Posted in Japanese, Summer

How to Order food in Japanese


This week I want to challenge myself and learn how to comfortably order food in Japanese so I would like to share this article with other people!

How to Order food at a Japanese Restaurant in Japanese

  1. Step 1: Go to a Japanese Restaurant
  2. Step 2: Sit down
  3. Step 3: Ask for an English menu (Unless you want one in Japanese :P)
    • Just say “英語のメニューがありますか?” (eigo no menyuu ga arimasu ka?
  4. Step 4: Thank the waiter/waitress
    • “ありがとうございます” (arigatou gozaimasu – Thank you)
    • Or just say arigatou
  5. Step 5: Order Drinks
    • You will be asked this : “お飲み物はいかが致しますか?” (onomi mono wa ika ga itashimasu ka? – What would you like to drink?).
    • Here is how you will respond to that : Just point at the item or say the name of the drink and add in _____ “お願いします” (onegai shimasu – Please).
  6. Step 6: Get some attention!
    1. Just yell out “すみません” (sumimasen – Excuse me).
  7. Step 7: Time to order some real food!
    • You’ll be asked this : “ご注文はお決まりですか?” (gochuumon wa okimari desu ka? – Have you decided what you want to order?).
    • If your not ready to order you can say : “もう少し時間を頂けますか?” (mou sukoshi jikan wo itadakemasu ka? – Can I have a little more time?)
    • When your ready to order you can order!
      1. Use this simple outline when your ordering
        1. State the food, number and thank them politely
        2. ______ + を一つお願いします” (_____ + wo hitotsu onegai shimasu – Can I have one of … please?)
        3. You need to learn the proper counters, (Hitotsu = 1, Futatsu =2, Mittsu = 3) see source number 2 at the bottom to learn more !
  8. Now you are done! Congratulations you just learned how to order some food in japanese! Now try it. Don’t be shy! :).
  9. Other phrases you should memorize and glue to your head:
    • “お勧めは何ですか?” (osusume wa nan desu ka? – What do you recommend?).
    • “これは何ですか?” (kore wa nan desu ka? – What is this?).
    • “あまり辛くない物はどれですか?” (amari karaku nai mono wa dore desu ka? – Which one is not too spicy?).
    • “お子様メニューはありますか?” (okosama menyuu wa arimasu ka? – Do you have a children’s menu?).
    • “ベジタリアンメニューはありますか?” (bejitarian menyuu wa arimasu ka?– Do you have a vegetarian menu?).
    • “卵を抜きにしてもらえますか?” (tamago wo nuki ni shite moraemasu ka? – Can I have it without egg?).
    • “申し訳ありません。カレーは本日売り切れてしまいました。メニューから他のものをお選び頂けますか?” (moushiwake arimasen. Karee wa honjitsu urikire te shimaimashita. Menyuu kara hoka no mono wo oerabi itadakemasu ka? – I am terribly sorry, but the curry has sold out. Would you like something else from the menu?).
    • “ラストオーダーになります。他にご注文はありませんか” (rasuto oodaa ni narimasu. Hoka ni gochuumon wa arimasen ka? – We are now taking last orders. Would you like to order anything else?).
    • “ありません” (arimasen – nothing).[Say it when you don’t want to order anything]
    • “お勘定をお願いします” (okanjou wo onegai shimasu – Can I have the bill, please?)
    • “お会計をお願いします” (okaikei wo onegai shimasu). (Also used to ask for the bill – in Tokyo).
    • “ごちそうさまでした” (gochisousama deshita – Thanks for the food)


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