At a restaurant

During the meal

If you'd like to get the waiter's attention, the most polite way is simply to say:

excuse me!

Here are some other phrases you may hear or wish to use during your meal:

enjoy your meal!
bon appétit!
would you like to taste the wine?
could we have …?
another bottle of wine
some more bread
some more milk
a jug of tap water
some water
still or sparkling?
would you like any coffee or dessert?
do you have any desserts?
could I see the dessert menu?
was everything alright?
thanks, that was delicious


this isn't what I ordered
this food's cold
this is too salty
this doesn't taste right
we've been waiting a long time
is our meal on its way?
will our food be long?

Paying the bill

the bill, please
could we have the bill, please?
can I pay by card?
do you take credit cards?
is service included?
can we pay separately?
I'll get this
let's split it
let's share the bill

Things you might see

Please wait to be seated
Service included
Service not included

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