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by Dania Ghraoui

02 Oct, 2023 . 5 mins read

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Arabic Phrases at the Restaurant

In our Arabic for Everyday series, we look at the essential language needed for everyday situations. In previous blogs, we learned Arabic phrases at the workplace and when shopping. Today, we focus on Arabic phrases at the restaurant. Dining out in an Arabic-speaking country can be a delight, filled with the aroma of spices and the taste of tasty dishes. 

But to fully appreciate and enjoy your journey, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with some key Arabic phrases that will make your restaurant experience memorable and special. 

In this blog post, we’ll share 13 must-know Arabic phrases that will help you communicate with waitstaff and savor every bite of your delicious meal.

Arabic Phrases at the Restaurant

 

1. لَدَى حَجْزٌ، مِنْ فَضْلِكَ

Ladá ḥajzun, min faḍlika (I have a reservation, please.)

First of all, as you arrive at a restaurant and you want to check a pre-booked reservation, you can use the phrase “لديّ حجز، من فضلك” (I have a reservation, please).

 

2. أُرِيدُ طَاوِلَةً لِثَلَاثَةِ أَشْخَاصٍ، مِنْ فَضْلِكَ

Urīdu ṭāwilatan lithalāthati ashkhāṣin, min faḍlika (I’d like a table for 3 people, please.

When asking for a table, you can say: “أريد طاولة لثلاثة أشخاص” and you can simply replace the number ثلاثة as needed to accommodate your group size.

 

3. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي رُؤْيَةُ قَائِمَةِ اَلطَّعَامِ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī ruʼyatu qāʼimati aalṭṭaʻāmi min faḍlika? (Can I see the menu, please?)

Next, we have a polite question: هل يمكنني رؤية قائمة الطعام من فضلك؟ (Can I see the menu, please?) This polite request will help you gain access to the restaurant’s menu and explore its offerings.

 

4. هَلْ لَدَيْكُمْ أَطْبَاقٌ خَاصَّةٌ اَلْيَوْم؟

Hal ladaykum aṭbāqun khāṣṣatun aalyawm? (Do you have any specials today?)

In order to inquire about the restaurant’s daily specials or unique dishes, you can use the question: “هل لديكم أطباق خاصة اليوم؟” (Do you have any specials today?)

 

5. أَنَا نَبَاتِيٌّ

Anā nabātīyun (I am vegetarian/vegan)

And in case you want to inform the waiter of your dietary preferences, you can use “أنا نباتي” (I am vegetarian/vegan).

 

6. أَوَدُّ طَلَبَ سَلَطَةِ ذُرَة

Awaddu ṭalaba salaṭati dhurah (I would like to order a corn salad)

Use this structure أود طلب سلطة ذرة to order any dish by replacing “سلطة ذرة” with the name of the desired meal.

 

7. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى كَأْسِ مَاءٍ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá kaʼsi māʼin min faḍlika? (Can I have a glass of water, please?)

In order for you to stay hydrated you can politely request a glass of water using the question هل يمكنني الحصول على كأس ماء من فضلك؟ (Can I have a glass of water, please?).

 

8. عُذْرًا ، هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى اَلْمَزِيدِ مِنْ اَلْخُبْزِ؟

ʻUdhran, hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá aalmazīdi min aalkhubzi? (Excuse me, can I have some more bread?)

Sometimes, you feel the need to ask for additional servings or accompaniments. So you can use this question.

 

9. اَلطَّعَامُ لَذِيذٌ

Aalṭṭaʻāmu ladhīdhun (The food is delicious)

After you are done with the meal, you can express your satisfaction with the meal and show appreciation for the chef’s efforts by using the sentence: الطعام لذيذ (The food is/was delicious).

 

10. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي أَنْ آخُذَ اَلْبَاقِي مَعِي مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī an ākhudha aalbāqī maʻī min faḍlika? (Can I take the rest to go, please?)

I am sure all of us make sure no leftovers go to waste, so in order to request a takeout container for any remaining food, use this question: هل يمكنني أن آخذ الباقي معي من فضلك؟ (Can I take the rest to go, please?)

 

11. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى اَلْفَاتُورَةِ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá aalfātūrati min faḍlika? (Can I have the bill, please? )

When you’re ready to wrap up your meal, ask for the bill using this polite phrase هل يمكنني الحصول على الفاتورة من فضلك؟ (Can I have the bill, please?)

 

12. شُكْرًا ، كَانَتْ اَلْخِدْمَةُ رَائِعَةً

Shukran, kānat aalkhidmatu rāʼiʻatan (Thank you, the service was great.)

Another useful phrase that can show your appreciation for the attentive service provided by the restaurant staff is شكراً، كانت الخدمة رائعة (Thank you, the service was great).

