Restaurant Lingo - It's A Thing. How Many Of These Words Do You Know?

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Are you restaurant savvy?

How well do you know the inner workings of the food service industry? Find out by answering these question about restaurant lingo!

 Nov 16, 2018

1 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is a low-priced meal that usually changes daily called?
A red plate special
A green light special
A blue plate special

2 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Who mixes drinks in a restaurant?
A buser
A host or hostess
A bartender

3 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What kind of dish is "à la carte"?
A four course meal
A combo platter
An individual dish

4 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Where is the "chef's table" located?
In the kitchen or next to it
Near the exit
At the back of an outdoor patio

5 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does it mean to "dine and dash"?
To eat without paying
To pick up food to go
To eat a quick meal

6 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Which of these is NOT considered a "fast food" restaurant?

7 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Dinner served before dinner hours is called what?
Sunset supper
An early bird dinner

8 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is a group meal that a restaurant serves its staff outside of peak business hours called?
A family meal
Service supper
Off-hours dinner

9 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is the square paper napkin which a beverage rests on called?
Ring holder
Drink tissue
Bev nap

10 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What numbered describes when the the kitchen is out of the item ordered?

11 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is a well done burger also known as?
A hardball
A bowling ball
A hockey puck

12 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is silverware rolled into a napkin called?
A rollo
A rollup
A Tootsie roll

13 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Who is "the Boogie Man" to a restaurateur?
The host or hostess
The main chef
The health inspector

14 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is a "walk-in" also known as?
A wine cellar
Cold storage
A bathroom

15 of 18Choose Your Answer:

To suggest a higher priced item is called what?
An upsell
A bait and switch
A highsell

16 of 18Choose Your Answer:

The number in a dining party is called a:

17 of 18Choose Your Answer:

BYOB stands for "bring your own ____________"

18 of 18Choose Your Answer:

A gratuity is also known as a what?
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

Sure, you've eaten at a restaurant—pretty much everybody has! But have you ever worked in one? If you have, you may know the lingo of working in the food service industry, and this may be the quiz for you!

Do you know what a blue plate special is? Have you ever ordered something a la carte? Have you ever been invited to eat at the chef's table? Do you know the terms for meats that are well done? Do you know what everyone does in a restaurant from hosts to servers to busboys on down? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, congratulations! Restaurant work is not for the faint of heart. It takes great stamina and focus to work in a restaurant, and running one is a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week job! So do you think you've got what it takes to tackle this quiz? Take a seat, grab a menu and place your order!

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