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.

the restaurant

the restaurant

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

restaurant

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

Restaurant staff
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.

Conversation

A. Would you like a booth?
B. Yes, please.

A. Hello. My name is Julie, and I’ll be your waitress this evening.
B. Hello.

A. This restaurant has a wonderful salad bar.
B. I agree.