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How do I address a waiter or a waitress in a restaurant? Hallo allerseits! How do I address a waiter or a waitress in a restaurant in Germany? What do you think of 1) Entschuldigung, bitte. 2) Entschuldigen Sie, bitte. 3) Herr Ober! (for a man) 4) Fräulein! (for a woman) 5) ______________ Here goes your suggestion. Danke schön :)
Nov 4, 2016 5:01 PM
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Numbers 3 and 4 are outdated and should not be used anymore. Especially the word "Fräulein" is nowadays considered "politically incorrect", because it's usually none of your business whether a woman is married or not. What I usually to to get the attention of a waiter or waitress: 1. Without any words, just try to make eye contact. First by looking at them, and then maybe by waving your hand when they look in your direction. A good waiter or waitress should notice this and either come to your table or say something like: "Einem Moment noch" or "Komme gleich." 2. If this doesn't help, say "Entschuldigung!" On a second attempt you can expand it to something like: "Entschuldigung, könnte ich bitte..." - basically starting to say what you want from them.
November 4, 2016
Herr Ober is a rather old fashoned expression. Here are some suggestions: Guten Tag. Die Speisekarte (Karte) , bitte. Ich möchte / Wir möchten bitte die Speisekarte (Karte). Bringen Sie uns bitte die Speisekarte. Wir möchten bitte zahlen / bezahlen. / ich möchte bitte zahlen / bezahlen. However, this is polite and ok at a restaurant. When you are at a pub or a snack bar, it is ok to say: Hallo . Die Karte, bitte. / Zahlen / Bezahlen, bitte.
November 4, 2016
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