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12 / 07 / 2005

RESTAURANT ENGLISH-2 (ORDERING): meaning and examples

Good morning. In yesterday's Daily Vitamin we looked at some phrases for reserving or booking a table in a restaurant. When you have sat down at your table, the next step is to ask for some food. Today we will learn some typical phrases for ordering food in a restaurant. Today's verb is: to order It means: to ask for food in a restaurant. We can also use the noun form: an order. It refers to the food that you ask for. (The word order has other meanings, but today we will focus on the meaning listed above.) ORDERING IN A RESTAURANT In a restaurant, when you have looked at the menu (la carta) and you have decided what you want to eat, a waiter or waitress will take your order. They may say: Option 1) Are you ready to order? Option 2) Can I take your order? Option 3) What would you like (to order)? Option 4) What will you have?* (*We use the verb HAVE (tomar), not EAT or TAKE.) A follow-up question might be: Option 5) (Would you like) anything else? Option 6) What else would you like? You can answer with one of these functions: Option 7) I'd like... Option 8) I'll have*... Example Dialogue 1: Waiter: Are you ready to order? Customer: Yes, I'd like a green salad and roast chicken. Waiter: What would you like to drink? Customer: Perhaps I'll have some white wine. Example Dialogue 2: Waiter: What would you like to order? Customer: I think I'll have a cup of coffee and a ham sandwich. Waiter: Anything else? Customer: No, thanks. That's all. As we stated yesterday, there are other possibilities, but remembering a few of these formulaic expressions will give you the confidence to use English in your next restaurant experience. Tomorrow we will look at some phrases for asking for the bill in a restaurant. If you have any questions about this topic, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy your day!