A restaurant is a business which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money, either paid before the meal, after the meal, or with an open account. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services, and some only offer take-out and delivery.
|A seat the customers||1 hostess||7 booster seat||13 salad bar|
|B pour the water||2 host||8 menu||14 dining room|
|C take the order||3 diner/patron/customer||9 bread basket||15 kitchen|
|D serve the meal||4 booth||10 bus person||16 chef|
|5 table||11 waitress/server|
|6 high chair||12 waiter/server|
|E clear the table||17 dishroom||23 salad plate||31 napkin|
|F pay the check||18 dishwasher||24 bread-and-butter plate||silverware|
|G leave a tip||19 tray||25 dinner plate||32 salad fork|
|H set the table||20 dessert cart||26 soup bowl||33 dinner fork|
|21 check||27 water glass||34 knife|
|22 tip||28 wine glass||35 teaspoon|
|29 cup||36 soup spoon|
|30 saucer||37 butter knife|
A restaurant’s proprietor is called a restaurateur like ‘restaurant’, this derives from the French verb restaurer, meaning “to restore”. Professional cooks are called chefs, with there being various finer distinctions (e.g. sous-chef, chef de partie). Most restaurants (other than fast food restaurants and cafeterias) will have various waiting staff to serve food, beverages and alcoholic drinks, including busboys who remove used dishes and cultery. In finer restaurants, this may include a host or hostess, a maître d’hôtel to welcome customers and to seat them, and a sommelier or wine waiter to help patrons select wines.
A. Would you like a booth?
B. Yes, please.
A. Hello. My name is Julie, and I’ll be your waitress this evening.
A. This restaurant has a wonderful salad bar.
B. I agree.