South Korea is a country where you will find food to be a rich part of the culture. From traditional Korean restaurants to aesthetic and cute cafes – you will find a variety of food joints in every street of Korea. Hence it is only natural to learn some common and important phrases which will help you have a better experience at any restaurant.
Having a conversation in Korea is a hurdle for some westerners. They are unable to converse especially to native Koreans, and it doesn’t help when the Koreans speak so fast.
How to be polite when talking in a restaurant or cafe in Korean language ?
Below is a list of some handy words and phrases to use when you’re at a Korean restaurant or cafe.
The Korean words used for restaurants.
Restaurants serving Koreanised Western-style food
Restaurants specializing in Korean-style food.
Hanshik jip/Hanshik dang
Fast-food restaurants ( reasonably priced for young people )
Retro(70,80s) styled cafe
Bar where drinks and snacks are served
Beer hall. (Some offer live entertainment)
In the Korean cooking culture, barbeque and spicy food is a great choice for entertaining events and getting together. Korean food is a lot more than just Kimchi and Bulgogi or Bibimbap. You can eat a different variety of foods in Korea depending on where you go. In this post, I'll show you some dishes that are available in Korean restaurants and cafes along with the useful phrases so that next time you go to a restaurant or cafe, you'll know which dish you want to order.
Seafood and scallion pancake
Seasoned soybean sprouts
Seasoned boiled eggplant
Whole radish kimchi
Vegetables or wild greens
Soup (Sul) is a staple food in Korea. Korean has 7 basic flavors: sweet, salty, sour, spicy, bitter, pungent, and fragrant.
There are hundreds of kinds of Korean soups and they all taste different from one another! It's an interesting experience to have conversation at a Korean restaurant or cafe.
Ginseng chicken soup
Soybean paste soup
Rice with red-beans
Rice cooked with bean sprouts
In Korea, meat dishes are popular and especially beef and chicken is very famous. Since it has the best taste and tenderness, It is an important part of the meal. You can find a list of popular meat dishes to order in Korean restaurants!
Barbecued beef dishes
Chicken stewed with vegetables & soy sauce.
Phrases to use while ordering food at a Korean restaurant.
I made a reservation.
I did not make a reservation.
Please give me the menu.
Please give an English menu.
영어 메뉴를 주세요
Yeongeo menyureul juseyo
Serve it yourself.
Water is for self service.
Madam/Sir, we will order now
아주머니/아저씨 여기 주문이요
A-ju-meo-ni/ a-jeo-ssi yeogi ju-mun-i-yo
What is today’s recommended menu?
오늘 추천 메뉴는 뭐예요?
Oneul chucheon menyuneun mwoyeyo?
What would you recommend?
어떤 것을 추천하세요?
What is delicious here?
여기 뭐가 맛있어요?
Yeogi mwoga masisseoyo?
Please recommend me the most delicious one.
제일 맛있는 것 추전해 주세요.
Je-il mat-iss-neun geot chu-jeon-hae ju-seyo.
Please give me ______
Please give me apron.
Please give me spoon.
Please give me chopsticks.
Please give me the side dishes
Give me more.
(__) 좀 더 주세요.
(___) jom deo juseyo.
It's on me.
Do you have ____?
What is not spicy here?
안 매운게 뭐예요?
An mae-un-ge mwo-ye-yo?
Is this spicy?
Where is the toilet?
Please pack this for me.
이거 포장해 주세요
I-geo po-jang-hae ju-seyo.
Can i have a wet towel please.
물수건 좀 주세요.
Mul-su-geon jom ju-seyo.
I will have one more of this please.
이거 하나 더 주세요
I-geo ha-na deo ju-seyo
The menu is written on the wall.
메뉴 벽에 써 있어요.
Me-nyu byeog-e sseo iss-eo-yo
I want __ number of servings for this.
이거 __ 인분 더 주세요.
I-geo ___ in-bun deo ju-seyo
I haven't decided yet.
아직 결정 못했어요.
A-jig gyeol-jeong mot-haesseoyo.
Do you have anything without meat?
고기 안 들어간 거 있어요?
Go-gi an deur-eo-gan geo iss-eo-yo?
Where is the billing counter?
계산 어디서 해요?
Gye-san eo-di-seo hae-yo?
What do you put in this one?
여기에 뭐뭐 들어가요?
Yeo-gi-ye mwo-mwo deur-eo-ga-yo?
Do you accept (credit) card here?
여기 카드 돼요?
Yeo-gi ka-deu dwae-yo?
We will pay the bill separately.
I can’t eat pork
저는 돼지고기를 못 먹어요
jeon dwaejigogireul mot meogeoyo
Could you make it without pork please?
돼지고기 빼 주실 수 있으세요?
Dwae-ji-go-gi ppae ju-sil su iss-eu-se-yo?
Do you have any dishes without pork?
돼지고기 없는 메뉴 있으세요?
Dwaejigogi eobneun menyu isseuseyo?
Please give me one of this in "medium/large/small".
이거 "중/대/소"으로 하나 주세요.
I-geo "jung/dae/su"eu-ro ha-na ju-seyo.
Can I add a bowl of rice here?
여기 밥 한 그릇 추가요 ?
Yeo-gi bap han geu-reut ju-gayo ?
Please give me the sauce separately.
소스는 따로 주실 수 있으세요.
So-seu-neun dda-ro ju-sil su iss-eu-se-yo.
Please halve the bill.
We’ll pay separately.
계산서를 따로따로 할게요.
Gyesanseoreul ddaroddaro halgeyo.
Can you split the bill ?
계산서 나누어 줄 수 있으세요 ?
Gyesanseo nanueo jul su isseuseyo ?
How long do I have to wait?
얼마나 기다려야 돼요?
Eol-ma-na gi-da-ryeo-ya dwae-yo?
I'll have this and this.
이거하고 이거 주세요.
I ate well, and i will come again.
잘 먹었습니다, 또 올게요.
Jalmeo-geot-sseum-nida, ddo ol-ge-yo.
I believe how you say something is more important than what you are saying. If you learn this skill while you are in Korea, it should be how to order your foods in Korean. If you have no idea where to start, I recommend that you start with the basics such as ordering a simple lunch or dinner at restaurants.
This blog post is a summary of techniques to have conversation in Korean which can be helpful to have a Korean friend during your next visit to Korea if you want to order Korean dishes in Korean.
If you have any questions or suggestions, comment down below.
Thank you !!