Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you ever tell the server the wrong when you eat at a restaurant?

Sometimes this happens!

We get busy and we get distracted.

Occasionally we tell the server that we want something different from what we actually want to order.

Sometimes you don’t realize that you ordered the wrong thing until the order arrives.

Today find out how to change your order in English without being rude.


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Should you always tell the server to change the order?

It’s a personal choice.

You might make your decision based on how long the line is if you are in a coffee shop or deli.

You could judge how stressed out or busy the server is.

Every situation is different.

If you decide to ask the server to change the order after it arrives then you need the right phrases.


Phrases to change your order without being rude:

  • Oh my gosh I’m sorry I meant to ask for an iced coffee.
  • I apologize but I wanted an iced coffee, not a hot coffee
  • Oh my bad. I thought I ordered chicken but I actually ordered steak. Can I change my order to chicken?
  • Is it too late to change  my order?


Your tone of voice is important when you ask the server to change your order.

Remember, you don’t always need to just stick with what you got if it’s not what you wanted.

Many times it’s okay to change the order but use the right phrases that we have given you today.


Learn more!

We have done plenty of episodes on how to eat in a restaurant using English!

Also, learn how to check on your order without being rude in English here

Learn how to voice your dietary needs in English here.


Let us know your questions in the comments section below.

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