How Often Do You Really Need to Eat Out?

How Often Do You Really Need to Eat Out?

Eating out is great for your social life, relaxing, having fun, or taste experiences, isn’t it?

Plus, you get to experiences new places and cultures and best of all get a break from cooking at home.

What do you enjoy the most about eating out?

This ESL will enhance your English speaking skills and help you decide what’s most important to you when choosing a restaurant.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Eating Out 1

1. What kind of restaurant is this and what country is it in?

2. What type of outfit is the server wearing and why?

3. What exactly is the Asian woman handing to the man?

4. What is the man wearing around his left wrist and for what purpose?

5. What are the dangers of eating raw fish?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. How often do you go out to dinner with your friends?

  • Every evening
  • A couple of times a week
  • Once a week
  • Bi-monthly
  • Monthly
  • Seldom

2. How often do you go out to dinner with your family?

  • Every evening
  • A couple of times a week
  • Once a week
  • Bi-monthly
  • Monthly
  • Seldom

3. How often do you leave a gratuity?

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Hardly ever
  • Never

4. How much do you spend each month eating out?

  • $25
  • $50
  • $75
  • $100
  • $125
  • $150
  • $200
  • Over $200

5. Do you order appetizers when you go out to dinner?

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Seldom
  • Hardly Ever
  • Never

6. What do you usually have for dessert?

  • Fruit
  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Yogurt
  • Cookies
  • Ice Cream
  • Other

7. Which country’s foods do you enjoy most? Choose your 2 favorites.

  • Thai
  • Korean
  • Indian
  • American
  • German
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Another country

8. What is the average price per person for a restaurant dinner in your neighborhood? (not including tax or tip)

  • $10
  • $15
  • $20
  • $25
  • $30
  • Over $30 per person

9. If you’re traveling abroad, how long do you last before seeking out a restaurant that serves food from your own country?

  • A few hours
  • 24 hours
  • A couple of days
  • A few days
  • A week
  • Two weeks or more
  • I only eat local foods when traveling

10. After completing this survey what would you change about your “eating out” routine?

  • I should eat less at home and go out to dinner more.
  • I’m spending too much money eating out.
  • I’d like to try more new foods.
  • I’ll stick with my regular “eating out” lifestyle.

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Eating Out 2

Discussion Activity

Measuring satisfaction with a customer survey can give restaurant owners insight into what their customers really think about the food and the service.

If you were asked to complete a restaurant satisfaction survey tonight after dinner, which items would be most important criteria to you?

Rank them from 1 (most important) to 10 (least important). Compare and discuss your ranking with your instructor and classmates.

10 Restaurant Survey Items
    • Food Temperature
    • Cleanliness
    • Decor
    • Professionalism and Friendliness of Server
    • Menu Pricing and Value
    • Table Waiting Times
    • Parking
    • Food Quality
    • Proximity of Location
    • Promptness of Food Service

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

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