Ordering Food at a Restaurant in Spanish: Phrases and Conversations - SpanishLearningLab (2022)

¡Hola! Today’s lesson aims at helping you learn the vocabulary, phrases and questions that you needto order your favorite food at a restaurant in Spanish. We have included many examples about food descriptions, ways to ask the waiter for the specialties of the house, ways to make reservations and more. In addition, this lesson will introduce the names of some popular Latin American dishes in Spanish. Let’s start…

Common questions and phrases at the restaurant in Spanish

When you are in the restaurant, the first words you will need aregreetings and farewells like“Hola” and “Mucho gusto”. Besides some greetings, you will need many other expressions, which will be presented next in three different sections:

Describing food and a restaurant’smenu in Spanish

First, it is very important to use the rightadjectives to describe food, that is words such as “Delicioso”, “Sabroso” (delicious), “Feo” (not delicious in this case), “picante” (spicy), “dulce”(sweet) and “salado” (salty), among many others. Sentences describing food in Spanish will make use of the verbs SER and ESTAR, e.g. “El filete está delicioso” and “La comida es sabrosa en ese lugar”. Some essential nouns to have a conversation at a restaurant are: “mesa” (table), “reservación”, “comida(food), “plato principal” (main dish), “entrada” (appetizer) and “postre” (dessert).

Sometimes, restaurants will have their menu (El menú) in both English and Spanish, which offers learners a great opportunity to practice this topic in a more realistic context.As with all menus, they include prices (precios), a few or many dishes, and of course some special offers. Next, we show you a very simple menu with the names of some dishes in Spanish:

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Common questions that customers ask at the restaurant in Spanish

As customers, we may come up with lots of different questions to ask the waiter or any other person at the restaurant, especially if we are there for the first time.Listen to some of the most common things that customers ask and the possible answers for these questions:

Buenos días. Una mesa para dos (personas) por favor.

Good Morning. A table for two (people) please.

Buenas noches. ¿Me puede mostrar el menú por favor?

Good night!. Can you show me the menu please?

Aló, llamo para reservar una mesa para cuatro.

Hello? I’m calling to book a table for four.

¿Cuál es la especialidad de la casa?

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What is the restaurant’s specialty?

¿Qué nos puede recomendar?

What do you recommend me?

¿Qué trae este platillo?

What does this dish include?

¿Hay algún combo disponible?

Is there any combo available?

Ordenaré/Pediré este plato.

I will order this dish.

¿Qué bebidas tiene?

What drinks do you have?

¿Me puede traer la cuenta por favor?

Can you get me the bill please?

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Things that waiters say at the restaurant in Spanish

On the other hand, the waiter (el mesero) or the waitress (la mesera) will usually welcome you with a greeting like “Bienvenido, pase adelante por favor” (welcome, please come in) or “Bienvenido, ¿Tiene reservación?. Once you are inside the restaurant, the waiter could say or ask any of these things:

Por favor tome asiento.

Please take a seat.

Permítame llevarlo a su mesa.

Let me walk you to your table

Aquí tiene el menú

Here is the menu

¿Desea ordenar? /¿Qué le gustaría ordenar?

Would you like to order?

¿Qué le gustaría tomar?

What would you like to drink?

Le recomiendo probar el filete de cerdo a la plancha.

I recommend you to try the grilled pork steak.

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El combo número tres lleva/trae arroz, papas fritas, ensalada y 8 piezas de pollo.

Combo number three includes rice, chips, salad and 8 pieces of chicken.

¡Buen provecho!

Enjoy!

Aquí tiene la cuenta.

Here is the bill.

Listening Activity No.1: Common Latin food in Spanish – La comida latina

There are many typical dishes in Latin America. Sometimes these dishes have the same name across countries, but the recipe is totally different. Mexican food is probably the most famous Latin food in the US, although there are so many great dishes in the rest of the continent. “Pupusas” for instance are representative of “El Salvador”, “Nacatamales” and “El Gallo pinto” are traditional dishes in Nicaragua, and just the same “Bandeja Paisa” is a very important one in Colombia.

Listen to five Latin food descriptions in Spanish and use the pictures to decide which dish the speaker is talking about.

Listening quiz: Latin food at the restaurant in Spanish

Listen to some short recordings in Spanish describing each type of food and choose the picture that is described in the audio.

