AEE 1056: Got a Bad Table at a Restaurant? How to Ask for a Change in English

Have you ever asked to move your table at a restaurant or to make a change of some sort?

Have you been in a situation where you wanted to ask for something special like moving your table, and you felt unsure of how to do that?

There can be a variety of reasons as to why you may wish to move your table.

How do you do that and keep it positive and appropriate?

We’re going to show you how to ask without coming off as rude, and ultimately get what you want in this situation.

 

Knowing How To Deliver This Request Properly

It can be uncomfortable to be in this situation and have to ask this sort of question, especially if a restaurant is busy.

It’s always about the way that you deliver the message and what you say.

What can you say to do this with style and without irritating your waitress or waiter?

  • Excuse me, could we change tables? ____________ (give the reason)
  • Are there any other tables available? It’s a bit _____________ over here.
  • Would you mind if we had a _______________- (booth, regular table, bigger table, etc)?
  • Could we switch tables? ______________- (give the reason)

 

These are all polite and acceptable ways to ask for help, and you just have to ask in a polite and nice way.

 

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Asking For Additional Changes

There are times when you may need to ask for other changes when in a restaurant setting.

Again it’s about what you say and the way in which you say it.

All of this matters as it can make people much more receptive to wanting to grant your request.

Here are a few ways to ask for a change in the best way possible.

  • Could we add a person to this reservation?
  • One of the members of our party isn’t here, so we won’t need that chair. (sometimes changing numbers can be a challenge)
  • Could we have a couple extra seats?

These situations present themselves all the time, but knowing how to talk through them is what it’s all about.

 

Takeaway

When making a change at a restaurant, be sure to be friendly and explain the situation.

Always thank the person, and keep the request positive!

This is an important connection skill–to make a slight change as a customer.

You want to be sure you get it right, and this all comes down to your delivery and tone of voice in the request that you make.

 

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

 

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