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SMALL TALK / Restaurants and Eating Out

Entertaining clients, colleagues or friends, attending functions or informal evenings at restaurants is a common part of most people’s lives. It may be that you attend as a guest or as the host of a formal or informal meeting at a restaurant.
In most restaurants there will be two or three different menus. The meals will be presented on the main menu, the wine list will have all the different drinks that the establishment has to offer and the dessert menu (if not included in the main menu) will give the choices for desserts, coffee and tea.
Many restaurants will have a special of the day, so it is a good idea to either ask the waiter or waitress what the specials are before ordering.
Be sure to let the waiter or waitress know if you need a vegetarian meal for yourself or for one of your guests.
It is normal that the waitress or waiter will ask what you would like to drink first, then what you would like for entrée and finally what you would like for the main meal. Desserts and coffee are usually ordered after the main meal is finished.

When ordering a drink or meal use one of the following phrases:

  • ‘I would like to have the chicken confit for my main meal and a glass of reisling please.’

  • ‘Can I please have the halibut for entrée, the steak for main please?’

  • ‘For starters I would like the grilled vegetables and then for main I want the beef please.’

    If you would like the bill to be brought to the table at the end of the meal simply say something like: (It is also possible to signal the waiter or waitress by holding both hands in the air and pretending to sign one hand with the other. This gesture is understood in most western countries.)

  • ‘Can I have the bill please?’

  • ‘We would like to settle the bill.’ (bill - U.K. English)

  • ‘Check please.’ (check - U.S. English)

    (U.K. English)

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