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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10:09:36 PM
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Hello,

What is a person who has a meal at a restaurant called?
Is it a customer, a guest or …? I suppose both might be wrong.

Thank you.
ozok
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:53:39 AM
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a restaurant patron.



just sayin'
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:04:51 AM

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TFD defines guest as


guest (gĕst)
n.
1. ...................
2.....................
3. One who pays for meals or accommodations at a restaurant, hotel, or other establishment; a patron.
4. ...............................



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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:16:08 AM
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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
TFD defines guest as


guest (gĕst)
n.
1. ...................
2.....................
3. One who pays for meals or accommodations at a restaurant, hotel, or other establishment; a patron.
4. ...............................



Thank you very much, Ashwin Joshi, for your reply.

Sorry, I was confused.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:27:41 AM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

What is a person who has a meal at a restaurant called?
Is it a customer, a guest or …? I suppose both might be wrong.

Thank you.


All three could be used, another term would be diner.

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/diner

Diner:
1. One that dines: midnight diners enjoying the meal after the theater.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:15:55 AM

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You could also call that person a client.


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Donthailand
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:30:13 AM
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In my experience, "customer" is the most common term. I was just at a bar and restaurant yesterday and both the bartenders and servers refer to their customers.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:18:11 AM

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The most basic term is customer, since this person is receiving and paying for the product and service of the business -- a restaurant. It's in recent years that businesses have tried to "upscale" their terminology from customer to client, I believe, in an attempt to flatter the customer.

Even when receiving medical services, such as a visit to the doctor for your annual physical, the patient is fundamentally a customer. I suppose in "nicer neighborhoods", the patient is a "client".
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 2:04:02 PM
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Yes, it is usually 'customer'. (But among the staff it's usually 'punter'!)

However, in high end restaurants 'customer' is considered "common", so they're referred to as 'patrons'.
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