Languages › English as a Second Language English Language Practice: Ordering at a Restaurant Share Flipboard Email Print Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Introduction Asking and Answering Questions How to Ask and Answer Simple Questions How to Ask Polite Questions How to Ask for Permission Giving and Requesting Personal Information Check Your Knowledge: Basic English Questions Greetings and Introductions Formal and Informal Greetings How to Introduce Yourself and Others Check Your Knowledge: Introductions and Greetings Numbers and Time Talking About Numbers How to Tell Time Using "How Much" and "How Many" Check Your Knowledge: "How Much" and "How Many" Telephone Conversations Important Phrases for Phone Calls Making Telephone Calls Eating Out and Shopping Eating at a Restaurant Going to a Bar Going Shopping Check Your Knowledge: Eating at a Restaurant Traveling At the Airport Asking for and Giving Directions Staying at a Hotel or Motel Check Your Knowledge: Taking a Trip Going to the Doctor Making a Doctor's Appointment Talking About Joint Pain Check Your Knowledge: Going to the Doctor ThoughtCo / Hilary Allison By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated October 29, 2019 Knowing how to order food at a restaurant is an important task for any beginner-level English learner. Here are two short dialogues to help you learn common questions and answers used at restaurants. Dining at a Restaurant Alone This dialogue includes most of the basic questions you'll need to know when going to a restaurant alone. Practice it with a friend. Waitperson: Hi. How are you doing this afternoon? Customer (you): Fine, thank you. Can I see a menu, please? Waitperson: Certainly, here you are. Customer: Thank you. What's today's special? Waitperson: Grilled tuna and cheese on rye. Customer: That sounds good. I'll have that. Waitperson: Would you like something to drink? Customer: Yes, I'd like a coke. Waitperson: Thank you. (returning with the food) Here you are. Enjoy your meal! Customer: Thank you. Waitperson: Can I get you anything else? Customer: No thanks. I'd like the check, please. Waitperson: That'll be $14.95. Customer: Here you are. Keep the change! Waitperson: Thank you! Have a good day! Customer: Goodbye. At a Restaurant With Friends Next, use this dialogue to practice speaking at a restaurant when eating with friends. The dialogue includes questions to help you choose what to eat. For this role-play, you'll need three people instead of two. Kevin: The spaghetti looks really good. Alice: It is! I had it the last time I was here. Peter: How is the pizza, Alice? Alice: It's good, but I think the pasta is better. What would you recommend? Waitperson: I'd recommend the lasagna. It's excellent! Alice: That sounds great. I'll have that. Waitperson: Fine. Would you like an appetizer? Alice: No, lasagna is more than enough for me! Kevin: I think I'll have the lasagna as well. Waitperson: Right. That's two lasagnas. Would you care for an appetizer? Kevin: Yes, I'll take the calamari. Peter: Oh, that sounds good! I can't decide between the chicken marsala and grilled fish. Waitperson: The fish is fresh, so I'd recommend that. Peter: Great. I'll have the fish. I'd also like a salad. Waitperson: What would you like to drink? Kevin: I'll have water. Alice: I'd like a beer. Peter: I'll take a glass of red wine. Waitperson: Thank you. I'll get the drinks and the appetizers. Kevin: Thank you. Key Vocabulary and Phrases Here are some key phrases used to discuss food in a restaurant when ordering and deciding on what to eat: Could I have a menu, please?Here you are.Enjoy your meal!Would you like ...Can I get you anything else?I'd like the check, please.That'll be ...Have a good day!The spaghetti/steak/chicken looks good.How is the pizza/fish/beer?What would you recommend?I'd like my steak rare/medium/well done.Are there any nuts/peanuts? My child has allergies.Do you have any vegetarian dishes?Could I have a glass of water, please?Could you tell me where the restroom is?I'd recommend the lasagna/steak/pizza.Would you care for an appetizer/a beer/a cocktail?I'd like to have a beer/steak/glass of wine.