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Basically, I want to say this:

I went to that place for brunch with my girlfriend last weekend, the service was pretty fast, and the food was good too.

I want to say that the service was good in that it was pretty fast, without a delay, etc.

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You can say fast or prompt which means 'without delay'. – z7sg Ѫ Jul 28 '11 at 14:57
Your original sentence is perfectly fine. Why do you need a different word? – JSBձոգչ Jul 28 '11 at 15:45
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Synonyms I can think of for "fast" in similar context:

The service was:

  • expeditious
  • prompt
  • attentive
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I think unless it was a facetious usage, expeditious would be a bit "flowery" to use in a sentence that also includes the word brunch. – FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 16:55

I typically hear the phrase timely for service:

They have excellent food and timely service.

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I think "timely" has more conotations with "serendipity", and is more often used in contexts where something "just happens to happen" at exactly the optimum time. You might even perhaps say it about slow delivery of food if that gave you more time for a pre-prandial aperitif, and you valued that. In an eaterie with OP's context I think "prompt" is far more appropriate. – FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 15:18
@Fumble: Timely is used this way where I live and where I grew up. So... regardless of connotations, my suggestion is accurate. See also: timeliness, which we use to refer to someone's ability to always be on time. – MrHen Jul 28 '11 at 15:32
Perhaps it's a regional thing. To me, someone's timeliness might easily suggest an (uncanny?) ability to exercise "appropriate timing", which might not be the same thing as their punctuality. – FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 16:53

Synonyms for "pretty fast":

  • Quick
  • Prompt
  • Speedy
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I'm not sure why you don't want to say "fast", but other words would be "speedy" and "efficient". (I also second "prompt" and "attentive" from @KeithS.)

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I would say that the service was swift.

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Lightning Service should please the waiter, steward, bartender, manager or whoever served you.

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