how to order?

Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2016 09:15 am
In China, when we order, we ususlly shout loudly'waiter! waiter!' Then the waiter will come to us and take our orders.
In my English class, my foreign teacher who is from Chicago says in American, you usually just say 'Excuse me' in a low voice.
So I want to ask if the waiter does not hear you, will you raise you voice?
And besides 'Excuse me', will you say something else in some differeny ways?
Thank you!
Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2016 09:34 am
Usually you would try to get the waitstaff's attention - maybe raising your hand or similar. If you cannot, then you would ask another waitstaff that may walk by if they could get your waitstaff for your order.

Typically the waitstaff would be checking on you knowing that you will be planning to order - and even if you already ordered and needed something you would handle similarly. Good waitstaff comes to your table often enough or will look over while helping other tables to see if it appears you need something.

Usually there is no need to yell to obtain there attention.
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Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2016 09:39 am
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Reply Thu 14 Apr, 2016 09:49 am
qinyurou wrote:
So I want to ask if the waiter does not hear you, will you raise you voice?

waitstaff in North America is expected to pay attention to their assigned customers and to know they need something as soon as the customer becomes aware of the need (even before) - if a customer had to shout or raise their voice, the restaurant manager would wonder what was wrong with the server.
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2016 01:26 am
I'll have to try standing on a chair and waving. I'm sure it'll get someone's attention.
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Reply Fri 15 Apr, 2016 04:01 am
I usually just press the button next to the fireplace.


I think a bell rings somewhere.

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