Dining Out in Chinese

Cuisine is typically an important part of any culture – and Chinese is no exception. In fact, Chinese cuisine plays an integral role in Chinese culture and represents one of the most diverse culinary heritages in the world. Chinese cuisine is very unique. In the west where we use knifes, forks and spoons, the Chinese primarily use chopsticks. Chinese food is particularly popular among foreigners visiting China. If you want to really experience China, as well as the Chinese culture, then we highly recommend learning a little bit of Chinese. Below we'll explore the most useful Chinese phrases and words you need to know to dine out in China. Click on any blue button to hear a phrase, then repeat the phrase out load.
English
Chinese
Where is a good restaurant?
哪里有好的餐馆? (simplified)
哪裡有好的餐館? (traditional)
Ná li yóu hǎo de cān guǎn? (pinyin)
Is it very expensive?
很贵吗 ?
很貴嗎 ?
Hěn guì ma?
A table for two, please.
两位。
兩位。
Liǎng wèi.
The menu, please.
请拿菜单。
請拿菜單。
Qǐng ná cài dān.
What can you recommend?
你有什么可以向我推荐?
你有什麼可以向我推薦?
Nǐ yǒu shénme kěyǐ xiàng wǒ tuījiàn?
May I order now?
现在可以点菜吗 ?
現在可以點菜嗎 ?
Xiàn zài ké yí diǎn cài ma?

The following are common questions you may be asked by a waiter while dining out in China.
Hello! What would you like to drink?
你们好!你们喝点什么?
你們好!你們喝點什麼?
Nǐ men hǎo! Nǐ men hě diǎnr shén me?
What would you like to eat?
你们吃点什么?
你們吃點什麼?
Nǐ men chī diǎnr shén me?
Have you chosen already?
您已经选好了吗?
您已經選好了嗎?
Nín yǐjīng xuǎnhǎole ma?
What would you like?
您要点儿什么?
您要點兒什麼?
Nín yàodiǎnr shénme?
Would you like to order?
您要点菜吗?
您要點菜嗎?
Nín yào diǎncài ma?

Responses...
One moment, please.
请稍等一下。
請稍等一下。
Qǐng shāoděng yíxià。
I don’t know yet.
我还不知道。
我還不知道。
Wǒ hái bùzhīdào。

Other useful Chinese phrses and words to know when dining out.
Do you have ...?
有没有?
traditional
yǒu méi yǒu
I don't want...
我不要..
有沒有?
Wǒ bú yào...
I would like…
我想要
我想要
Wò xiǎngyào…
...noodles
面条
面條
miàntiáo
...pork
猪肉
豬肉
zhū ròu
...chicken
鸡肉
雞肉
jīròu
...beef
牛肉
牛肉
niúròu
...rice
米饭
米飯
mǐ fàn
...salad
沙拉
沙拉
shālā
...mineral water
矿泉水
礦泉水
kuàngquán shuǐ
...juice
果汁
果汁
guǒzhī
...beer
啤酒
啤酒
pí jiǔ
...red wine
红葡萄酒
紅葡萄酒
hóng pútáojiǔ
...white whine
白葡萄酒
白葡萄酒
bái pútáojiǔ
...sauce
jiàng
...potatoes
土豆
土豆
tǔdòu
...congee
zhōu
...dumplings
饺子
餃子
jiǎo zi
Thank you!
谢谢
謝謝
xiè xiè!
How much is it?
多少錢?
多少钱?
Duōshǎo qián?
The bill, please.
结账。
結賬。
Jiézhàng。
Can I use a credit card?
刷卡可以吗?
刷卡可以嗎?
shuā kǎ kě yǐ mā