Conversation script: Latin food descriptions in Spanish

  1. El ceviche se come en varios países. En Centroamérica incluye pescado adobado en jugo de limón, sal, pimienta negra, cebollas, cilantro, chiles y ajo finamente picados.
  2. Una empanada es masa de pan rellena con una preparación salada o dulce y cocida al horno o frita. El relleno puede incluir carnes rojas o blancas, pescado, verduras o fruta.
  3. Para elaborar las pupusas primeramente se necesita una masa, que en El Salvador es elaborada por lo general de maíz molido. Son básicamente una tortilla, pero la diferencia es que en su interior se les agregan otros ingredientes que le dan un sabor único. Se pueden hacer pupusas de queso, de frijoles y muchos otros sabores.
  4. La base de los tacos son las características tortillas de harina o maíz mexicanas que envuelven el relleno, que suele contener siempre carne de res o de cerdo. Se pueden clasificar los tacos de muy diferentes maneras, una de ellas es por el tipo de carne con que se hacen.
  5. El gallopinto es uno entre varios platos americanos que involucran en su preparación el arroz y los frijoles, ingredientes considerados parte integral de la cultura de muchos países, en los cuales se pueden encontrar diferentes versiones.
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Listening Activity No.2: Atthe restaurant in Spanish –En el restaurante

Listen to a conversation between two friends who are ordering food at a restaurant in Spanish. Pay attention to the way the waiter ask if they have booked a table, the things they say about the dishes in the menu and what they think is delicious or not. Then, solve the quiz about the conversation.

Key phrases in the conversation:
1. “Pasen por aquí por favor” means “Come this way please!”
2. “Me gustaría comer de todo” means “I’d like to try everything”
3. “Voy a pedir/ordenar” means “I will order…”

Listening quiz: Ordering Food At the Restaurant in Spanish

Listen to the conversation again and answer these questions about its content. Press START when you are ready.

Conversation script: Ordering food at the restaurant in Spanish

  • Mesero: ¡Buenas noches! ¿Tienen reservación?
  • Maritza: ¡Buenas noches! Si, reservamos una mesa para dos personas.
  • Mesero: ¿Me puede dar su nombre?
  • Maritza: Si claro, mi nombre es Maritza Salgado.
  • Mesero: Gracias… confirmado…, pasen por aquí por favor. Aquí está el menú de hoy. Nuestro especial del día es Lomo Relleno.
  • Juan: Muchas gracias… Bien Maritza, ¿Qué te gustaría comer?
  • Maritza: Todo se ve muy delicioso. Hay pasta, comida china y también tienen comida mexicana…. tacos, burritos y tamales. Me gustaría comer de todo pero no se puede. ¿Tú ya decidiste?
  • Juan: Si, creo que voy a ordenar comida mexicana. Voy a pedir un par de tacos de carne y un par de tacos de frijoles. Escuché que la comida mexicana es muy rica en este restaurante.
  • Maritza: ¿En serio? Me llama la atención el especial del día, el lomo relleno. Se ve muy delicioso.
  • Mesero: Disculpen, ¿qué desean ordenar?
  • Juan: Yo voy a ordenar dos tacos carne y dos de frijoles. ¿Qué tiene de tomar?
  • Mesero: Tenemos vino, soda y también jugo de frutas.
  • Juan: Entonces también quiero un jugo de manzana.
  • Maritza: Yo quiero el especial de la casa y una copa de vino.
  • Mesero: Está bien, la comida estará lista en unos 15 minutos. Les traeré las bebidas en seguida.
  • Maritza: Muchas gracias.
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You have made it to the end of this lesson. When you master the key expressions and questions in this lesson, try to find a Latino restaurant nearby and order something to eat in Spanish. Have fun and ¡Buen provecho!

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FAQs

How do you order food in a restaurant in Spanish? ›

We are going to get fuerza mujeres de connect anterior indicó livestream del plantel está picunches

How do you order food in a restaurant conversation? ›

Yes sir we want to order desert sure sir for desert we have apple pie lemon tart cream pie and ice

How do you ask for something at a restaurant in Spanish? ›

This is the most common way of asking: Para llevar, for favor. = For takeout, please. If, on the contrary, you'd like to specify that you'll eat at the restaurant, then just say para comer aquí.

