Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families

Survival restaurant japaneseHere is our quick Guide to Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families.

Apprehensive about dining in a Japanese restaurant? No worries! Here are some useful phrases to use when dining out.

*** Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families ***

When you walk into a restaurant you will be greeted with “irasshai mase!” which means “Welcome!” You`ll also hear this greeting at cafes, boutiques, convenient stores, etc.  They will then ask “nan mei sama desu ka” (How many people) and “kitsuen desu ka, kinnen desu ka” (smoking /non-smoking)? To which you will reply your choice of a smoking/non-smoking section and number of people (e.g. kinnnen seki (non-smoking seat), yo nin desu (4 people). To simplify restaurant conversation take a look at the chart below. It follows a basic conversation that usually occurs with the restaurant staff (People counter located in a separate chart further down the post). * If you can`t remember people counting terms raise your hand with the number of people in your party. The staff will understand.

*S: Restaurant Staff       C: Customer

Restaurant Entrance

いらっしゃいませ。S: irasshai maseS: Welcome!
何名様ですかなんめいさまですか?S: nan mei sama desu kaS: How many people?
四人ですよにんですC: yo nin desuC: Four people
喫煙席ですか、禁煙席ですかきつえんせきですか、きんねんせきですかS: kitsuenseki desu ka, kinnenseki desu ka?S: Smoking section / Non-smoking section?
禁煙席をお願いします。きんねんせきをおねがいします。C: kinnenseki wo onegai shimasu. C: Non-smoking section, please.
こちらへどうぞ 。S: kochira e douzoS: This way, please.

People Counter

一人ひとりhitorione person
二人ふたりfutaritwo people
三人さんにんsan ninthree people
四人よにんyo ninfour people
五人ごにんgo ninfive people
六人ろくにんroku ninsix people
七人ななにんnana ninseven people
八人はちにんhachi nineight people
九人きゅうにんkyuu ninnine people
十人じゅうにんjyuu ninten people






*** Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families ***

Basic Questions

Some basic questions families might ask are “Where is the toilet?”, “Do you have a high chair?”, “Can I have another wet hand towel?” My kids are messy eaters so I always carry wet tissue, but there are occasions where I`ll need a wet hand towel for big spills. Here are some basic questions to ask when dining with young children.

お子様メニューがありますか?おこさまめにゅーがありますか?okosama no menyuu ga 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べじたりあんめにゅーはありますか?bejitarian menyuu wa arimasu kaDo you have a vegetarian menu?
ベビーチェアありますか? べびーちぇあありますかbe-bi che-a arimasukaDo you have a baby chair/high chair?
子供のスプーンとフォークありますか?こどものすぷーんとふぉーくありますか?kodomo no supu-n to fo-ku arimasuka?Do you have kid`s forks and spoons?
お水をくださいおみずをくださいo mizu wo kudasaiWater please
お絞りくださいおしぼりくださいoshiburi kudasaiWet hand towel please
トイレはどこですか?といれはどこですか?toire wa doko desu kaWhere is the toilet/restroom?
すみませんsumimasenExcuse me /I`m sorry / Thank you

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Survival restaurant japaneseOrdering

If you`re at a Japanese restaurant with food photos ordering should be a breeze; point to the photo and say “kore kudasai” (This please). If you want more than one of that item use the “tsu” counter as it`s the most commonly used “kore wo futastu kudasai” (Two of these please). If you want to learn about the Japanese counting system which has a different counter for people, animals and different types of objects read this guide to Japanese numbers and counting. Otherwise using “tsu” counter will suffice. “tsu” counter below.


英語のメニューがありますか?えいごのめにゅーがありますか?C: eigo no menyuu ga arimasu ka?C: Do you have an English menu?
ご注文よろしいですか?ごちゅうもんよろしいですか?S: Gochumon yoroshii desuka?S: Are you ready to order?
はい / いいえC: hai / iieC: Yes / No
オーダーお願いしますおーだーおねがいしますC: O-da- onegai shimasuC: I`m ready to order. / Please take my order.
これ下さい。これください。C: kore kudasaiC: This please. (point to menu item)
それ下さい。それください。C: sore kudasaiC: That please. (point to meal item at another table)
生ビールください。なまびーるください。C: nama biru kudasaiC: Draft Beer Please (nama means fresh)
赤ワインください。/ 白ワインください。あかわいんください。/ しろわいんください。C: aka wain kudasai. / shiro wain kudasaiC: Red Wine Please. / White Wine Please
彼はピーナッツアレルギーがあります。この中にピーナッツはいってますか?かれはピーナッツあれるぎーがあります。このなかにピーナッツはいってますか?C: kare wa pi-natsu arerugi ga arimasu. kono naka ni pi-natsu haittemasuka?C: He has a peanut allergy. Are there peanuts in this?
生卵抜き下さい。なまたまごぬきください。C: nama tamago nuki kudasaiC: Without Raw Egg Please.
とりあえずC: toriaezuC: I`m done ordering “for now”.
以上ですいじょうですC: ijo desuC: That is all. / I`ve finished ordering.
お代わりくださいおかわりくださいC: okawari kudasaiC: Refill please / Second helping please

Basic Food Counter using “tsu”.







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Survival restaurant japaneseFinishing your Meal

Near the end of your meal a bill may be placed at your table. Take the bill and pay at the register. If no bill has been left at the table call your wait staff and say “o kaikei onegaishimasu / o kanjo onegaishimasu” (check please) to request your check. Before leaving the restaurant it is polite to say “gochisou sama deshita” (thank you for the meal).

お会計お願いしますおかいけいおねがいしますC: o kaikei onegaishimasuC: Check Please
別々にお願いしますべつ べつ に お願いしますC: Betsu betsu ni onegaishimasuC: We will pay separately
すみません、カードでのお支払は承っておりません。すみません、かーどでのおしはらいはうけたまわっておりません。S: Sumimasen, card deno Oshiharai wa uketamawatte ori masen.S: Sorry, we don’t accept payments by credit card.
分かりました。現金で払います。わかりました。げんきんではらいます。C: Wakarimashita. Genkin de harai masu.C: OK, I will pay by cash.
ごちそうさまでしたーC: gochisou sama deshitaC: Thank you for the meal.
ありがとうございますC: arigatou gozaimasuC: Thank you

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P.S. Check out our How To Guides for Living in Japan. 


Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families


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