Languages › Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary: Restaurant Dining Ask For the Waiter or Place an Order Using These New Words Share Flipboard Email Print Mandarin Vocabulary Mandarin History and Culture Pronunciation Understanding Chinese Characters By Qiu Gui Su Chinese Language Expert Qiu Gui Su is a native Mandarin speaker who has taught Mandarin Chinese for over 20 years. our editorial process Qiu Gui Su Updated April 27, 2017 Chinese food is popular world-wide, but nothing beats the real deal. If you travel to China or Taiwan, you will undoubtedly want to sample the fabulous cuisine. There is a range of Michelin star restaurants like Ryugin Taipei in Taipei or T'ang Court in Shanghai. Of course, there are also more affordable but equally as delicious restaurants, eating halls, and food stalls that are scattered throughout. This list of restaurant dining vocabulary will help you communicate with waiting staff so you can express any dietary preferences. That way you can order a dish that you will enjoy! Or do you need another pair of chopsticks or an extra napkin? You can ask for these items after learning these new words. Click on the link in the Pinyin column to hear the audio file. General Terms English Pinyin Traditional Simplified restaurant cān tīng 餐廳 餐厅 waiter / waitress fú wù yuán 服務员 服务员 menu cài dān 菜單 菜单 beverage yǐn liào 飲料 饮料 get the check mǎi dān 買單 买单 Utensils English Pinyin Traditional Simplified spoon tāng chí 湯匙 汤匙 fork chā zi 叉子 " knife dāo zi 刀子 " chopsticks kuài zi 筷子 " napkin cān jīn 餐巾 " glass / cup bēi zi 杯子 " bowl wǎn 碗 " plate pán zi 盤子 盘子 Dietary Restrictions English Pinyin Traditional Simplified I am vegetarian. Wǒ chī sù. 我吃素｡ " I cannot eat… Wǒ bùnéng chī … 我不能吃… " Food Items and Ingredients English Pinyin Traditional Simplified salt yán 鹽 盐 MSG wèi jīng 味精 " pork zhū ròu 豬肉 猪肉 spicy food là 辣 " sugar táng 糖 " Here is some more vocabulary for Chinese food. Sentence Examples Now that you have learned these new Mandarin vocabulary words, let's put them together. Here are a few sentences you may often hear in a restaurant. You can try saying them yourself or use create your own sentences. Fúwùyuán, wǒ kěyǐ zài ná yīshuāng kuàizi ma?服務員，我可以再拿一雙筷子嗎？服务员，我可以再拿一双筷子吗？Waiter, can I get another pair of chopsticks? Wǒ bùyào wèijīng。我不要味精。I don't want MSG. Wǒ hěn xǐhuan chī zhūròu!我很喜歡吃豬肉!我很喜欢吃猪肉!I really like to eat pork! Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Su, Qiu Gui. "Chinese Vocabulary: Restaurant Dining." ThoughtCo, Jan. 29, 2020, thoughtco.com/restaurant-vocabulary-2279645. Su, Qiu Gui. (2020, January 29). Chinese Vocabulary: Restaurant Dining. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/restaurant-vocabulary-2279645 Su, Qiu Gui. "Chinese Vocabulary: Restaurant Dining." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/restaurant-vocabulary-2279645 (accessed October 25, 2021). copy citation Learning Mandarin Chinese Neng, Keyi, Hui Chinese Food Vocabulary Laoshi - Daily Mandarin Lesson How to Say "And" in Chinese "Rice"; "Food"; "Meal" in Chinese Why Mandarin Chinese is easier than you think Using Verb Tenses in Chinese Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Happy" in Chinese Mandarin Chinese Dialogue for Beginners Ten English Words Borrowed From Chinese The Fundamentals of Chinese New Year The Most Common Mandarin Chinese Words Phrases for Ordering Food Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Busy" in Chinese How to Ask and Answer the Question "Can You Speak Chinese?"