm never going to drink again!
do you smoke?
no, I don't smoke
I've given up
do you mind if I smoke?
would you like a cigarette?
have you got a light?
Ordering a meal
Waiter: Hello, I’ll be your waiter today. Can I start you off with something to
Ralph: Yes. I’ll have iced tea, please.
Anna: And I’ll have lemonade.
Waiter: OK. Are you ready to order, or do you need a few minutes?
Ralph: I think we’re ready. I’ll have the tomato soup to start, and the roast beef
with mashed potatoes and peas.
Waiter: How do you want the beef — rare, medium or well done?
Ralph: Well done, please.
Anna: And I’ll just have the fish, with potatoes and a salad.
• Can I start you off with something to drink? Notice how the question starts
with “Can.” Since this is a yes/no question, the intonation rises at the end.
• And I’ll have lemonade. Notice how Anna stresses “I’ll” and “lemonade” to
emphasize her choice.
• Are you ready to order, or do you need a few minutes? The word “or” signals a
choice here. Notice the rising intonation on order, and the falling intonation on
minutes (the first choice is “Are you ready to order?” and the second choice is
“Do you need a few minutes?”).
• I’ll have the tomato soup to start, and the roast beef with mashed potatoes
and peas. Notice that “tomato soup,” “roast beef,” “mashed potatoes” and
“peas” are stressed because the food order is the important information here.
Notice also that “tomato soup, “roast beef” and “mashed potatoes” are
compound words. The stress falls on the second word in each phrase.
• Well done, please. Notice that the subject and verb are omitted in the
response; only the necessary information is given.
• I’ll just have the fish. Anna says “just” here to mean that she does not want a
It tastes stale!
The two people in the dialogue below want to fix pork chops for dinner,
but they later find out that the meat has gone bad....
Wayne: What are we going to eat for dinner?
Lilia: I'm going to fix some pork chops.
Wayne: I'm afraid the meat is rotten.
Lilia: That's strange! I just bought it the day before yesterday.
Wayne: Well, I forgot to put it in the refrigerator.
Lilia: Good for you! Now what should we eat?
Wayne: Why don't we eat out?
Lilia: Again? Weren't you just complaining that it's too expensive to eat out?
Wayne: Not when you're hungry.
I couldn't help it. They were so good!
Cindy is a little hungry. She wants to eat some cookies she
bought last night, but she finds that all the cookies are gone....
Cindy: John, where are the cookies? Don't tell me you ate them all! Again!
John: Yes, I did. I couldn't help it. They were so good.
Cindy: I thought you didn't like cookies.
John: Well, I don't like cookies flavored with chocolate at all. But vanilla is
different. I love them to death.
Cindy: Huh, I didn't know that.
John: Well, tell you what, vanilla cookies taste even better with a glass of cold
How do you want your beef?
Maria eats out together with her friend. She orders roast beef
and the waitress asks her how she wants her beef done ....
Waitress: Are you ready to order now?
Maria: Yes. I'll have some salad, roast beef, and mashed potatoes.
Waitress: How do you want the beef? Rare, medium, or well-done?
Maria: Well-done. And easy on the salt, please.
Waitress: Sure. Anything to drink?
Maria: Do you have coffee or tea? I'd like decaf.
Waitress: Yes, we have both. Which one would you like, coffee or tea?
Maria: Iced tea, please. And easy on the ice.
Make it small, please!
In the restaurant, Kate orders some eggs
and a glass of juice for her breakfast....
Waiter: What would you like to order?
Kate: I'd like ham and eggs, please.
Waiter: How do you want your eggs?
Kate: What are my choices?
Waiter: Scrambled, sunny side-up, over-easy, and over-hard.
Kate: Scrambled, please. Hm, no, I think I want sunny side-up.
Waiter: Is there anything else?
Kate: One orange juice. Make it small, please.
I want it to be very, very lean.
Michelle is preparing dinner. She asks John for help....
Michelle: John, can you do me a favor? Can you help me cut
John: At your service. How do you want me to cut it?
Michelle: I would like half of it cut into slices, and the other
John: OK. Half sliced and the other half diced.
Michelle: Oh, by the way, I want it to be very, very lean. Not
even a shred of fat.
John: Got'cha. Cut off the fat.
How often do you eat out?
Louise is curious about why her friend Shelly eats
out very often....
Louise: How often do you eat out, Shelly?
Shelly: Well, very often. I eat out almost five times a week.
Louise: Wow, I really envy you.
Shelly: Don't envy me. It's for business. In fact, I'm sick and tired
of restaurant food. Sometimes I just want a home-cooked meal.
I'd like to reserve a table for dinner.
Ron makes a phone call to the restaurant to reserve a
table for him and his friends for dinner....
Hostess: Pompas. How may I help you?
Ron: Yes. I'd like to reserve a table for dinner.
Hostess: How large a group are you expecting?
Ron: Six couples.
Hostess: Would you like to reserve a private dining room?
Ron: That sounds like a good idea.
Hostess: All right. May I have your name, sir?
Ron: My name is Ron Kollitz. K-O-L-L-I-T-Z.
Hostess: What time will you be arriving?
Ron: Around 7:30 PM.
Hostess: All right, Mr. Kollitz. We have reserved a private dining room for you
at 7:30 PM. Thanks for calling Pompas.
Ron: Thank you very much.
It's on me.
Mary and Shelly are eating out and Mary wants to pay next
Mary: Thanks for lunch. It was delicious.
Shelly: It's OK.
