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Going to a restaurant

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Restaurant staff


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a chef ‘The chef is on holiday next week.’

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a waiter / a waitress ‘I worked as a waiter in a local Spanish restaurant.’

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a chef
‘The chef is on holiday next week.’

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a waiter / a waitress
‘I worked as a waiter in a local Spanish restaurant.’

Types of meal


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breakfast ‘What did you eat for breakfast?’

Also ‘brunch’ – a late-morning mix of breakfast and lunch

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lunch ‘I decided to skip lunch and keep working instead.’

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dinner ‘What time should we eat dinner?’

When eaten at home, sometimes also referred to as ‘tea’
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breakfast
‘What did you eat for breakfast?’

Also ‘brunch’ – a late-morning mix of breakfast and lunch

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lunch
‘I decided to skip lunch and keep working instead.’

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dinner
‘What time should we eat dinner?’

When eaten at home, sometimes also referred to as ‘tea’

Courses


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a starter ‘Would you like a starter?’

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a main course ‘The main course will be with you shortly.’

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a dessert ‘Would you like a dessert?’

You can also say ‘Would you like dessert?’ (without ‘a’); dessert is also known as ‘pudding’.
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a starter
‘Would you like a starter?’

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a main course
‘The main course will be with you shortly.’

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a dessert
‘Would you like a dessert?’

You can also say ‘Would you like dessert?’ (without ‘a’); dessert is also known as ‘pudding’.

Reserving a table


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a reservation ‘Do you have a table for four free? We don’t have a reservation.’

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to make a reservation ‘Would you like to make a reservation for dinner this evening?’

You might also hear ‘to book a table’ or ‘to make a booking’.

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to reserve a table ‘I’d like to reserve a table for four people for 7 p.m., please.’

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a reservation
‘Do you have a table for four free? We don’t have a reservation.’

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to make a reservation
‘Would you like to make a reservation for dinner this evening?’

You might also hear ‘to book a table’ or ‘to make a booking’.

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to reserve a table
‘I’d like to reserve a table for four people for 7 p.m., please.’

Adjectives in use


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a menu ‘I’ll bring you the lunch menu.’

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to ask for the menu ‘Would you like to see the menu?’

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to order ‘Please order at the counter.’

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to run out of something ‘I'm afraid we've run out of orange juice. Would you like apple juice instead?’

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to ask for the bill ‘We’re going to be late. I’ll ask for the bill.’

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to pay ‘We’d like to pay, please.’

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to leave a tip ‘The meal was excellent. We should leave a generous tip.’

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a menu
‘I’ll bring you the lunch menu.’

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to ask for the menu
‘Would you like to see the menu?’

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to order
‘Please order at the counter.’

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to run out of something
‘I'm afraid we've run out of orange juice. Would you like apple juice instead?’

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to ask for the bill
‘We’re going to be late. I’ll ask for the bill.’

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to pay
‘We’d like to pay, please.’

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to leave a tip
‘The meal was excellent. We should leave a generous tip.’

At the table


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a bowl ‘I’ll bring you a bowl for the rice.’

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a fork ‘Knives and forks are by the till.’

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a glass ‘This glass is dirty. I’ll fetch another.’

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a knife ‘Where are the knives and forks, please?’

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a plate ‘This plate is chipped, could you bring another one?’

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a spoon ‘Where are the spoons kept, please?’

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a table ‘I’ve reserved the table by the window for you.’

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a tablecloth ‘Where are the tablecloths kept?’

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a wine glass ‘I’ll bring you some wine glasses.’

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a bowl
‘I’ll bring you a bowl for the rice.’

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a fork
‘Knives and forks are by the till.’

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a glass
‘This glass is dirty. I’ll fetch another.’

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a knife
‘Where are the knives and forks, please?’

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a plate
‘This plate is chipped, could you bring another one?’

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a spoon
‘Where are the spoons kept, please?’

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a table
‘I’ve reserved the table by the window for you.’

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a tablecloth
‘Where are the tablecloths kept?’

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a wine glass
‘I’ll bring you some wine glasses.’


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