Interactive Restaurant Activity

San Francisco Restaurants: The Slanted Door

Part One: Thinking about the Topic

In your opinion, what qualities make a restaurant good? Other than serving good food, how important are service and atmosphere?

Part Two: Vocabulary

1) The ambience there is great. I always feel really comfortable and at ease.
a really good emotion; happiness
a feeling or mood; atmosphere
the way a place is decorated
2) I like that room becuase of the sky lights. They let in a lot of sunlight in the late afternoon.
a "window" in the roof or ceiling
a very large window
a big lamp in the center of a room

Part Three: Reading

Next, you are going to visit an on-line review for a San Francisco restaurant called The Slanted Door. The review is at a web site called, which reviews thousands of restaurants in cities across the US. Click here to get to the review of The Slanted Door. (Just click on the link, and the review will open in a new window.)

3) Where is the Slanted Door located?
18th Street
Valencia Street
17th Street
584th Street
4) What type of food does the Slanted Door serve?
5) On which day is this restaurant closed?
6) Can you take public transportation to this restaurant?
7) Does this restaurant have a parking lot?
8) According to the review, which of the following is NOT true?
The chairs do not match.
The restuarant gets natural light.
The Slanted Door is San Francisco's newest and most popular restaurant..
The imperial rolls are very good.

Part Four: Writing Exercise

Write down your answer to the following questions:

  1. Tell about one of your favorite restaurants. Where is it? Describe the ambience. What kind of food do they serve there? Is there one dish that you usually order?
  2. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? If so, where? Tell about your experience there. Describe the job the customers, and the ambience there.
  3. Have you ever cooked Vietnamese food? If so, tell about one dish you've made. What are the ingredients? How is it prepared?
  4. In the United States, a 15-20% tip is expected at most restaurants. At places like The Slanted Door, 20% is standard. What do you think of this?

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