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Hi, everybody! Welcome back to Top Words, my name is Alisha, and today we're gonna be talking about the top 10 must know vocabulary for restaurants. So, let's eat!
1. waiter
The first word is waiter. Waiter, or waitress, or waitstaff, these are the people who bring you your food and take your orders. In a sentence, your waiter will be with you in a moment.
2. menu
The next word is menu. Menu is the piece of paper, or the document, the thing that's on your table or near your table that has a description of all the food you can eat at that restaurant.
In a sentence, can I have the menu, please?
3. order
The next word is order. Order, you can use this as a noun or as a verb, you can say to order something, or where is my order.
In a sentence, I would like to order two steaks, three hamburgers, four beers, a large pizza, and a piece of chocolate cake to go. to my home
4. water
The next word is waters. In American restaurants, you usually get water for free. I noticed when I traveled in Europe, you had to pay for water at restaurants, that was interesting.
In a sentence, American restaurants usually give you a glass of water without having to ask.
5. dessert
The next word is desserts. Dessert is the sweet stuff, the sweet, of course, all the sweet foods that come after the main part of the meal.
In a sentence, can we see the dessert menu?
6. chef
Chef is the leader of the kitchen, the person that is cooking the food. In fancy restaurants, the chef is, like, the one who is running the operation, the manager of everything. There are different levels of chef in the kitchen.
In a sentence, you can say, please give my compliments to the chef.
7. fast food
The next word is fast food. Fast food is anything that's quick. Popular examples in America: McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Jack-in-the-box… So those are all fast-food restaurants, you get in and you get out very very quickly, they don't have a reputation for being very healthy.
In a sentence, I try to eat fast food as rarely as possible.
8. bill
The next word is bill. You might also hear check, bill and check mean the total of your meal, how much your dining experience cost you is the bill or the check. A bill comes before you have paid, a receipt is the piece of paper you get after you have paid, the receipt shows/confirms you have paid money. The bill is the request for money, that's the difference between bill or check and receipt.
In a sentence, usually you say, can I have the bill, please?
Or, can I have the check, please?
9. delicious
Delicious means something that tastes good. We have many variations on delicious, we say delicious, good, yum, yummy, fantastic, great, and so on. It's kind of strange to me to say “this is delicious,” I usually just say “this is good” or “this is really good.” Something like that is a bit more natural than delicious.
In a sentence, my dinner today was delicious.
10. main course
Main course, it's often, like, a meat dish, actually, like, roast something, or I don't know… it's also called the entrée, maybe it's a really fancy pasta dish in some cases, I don't know.
In a sentence, for the main course, our specials are chicken and zucchini and curry.
That's the end! So those are 10 words that you can use in a restaurant. I think they're very useful when traveling, actually. So try to keep them in mind the next time you go out to eat. Thanks very much. Bye!


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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word or phrase do you like the most?

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Wednesday at 04:34 PM
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Hello Hoda,

Thanks for taking the time to write to us!

After you're finished your dinner, you could say to the waitress "Excuse me, would you mind clearing our table?"

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Sunday at 01:53 PM
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If I want the waiter to remove the empty dishes ...how can I say that politely. Would you please mention to the phrases I could use after finishing up mu dinner and I want the table to be cleaned.

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Hi Asmaa,

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Thanks ,Cheers,Eva😍😍😍

Thursday at 06:26 PM
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Hello Asmaa,

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Thursday at 02:55 AM
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Hi,all these word I knew it before ,in spite of when the waiter took me I just get confused or don't understood ,you know this my problem every where ,I can't speak directly ,I'm feeling up set about this problem because I know many vaucab,so in English 101 Iwant just to listen to teachers. That is why I don't write more comments I focus to listening.