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About Ordering Food in Japanese

Hungry? How to go about ordering meals in Japanese? These include some of the questions you will have when venturing in a Japanese speaking place. Learn More

Regardless of whether you’re planning to live in a Japanese speaking country or intending on a short holiday there, learning how to purchase food in Japanese is very important. Eating out at Japanese eateries and bistros is usually a lot of excitement, especially if you fully understand some rudimentary Japanese restaurant vocab. More …
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We’ve got detailed various common meal applicable phrases in Japanese, underneath, with the hope they are able to help you when you’re purchasing meals in Japanese.

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Please click here to know the Japanese meal words quite easily that can be used for buying meals in Japanese eateries and coffee shops.

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) / 朝ご飯 (asagohan)
lunch昼食 (chūshoku) / 昼ご飯 (hirugohan)
light meal/snack軽食 (keishoku)
supper夕食 (yūshoku) / 晩ご飯 (bangohan)
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魚 (sakana)
hamハム (hamu)
sausageソーセージ (sōsēji)
cheeseチーズ (chīzu)
eggs卵 (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豆 (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水 (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塩 (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)
(when starting a meal)いただきます。(itadakimasu)
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.)

Select the links below to see a number of practical Japanese holiday words and phrases which are structured by theme. For each travel phrase in Japanese, there’ll be the actual English translation.

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