When you need to choose a place where to have a meal, it is important to know the differences between catering establishments and their functions. You can eat all of them, but there are different atmosphere, prices and order of service in them so it is very useful to understand which one is more suitable in each case.
One of the most commonly used names is restaurant, although many establishments who wear this name doesn’t conform the standards of the restaurant. A restaurant is an establishment that serves the customers with food and beverage on the premises only. There are many types of restaurants, but the common aspect is that restaurants are not meant only to get some food, but also to rest in nice atmosphere and have a good time. In the restaurants waiter serves the costumers from the moment when they enter the establishment until the moment they leave it. Some high class restaurants even have specific dress codes to make very solemn atmosphere.
Café is an establishment that serves the customers with food and beverage either on the premises or for takeout. Usually in cafes there are only drinks and snacks offered and the waiter only sells the food and brings it to the table. In cafes also it is possible to relax and, for example, read a newspaper or spend some spare time, but the interior and atmosphere there is very simple. Food and drinks in cafes are cheaper than in restaurants, but are more overprized then in shops.
Pizzeria is an establishment that serves the customers with food, usually pizza or similar foods to pizza and beverage either on the premises or for takeout. Pizzerias have different policies. Some are more similar to restaurants, but some to fast food restaurants. Most often in pizzerias waiter serves the costumers the whole time and costumers can also have some nice time at the establishment, but the food and atmosphere is not so fancy as in typical restaurants.
Bistro is an establishment that serves the customers with food and beverage either on the premises or for takeout. Bistros are small, simple and practical. Usually there are very casual warm foods served. Food is already made and there is no need to order it. In most cases waiter puts the selected food on the plate and customer pay for it before eating.
Fast food restaurant also is an establishment that serves the customers with food and beverage. More often the order is for takeout, but sometimes costumers also eat in on the premises. Fast food restaurants usually serve only one type of foods, for example, burgers, kebabs, sandwiches, chicken wings etc. The service is the same as in bistro – costumer orders the food, pays for it and then eats or takes away. Fast food restaurants also are for meal only.
Street food stands is one of the lower class catering establishments. They offer the food to the costumers for takeout only. Usually they sell fats foods that have only few ingredients and are easy to make. Seller only makes the snack and sells it to the costumers.