Overview: In this free Spanish lesson, we will share the basic how-to’s when it comes to ordering at a Restaurant. Whether your favorite food is a juicy steak from Argentina, or a delicious taco from Mexico, you’ll never have trouble speaking to your waiter/waitress after this lesson.
Who it’s for: Individuals who want to go to Latin restaurants to confidently order in Spanish without worry.
Skill level: For beginners.
How to Order in Spanish
If you are considering traveling to a Spanish speaking country soon, knowing how to order your food in Spanish is essential. Many people travel to a country expecting locals to know English, but it is our responsibility to adapt to the culture around us. Even ordering food in Spanish shows a high level of respect for the person’s country and culture.
In this video you will learn the basic vocabulary and phrases needed to order at a restaurant in Spanish.
To order at a restaurant = pedir/ordenar en un restaurant
First, let’s cover the 3 main meals of the day:
breakfeast = el desayuno
lunch = el almuerzo
dinner = la cena
Now, we will cover some basic categories on a typical menu:
the menu = el menu/ la carta
the menu of the day = la carta del día
appetizers or starters = aperitivo/entrantes
first course = primer plato
second course = segundo plato
main courses = platos principales
specialties of the house = especialidades de la casa
children’s menu = menu infantil
Now that you can orient yourself on the menu, let’s make sure you know what food you are ordering by covering some vocabulary:
salads = las ensaladas
soups = las sopas
fish = el pescado
meat = el carne
pasta = la pasta
rice dishes = los arroces
seafood = el marisco
portions = las raciones
dessert = el postre
drinks = las bebidas
Before you order your main dish, your server will likely ask you what beverage you would like to order. You can use this vocabulary to familiarize yourself:
water = el agua
sparkling water = el agua con gas
coffee = el café
tea = el té
beer = la cerveza
red wine = el vino tinto
white wine = el vino blanco
juice = el zumo/jugo
Now, so that you don’t just name random types of food and beverages to the waiter, we will discuss some phrases they might use to communicate with you.
¿Desea algo? = Would you like something?
¿Desea algo de comer? = Would you like something to eat?
¿Desea algo de tomar? = Would you like something to drink?
¿Desea algo más? = Would you like anything else?
¿Desea más café? = Would you like more coffee?
¿Desea algún postre? = Would you like some desert?
¿Desea alguna sopa? = Would you like some soup?
Note: for masculine words use algún and for feminine words use alguna.
¿Y tú? (formal: ¿Y usted?) = And you?
sígame = follow me
Now we can move on to phrases you will use to respond to your waiter.
I would like _____ . = Quiero este/esta ______ .
Note: for masculine words use “este” and for feminine words use “esta.”
please = por favor
thank you = gracias
Now you are fully equipped to order in Spanish at restaurants, buen provecho!