ESL Restaurant Dialogues

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

This lesson provides you with restaurant dialogue samples that will help ESL students grasp language needed to dine out using the English language. Each dialogue can be used to practice any of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Introducing Restaurant Dialogue to ESL Students

When teaching ESL students about terms and conversation commonly used in restaurants, you can spark interest in the subject by discussing the importance of knowing how to conduct a conversation in a restaurant. For instance, restaurant interactions can lead to misunderstandings, like wrong orders and mishaps concerning food allergies.

It's also helpful to engage students by asking them to name some of the many dialogue possibilities that can occur in a restaurant. For example, two cooks in the kitchen might have dialogue about the best way to prepare food. This discussion will elicit responses such as: dialogue between a customer and the waiter/waitress, between the manager and a customer, between the customer and hostess taking a reservation over the phone, and so forth.

Restaurant Dialogue Examples

After introducing the topic to the class, you can provide students with examples of restaurant dialogue. The examples below cover some of the more common situations students may encounter as a patron of a restaurant. Print out dialogue and have students perform in front of the class, or separate the class into groups that can practice the dialogue among themselves.

Ordering a Meal

Waiter/Waitress: Good morning! / Good afternoon! / Good evening! Are you ready to order?

Customer 1: I am! I'll have the filet mignon and a Coke.

Waiter/Waitress: Great! (Waiter/waitress looks toward Customer 2.) How about you?

Customer 2: I would like the fish and chips.

Waiter/Waitress: One fish and chips. Anything to drink?

Customer 2: Water from the tap is good for me.

Waiter/Waitress: Water it is. (Waiter/waitress looks toward Customer 3.) And you?

Customer 3: Does the chicken roll come with cheese?

Waiter/Waitress: It does. It comes with Parmesan cheese.

Customer 3: I am allergic to cheese! Please, have the cook remove the cheese!

Waiter/Waitress: Not a problem. I will make sure to tell the cook. Anything to drink?

Customer 3: A lemonade, please.

Waiter/Waitress: Great! Let me go over your order now: one filet mignon with a Coke, one fish and chips and water from the tap, and one chicken roll with no Parmesan cheese plus a lemonade. Does that sound right?

All customers: Sounds good! / Correct! / That's it!

Waiter/Waitress: I will place your orders right now and will be back shortly with your drinks. Thank you.

Ordering Take-Out

Host/Hostess: Good morning sir/madam. How can I help you?

Customer: May I see the take-out menu?

Host/Hostess: Absolutely! Here it is. We have a promotional offer for take-out orders over $25. You get free dessert, and the choices are lemon cheesecake, chocolate cake, and apple strudel.

Customer: That sounds great! I would like to order two quesadillas, one burrito, and two enchiladas. I will take the chocolate cake from the promotional offer.

Host/Hostess: Great sir/madam! Any drinks?

Customer: Not this time, thank you.

Host/Hostess: Okay. I will repeat your order to make sure it's all correct. You would like two quesadillas, one burrito, and two enchiladas. You will also take the chocolate cake as part of the promotional offer. Is this correct?

Customer: Yes, it is. How long will it take?

Host/Hostess: Between ten and fifteen minutes, sir/madam. Would you like to pay with cash, debit card, or credit card?

Customer: Credit card this time. (Customer hands host/hostess a credit card.)

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