Planning a trip and not sure 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
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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. – fluentu.com
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.
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How do you order food at a restaurant? What’s the funniest thing you ordered by mistake?