Speaking Part 1 – Restaurants

In this post, you will see one of the most common IELTS speaking topics (restaurants) and sample answers.

Please remember that in the actual test you should give honest answers and talk about your own experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions. Do not try to memorise answers, as the examiners will probably be able to guess and you will lose marks.

However, you are able to make up information to extend your answers, but be sure that you are confident when speaking about the chosen topic and that it is believable.

TIP >> Each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences long.

TIP >> Listen carefully to the question so that you answer in the correct tense. 

TIP >> When answering a yes/no question – answer then give your reasons for your answer. You must extend your answer to gain more marks. 

TIP >> Just relax and think of it as a regular conversation you are having, make eye contact and be positive. 

Take a look at the questions and sample answers below on the topic of ‘restaurants‘ >>

Q: Do you like to eat out?

A: Absolutely! I love going to a restaurant either in town or by the sea. There are so many restaurants that are by the sea here in Corfu, that it is impossible not to go!

Q: Where do you like to go?

A: I like to visit restaurants by the sea that serve fresh fish. My husband’s godparents own a fantastic fish taverna, that we visit regularly and it is situated on a private beach with fantastic waters for swimming. 

Q: Are there any restaurants you can recommend in your hometown?

A: In the city where I grew up there are many restaurants serving various cuisine from around the world. Unfortunately, the Greek restaurants there do not serve the same quality of food as you can find in Greece. So when I am there I like to go to Yo Sushi, the experience is a good as the food itself!

Q: Can you tell me about a memorable experience you had at a restaurant?

A: It was my mom’s birthday and friends and family were at the beachside taverna for a Greek night, with dancing and live music. We had organised a surprise cake for my mom and when it came out she was so happy. The night was one big happy occasion, filled with good food, cake and of course traditional dancing!

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