How do you order Spanish at a Mexican restaurant? ›

Once you have decided what you want to eat simply say the words yo quiero followed by what you would

How do you order a table in Spanish? ›

Ask for a table: "Una mesa para dos, por favor." This sentence literally translates to "A table for 2, please." If you're dining with more or fewer people than this, substitute "para dos" with one of these numbers: 1 person: "Para una persona" 3 people: "Para tres" 4 people: "Para cuatro"

How do you order pizza in Spanish? ›

Let's take a look at a few phrases you can use for when you feel like having some pizza in Spanish: Quisiera ordenar una pizza por favor. I would like to order a pizza please. ¿Quieren pedir pizza?

What are some restaurant phrases? ›

  • English phrase guide. Page 36 of 61. ➔ ...
  • excuse me!
  • enjoy your meal! bon appétit!
  • would you like to taste the wine?
  • could we have …? another bottle of wine. some more bread. ...
  • would you like any coffee or dessert? do you have any desserts? could I see the dessert menu?
  • was everything alright?
  • thanks, that was delicious.

How do you start a conversation with a customer at a restaurant? ›

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How do you talk to a waiter in a restaurant? ›

ENGLISH CONVERSATION
  1. Waiter: Welcome, sir. Please have a seat.
  2. Customer: Thank you.
  3. Waiter: How can I help you sir?
  4. Customer: Could I see your menu card before ordering something?
  5. Waiter: Sure! ...
  6. Customer: Could you please tell me the famous dish of your restaurant?
  7. Waiter: Sure! ...
  8. Customer: Non veg.
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How do you start an order in Spanish? ›

How to order food in Spanish - YouTube

What do Spanish waiters say? ›

Spanish Restaurant Phrases for Waiters

¿Qué desea comer? - What would you like to eat? ¿Qué desea beber? - What would you like to drink? ¿Están listos para ordenar? - Are you ready to order? ¿Qué desea ordenar? - What would you like to order?

How do you say check in Spanish at a restaurant? ›

How do you ask for the check in Spanish? In Spain, you can simply say “la cuenta, por favor” (the check, please) when you catch your server's attention. Another common phrase many locals use is “¿nos cobras cuando puedas?” (literally: “can you charge us when you can?”).

How do you order Spanish like a native? ›

A direct translation of English ordering phrases would be "¿Me puedes traer una cerveza?" or "¿Puedo tener el salmón?" This is a dead giveaway that you're a native English speaker.

How do you get a waiter's attention in Mexico? ›

Attract your server's attention gently.

“Disculpe”–excuse me–works nicely as an attention-getter. You can also add the appropriate honorific–señor for men, of course, señora for women, and señorita for obviously young women.

How do you order at a bar in Spanish? ›

Use words like dame (give me), ponme (get me), or quiero (I want) before specifying your drink of choice. How do I get another drink in Spanish? If you're seated or standing at the bar, you can simply catch the bartender's eye and ask for otro (literally “another”).

How do you order coffee in Spanish? ›

The simplest and most efficient way to order a coffee (regardless of which Spanish-speaking country you're in) is by saying “Un café, por favor” (A coffee, please). That's easy enough, but what do you do if your barista or waiter asks “¿Cómo lo quiere?” (How would you like it?).

How do you say I dont know what to eat in Spanish? ›

no sé qué cenar.

How do you order water in Spanish? ›

In most Spanish-speaking countries tap water is not an option at bars and restaurants; you will be required to order una botella de agua (a bottle of water).

What's the Spanish word for pizza? ›

Whereas in English "pizza" is pronounced pētsə, in Spanish it is pronounced pee-sah. If you are referring to one pizza the proper terminology is "la pizza" and if you are referring to multiple pies you say "las pizzas." And if you're looking for your closest pizza place, you can ask for the nearest "pizzería."

What kind of pizza do you like in Spanish? ›

¿Qué gusto de pizza preferirías?

Is pizza good in Spain? ›

Luckily, pizza in Spain is seriously tasty. It might not be the first thing you think of when craving a bite to eat here (hellooo tapas!), but there's some great pizza joints to explore.

How does a waitress write down orders? ›

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How do servers greet customers? ›

Server Greeting Examples
  1. Hello, I'm [first name] and I'll be your server [this morning, this afternoon, this evening]
  2. Welcome to [restaurant], my name is [first name] and I'll be taking care of you [you all, you folks, your group]
  3. [Howdy, Hiya, What's hangin'?], I'm [first name]. ...
  4. Hi folks, my name is [first name].

