Practical English – Ordering at a Restaurant

Practical English - Ordering at a Restaurant Espresso English

Laura and Emily are going out for dinner

Listen to this dialog between Emily, Laura, and the waitress and practice repeating each phrase. The audio is real English at natural speed – so if you can understand it, you’ll be OK to order a meal in a restaurant in English!

Waitress: Good evening, are you ready to order?

Laura: Can you give us a few more minutes?


Emily: What are today’s specials?

Waitress: Today we have vegetarian lasagna, New York strip steak, and baked salmon with a creamy herb sauce.

Emily: That sounds good – I’ll have the salmon.

Waitress: That comes with a choice of rice, baked potato, or french fries.

Emily: Baked potato, please.

Waitress: And for you, ma’am?

Laura: I’ll have the grilled chicken and a small caesar salad.

Waitress: Anything to drink?

Laura: Two glasses of red wine, please.

Waitress: OK. I’ll be back with your drinks in a minute.


The waitress brings the food to the table.

Waitress: Here you go! Can I get you anything else?

Laura: Yes, could you bring us some ketchup?

Waitress: Sure!


Waitress: Would you like to see the dessert menu?

Emily: No, thanks. Could we have the check please?