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In restaurants and cafes

à la carte

adjective, adverb

an à la carte menu has foods that have separate prices instead of combined into a meal that costs a fixed price

all-you-can-eat

adjective

a restaurant that serves all-you-can-eat food will continue serving you as much of that food as you want for a fixed price (=price that will not increase or decrease)

bill

noun

a piece of paper that shows how much money you owe after eating in a restaurant

bill of fare

noun

a menu in a restaurant

booth

noun

a table in a restaurant enclosed by two long seats with high backs

brown-bag

verb

to bring your own alcoholic drinks with you to a restaurant that does not serve alcohol

bus

verb

to remove dirty dishes from the tables in a restaurant

BYO

abbreviation

bring your own: used by restaurants to show that they do not sell alcohol but that people can bring their own

cellar

noun

a collection of wines in a restaurant or someone’s home

check

noun

a piece of paper that you are given in a restaurant showing you how much money you owe. Another word for this is bill, which is the usual British word

corkage

noun

money that some restaurants charge you if you bring your own wine

cover

noun

a cover charge

cover

noun

a place for one person at a table in a restaurant

cover charge

noun

money added to the bill in a restaurant in addition to the cost of the food and service

diner

noun

someone who is eating a meal at a restaurant

doggy bag

noun

a bag or box that you take home from a restaurant, containing the food that you did not finish eating

du jour

adjective

offered or served today. This word is used especially on menus.

dumbwaiter

noun

a piece of equipment like a small elevator used for moving food and dishes up and down between the floors of a restaurant

menu

noun

a list of the food that is available in a restaurant, café, etc.

order

noun

food, drink, or a product that a customer has asked for

order

verb

to ask for food or drink in a restaurant or hotel

service

noun

a service charge in a restaurant

service charge

noun

an amount of money added to your check in a restaurant to help to pay the waiter

silver service

noun

a formal way of serving food, usually in a restaurant. The waiter serves food from dishes onto people’s plates.

tab

noun

a bill for the cost of a meal or for drinks that you have bought

table

noun

a table in a restaurant

table d’hôte

noun

a menu in a restaurant that offers a fixed price for meals. A menu on which each dish has a separate price is an à la carte menu.

unlicensed

adjective

an unlicensed restaurant is not allowed to sell alcoholic drinks

wait on

to serve people in a store or restaurant

wine list

noun

a list of the wines available in a restaurant

of the day

served on a particular day in a restaurant

to go

if you order food to go from a restaurant, you take it and eat it somewhere else

wait tables

to serve food to people in a restaurant or café

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