Lesson 12: Dining Out


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Dining Out. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Gina are at a seafood restaurant.

Waiter: Good evening. Do you have a reservation with us today?
Kevin: Yes, under the name Kevin, for two.
Waiter: Right this way, sir.
Kevin: Could I have the menu, please?
Waiter: Certainly. Here is the menu, and a separate menu for drinks. Would you like some water to start with? Still or sparkling?
Kevin: We will start with two glasses of still water first. Do you have any specials for today?
Waiter: Our specials are clay pot cod and pan seared salmon. I would recommend tuna tartare for an appetizer if you are a fan of tuna.
Kevin: That sounds very good. We’ll just start with that then.
Waiter: Excellent choice. Would you like to order your entree now?
Kevin: Give us a few more minutes to take a look at the menu. Thanks.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition Example
eat out to eat at a restaurant We love to eat out on special occasions.
have a reservation with ~ already made a reservation at a restaurant Under which name do you have your reservation with Hyatt?
menu (for food/drinks) a list of the foods that may be ordered at a restaurant Can I see the wine menu?
still water (tap water) regular water We can drink tap water in California.
sparkling water carbonated water Perrier is famous for its sparkling water.
specials a meal that is not on a restaurant’s usual menu Today’s special is sautéed mushrooms.
specialty something that a person or place is known for making or producing very well Buttermilk pie is a Southern specialty.
appetizer/starter a small dish of food served before the main part of a meal Empanada is a common Colombian appetizer.
entrée the main dish of a meal especially in a restaurant We had steak as an entrée.
take a look at ~ I need to take a look at the price before I decide to buy that dress.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Do you have a reservation with us?
    1. Under Kim, for five.
    2. No, we don’t, but is there a table for three?
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  2. Are you ready to order? (May I take your order?)
    1. I need a few more minutes.
    2. I can’t decide. Do you have any specials today?
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  3. Would you like anything to drink?
    1. Could you give me a recommendation for a glass of wine?
    2. Just tap water would be fine.
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  4. How is your food? Are we still working here?
    1. The food is delicious. Thank you.
    2. I think we’re mostly done. May I have a box to go?
    3. Your answer:_______________________________
  5. How would you like to pay?
    1. Just put everything on this card.
    2. Could you split the bill evenly?
    3. Your answer:_______________________________


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like dining out?
  2. Do you like Western food?
  3. What food do you usually order at a restaurant?
  4. What is your favorite beverage?
  5. Do you have a favorite restaurant you go to often?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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