 

13. هَلْ تَقْبَلُونَ بِطَاقَاتِ اَلِائْتِمَانِ؟

Hal taqbalūna biṭāqāti aaliāʼtimāni? (Do you accept credit cards?)

Finally, when you want to inquire about payment methods to ensure a smooth and hassle-free checkout, use the question هل تقبلون بطاقات الائتمان؟ (Do you accept credit cards?).

 

Now that we’ve gone through the 13 must-know Arabic phrases for a seamless restaurant experience, let’s put them into action. To help you visualize how these phrases can be applied in real-life situations, we’ve created two scenarios that cover the entire dining process from arrival to departure. These examples will demonstrate how the phrases can be used to communicate effectively with the waitstaff, navigate through the menu, and enjoy your meal in any Arabic-speaking country. 

Real-Life Scenarios

Making an order

1. Ordering dinner at an Arabic restaurant

 

Customer: (Enters the restaurant) أريد طاولة لثلاثة أشخاص، من فضلك. (I’d like a table for 3 people, please.)

Waiter: تفضلوا، هذه طاولتكم. (Here’s your table.)

Customer: شكرًا. هل يمكنني رؤية قائمة الطّعام من فضلك؟ (Can I see the menu, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع، ها هي قائمة الطّعام. (Of course, here’s the menu.)

Customer: هل لديكم أطباقٌ خاصّةٌ اليوم؟ (Do you have any specials today?)

Waiter: نعم، لدينا كبسة الدّجاج اليوم. (Yes, we have Chicken Kabsa today.)

Customer: لا أستطيع تناول اللّحوم، أنا نباتي. (I can’t eat meat, I am vegetarian.)

Waiter: لا مشكلة، أقترح عليك تجربة سلطة الخُضارأو المقلوبة بالخضروات. (No problem, I can recommend Fattoush salad or Vegetable Maqluba.)

Customer: حسنًا، أودُّ طلب سلطة الخُضار والمقلوبة بالخضروات. (OK, I would like to order Fattoush salad and Vegetable Maqluba.)

Waiter: طبعًا، هل ترغب في شيء آخر؟ (Sure, would you like anything else?)

Customer: هل يمكنني الحصول على كأس ماء من فضلك؟ (Can I have a glass of water, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع. سأحضر طلبكم حالًا. (Of course, I’ll bring your order shortly.)

 

2. Wrapping up the meal and paying

 

Customer: عذرًا، هل يمكنني الحصول على المزيد من الخبز؟ (Excuse me, can I have some more bread?)

Waiter: بالتّأكيد، سأحضر لكم المزيد من الخبز. (Certainly, I’ll bring you more bread.)

Customer: شكرًا، الطّعام لذيذ. (Thank you, the food is delicious.)

Waiter: أشكركم على تعليقكم الإيجابي. هل ترغبون بتناول الحلوى؟ (Thank you for your positive feedback. Would you like to have dessert?)

Customer: لا شكرًا. هل يمكنني أن آخذ الباقي معي من فضلك؟ (No, thank you. Can I take the rest to go, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع سأضعه في علبة وأحضره لكم

معكم. (Of course, I’ll bring a container for you to take the leftovers.)

Customer: شكرًا. هل يمكنني الحصول على الفاتورة من فضلك؟ (Can I have the bill, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع، هذه الفاتورة. (Of course, here’s the bill.)

Customer: هل تقبلون بطاقات الائتمان؟ (Do you accept credit cards?)

Waiter: نعم، نقبل بطاقات الائتمان. (Yes, we accept credit cards.)

Customer: (Pays the bill) شكرًا، كانت الخدمة رائعة. (Thank you, the service was great.)

Waiter: شكرًا لكم على زيارتكم ونتمنى رؤيتكم مجددًا. (Thank you for dining with us, and we hope to see you again.)

 

In conclusion, learning these 13 essential Arabic phrases will transform your dining experience in Arabic-speaking countries into an enjoyable and hassle-free affair. You will be able to order your meal, express gratitude, and engage in meaningful conversations with locals.

Remember, the more you use these phrases, the more confident and proficient you’ll become. To help you have more practice and check the new information you learned, we have created a Quiz that will test your knowledge and provide you with a chance to exercise. 

Last but not least, we invite you to check our Planner which you can use to speed up your learning journey. This planner offers a rich 30-page worksheet accompanied by over 200 practical exercises and activities. It will serve as a powerful tool to back your acquired knowledge and newly learned language and push your learning journey forward with tons of practice opportunities.

We wish you the best of luck on your next restaurant outing and would like to tell you: bon appétit, or as we say in Arabic, بالهناء والشفاء “bil hana’ wa ash-shifaa’!”

