Lessons: How to Order Food in English

How to Order Food in English

Learning how to order food is necessary if you have to go to a restaurant.

Vocabulary to Order Food in English

  1. Eggs
  2. Toast
  3. Chicken soup
  4. Salad
  5. Slice of Pizza
  6. Cheeseburger
  7. Coffee
  8. Tea
  9. Soft Drinks

Phrases to Order to Food in English

These are some common phrases to order food in English

Questions to Order Food in English

Questions to Order food in English made by the waiter

  1. Would you like to start with a drink?
  2. Would you like to taste the wine?
  3. Can I take your order?
  4. Are you ready to order?
  5. Can I get you a drink?
  6. Can I get a drink for you all?
  7. Would you all like to order a drink now?
  8. What  drinks would you like?
  9. Do you have question about the menu?
  10. Do you want the combo meal?
  11. How would you like your meat cooked?
  12. How would you like your eggs cooked

Questions made by the people who go to the restaurant

  1. What would you recommend?
  2. What are the specialities?
  3. What are today’s specials?
  4. Can we have the bill, please?
  5. Can we have the check, please?
  6. What do you have?
  7. Can we have a table for two?

Sentences useful to Order Food in English

  1. Hi, Welcome to Applebee’s
  2. I’d like a cheese pizza, please.
  3. I’m going to have the eggs and toast.
  4. I’ll get the coconut ice cream.
  5. I‘ll take the burger
  6. I’m going to take the hot chocolate
  7. That will be $8
How to Order Food in English

Lesson Plan: How to Order Food in English

Schema Activation

  • Students play a memory game with information about food served in restaurants
  • Students are shown images of food and they have to remember the food in the order they were shown.


Task #1

  1. Students are given a list of scrambled questions and statements.
  2. They unscramble the questions and statements
  3. They review the answer orally with other classmates

Task #2

  1. Students make pairs and sit in a back to back position
  2. A classmate is given column A of a matching and another student is given column B
  3. They have to talk to their partners to complete the task.

Task #3

  1. Students are given a template of a dialogue with highlighted information
  2. They analyze the dialogue and use it to have a conversation with their partners


  1. Students make groups of 3 
  2. Students grab five strips of paper with some phrases studied during the lesson.
  3. Student prepare and rehearse the dialogue
  4. They do the role play


  1. Teacher reviews some of the most common mistakes made during the first stages of the lesson
  2. Students take a quiz 
How to Talk about Food

How to Order Food in a Restaurant



  • Offering advice.
  • Making suggestions.
  • Interpreting material that contains complex sentences.

Functions and Language

Wh questions

  • What,where,
  • Which….
  • How many are you?
  • What kind of dressing?
  • Why don’t you try the pizza?
  • What would you like to order?


  • A table for two, please
  • May we sit at this table?
  • The menu, please.
  • What’s on the menu?
  • What’s Irish Stew like?
  • The steak for me, please.
  • Can you bring me the ketchup, please?
  • A salad, please.
  • I’ll have the same.



Teacher checks attendance and reviews with students the objectives of the class

Warm up

  1. Teacher asks students to stand up and he/she gives learners to phrases used by  customers and some used by the waiter or waitress.
  2. Teacher set two boxes, one for phrases used by customer and the other one used by the waiter /waitress
  3. Students read the sentence aloud and place them in the right box.


  1. Teacher asks learners to make pairs as he/ she hand in dialogue to them.
  2. Teacher asks some pairs to highlight sentences used by the waiter / waitres and other pairs to highlight common sentence and expressions used by the customer or client.
  3. Teacher asks learners to review sentences they found with their peers.


Task #1

  1. Teacher asks learners to make pairs and he gives one of the pairs column A of a matching with expressions used by clients and the other one with expressions used by the waiter or the waitress.
  2. They sit in a back to back in position, one person speaks the sentences used by the waiter and the other student has to choose from his / her options what the client or customer would  have responded

Task #2

  1. Teacher sends a Google Form survey to students.
  2. Learners open the survey and save the answers they are given

For example:

  1. What would you like to order?
  2. Steak
  3. Pasta
  4. Chicken
  5. Teacher reviews the results with other learners once all survery are submitted.


  1. Teacher divides the group into three  and ask learners to do a role-play about a restaurant situation.
  2. Teacher assign different rolesin which several waiters or waitress take orders and several clients come to the restaurant.
  3. Teacher sits down in one of the table to assess students pronunciation and grammar.
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