How to Order in a Restaurant

The following are some guidelines on how to order food and drinks in a restaurant in English.

After you are seated, the first thing the server will ask is if you want something to drink:

“Can I get you a drink?”
“Can I get a drink for you?”
“Would you like to order a drink now?”
“Can I get a drink started for you?”
“What would you like to drink?”

You can answer:

“Can I have a glass of water?”
“I’ll take a coke.”
“I’ll have an orange juice.”
“Water will be fine.”

After the server brings out your drinks, he/she will take your order:

“May I take your order?”
“What would you like to order?”
“Are you ready to order?”
“What would you like today?”

If you need more time, you can simply say,

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