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    What are they yelling at me?

    Most Japanese restaurants show their appreciation for customers by loudly greeting them in unison. Expect to hear the following:

    Irasshai! or Irasshaimase!
    "Come on in!", said when a customer walks in. You're not expected to respond in any way, just take a seat.
    Arigatō gozaimashita!
    "Thank you very much!", said when a customer leaves.

    If your meal was good, thank the chef or staff with Gochisōsama deshita when leaving, and you'll get an extra-hearty thank you in return!

  • I'm hungry. お腹がすきました。 Onaka ga sukimashita.
  • A table for one person/two people, please. 一人・二人です。 Hitori/futari desu.
  • Please bring a menu. メニューを下さい。 Menu wo kudasai.
  • Can I look in the kitchen? 調理場を見てもいいですか? Chōriba wo mite mo ii desu ka?
  • Is there a house specialty? お勧めはありますか? O-susume wa arimasu ka?
  • Is there a local specialty? この辺の名物はありますか? Kono hen no mēbutsu wa arimasu ka?
  • Please choose for me. お任せします。 O-makase shimasu.
  • I'm a vegetarian. ベジタリアンです。 Bejitarian desu.
  • I don't eat pork. 豚肉はだめです。 Butaniku wa dame desu.
  • I don't eat beef. 牛肉はだめです。 Gyūniku wa dame desu.
  • I don't eat raw fish. 生の魚はだめです。 Nama no sakana wa dame desu.
  • Please do not use too much oil. 油を控えて下さい。 Abura wo hikaete kudasai.
  • fixed-price meal 定食 teishoku
  • à la carte 一品料理 ippinryōri
  • breakfast 朝食 chōshoku
  • lunch 昼食 chūshoku
  • light meal/snack 軽食 keishoku
  • supper 夕食 yūshoku
  • Please bring _____. _____ を下さい。 _____ wo kudasai.
  • I want a dish containing _____. _____が入ってるものを下さい。 ____ ga haitteru mono wo kudasai.
  • chicken 鶏肉 toriniku
  • beef 牛肉 gyūniku
  • pork 豚肉 butaniku
  • mutton 羊肉 yōniku
  • fish sakana
  • ham ハム hamu
  • sausage ソーセージ sōsēji
  • cheese チーズ chīzu
  • eggs tamago
  • salad サラダ sarada
  • (fresh) vegetables (生)野菜 (nama) yasai
  • (fresh) fruit (生)果物 (nama) kudamono
  • bread パン pan
  • toast トースト tōsuto
  • noodles 麺類 menrui
  • pasta パスタ pasuta
  • rice ご飯 gohan
  • soup スープ : sūpu
  • beans mame
  • May I have a glass/cup of _____? _____ を一杯下さい。 ____ wo ippai kudasai.
  • May I have a bottle of _____? _____ を一本下さい。 _____ wo ippon kudasai.
  • coffee コーヒー kōhī
  • green tea お茶 ocha
  • black tea 紅茶 kōcha
  • juice 果汁 kajū
  • water mizu
  • beer ビール bīru
  • red/white wine 赤/白ワイン aka/shiro wain
  • Do you have _____? _____ はありますか? _____ wa arimasu ka?
  • chopsticks お箸 o-hashi
  • fork フォーク fōku
  • spoon スプーン supūn
  • salt shio
  • black pepper 胡椒 koshō
  • soy sauce 醤油 shōyu
  • ashtray 灰皿 haizara
  • Excuse me, waiter? (''getting attention of server'') 済みません sumimasen
  • It was delicious. (when finishing a meal) ご馳走さまでした。 Gochisōsama deshita.
  • Please clear the plates. お皿を下げてください。 Osara o sagete kudasai.
  • The check, please. お勘定お願いします。 O-kanjo onegaishimasu.

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