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  • Today we are going to learn some common phrases you can use in a restaurant.

  • Let's get started.

  • Ok, so when you enter the restaurant, the host may ask you

  • How big is your party?”

  • That just means, “How big is your group?”

  • So if you have a group of two people, you would say

  • We have a party of two.”

  • Or if you have a group of four people, you would say

  • We have a party of four.”

  • Or, for example, if I have a party of six and I'm waiting for a table, and it's my turn.

  • Then the host will call out and say, “Nick party of six

  • So, as soon as you sit down at your table, your server will immediately ask you

  • Can I get you anything to start?”

  • Can I get you anything to drink?”

  • Both of these mean the same thing, they are just asking if you would like to have anything to drink, so they can get your drinks

  • While you look at the menu and decide what you want to order.

  • Common ways to respond are:

  • Can I get a…”

  • Can I get a chocolate milk?”

  • “I'll have a…”

  • “I'll have a chocolate milk?”

  • “I'll take a…”

  • Obviously you don't have to order chocolate milk, you can get whatever you want.

  • But if you do order chocolate milk

  • When the server returns with your drinks, they will then ask for your food order and they will probably use one of these phrases

  • What can I get you?”

  • What would you like?”

  • What can I start you off with?”

  • Then you can respond with one of these phrases

  • Can I get a…”

  • Can I get a mac & cheese

  • “I'll have a…”

  • “I'll have a mac & cheese

  • “I'll take a…”

  • “I'll take a mac & cheese

  • Oh man I would KILL for some mac & cheese right now.

  • Ok, calling your server. So if you need to get your server's attention.

  • Maybe you need some more plates.

  • Maybe you would like some more water.

  • Anything.

  • If you need to get their attention, I always like to start withExcuse me.”

  • Excuse me, could I get some more napkins please? Thanks

  • When you get a chance…”

  • When you get a chance could I get five more chocolate milks? Thanks."

  • These are some of the same phrases you would use at a bar if you were ordering drinks.

  • If you want to see my video on how to order drinks at a bar, check it out right here.

  • Ok, in English there are tons of ways you can saybathroom.”

  • Loo.

  • Water closet.

  • Washroom.

  • The list goes on.

  • But in America, the most common ways to say bathroom are

  • Bathroom.

  • And also, restroom.

  • So you would say, “Where is the bathroom?”

  • Where is the bathroom?”

  • Where is the restroom?”

  • Or you can also ask, “Do you have a restroom I can use?”

  • Do you have a bathroom I can use?”

  • Ok so now at the very end of the meal.

  • When you are all done eating and you are so full that your stomach is about to burst.

  • You just flag down your server and ask them

  • Can I get the check when you get a chance?”

  • Excuse me, can I have the bill?”

  • Ok, tipping

  • In the US, it is customary to tip your server 15-20%.

  • But if your party is larger than six, they may automatically include tip/gratuity.

  • So make sure you check so you don't tip them twice.

  • If you're not sure, you can always ask your server

  • Is tip included?”

  • Is gratuity included?”

  • But this is only for parties of six or larger.

  • Alright, so you've finished eating and you've eaten as much as you could

  • But, maybe your eyes were bigger than your stomach and you ordered way too much food.

  • If you'd like to take the leftover food home, you can stop and ask your server.

  • Excuse me, can I have a doggy bag?”

  • Can I get a box?”

  • In the 1970's the term doggy bag was used to promote bringing your leftover food home to your pet.

  • But now we just use it as a general term to mean "dabou."

  • Alright so when you're ready to leave, after you've eaten and you've paid your bill and you've got your doggy bag.

  • You just simply say thank you to your server and your host and waltz out of the restaurant.

  • Hooray!

  • You've completed your first colloquial English dining experience.

  • We went over a ton of phrases today so I suggest that you write down the phrases in this video.

  • Rewatch the video so you can get some more practice.

  • And then next time you're in the restaurant, you can practice these phrases with your server.

  • If you have any questions or you want to make any comments, drop me a line below or send a message.

  • And I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

  • Now, time to go find some chocolate milk.

Today we are going to learn some common phrases you can use in a restaurant.

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Common English Phrases in a Restaurant

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    ShakesBeer posted on 2019/12/23
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