How should a waiter ask about the number of the guests?

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A: How many people,please?
B: How many guests will you be expecting?
C: May I know the number of the eaters, please?
D: How many people will join you?

The background is that when a person enter a restaurant for dinner in China, the waiter/waitress will ask the guest such questions. But I am not sure which one sounds natural. Is there a better way to express the meaning?

Many thanks!
  • suzi br

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    English / England
    In the sort of places I eat in the thing I hear most is "Table for .... ? " asked in an enquiring tone so I can fill the gap!
    I also hear ripper's suggestion "How many of you are there?"

    All of your options seem a little "off" though not impossible. Waiting staff in the UK seem to be on a mission to say as little as they can!
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    English - U.S.
    If you must say something like "eaters," then "diners" would be better. However, any of the simpler versions is even better than that.

    What I usually hear is "Table for X?" where X is the number of people that seem to be in my group when we walk in. If that's not correct, I say something like "No, for four. Our fourth person is parking the car" or "No, for four. The other two will be here in a few minutes."
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