What is the correct response?


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Besides "Спасибо!", which is the option number one, it's also used:

"Благодарю!" is almost like спасибо but is more sublime, expresses genuine thankfulness

and of course you can wish the same after all in return to a person if [s]he is also eating at the moment, by saying:

"Взаимно." means "it's mutual.": can be used standalone or after спасибо or благодарю


"[И] Вам также\тоже.": can be said standalone instead of спасибо or благодарю
or added after like in this example:

"Спасибо\Благодарю! Взаимно." or "Спасибо\Благодарю! Вам также\тоже."


Спасибо is indeed the right response. I can't think of the corresponding idiom in English (strangely enough), but the response to French bon appetit is the same merci.

  • after Спасибо is correct to say приятного аппетита to the other person or there's some other word like вам тоже Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 12:03
  • @GiannisFoulidis You can certainly say и Вам тоже.
    – Aleks G
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 14:40
  • Aleks G, "Вам тоже" in reply to "приятного аппетита" from any service person (waiter, barista, etc) will sound silly IMO...
    – Sergey
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 19:17
  • @Sergey Agree, but I was specifically responding to the comment about wishing it to the other person after спасибо.
    – Aleks G
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 19:46

What if your table companion says "приятного аппетита"?< Answer politely "и Вам/тебе приятного аппетита".<

More common answer will be "Спасибо, вам также".

Or impolitely "своё едим" ;-)<

I'm Russian, but I've never heard such sentence - it seems that it's out of use in modern Russian.


Some people look at that topic strongly.

Only treating person should say "приятного аппетита" entertaining to you. Say "спасибо" in response.

An eater

What if your table companion says "приятного аппетита"?

Answer politely "и Вам/тебе приятного аппетита".

Or impolitely "своё едим" ;-)

Or humorously "буду стараться".

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