Eating Out

ESL discussion questions about eating out.

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  1. What do you look for in a good restaurant?
  2. What are the best restaurants in your town or city?
  3. What do you usually order when you go out for a meal?
  4. What is the best drink to have with a meal?
  5. Do you enjoy eating spicy food? How hot do you like it?
  6. Do you usually order dessert when eating out? What is your favourite?
  7. Have you ever had a bad experience in a restaurant? What happened?
  8. Have you ever eaten anything very unusual in a restaurant? What was it?
  9. Would you like to eat out every day? Would this be healthy?
  10. Would you ever eat in a restaurant alone?
  11. Do you enjoy giving tips to waiting staff? Do you tip generously?
  12. Do expensive restaurants always serve better food?
  13. Which country serves the best cuisine in your opinion?
  14. Why are there so few English restaurants around the world?
  15. Is restaurant food better than home-cooked food?
  16. Do you ever eat in fast-food chains like McDonald's or KFC? Why or why not?
  17. Have you ever tried an all-you-can-eat restaurant? Does this appeal to you?
  18. Have you ever had a late-night kebab? Was it a good experience?
  19. Should the man always pay for the meal while on a date?
  20. Do you ever read restaurant reviews? Are they useful?
  21. Smoking is now banned in many restaurants around the world. Is this a good thing?
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How to use the eating out ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the eating out ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the eating out discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the eating out discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of eating out in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to eating out contained in the discussion questions.

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