Dining Out - Vocational


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Definition: To eat a meal away from home.

Key Terms:

  1. Gratuity - Money given to someone for doing a service for you. (Also called a tip)
  2. Sales Tax - Money paid to the government for the sale of goods and services.
  3. Menu - A list of food and drink choices available at a restaurant.
  4. Host/Hostess - Restaurant staff that greets and seats guests and gives them menus.
  5. Bus Person - Restaurant staff that cleans the tables off after guests leave.
  6. Waiter/Waitress - Restaurant staff that takes your order and brings you your food and drinks. (Also called a server)
  7. Beverage - Something you drink.
  8. Appetizer - A small dish of food or drink served before the main course.
  9. Entree’ - The main course of the meal.
  10. Dessert - A sweet food or drink eaten at the end of a meal.

Discussion Points

  • You should always have good manners when you eat out in a restaurant. This includes: Staying in your seat, keeping your voice low, saying please and thank you, not burping, and not reaching or grabbing across the table.
  • Not all drinks come with free refills. Ask your waitress or waiter before ordering a second one.
  • It is polite to eat with a napkin on your lap, and to wait for everyone to receive their food before you start to eat.
  • If your waitress or waiter does a good job, you should leave them a 20% tip/gratuity.
  • You will always have sales tax added to the total of your bill. Tax amount varies per state. *Teacher should let students know what tax is in their state.
  • It is helpful to call the restaurant ahead of time, and make reservations if the restaurant accepts them, so you won’t have to wait as long.
  • Always let your waiter or waitress know if you have a food allergy.

Activity 1: Menu and Calculation Sheet

Give each student a copy of Student Activity Sheet A (SiLAS Bistro Menu) and Student Activity Sheet B (Calculation sheet). Teacher should go over Student Activity Sheet B step by step on projector or writing sample on dry erase board. Using their menus (Student Activity Sheet A), students can fill in their own bill (Student Activity Sheet B) independently to demonstrate understanding.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A and B, pencil, calculator (optional)

Activity 2: Situations

Teacher will tell students to imagine they are going on a field trip out to lunch at a restaurant, then read and discuss social narrative with them. Teacher can interject “incorrect situations” into the story to see if the students can recognize the errors. (I.e.; after ordering move around table to talk to their friends, leave 5% tip instead of 20% etc. )

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Pair students and have them take turns creating a movie clip about going out to eat. Students can use script prompts below to help guide them, or create their own, but should demonstrate understanding of what types of food can be ordered as an appetizer, entree or dessert. Students should name and record their scripts using SiLAS software, and save the final movie.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating someone ordering food at a restaurant:

Waiter/Waitress: Hello, my name is ________, and I will be your server today. What can I get you to drink?
Customer: I would like ________. Do you have free refills with that?
Waiter/Waitress: Yes, we do. I will be right back with your beverage while you look over your menu.
Customer: Let me introduce you to my friends.

Server leaves, and comes back with drink, then asks:

Waiter/Waitress: Would you like an appetizer today?
Customer: Yes please. I would like ________
Waiter/Waitress: Great choice! Do you know what you would like as your entree?
Customer: Yes, I would like ________ please.

*Server brings appetizer, then entree, once the customer is finished.

Waiter/Waitress: Can I get you dessert, or anything else today?
Customer: I always save room for dessert! I would like ________ , please.

*Server brings dessert, then asks:

Waiter/Waitress: Can I get you anything else today?
Customer: No thank you, just a box to take the rest of my dessert home, please.
Waiter/Waitress: Sure, I will be right back with a box and your bill.
Customer: Thank you, everything was great!

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student


Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

SiLAS Bistro Menu


Wings (Buffalo or BBQ) - $8.00

Loaded Potato Skins - $7.00

Mozzarella Sticks - $6.00

Nachos - $7.00


Spaghetti and Meatballs - $9.00

Cheeseburger and fries - $8.00

Chicken fingers and fries - $8.00

Grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetable - $10.00

Sirloin Steak, baked potato and vegetable - $14.00

Broiled or Fried Flounder with baked potato and coleslaw - $12.00


Brownie Sundae - $5.00

Cheesecake - $4.00

Ice Cream (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry) - $3.00

Chocolate or Rice Pudding - $2.00


Iced Tea or Lemonade $2.25

Soda/Pop (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite) $2.00

Coffee $1.75

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Fill in the blanks below.

Step 1

Step 2

Add the prices of your appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage.

Step 3

Multiply the total by your state sales tax.

Step 4

Add tax amount to total.

Step 5

Take food/beverage total and multiply .20% for Gratuity/Tip

Step 6

Add the taxed total and the tip total together


$5.00 + $6.00 + 10.00 + $4.00 = $25.00



$25.00 + $1.50 = $26.50

$25.00 x.20% = $5.00

$26.50 + $5.00 = $31.50

Student Activity Sheet C

Today we are going to be going on a trip to the SiLAS Bistro for lunch, but first I want to walk you through what this might be like.

1. When you arrive at the restaurant, we will have to tell the host or hostess how many people we have in our group and give them a name. We might have to wait until they get our table(s) ready. When our group name is called, we will follow the host/hostess to our table and he/she will give us a menu.

2. You can look over the menu and decide what to eat or drink, then wait for the waiter/waitress to come take your order. Once you give the server your order (mention to them if you have any allergies), you should place your napkin on your lap and wait patiently for your drink and food to arrive. Sometimes it can take a little while. You can talk, but keep your voice low.

3. When your food arrives, it is polite to wait until everyone at your table has their food before you start to eat, and remember to say please and thank you. Do not shout, reach or grab across the table for anything.

4. When you are done eating, wait until everyone else finishes. You can ask to take home any food you have not eaten. The busser will clear your dirty dishes, and the server will deliver your check. Look it over to see if everything seems correct. The bill should have a subtotal, tax, then show the total amount.

5. If your waiter or waitress did a good job, remember to add a 20% tip to the subtotal amount.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: To check your understanding of the lesson, answer the following questions.

  1. If your server does a good job, how much money should you give as a tip/ gratuity?
  2. What is your favorite kind of appetizer?
  3. What should you do if you order, and then your meal has not arrived after five minutes?
  4. Who is the person that will come take away your dirty dishes when you are done eating?
  5. What is the amount of sales tax in the state that you live?