"Welcome to (name of outlet), Mr./s (name of guest)".
"This way please, Mr./s (name of guest)"
"Would you like to sit at the bar for an aperitif first or would you prefer to go straight to your table, Mr./s (name of guest)?"
"With pleasure Mr./s (name of guest), this way please"
"Would you prefer a smoking or a non-smoking section of the restaurant, Mr./s (name of guest)?"
"Please Mr./s (name of guest), are you comfortably seated?"
"Would you like me to bring a high chair Mr./s (name of guest)?"
"Waiter would take your order right away, Mr./s (name of guest)"
"Please enjoy your (meal) Mr./s (name of guest)"
Shall is used mostly in questions shall I…? shall we…?
We use shall I…? shall we…? to ask somebody’s opinion (in offers and suggestions)
Shall I take your coats? (=Do you want me to take your coats?)
PRESENTING THE MENU & TAKING FOOD ORDER.
"Good (time of the day), Mr./s (name of guest), I am (name of staff), your (headwaiter or waiter)".
"Welcome to our... (name of theme) evening, / day Mr./s... (Name of the guest)".
"Would you care for an aperitif, Mr./s (name of guest)?"
"Please allow me to present you our (name of theme menu/menu of the day) Mr./s (name of guest)".
"May I leave you to look at the menu, Mr./s (name of guest)? I will be back for your order in a short while."
"Mr/s (name of guest), I do apologize, unfortunately we do no have (name of item) today"
"Mr/s (name of guest), are you ready to place your order?"
"May I recommend the specialty of the day (name of dish)?"
"May I repeat your order, please Mr/s... (name of guest)? Mrs (name of guest), you have ordered (chosen menu), and Mr... (name of guest) you have ordered (chosen menu)".
"Thank you Mr/s (name of guest), have a pleasant (time of the day)."
Describing the menu
"The dish of the day" / "daily special" = what the restaurant is featuring.
"What's the dish of the day?"
"It's the chef's omelette."
"set menu" = a menu where the starter, main course and dessert are chosen by the restaurant.
"a la carte" = where you choose what you want to eat from the menu.
Asking for a description of the food
"What is 'fisherman's pie' exactly?"
"Is this dish vegetarian?"
"What's in spaghetti vongole?"
"Does this dish come with any vegetables?"
"Can you tell me how this dish is prepared?"
"It's a meat dish, garnished with parsley."
A garnish is something that is served with the food, not mixed in.
"It's topped with cheese."
Topped is something that goes on top of the food.
"It's served with a side salad."
Side salad is salad served in a bowl or separate plate.
Sauces can be cheesy (made with cheese), savoury (not sweet), creamy (smooth), spicy (made with chilli peppers) or delicate (a subtle, rather than strong taste).
Desserts can be rich (very filling with a strong taste, like chocolate gateau), light (not heavy in taste or texture, like a sorbet), tangy (with a sharp taste of lemon or orange, like a lemon pie), or fruity (made with fruit, like trifle).
Ordering in a restaurant – things waiters say
"Are you ready to order yet?"
"Have you decided what you are having?"
"Would you like anything to drink with your meal?"
"Can I recommend the chef's special?"
Ordering in a restaurant – things customers say
"We'd like a little longer, please."
"Could you give us a couple more minutes?"
"We really can't decide. Can you advise us?"
At the restaurant
1) The waiter
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.
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