How to order in a restaurant
Good afternoon! How was your progress with Spanish ? This week in Spanish Survival we will learn how to order food, drink and the bill in a restaurant , as well as understand the waiter who serves us.
There are many who travel to Spanish-speaking countries and need a little help in the restaurants . Hasn’t it ever happened to you that you misunderstood a dish or did you not understand the waiter and brought you something you didn’t want? If this is your case, don’t hesitate to read our post today. We start!
* T: you = you
* C: waiter = waiter / waitress
1. At the restaurant reception:
– T: Hello, we wanted to eat / have lunch.
– C: Good afternoon sir, do you have a table reservation?
– T: No, we have no reservation.
– C: Don’t worry, how many people are they?
– T: We are four, thank you very much.
– C: Wait a moment, please.
– T: Sure.
– C: Go ahead, the bottom table to the right.
2. At the restaurant table:
– C: Good afternoon, do you want the menu or do you prefer the menu of the day?
– T: We would like to see both, if possible.
– C: Of course, I bring them right now. Can I take a note of the drink?
– T: Yes, of course. We want two glasses of red wine, a water and a non-alcoholic beer.
– C: Do wines prefer Rioja or Ribera? and water, with gas or without gas?
– T: The two Ribera and the sparkling water, please.
– C: Ok, thanks.
– C: Can I take a note of the food?
– T: Yes, we want two menus of the day and the rest of the menu.
– C: Ok, first the menus.
– T: First course, a gazpacho and a mixed salad. From the main course, a hake and a grilled steak.
– C: Perfect, and what do you want from the letter?
– T: A risotto with mushrooms, a cheese board and a Neapolitan pizza.
– C: Do you want an entree?
– T: No, thank you very much.
– C: Okay, we’ll bring you the dishes right away.
– C: Excuse me, what do you want for dessert? The menu of the day includes cheesecake, fruit or chocolate ice cream.
– T: Two cheesecakes, please.
– C: Do you want any more dessert from the menu?
– T: No, thanks. That is all.
3. To pay:
– T: Excuse me, can you bring us the bill, please?
– C: Yes, right now.
– T: Thank you very much.
– C: Here they are. It’s € 65. Will they pay in cash or by card?
– T: In cash.
– C: Ok, what do you think of the dishes? Was everything to your liking?
– T: Yes, thank you very much. It was all very tasty.
– C: I’m glad, thank you very much and see you soon.
– T: Thank you. Goodbye.
Also, if you want to practice pronunciation and listen to a real dialogue of the text, you already know that by clicking below, you will have the complete AUDIO .
Next, you have a list with the most important vocabulary to enjoy a good restaurant experience :
- Eat / lunch = to have lunch
- Reservation = a booking
- At the bottom right = at the bottom right
- Menu of the day = everyday menu
- Letter = menu
- Take note = take order
- Drink = drink
- Red wine glass = glass of red wine
- Water with gas = sparkling water
- Ribera = Spanish wine variety
- Rioja = Spanish wine variety
- Food = food
- First course = first course
- Second course = second course
- Entrante = starter
- Postre = dessert
- Platos = dishes
- La cuenta = the bill
- Pagar = to pay
- En efectivo = in cash
- Con tarjeta = with credit card
- Rico = tasty
- Gazpacho = Andalusian soup
- Ensalada mixta = mixed salad
- Merluza = hake
- Entrecot a la parrilla = grilled steak
- Risotto de setas = mushroom risotto
- Tabla de quesos = cheese board
- Tarta de queso = cheesecake
Por si aún tienes alguna duda, aquí te dejamos la traducción del diálogo:
At the restaurant reception:
- T: Hi!, we would like to have lunch.
- C: Good afternoon Sir / Madam, do you have a booking?
- T: No, we don’t.
- C: Don’t worry! How many people are you?
- T: We are four, thank you very much.
- C: Wait a minute, please.
- T: Of course.
- C: Go ahead, it’s the table at the bottom right.
In the restaurant table:
- C: Good afternoon! Would you prefer the menu or the everyday manu?
- T: We would like to see both, if it’s possible.
- C: Of course. I will bring them just now. May I take orders of the drinks?
- T: Yes, of course. We’d like two glasses of red wine, a water and a roof beer, please.
- C: Would you prefer Rioja or Ribera wine? And sparkling or still water?
- T: Both Ribera and sparkling water, please.
- C: Ok, thanks.
- C: May I take orders of the dishes?
- T: Sure, we’ll take to everyday menu and the rest from the menu.
- C: Ok, first the everyday menus.
- T: For first course, we’ll take a gazpacho a mixed salad. For second course, a hake and a grilled steak.
- C: Perfect, and what would you like from the menu?
- T: The mushroom risotto, the cheese board and the Pizza Napoletana.
- C: Would you like any starter?
- T: No, thank you very much.
- C: Ok, I’ll bring you the dishes in a minute.
- C: Excuse me, what would you like for dessert? The everyday menu includes cheesecake, fruit or chocolate ice-cream.
- T: Two cheesecake, please.
- C: Would you like any other dessert from the menu?
- T: No, thank you. That’s all.
- T: Excuse me, the bill please!
- C: Yes, right now.
- T: Thank you.
- C: Here it is. It’s 65 €. Are you paying in cash or by credit card?
- T: In cash.
- C: Ok, did you enjoy the meal? Was everything ok?
- T: Yes, thank you very much. Everything was tasty.
- C: I’m glad it is so. Thank you very much and hope to see you all around soon.
- T: Thanks to you. Bye
I’m sure this post will help you feel more secure in your next Hispanic experience at a restaurant.
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