Vocabulary Lessons

“Restaurant Guide”


Many people enjoying going out to eat at their favorite restaurants, particularly if the atmosphere is just right, and the prices are within their budget. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • cafeteria
  • coffee shop
  • deli
  • fast food restaurant
  • pizzeria (pizza parlor)
  • atmosphere
  • booth
  • cheap / reasonable / expensive
  • chef
  • customer
  • delicious
  • decor
  • host (hostess)
  • meal
  • menu
  • receipt
  • reservation
  • server
  • service
  • special of the day
  • table
  • tip (gratuity)
  • Are you ready to order? >>> No, not yet.
  • Would you care for anything else? >>> No, that’s all.
  • What do you recommend? >>> I recommend the spaghetti.
  • Could I get the bill, please? >>> Sure, I’ll be right back.


Most high schools in the United States have a ________ where you can buy a variety of items for lunch.

I think you'll like that Mexican restaurant because the ______ is so authentic because the owners have decorated the place with many traditional items from their country.

After taking a look at the menu, we realized that the restaurant was _______, so we decided to go a place we could afford.

Follow-Up Activity

What kinds of restaurants do you usually visit when you go out to eat? Choose a particular restaurant you know and describe its atmosphere and decor, the service, prices, the quality of the food, and the location. Also, search the Internet for restaurant reviews in your area and choose a place to visit.