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Arabic Phrases at the Restaurant

In our Arabic for Everyday series, we look at the essential language needed for everyday situations. In previous blogs, we learned Arabic phrases at the workplace and when shopping. Today, we focus on Arabic phrases at the restaurant. Dining out in an Arabic-speaking country can be a delight, filled with the aroma of spices and the taste of tasty dishes. 

But to fully appreciate and enjoy your journey, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with some key Arabic phrases that will make your restaurant experience memorable and special. 

In this blog post, we’ll share 13 must-know Arabic phrases that will help you communicate with waitstaff and savor every bite of your delicious meal.

Arabic Phrases at the Restaurant

 

1. لَدَى حَجْزٌ، مِنْ فَضْلِكَ

Ladá ḥajzun, min faḍlika (I have a reservation, please.)

First of all, as you arrive at a restaurant and you want to check a pre-booked reservation, you can use the phrase “لديّ حجز، من فضلك” (I have a reservation, please).

 

2. أُرِيدُ طَاوِلَةً لِثَلَاثَةِ أَشْخَاصٍ، مِنْ فَضْلِكَ

Urīdu ṭāwilatan lithalāthati ashkhāṣin, min faḍlika (I’d like a table for 3 people, please.

When asking for a table, you can say: “أريد طاولة لثلاثة أشخاص” and you can simply replace the number ثلاثة as needed to accommodate your group size.

 

3. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي رُؤْيَةُ قَائِمَةِ اَلطَّعَامِ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī ruʼyatu qāʼimati aalṭṭaʻāmi min faḍlika? (Can I see the menu, please?)

Next, we have a polite question: هل يمكنني رؤية قائمة الطعام من فضلك؟ (Can I see the menu, please?) This polite request will help you gain access to the restaurant’s menu and explore its offerings.

 

4. هَلْ لَدَيْكُمْ أَطْبَاقٌ خَاصَّةٌ اَلْيَوْم؟

Hal ladaykum aṭbāqun khāṣṣatun aalyawm? (Do you have any specials today?)

In order to inquire about the restaurant’s daily specials or unique dishes, you can use the question: “هل لديكم أطباق خاصة اليوم؟” (Do you have any specials today?)

 

5. أَنَا نَبَاتِيٌّ

Anā nabātīyun (I am vegetarian/vegan)

And in case you want to inform the waiter of your dietary preferences, you can use “أنا نباتي” (I am vegetarian/vegan).

 

6. أَوَدُّ طَلَبَ سَلَطَةِ ذُرَة

Awaddu ṭalaba salaṭati dhurah (I would like to order a corn salad)

Use this structure أود طلب سلطة ذرة to order any dish by replacing “سلطة ذرة” with the name of the desired meal.

 

7. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى كَأْسِ مَاءٍ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá kaʼsi māʼin min faḍlika? (Can I have a glass of water, please?)

In order for you to stay hydrated you can politely request a glass of water using the question هل يمكنني الحصول على كأس ماء من فضلك؟ (Can I have a glass of water, please?).

 

8. عُذْرًا ، هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى اَلْمَزِيدِ مِنْ اَلْخُبْزِ؟

ʻUdhran, hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá aalmazīdi min aalkhubzi? (Excuse me, can I have some more bread?)

Sometimes, you feel the need to ask for additional servings or accompaniments. So you can use this question.

 

9. اَلطَّعَامُ لَذِيذٌ

Aalṭṭaʻāmu ladhīdhun (The food is delicious)

After you are done with the meal, you can express your satisfaction with the meal and show appreciation for the chef’s efforts by using the sentence: الطعام لذيذ (The food is/was delicious).

 

10. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي أَنْ آخُذَ اَلْبَاقِي مَعِي مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī an ākhudha aalbāqī maʻī min faḍlika? (Can I take the rest to go, please?)

I am sure all of us make sure no leftovers go to waste, so in order to request a takeout container for any remaining food, use this question: هل يمكنني أن آخذ الباقي معي من فضلك؟ (Can I take the rest to go, please?)

 

11. هَلْ يُمْكِنُنِي اَلْحُصُولُ عَلَى اَلْفَاتُورَةِ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ؟

Hal yumkinunī aalḥuṣūlu ʻalá aalfātūrati min faḍlika? (Can I have the bill, please? )

When you’re ready to wrap up your meal, ask for the bill using this polite phrase هل يمكنني الحصول على الفاتورة من فضلك؟ (Can I have the bill, please?)

 

12. شُكْرًا ، كَانَتْ اَلْخِدْمَةُ رَائِعَةً

Shukran, kānat aalkhidmatu rāʼiʻatan (Thank you, the service was great.)

Another useful phrase that can show your appreciation for the attentive service provided by the restaurant staff is شكراً، كانت الخدمة رائعة (Thank you, the service was great).

