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Hi, everyone. My name is Bridget and welcome to today's lesson. The topic for this lesson is “Top 10 Must-Know Phrases for the Restaurant.” Let's get started.
“A table for three please a table for three, please.” “A table for three please a table for three, please,” you tell them the number of people that you are total so that the host can bring you to an appropriate table. “A table for two, please.” “A table for five, please.”
“Could I please see a menu.” Usually, menus are given to you as soon as you sit down at your table. But if that's not the case and you need to ask, this is a polite way to do it, “Could I please see a menu.”
“I'd like to try this dish”. When looking at a menu, hopefully, you'll find something you want to eat. “I'd like to try this dish.”
“Could you leave out the onions?” If there's an ingredient in the dish that you're ordering that you don't want, you can always ask the waiter if it could be prepared without that ingredient. So, for example, I might say, “Could I get the burger, but with no cheese?”
“Could you pass the salt?” When you're at a restaurant, especially if you're at a big table with a lot of people, you might not always be able to reach things, so you would ask, “Could you pass me the salt?” “Could you pass me the ketchup?” “Could you pass me another napkin?”
“Waiter!” A “waiter” is someone who takes your order and brings you food. In America and in many other western countries, it's more polite to call a waiter to your table by simply saying, “Excuse me.” Or, if you see another waiter walking by, but it's not your waiter, you can always say, “Excuse me, if you see our waiter could you please let them know to come to our table?”
“Is there any dairy in this dish?” This is something you would say if you have a dairy allergy, a dairy intolerance or you just don't like dairy. You're asking the waiter about the ingredients in a particular dish. I do this all the time. “Is there any cheese in this? No? Okay.” And if there is an ingredient that you don't want, for example, onions, you could say, “Are there any onions in this?” and the waiter might say, “Yes.” And if you don't want it, you could always request, “Could you leave out the onions?” “Could you prepare it without the onions, please?”
“Can we get separate checks?” This is actually something that's very common especially in America. If you might go out with a group of friends or even if you're on a date sometimes you might want to get separate checks and pay for your own things. That way, you can all pay separately just for what you yourself ordered and you won't have to worry about owing each other money or calculating off a big huge bill.
“Are there any specials today?” A “special” at a restaurant is a dish that isn't usually on the menu. It's something that's special, but it's a special that the chef is offering that day or that week or that month. So sometimes if you don't see what the specials are, you'd ask your waiter, “Excuse me, are there any specials today?”
“Could we have the bill, please?” This is how you request that the check or the bill comes to your table. “Could we get the check, please?” “Could we get the bill, please?” You're asking this to your waiter who will then bring you the check and you can pay.
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