How do you use restaurant in a sentence? ›

a building where people go to eat.
  • This restaurant has a fine reputation.
  • The restaurant has a large regular clientele.
  • I'll call the restaurant and make a reservation.
  • The restaurant has suffered a big drop in trade.
  • We dined in style in the hotel restaurant.
  • We usually go to restaurant on Sundays.
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How do you start a conversation with a guest? ›

How to start a conversation
  1. Ask a question. One effective tactic to start a conversation is asking a question to the person you want to speak to. ...
  2. Give a compliment. ...
  3. Talk about an event or situation. ...
  4. Ask an opinion. ...
  5. Offer help. ...
  6. Ask for help. ...
  7. Ask open-ended questions. ...
  8. Share an interesting fact.
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How do you call a waiter etiquette? ›

The most appropriate way to call a waiter in a restaurant is simply to raise your hand. If the waiter is busy and doesn't notice you, then a slight wave may be necessary. If it's a more important situation that must be attended to immediately, you may want to wave your hand a little more than slightly.

How do I talk to a table on a server? ›

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What does it mean when a waitress touches you? ›

Generally speaking, waitresses are flirty and a lot of them will touch customers as part of their friendly and personable approach to making sure you have a great experience and leave a generous tip.

How do you request a check in Spanish? ›

How do you ask for the check in Spanish? In Spain, you can simply say “la cuenta, por favor” (the check, please) when you catch your server's attention. Another common phrase many locals use is “¿nos cobras cuando puedas?” (literally: “can you charge us when you can?”).

What is quisiera? ›

In Spanish, the verb querer (to want/wish) is used in different ways as a form of courtesy and politeness, in order to ask for things. Querría = I would like. Quisiera = I would like + [something] / + [to do something]

How do you order at a bar in Spanish? ›

Use words like dame (give me), ponme (get me), or quiero (I want) before specifying your drink of choice. How do I get another drink in Spanish? If you're seated or standing at the bar, you can simply catch the bartender's eye and ask for otro (literally “another”).

How do you ask for a table in Spain? ›

This is usually as simple as just motioning to a table and holding up two fingers, for example, if I want a table for two.
  1. If the tables look this elegant, ask before sitting down.
  2. To order another drink, just wave and make a backward-to-forward roll with your index finger as if to say “another round!”
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How do you ask a waiter for the check in Spanish? ›

Spanish — La cuenta, por favor.

How do you say can I have the check please? ›

How to Say "Check Please" in Spanish - YouTube

What do we call no in Spanish? ›

Even if you are an absolute beginner, you already know the two most important words in Spanish. Let me break it down for you: Sí (Yes). No (No). Great job!

What's the difference between Quiero and quisiera? ›

Quisiera sounds more polite if your asking or requesting something. Quiero can sound a bit demanding. Eh it's not really demanding. Querría is the conditional form.

How do you use querer? ›

Querer is a verb of love and desire. You can use it to tell someone how much you love them, but you can also use it to say what you want. Te quiero translates as "I love you," and it is a phrase Spanish speakers use to express their love for friends, family members, and love interests alike.

What is the difference between Querria and quisiera? ›

Quisiera vs. Querría | Compare Spanish Words - SpanishDict. "Quisiera" is a form of "quisiera", a phrase which is often translated as "I would like". "Querría" is a form of "querer", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to want".

How do I order a shot in Spanish? ›

When you want to order some shots in Spanish, you only need to use the phrase 'un chupito de' and then add a drink you are ordering. For example, if you want to order tequila, you simply say 'un chupito de tequila.

How do you order a pint in Spanish? ›

I want a beer please. – Quiero una cerveza por favor. One [size] of [brand] please.

How do you order old fashioned in Spanish? ›

old fashioned
  1. anticuado, Mod.
  2. pasado de moda, Mod.
  3. ancestral, Mod.
  4. chapado a la antigua, Mod.
  5. a la antigua, Mod.

What are five rules for eating out at a restaurant in Spanish-speaking countries? ›

Spanish Etiquette for Dining
  • Allow the host to begin eating first: Don't dive into your dish before the host. ...
  • Use your eating utensils: You will be given a fork, a spoon, and a knife to use while eating. ...
  • Keep your hands visible: Place your hands on either side of the plate when not eating.
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What are some examples of good restaurant etiquette? ›

Keep at least one hand free.
  • Keep at least one hand free. ...
  • You can eat and drink while sitting, but it is always better to stand and greet.
  • Make good eye contact. ...
  • Avoid approaching two people engaged in deep conversation. ...
  • Make eye contact. ...
  • Always offer your contact information and know when it is time to go.

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