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So, at some stage in the holiday you are going to eat I hope, therefore let me give you a few phrases to use at different places to make this smoother:

Fast Food

Here, the only thing you really need to do is to go to the counter, order your food and then pay for it. That's all ~ it is that simple:

"May I take your order?"

"Yes, I’ll have a *** and an iced-tea, please."

"One *** and one iced-tea. Will that be all?"


"Will that be for here or to go?" ここか持ち帰りですか?

"For here please."

"The total comes to $5.87."

A common mistake is to answer 'yes' or 'no' when you don't know the answer. It is simple to avoid this mistake by studying and being prepared.

In most fast food restaurants, it is even easier to order a fixed meal, as you just have to say a number.

"I'll take number 2."

But the difference is that there are sizes ~

"Would you like medium, large or super-size?"

"Medium please."

Regular Restaurant


When you sit down to eat at a restaurant, remember to leave a tip. The average you should leave is 15 percent.

 After you are seated, the first thing they ask is if you would like something to drink.

"Can I get you a drink?"
"Can I get a drink for you?"

"Would you like to order a drink now?"

"What would you like to drink?"

"I'll have an orange juice."

"Water will be fine."

"Can I have a glass of water, please?"

After they bring your drinks, they will usually take your order.

"May I take your order?"

"What would you like to order?"

"Are you ready to order?"

"What would you like today?"

If you need more time, you can simply say,

"Can I/we have a couple more minutes?"

When you are ready to order, just read off the menu what you want.

"I'll take the Salisbury steak with mixed vegetables."

Requesting the Bill

Most places will come by when you are eating and ask if everything is alright. Some of the things they might say are:

"How is everything?"

"Is everything ok?"

"How is your dinner?"

"How is your lunch?"

"Do you need anything else?"

When you are almost done with your meal, they might ask if you want some dessert.

"Would you like dessert today?"

"Would you like to see the dessert menu?"
"Would you like to order any dessert?"

"Any dessert for you today?"

"Would you like to hear our dessert special?"

If you are finished and want your bill, you can look for the server, make eye contact and raise your hand. When they come by, simply ask for the bill.

"Can I have my check?"

"Can I have my bill?"

"I'm ready for my bill."

"I would like my check please."

Fine Dining

Finally, these types of restaurants take reservations. Here is an example of making a reservation through the phone.

"Hello, 'Restaurant Special', how may I help you today?"

"I would like to make a reservation."

"What day did you want (would you like) to come in?"

"This Friday at 7:00pm."

"We have a table at 7:15. Will that be acceptable?"


"May I have your name, please?"

"George Sugimoto ~ that's S U G I M O T O."

"I have reserved a table for Mr. Sugimoto on Friday at 7:15. Is there anything else I can do for you?"

"That will be all."

"Thank you for calling."

"Thank you. Good bye."
"Good bye."

When you arrive at restaurant, you can tell them that you have a reservation.

"Hello, I have a reservation at 7:15 for George Sugimoto."

"Oh, yes. Mr. Sugimoto, your table will be ready in just a moment. You can wait right over there."

Bon appetite ... ;-)

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