056 The Details of Dining Out


(Office ambience)

A:How was dinner last night? Didn't you go out with upper management to entertain some new clients?


A:What happened?

C:老板Mr. Brown让我去安排。我通知了所有人,但是没跟餐馆预约,结果等了很久。

A:I'm sure that didn't go over well.

C:能看出来,Mr. Brown很不高兴。

A:Anytime you invite people to a business meal, whether the group is large or small, call the restaurant and make reservations.


A:Did they know how many people you were bringing?


A:You should have asked Mr. Brown if he wanted to choose another restaurant.


A:When that happens, you end up with a group of cranky people. That's not good for business.




A:What did you do while you waited for your table last night?


A:Did you ask if you could wait in the bar and order everyone a drink and some hors d'oeuvres?

C: Mr. Brown很懂行,他提议先到酒吧去,还问服务员能不能给我们每人一杯免费的酒水。

A:That was the thing to do since the restaurant made a mistake in not taking a reservation for the large group. Even with reservations, if your group has to wait long time, you should politely ask for some sort of compensation.


A:You should have requested the bartender or his staff to carry the drinks, considering the kind of restaurant it was. At a casual place, you are expected to take your own.


A:Next time ask the bartender to add the bar bill to your dinner tab.

C:Amy, 你能不能最后总结一下,请客户吃饭有哪些注意事项呢?

A:Whenever you entertain people over meals, insist on reservations. If your table is not ready, offer your guests a drink at the bar. Ask the bar staff to carry your unfinished drinks to the table and to add the bar bill to your final tab.