Restaurant in Spanish
This free audio lesson is all about eating at a restaurant in Spanish. If you’re planning on dining out in a Spanish-speaking country, don’t miss this free lesson! Rocket Spanish will teach you everything you need to know – just listen to the Spanish pronunciation on the audio and practice saying these Spanish words and phrases aloud. When you’re ready, why not try them out at a local Spanish-speaking restaurant!
Vegetarian? Not what you ordered? No problem! After this lesson you’ll be ordering from the menu in Spanish like a pro, and impressing your Spanish-speaking friends with your Spanish language skills. Let’s get started…
At the restaurant in Spanish - Words and Phrases
Let's get started with how to say restaurant in Spanish!
¿Dónde está el restaurante?
It’s not common in Spain or Latin American countries to be seated by the waiter or waitress. Instead you just choose the table yourself. In some restaurants the menu will be on the table already otherwise the waiter will bring it over to you as soon as possible. Just in case you do need to ask for the menu, say…
¿Puedo ver el menú, por favor?
Can I see the menu please?
Spanish restaurant questions
After looking at the menu, you could get asked one of the following questions…
What would you like to eat?
What would you like to drink?
Sometimes all you might get asked is…
How to order in Spanish
You could order in Spanish by saying one of these phrases…
Como plato principal quiero…
For the main course, I would like...
De primero, quiero… / De botana quiero…
To start, I would like...
To drink, I would like...
Necesitamos más tiempo para decidir.
We need a little more time to decide.
Estamos listos para pedir.
Not sure what you're in the mood for? Just ask the waiter what he recommends…
¿Puede recomendarnos algún plato típico de aquí?
Can you recommend a local dish?
¿Hay alguna especialidad de la casa?
Is there a house specialty?
¿Cuál es el plato del día?
What is the dish of the day?
¿Cuál es la sopa del día?
What is the soup of the day?
¿Tienen algún plato vegetariano?
Do you have any vegetarian dishes?
¿Cuáles son los platos que no llevan carne / pescado?
Which dishes have no meat / fish?
¿Qué tipo de bocadillos tienes?
What types of sandwiches do you have?
What else is in the dish?
¿Qué vegetales están incluídos en este plato?
What vegetables are included in the dish?
Ordering tapas in Spanish
Chances are, you've heard the buzz about the "Tapas dining experience" –eating those little hot and cold dishes that are served up during cocktail hour in Spain.
Here are the names of some Spanish Tapas you can order…
Battered and fried squid (calamari)
Pork seasoned with garlic
While in Spain you eat these enticing tapas…each Spanish-speaking country has it’s own distinct dish. In Mexico, for example, you’ll always have tortillas to accompany your meal.
Ordering tortillas in Spanish
So here are common Mexican tortilla dishes…
Soft tortilla with egg and chicken
Rolled tortilla with filling
Tortilla with cheese filling
Deep-fried, toasted tortilla
More on ordering in Spanish
In order to get the dish you want simply say…
Quisiera un plato que lleve...
I want a dish containing...
When ordering a steak in a Spanish-speaking restaurant, you may need to specify how you want it…well done, medium done or rare.
More about the restaurant in Spanish
Now, the waiter brings your dish and you’ll hear this essential phrase…
Just in case you get the wrong dish…let’s learn how to call for the waiter …
Esto no es lo que he pedido.
This is not what I ordered.
During your meal, the waiter may come to check if everything is ok.
¿Quiere algo más de tomar?
Would you like more to drink?
Would you like some dessert?
Asking for salt and pepper in Spanish
If you need some pepper, salt, bread....just say…
¿Me puede dar un poco de...?
Paying the bill in Spanish
Once you finished your meal you ask for the bill…
The bill please (casual).
Por favor tráigame la cuenta.
¿La propina está incluida?
The waiter or waitress will bring the bill to your table. If you are eating out with a group you might get asked whether you want to pay separately or together. You can answer with…
Nos gustaría pagar juntos.
We'd like to pay together.
Nos gustaría pagar por separado.
We'd like to pay separately.
When paying the bill, you may need to ask if they accept credit cards, or travelers’ checks...
¿Acepta usted tarjeta de credito?
Do you accept credit cards?
¿Acepta usted cheques de viajero?
Do you accept travelers' checks?
Here's a tip: it is expected that a customer tips in Spanish restaurants. It's usually 10% of the price or more if you were satisfied. Not tipping implies that you didn’t enjoy your time at the restaurant. The word for tip is…
I hope you learned a lot in this lesson!