Mary: Next time lunch is on me.
Shelly: Don't be silly.
Mary: I'm serious.
Shelly: All right. Next time you'll treat.
Mary: It's a deal!
It's my treat.
Donald treats Debra to a delicious meal at a restaurant....
Donald: Let's eat out, shall we?
Debra: I'm broke. I've gone through my paycheck for the
Donald: Don't worry about it. It's my treat.
Debra: You're sure? You're so generous!
Donald: And nice, too.
Debra: So, where are you taking me?
Donald: Some place you've never been before. Donald's
A drink to you and your future wife.
At Doris's wedding banquet, Sam asks when it is
Robert's turn to have a wedding ceremony. Robert tells
Sam that it'll happen very soon....
Sam: You're going to miss your sister since she's married, aren't you?
Robert: I sure am. She made a lovely bride, didn't she?
Sam: She was beautiful. So when will your turn be?
Robert: Soon! Very soon!
Sam: Well, a drink to you and your future wife!
I´ll have three scrambled eggs with country ham.
Waitress: Good morning. Are you ready to order?
Bill Nichols: Yes, I am, thank you. I´ll have three scrambled
eggs with country ham, toast and jam, please.
Waitress: Would you like anything to drink?
Bill Nichols: I´ll have a tomato juice and some iced tea.
Waitress: Anything else?
Bill Nichols: Could I have a slice of pumpkin pie?
Waitress: Sure. Coming right up.
I Feel Like Chinese
A: Let's go out to eat.
B: That sounds like fun.
A: Where do you want to go?
B: Let me think a minute.
A: I feel like Chinese.
B: That sounds delicious.
A: I know a good Chinese restaurant.
B: How far away is it?
A: It's only 10 minutes from here.
B: Do we need reservations?
A: Oh, no. We can walk right in.
B: Let's go now. I'm hungry!
A Slow Burger
A: I can't believe how long this line is.
B: This is a popular restaurant, isn't it?
A: Yes, but it isn't a fast-food restaurant, is it?
B: It's the slowest hamburger in town.
A: That's because they cook it while you wait.
B: Yes. That's why it's also the best hamburger in town.
A: A great burger and great service.
B: Yes, the workers are very polite.
A: And they're clean.
B: I've been coming here for years.
A: Me too.
B: Excuse me. They just called my number.
A Good Lunch
A: Lunch was delicious.
B: Thank you.
A: What kind of soup was that?
B: It was tomato soup.
A: That tasted so good.
B: I put lemon and butter in it.
A: The sandwich was good, too.
B: Everyone likes bacon and tomato sandwiches.
A: Especially on toast.
B: And the pickles were great, too.
A: Tomorrow we'll have rice and fish for lunch.
B: I can't wait.
A Bad Steak
A: I'm calling the waiter.
B: What's the matter?
A: This steak has too much fat.
B: What do you want the waiter to do?
A: Bring me a better steak.
B: I wouldn't do that.
A: Why not?
B: They will drop the new steak on the floor, step on it, and then spit on it.
A: You're crazy.
B: Then the waiter will give you a big smile as he brings you the new steak.
A: Where do you get these crazy ideas?
B: I used to cook in a restaurant!
A: Let's leave.
B: But we just got here.
A: Did you see the waiter's hands?
A: He had dirty fingernails.
A: His nails were black!
B: That's disgusting.
A: And he poured water into our glasses.
B: Yuck! No water for me.
A: I wonder if the cooks' nails are dirty, too.
B: Who cares? Let's get out of here.
A: This hot bread is delicious.
B: I like this restaurant because they give you free bread.
A: Well, I think we are paying for it.
B: No. Look at the bill when we get it. There's no charge for the bread.
A: It is delicious, especially with butter.
B: I think we should just leave after we fill up on the bread.
A: They probably wouldn't like that.
B: I'm eating so much bread that I'm getting full.
A: Then stop eating the bread!
B: Okay, just one more piece. Pass the butter, please.
A: If I owned a restaurant, I would never serve hot bread before the main course.
B: That's terrible. I would never go to your restaurant.
Fear of Germs
A: Is this a clean restaurant?
B: Well, the tables and chairs look okay.
A: Okay, let's sit down.
B: Check out the silverware.
A: It passes inspection.
B: Here comes the waiter. See if his hands and nails are clean.
A: Well, the waiter looked clean, so I guess it's okay to eat here.
B: You're forgetting about the bathroom.
A: I'm going to just hope that the bathroom is clean.
B: You're not going to examine it before we order dinner?
A: No, I'd rather not find out that it's dirty, because I'm pretty hungry right now.
B: Me, too. Let's forget about germs and focus on food.
A: Have you seen our waiter?
B: Here he comes now.
A: We've been sitting here for almost 10 minutes.
B: Oops, I guess I was wrong. That isn't our waiter.
A: We can give him five more minutes, and then leave.
B: I'll go up front and talk to the manager.
A: That's a good idea.
B: Maybe they'll give us free drinks for waiting so long.
A: Maybe he'll send us our waiter immediately.
B: Every time we eat out, it's an adventure.
A: Last time, we got seats next to the kitchen.
B: We'll never go there again.
A Good Table
A: Is this table okay?
B: No, it's too close to the kitchen door.
A: How about this table?
B: No, it's too close to the front door.
A: This looks like a nice table.
B: No, it's too close to the salad bar.
A: Okay, I give up.
B: Well, there is one good table.
A: Great. Which one?
B: That one. A group of eight just sat down at it.