Here are some useful phrases to use if you work in a restaurant and are serving English speaking clients:
Getting customers seated - first you will need to check if customers have a reservation or not
Good morning/afternoon/evening, welcome to *name of restaurant*
Do you have a reservation?
What name is the reservation under?
How many people would you like a table for?
Your table isn't ready yet, would you like to have a seat at the bar and have a drink?
It's going to be a 15 minute wait for a table, is that ok?
*Name of the customer* your table is ready, please follow me.
Please follow me to your table.
Can I take your jackets/coats please?
Once customers are seated
Here is a menu.
Would you like to see the wine list?
Would you like to see the cocktail menu?
Tonights specials are...
What can I get you to drink?
Are you ready to order?
Do you need more time to decide?
What can I get you?
Would you like me to recommend something to suit your taste?
*Name of dish* is particularly good, I would recommend it.
Would you like to see a dessert menu?
Can I get you a coffee or aperitif?
Is there anything else I can get you?
Would you like the bill?
Are you paying by cash or card?
One moment I will just get the card machine.
Are you paying together or separately?
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