 

13. هَلْ تَقْبَلُونَ بِطَاقَاتِ اَلِائْتِمَانِ؟

Hal taqbalūna biṭāqāti aaliāʼtimāni? (Do you accept credit cards?)

Finally, when you want to inquire about payment methods to ensure a smooth and hassle-free checkout, use the question هل تقبلون بطاقات الائتمان؟ (Do you accept credit cards?).

 

Now that we’ve gone through the 13 must-know Arabic phrases for a seamless restaurant experience, let’s put them into action. To help you visualize how these phrases can be applied in real-life situations, we’ve created two scenarios that cover the entire dining process from arrival to departure. These examples will demonstrate how the phrases can be used to communicate effectively with the waitstaff, navigate through the menu, and enjoy your meal in any Arabic-speaking country. 

Real-Life Scenarios

Making an order

1. Ordering dinner at an Arabic restaurant

 

Customer: (Enters the restaurant) أريد طاولة لثلاثة أشخاص، من فضلك. (I’d like a table for 3 people, please.)

Waiter: تفضلوا، هذه طاولتكم. (Here’s your table.)

Customer: شكرًا. هل يمكنني رؤية قائمة الطّعام من فضلك؟ (Can I see the menu, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع، ها هي قائمة الطّعام. (Of course, here’s the menu.)

Customer: هل لديكم أطباقٌ خاصّةٌ اليوم؟ (Do you have any specials today?)

Waiter: نعم، لدينا كبسة الدّجاج اليوم. (Yes, we have Chicken Kabsa today.)

Customer: لا أستطيع تناول اللّحوم، أنا نباتي. (I can’t eat meat, I am vegetarian.)

Waiter: لا مشكلة، أقترح عليك تجربة سلطة الخُضارأو المقلوبة بالخضروات. (No problem, I can recommend Fattoush salad or Vegetable Maqluba.)

Customer: حسنًا، أودُّ طلب سلطة الخُضار والمقلوبة بالخضروات. (OK, I would like to order Fattoush salad and Vegetable Maqluba.)

Waiter: طبعًا، هل ترغب في شيء آخر؟ (Sure, would you like anything else?)

Customer: هل يمكنني الحصول على كأس ماء من فضلك؟ (Can I have a glass of water, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع. سأحضر طلبكم حالًا. (Of course, I’ll bring your order shortly.)

 

2. Wrapping up the meal and paying

 

Customer: عذرًا، هل يمكنني الحصول على المزيد من الخبز؟ (Excuse me, can I have some more bread?)

Waiter: بالتّأكيد، سأحضر لكم المزيد من الخبز. (Certainly, I’ll bring you more bread.)

Customer: شكرًا، الطّعام لذيذ. (Thank you, the food is delicious.)

Waiter: أشكركم على تعليقكم الإيجابي. هل ترغبون بتناول الحلوى؟ (Thank you for your positive feedback. Would you like to have dessert?)

Customer: لا شكرًا. هل يمكنني أن آخذ الباقي معي من فضلك؟ (No, thank you. Can I take the rest to go, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع سأضعه في علبة وأحضره لكم

معكم. (Of course, I’ll bring a container for you to take the leftovers.)

Customer: شكرًا. هل يمكنني الحصول على الفاتورة من فضلك؟ (Can I have the bill, please?)

Waiter: بالطّبع، هذه الفاتورة. (Of course, here’s the bill.)

Customer: هل تقبلون بطاقات الائتمان؟ (Do you accept credit cards?)

Waiter: نعم، نقبل بطاقات الائتمان. (Yes, we accept credit cards.)

Customer: (Pays the bill) شكرًا، كانت الخدمة رائعة. (Thank you, the service was great.)

Waiter: شكرًا لكم على زيارتكم ونتمنى رؤيتكم مجددًا. (Thank you for dining with us, and we hope to see you again.)

 

In conclusion, learning these 13 essential Arabic phrases will transform your dining experience in Arabic-speaking countries into an enjoyable and hassle-free affair. You will be able to order your meal, express gratitude, and engage in meaningful conversations with locals.

Remember, the more you use these phrases, the more confident and proficient you’ll become. To help you have more practice and check the new information you learned, we have created a Quiz that will test your knowledge and provide you with a chance to exercise. 

Last but not least, we invite you to check our Planner which you can use to speed up your learning journey. This planner offers a rich 30-page worksheet accompanied by over 200 practical exercises and activities. It will serve as a powerful tool to back your acquired knowledge and newly learned language and push your learning journey forward with tons of practice opportunities.

We wish you the best of luck on your next restaurant outing and would like to tell you: bon appétit, or as we say in Arabic, بالهناء والشفاء “bil hana’ wa ash-shifaa’!”

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