1. A restaurant in which the customers are served at a counter and carry their meals on trays to tables.
2. A dining area, as at a school or office building, where meals may be purchased or brought from home and eaten.
[Spanish cafetería, coffee shop, cafeteria, from café, coffee, ultimately (via French, café, or Italian, caffè) from Ottoman Turkish qahve; see COFFEE.]
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