8 Useful Japanese Phrases to Order in a Restaurant!

8 Useful Japanese Phrases to Order in a Restaurant!

When you travel Japan by yourselves, it is important to know how to order in a restaurant. Since many restaurants don’t always have waiters who speak English well, it is better to know some expressions to facilitate the communication in Japan. I will tell you some useful Japanese expressions that you will use in a restaurant.



 

8 Useful Japanese Phrases to Order in a Restaurant!

 

1. Irasshaimase. Nanmei sama desuka? (Welcome. For how many people, please?)

When you enter a restaurant, a waiter will ask you this question. If you are alone, you can say “Hitori desu.” Here is a list of vocabularies:

2 persons: Futari
3 persons: Sannin
4 persons Yonin
5 persons: Gonin

 

2. Kitsuen-seki, kinen-seki, dochirani itashimasuka? (Would you like a smoking table or a non-smoking table?)

In Japan, there are usually smoking tables in restaurants. Therefore you should choose if you want to have a smoking table or a non-smoking table. If you want a smoking table, you can say “Kitsuen-seki de onegai shimasu.” If you want a non-smoking table, tell them “Kinen-seki de onegai shimasu.”

 

3. Sumimasen. Tadaima manseki nanode, omachi itadaku kotoni narimasu. (I am sorry. There is no table available now, so you need to wait for a moment.)

Sometimes there are no table available in some popular restaurant. After asking how long you need to wait (written on the next point below), you can tell them “Soredewa machimasu” if you will wait for a table. If you don’t want to wait, you can say “Soredewa matani shimasu.”

 

4. Machi jikan wa dorekurai desuka? (How long do I need to wait?)

This is the question that you need to ask when there is no table available at a restaurant. Here is a list of some vocabularies:

5 min: go fun
15 min: jyugo fun
30 min: Sanju ppun
45 min: Yonjyu go gun
1hr: Ichi jikan

 

5. Menu wa arimasuka? (Is there a menu?)

After you have seated at a table, you sometimes need to ask for a menu. In some small restaurant, menu is only written on the wall. It is better to know where you can find the menu in the restaurant.

 

6. Gochumon wa yoroshii desuka? (Can I take your order?)

After a while, a waiter will come to get your order. In Japan, waiters usually wait for customers to call them, so if they don’t come right away you can raise your hand to call them. You can say “Chumon onegai shimasu” which means “Can I order, please.” You can order with a phrase “(the name of the dish) wo onegai shimasu.” Or if you don’t know how to read, you can simply point the dish you want and say “kore onegai shimasu.”

 

7. Onomimono wa nanini itashimasyouka? (What would you like for drink?)

After you ordered your meals, a waiter usually ask if you wish to order something to drink. You can ask for the menu (see the part 5 above). Or you can simply ask for some water by saying “Omizu kudasai.”

 

8. Okanjyo onegai shimasu. (Can I have a bill, please)

Last of all, you should ask for a bill after finishing your meal in a restaurant. In most restaurant, waiters put the bill directly on the table after you have finished ordering. While you usually pay at the table in Western countries, we, in Japan, usually pay at a cash desk at the entrance of the restaurant. You can take the bill directly to the cash desk to pay. If you can’t find a bill, you can use this expression to ask.

 

Conclusion

Here are some pointers for ordering at restaurants in Japan. If you know those simple phrases, you can order at any restaurant in Japan! Bonne appetite!

 

8 Useful Japanese Phrases to Order in a Restaurant!

1. Irasshaimase. Nanmei sama desuka? (Welcome. For how many people, please?)

2. Kitsuen-seki, kinen-seki, dochirani itashimasuka? (Would you like a smoking table or a non-smoking table?)

3. Sumimasen. Tadaima manseki nanode, omachi itadaku kotoni narimasu. (I am sorry. There is no table available now, so you need to wait for a moment.)

4. Machi jikan wa dorekurai desuka? (How long do I need to wait?)

5. Menu wa arimasuka? (Is there a menu?)

6. Gochumon wa yoroshii desuka? (Can I take your order?)

7. Onomimono wa nanini itashimasyouka? (What would you like for drink?)

8. Okanjyo onegai shimasu. (Can I have a bill, please)