At the restaurant

Useful language

Arriving at the restaurant

  • Hello. Do you have a table for four?
  • We haven't booked a table. Can you fit us in?
  • We booked a table on the name of John Jonhson.

Ordening food

  • Could we see the menu, please?
  • Is this dish suitable for vegetarians/vegans?
  • Does this dish contain any nuts?
  • We’re ready to order now.
  • I would like a glass of water, please.

Types of meals

Meal Explanation
starter The first course of the meal. Small portions of food, served either hot or cold. You might decide to skip this course if you are not very hungry.
main course The main part of the meal. Medium to large portions of food, served either hot or cold. In the UK, main courses are usually served with vegetables.
side dish A small portion of food. Typically bread, salad, or vegetables in sauce, that you eat with a main course. Side dishes are often shared with other people eating at your table.
dessert The last course of a meal. Typically a sweet dish, such as cake, pudding or ice-cream.

Having problems?

  • Excuse me, I didn’t order this.
  • Could I have another fork, please?
  • Could you heat this up a bit more for me, please? It's a little cold.

When you have finished your meal

  • That was delicious / lovely / great!
  • Could we have the bill, please?
  • Keep the change.