Restaurant is a public place which serves food and drinks in exchange for money to the customers. It offers a seating arrangement. It provides more emphasis on service. It offers a wide menu along with the prices. The food is usually prepared after it is ordered from the menu.
A cafeteria is a place where foods and drinks are served in exchange of monetary value. It may or may not provide seating arrangements. Cafeteria doesn’t serve the alcoholic beverages.
|A place where people pay to sit and eat meals that are cooked and served on the premises.||A restaurant in which customers serve themselves from a counter and pay before eating.|
|Synonyms||Buffet, diner, eating place, tavern, cabaret||Canteen, refectory, snack bar, dining room, snack bar|
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|History||In Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, thermopolia (singular thermopolium) were small restaurant-bars that offered food and drinks to customers. A typical thermopolium had little L-shaped counters in which large storage vessels were sunk, which would contain either hot or cold food. Their popularity was linked to the lack of kitchens in many dwellings and the ease with which people could purchase prepared foods.||Perhaps the first self-service restaurant (not necessarily considered a cafeteria) in the United States was the Exchange Buffet in New York City, opened September 4, 1885, which catered to an exclusively male clientele. Food was purchased at a counter, and patrons ate standing up.|
|Word origin||The word restaurant was originated from Early 19th century: from French, from restaurer ‘provide food for’ (literally ‘restore to a former state’).||The word cafeteria was originated from Mid 19th century (originally US): from Latin American Spanish cafetería ‘coffee shop’.|
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