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    asking for the bill

    hi,
    what's the best way to ask for the bill in a restaurant, please?
    Thanks.

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    Re: asking for the bill

    It depends upon the location. I'm from the US, and it is customary here to simply say something like "we're all set" which indicates that you aren't going to order anything else and are ready for your bill (servers in the US rely on tips or gratuities as part of their salary, so as a rule they return to your table frequently throughout your meal to inquire whether you want more coffee or dessert or whatever. It is during one of those inquiries that you would tell them that you were ready for your bill, or "check" as it is often referred to in US restaurant lingo.) If, for some reason, the server didn't bring your bill and you were ready to leave, you would approach the manager or cashier and tell them "we haven't gotten our bill."

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    Re: asking for the bill

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    what's the best way to ask for the bill in a restaurant, please?
    Thanks.
    In the UK you would call the waiter and say; "Could I/we have the bill please?"

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    Re: asking for the bill

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In the UK you would call the waiter and say; "Could I/we have the bill please?"
    ... and in a noisy environment, the /b/ and the /p/ help - perhaps reinforced by a mime of writing a signature.

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    Re: asking for the bill

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... and in a noisy environment, the /b/ and the /p/ help - perhaps reinforced by a mime of writing a signature.

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    Hello Bobk,
    It's interesting to know that people behave similarly whatever their culture is. I couldn't imagine a British would ask for the bill using a gesture to simulate a signature. It's just the way we do here.
    Thanks.

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