Lesson 18: Practice restaurant situations in Vietnamese

Navigating a restaurant in Vietnam involves more than just knowing the right vocabulary. It’s about understanding the cultural nuances and being able to use phrases and dialogues in real-life scenarios. “Lesson 18: Practice restaurant situations in Vietnamese” will help you practice various restaurant situations in Vietnamese, from making a reservation to handling complaints.


Making a Reservation

Scenario: You want to make a reservation for dinner at a popular restaurant.

  • Xin chào, tôi muốn đặt bàn cho tối nay.
  • Hello, I would like to make a reservation for tonight.

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  • Vâng, cho mấy người?
  • Yes, for how many people?

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  • Bốn người, lúc 7 giờ tối.
  • Four people, at 7 PM.

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  • Được, chúng tôi sẽ giữ bàn cho bạn.
  • Okay, we will reserve a table for you.

Arriving at the Restaurant

Scenario: You arrive at the restaurant and confirm your reservation.

  • Xin chào, tôi đã đặt bàn cho bốn người lúc 7 giờ tối.
  • Hello, I have a reservation for four people at 7 PM.

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  • Vâng, mời quý khách theo tôi.
  • Yes, please follow me.

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  • Cảm ơn.
  • Thank you.

Ordering Food and Drinks

Scenario: You are ready to order your meal.

  • Quý khách muốn gọi món gì?
  • 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.

Asking About the Menu

Scenario: You want to know more about a dish before ordering.

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

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Special Requests

Scenario: You have a dietary restriction and need to request a modification to a dish.

  • 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.

Complimenting the Food

Scenario: You want to compliment the chef on the delicious meal.

  • 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.

Handling Complaints

Scenario: There is an issue with your food or service, and you need to address it.

  • Xin lỗi, món này nguội rồi.
  • Excuse me, this dish is cold.

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  • Tôi xin lỗi, để tôi mang đi hâm nóng lại.
  • I’m sorry, let me reheat it for you.

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  • Xin lỗi, tôi không gọi món này.
  • Excuse me, I didn’t order this dish.

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  • Tôi xin lỗi, để tôi kiểm tra lại đơn hàng.
  • I’m sorry, let me check your order again.

Asking for the Bill

Scenario: You have finished your meal and are ready to pay.

  • 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.

Paying the Bill

Scenario: You are ready to pay and want to know the available payment options.

  • 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.

Leaving a Tip

Scenario: You want to leave a tip for excellent service.

  • Cảm ơn, đây là tiền tip cho bạn.
  • Thank you, this is a tip for you.

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  • Cảm ơn rất nhiều.
  • Thank you very much.

Practice restaurant situations in Vietnamese dialogues will help you feel more confident when dining out in Vietnam. Familiarizing yourself with the phrases and cultural etiquette will ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience in Vietnamese restaurants. Whether making a reservation, ordering, or handling issues, these detailed scenarios and dialogues provide the essential language tools you need. Enjoy your dining experiences and embrace the rich culinary culture of Vietnam.


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