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In restaurants and cafes

à la carte

adjective, adverb

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

bill

noun

a piece of paper that shows how much money you owe after eating in a restaurant. The usual American word is check

bill of fare

noun

a menu in a restaurant

booth

noun

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

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

the bill in a restaurant

corkage

noun

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

cover

noun

a place for one person at a table in a restaurant

cover

noun

a cover charge

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.

dumb waiter

noun

a piece of equipment like a small lift used for moving food and dishes up and down between the floors of the kitchen and dining area of a restaurant

luncheon voucher

noun

a piece of paper given by an employer that can be used for buying lunch in some restaurants and shops

menu

noun

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

off

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying that something is not available in a restaurant

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

servery

noun

an area of a restaurant where you get food to take back to your table

service

noun

a service charge in a restaurant

service charge

noun

an amount of money added to your bill 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 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 at table/on tables

to serve food to people in a restaurant or café

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