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11 Spanish Phrases to Know at a Restaurant

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Food, Ecuador Travel, Language Learning, Living in Ecuador, Traveling Kids

You are at a restaurant in South America, you’re ready to order. You pick up the Spanish menu, try to figure out what it says and then try to order in English.

This probably wouldn’t work very well. Here are some phrases to know when you are at a restaurant.

On the last Spanish Phrases, someone asked for me to spell them the way that they are said, so here you go!


11 Spanish Phrases to Know at a Restaurant

1. Quisiera pedir_____. “I want to order_____”

{kee-see-ay-rah  pe-deer___}

2. Hay alguien aquí que hable inglés? “Does anyone here speak English?”

{I ahl-gyen ah-kee kay ah-blay een-glayss?}

3. Discúlpeme “Excuse me”

{disc-ul-pe-me} Sorry about this one, it is written how it sounds! the second and last “e” is soft like elegant in English.

I have also included a list of common foods.

4. Pollo- Chicken

(po- yo)

5. Res- Beef


6. Chancho- Pig


7. Chivo- Goat


8. Horneado- Baked


9. Pan- Bread


10. Agua – Water


11. Bien Cocinado – Well Cooked

(bee-en co-cee-na-do)

Like eating? Then you’ll love our guide to Ecuadorian food

Well I hope these help! Happy travels, and Happy Eating! 🙂

Looking for some help in learning Spanish? Here are some of the books we used to learn Spanish. My mom wrote this great post about time-finding hacks language learning.

What words (or phrases) would you add to this list? Please tell me below in the comments.

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Meet the Author

Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also writes on GringosAbroad and Storyteller Travel. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

9 comments… add one
  • Lynne Aug 22, 2015, 8:27 pm

    #2 should say, …”que habla ingles.” Maybe you won’t have to ask that question.

  • Stewart Mar 25, 2015, 9:28 pm

    Very nice Drew. Another basic one,
    “Donde está el baño”? Where is the bathroom?
    Good to know here, Izquierda means left and derecha means right.
    so you know when they respond.
    Best to you and parents.

  • Survivor Mar 25, 2015, 10:09 am


  • Robyn Mar 23, 2015, 1:48 am

    There’s nothing in this article to ask for vegetables.
    So for all you vegetarians and vegans:
    Verduras= vegetables; cebollas= onions; papas fritas= fried potatoes; cebollas= onions; tomates= tomatoes; aguacates= avocadoes
    Yo soy vegetariano/vegetariana= I’m vegetarian
    Sin carne= without meat Sin queso= without cheese Sin manteca= without lard

  • Michael Fulgenzi Aug 6, 2014, 11:10 am

    Restaurant phrases:
    How much? “Quanto Cuesta”
    A beer please. “Una cerveza, por favor”
    The check please. “La cuenta , por favor”

  • Sandra Orlando Nov 10, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Does “chancho” also mean “pork?” i.e., is it the same word in Spanish for “pig” and “pork?”

    Also, in your airport phrases, you have “Disculpe” for “Excuse me.” Are “disculpe” and “disculpeme” the same thing?

    Thank you! I’m finding your blog very educational 🙂

    • Drew Haines Nov 19, 2013, 3:21 pm

      Hi Sandra,

      Yes chancho is the same as pork, thank you for clarifying that. And disculpe is the same as disculpeme, except disculpe is basicly just “excuse” but disculpeme is “excuse me”, but it does mean the same thing!

      Thank you for the comment… and the compliment 🙂

  • Sandra Orlando Nov 10, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Gracias, senorita!

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