GringosAbroad Ecuador

GringosAbroad helps expats and travelers navigate Ecuador. When you use our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

How to Order Food in Spanish (Simple Phrases and Questions)

Posted in: Expat Hacks, Language Learning

Planning a trip and not sure how to order food in Spanish?

How to Order Food in Spanish

In this post and video, you’ll learn the basics of ordering food in Spanish. Prefer a printed list? Here are 11 Spanish phrases to use at a restaurant.

How to Order Food in Spanish

Watch on YouTube

Ordering food at a restaurant requires significant dialog – many questions and answers.

Understanding regional food traditions

While traveling, always ask the locals:

  • What is the typical food of this region?¿Cuál es la comida típica de esta región? (kwahl ehs lah koh-mee-dah tee-pee-kah deh ehs-tah reh-hee-ohn)
  • What do you recommend? – ¿Qué me recomienda? (keh meh reh-koh-mee-ehn-dah) Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter what he or she recommends. –

Talking to the waiter

You don’t have to chat the waiter up, but it would be nice to be able to do more than announce your entree or point at the menu. These phrases will help smooth out your exchange:

1. Quiero…. (I want….)
2. Me gustaría… (I would like….)
3. ¿Me trae….? (Could you bring me…..)
4. La cuenta, por favor. (The check, please.)
5. ¿Hay algún plato especial hoy? (Is there a special today?)


What the Waiter Might Say to 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?


Here are some simple phrases to use at a Spanish-speaking airport.

More Spanish Learning

Your Turn

How do you order food at a restaurant? What’s the funniest thing you ordered by mistake?

You might also enjoy:

Check out our guides:

Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

2 comments… add one
  • Jack Lovett Dec 23, 2016, 4:57 pm

    Is there anyone on the planet that has a nicer personalty than Anna?

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.