At the Restaurant – Spanish Words and Phrases

People and things

  • Camarero (el) = waiter
  • Carta (la) = menu
  • Cliente (el) = client
  • Cuchara (la) = spoon
  • Cuchillo (el) = knife
  • Mesa (la) = table
  • Plato (el) = plate, dish
  • Servilleta (la) = serviette, napkin
  • Silla (la) = chair
  • Tenedor (el) = fork

Things you can do

  • Dejar propina = to leave a tip
  • Llamar al camarero = to call the waiter
  • Pagar con tarjeta = to pay with card
  • Pagar en efectivo = to pay in cash
  • Pedir la comida = to order the food
  • Pedir la cuenta = to ask for the check
  • Pedir las bebidas = to order the drinks
  • Reservar una mesa = to reserve a table

Parts of the menu / Types of dishes

  • Aperitivo (el)  = appetizer
  • Bebida (la) = the drink
  • Carne (la) = meat
  • Menú del día (el) = dish of the day
  • Pescado (el) = fish
  • Postre (el) = dessert
  • Primer plato / Entrante (el) = starter
  • Ración (la) = plate / portion
  • Segundo plato (el) = main course
  • Tapa (la) = very small dishes

Appetizers

  • Aceitunas (las) = olives
  • Jamón serrano / ibérico (el) = Serrano / Iberian ham
  • Pan con alioli (el) = bread with garlic mayonnaise
  • Queso (el) = cheese

Starters

  • Croquetas de jamón (las) = ham croquettes
  • Ensalada mixta (la) = mixed salad
  • Ensaladilla rusa (la) = Spanish potato salad
  • Gambas al ajillo (las) = garlic shrimp
  • Gazpacho (el) = gazpacho (typical Spanish cold tomato soup)
  • Patatas bravas (las) = spicy potatoes
  • Sopa de tomate (la) = tomato soup
  • Tortilla española (la) = Spanish omelette

Main dishes

  • Calamares (los) = Squid rings
  • Filete de ternera (el) = beef filet
  • Filetes de cerdo con patatas (el) = pork filets with fries
  • Hamburguesa (la) = hamburger
  • Paella (la) = paella
  • Pizza (la) = pizza
  • Pulpo a la gallega (el) = grilled octopus
  • Solomillo (el) = sirloin steak

Desserts

  • Arroz con leche (el) = rice pudding
  • Flan de huevo (el) = egg flan
  • Helado (el) = ice cream
  • Pastel (el) = cake
  • Yogur (el) = yogurt

Drinks

  • Agua con gas (el) = still water
  • Agua sin gas (el) = sparkling water
  • Botella de vino tinto (la) = bottle of red wine
  • Café (el) = coffee
  • Caña (la) = beer, small draft
  • Cerveza (la) = beer
  • Copa de vino blanco (la) = glass of white wine
  • Refresco (el) = soft drink
  • Vaso de agua (el) = glass of water

Useful Sentences

  • Quisiera reservar una mesa para hoy a las 20:00 a nombre de John Smith: I’d like to reserve a table for today at 20:00 under the name of John Smith
  • ¿Tienen mesa libre? = Is there any free table?
  • ¡Camarero! = Waiter!
  • Para beber, me pone… = To drink, I would like…
  • De aperitivo, me trae… = As an appetizer, I would like…
  • De primero, quisiera… = As a starter, I would like…
  • De segundo, querría… = For the main course, I would like…
  • De postre, quisiera… = For dessert, I would like…
  • Y para ella / Y para él… = And for her / And for him…
  • Para el niño… = For the kid…
  • ¿Qué me recomienda? = What do you recommend?
  • ¿Me trae la cuenta, por favor? = could I have the bill, please?
  • Estaba todo muy rico, muchas gracias = Everything was good/tasty, thanks
  • Quisiera pagar con tarjeta = I would like to pay with card

 

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