Lesson 17: Ordering and paying at a restaurant in Vietnamese

Navigating a restaurant in Vietnam involves understanding specific vocabulary and phrases for ordering and paying. “Lesson 17: Ordering and paying at a restaurant in Vietnamese” provides detailed content on the process, including key phrases, example dialogues, and cultural tips to help you confidently manage these interactions.


Common Vocabulary

1. Menu and Ordering:

  • Thực đơn — Menu
  • Món ăn — Dish/Food
  • Đồ uống — Drinks/Beverages
  • Gọi món — To order (food)
  • Chọn món — To choose (a dish)
  • Phục vụ — Waiter/Waitress

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2. Payment:

  • Thanh toán — Payment/To pay
  • Hóa đơn — Bill/Check
  • Tiền mặt — Cash
  • Thẻ tín dụng — Credit card
  • Đưa tiền — To give money

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3. Common Dishes and Drinks:

  • Phở bò — Beef noodle soup
  • Bún chả — Grilled pork with noodles
  • Gỏi cuốn — Spring rolls
  • Nước chanh — Lemonade
  • Sinh tố— Smoothie

Useful Phrases and Dialogues

1. Ordering Food:

  • Xin chào, quý khách muốn gọi món gì?
  • Hello, what would you like to order?

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  • Cho tôi một phở bò và một gỏi cuốn.
  • Please give me a beef pho and a spring roll.

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  • Quý khách có muốn uống gì không?
  • Would you like something to drink?

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  • Cho tôi một ly nước chanh.
  • Please give me a lemonade.

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  • Vâng, quý khách đợi một chút nhé.
  • Yes, please wait a moment.

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2. Asking for the Bill:

  • Làm ơn cho tôi hóa đơn.
  • Please give me the bill.

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  • Vâng, hóa đơn của quý khách đây.
  • Yes, here is your bill.

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3. Paying the Bill:

  • Tôi trả bằng thẻ tín dụng được không?
  • Can I pay with a credit card?

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  • Được, quý khách vui lòng đợi một chút.
  • Yes, please wait a moment.

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  • Đây là tiền mặt, cảm ơn.
  • Here is the cash, thank you.

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4. Asking About Menu Items:

  • Món này có gì đặc biệt?
  • What is special about this dish?

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  • Món này có thịt bò và rau sống, rất ngon.
  • This dish has beef and fresh vegetables, very delicious.

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  • Có món nào không cay không?
  • Are there any non-spicy dishes?

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  • Waiter: Có, món này không cay.
  • Yes, this dish is not spicy.

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5. Dietary Preferences and Restrictions:

  • Tôi không ăn được thịt heo, có món nào không có thịt heo không?
  • I can’t eat pork, are there any dishes without pork?

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  • Có, bạn có thể chọn món cá hoặc gà.
  • Yes, you can choose fish or chicken dishes.

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  • Tôi là người ăn chay, có món chay không?
  • I am vegetarian, are there vegetarian dishes?

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  • Có, chúng tôi có nhiều món chay.
  • Yes, we have many vegetarian dishes.

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6. Complimenting the Food:

  • Món này rất ngon, cảm ơn đầu bếp.
  • This dish is very delicious, thank the chef.

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  • Cảm ơn, chúng tôi sẽ chuyển lời khen của bạn.
  • Thank you, we will pass on your compliment.

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7. Asking for Additional Items:

  • Cho tôi thêm một ít nước mắm, làm ơn.
  • Please give me some more fish sauce.

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  • Vâng, đây là nước mắm của bạn.
  • Yes, here is your fish sauce.

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  • Bạn có thể mang thêm đũa không?
  • Can you bring more chopsticks?

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  • Vâng, đây là đũa mới.
  • Yes, here are new chopsticks.

Cultural Tips for Dining in Vietnam

  1. Politeness and Respect: Always greet the staff politely with “Xin chào” (Hello) and express gratitude with “Cảm ơn” (Thank you) after being served.
  2. Sharing Meals: Vietnamese dining often involves sharing dishes. It’s polite to serve others before yourself and to use communal serving utensils if provided.
  3. Tipping: Tipping is not customary in Vietnam, but leaving a small amount for excellent service in high-end restaurants is appreciated.
  4. Chopstick Etiquette: Use chopsticks correctly. Don’t stick them upright in your rice bowl or use them to point at others.
  5. Eating Pace: Dining is often a relaxed affair. Enjoy the food and the company without rushing.
  6. Payment Etiquette: If you’re dining with locals, they might insist on paying as a gesture of hospitality. Offer to pay, but if they refuse, accept gracefully.

Ordering and paying at a restaurant in Vietnamese requires a basic understanding of the local language and cultural norms. This guide provides essential vocabulary, practical phrases, and dialogues to help you navigate the dining experience with ease. Practice these phrases regularly, and don’t hesitate to use them in real-life scenarios to enhance your fluency and confidence in Vietnamese. Enjoy your meals and the rich culinary culture of Vietnam.


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