For Here or to Go? How to Order Food in Spanish (2023)

For Here or to Go? How to Order Food in Spanish (1)

March 5, 2021 by Sofía Godoy Spanish Vocabulary 0 comments

Knowing how to order food in Spanish is not only a fantastic way for you to advance your conversational skills, but it also improves your fluency and allows you to prove your confidence in the language.

Plus, learning vocabulary related to food takes you a long way when visiting a restaurant in a Spanish-speaking country.

Keep reading for a fun lesson on vocabulary and common phrases that’ll show you how to order food in Spanish like a native speaker.

How to Order Food in Spanish: Essential Vocabulary

Spanish is a diverse language, and most restaurants have loads of possibilities and options for you to choose from. Being prepared allows you to enjoy your meal to the fullest and guarantees your experience will be worth your while. This list of essential vocabulary will come in handy for your restaurant experience in Spanish.

EnglishSpanish
restaurantel restaurante
loungeel salón
reservationla reservación
host / hostessla anfitriona / el anfitrión
server / waiterel mesero / la mesera
person diningel comensal
cook / chefel cocinero / el chef
bartenderel bartender

How to Order Food in Spanish: Making a Reservation

Not all restaurants require you to make a reservation, but if you want to enjoy a nice sit-down dinner at a formal establishment, making a reservation is advised. You’ll be able to reduce any long waiting time and if you’re arriving with a group, the restaurant is able to prepare to cater to your needs in the best possible way.

Suppose you want to make a reservation for a party of six at a fancy restaurant in Antigua Guatemala. Your conversation in action would be similar to this:

Anfitrión: Buenas tardes, ¿En que le puedo servir?
Tú: Buenas tardes, quiero hacer una reservación para ir a cenar el sábado en la noche.
Anfitrión: Con mucho gusto. ¿Para cuántas personas?
Tú: Sería para seis personas por favor.
Anfitrión: Claro que sí, ¿A qué hora sería su reservación?
Tú: A las 8 p.m. por favor.
Anfitrión: ¿A nombre de quién sería su reservación?
Tú: A nombre de Jane Smith.
Anfitrión: Perfecto, le confirmo su reservación para 6 personas el día sábado a las 8PM, a nombre de Jane Smith.
Tú: Muchas gracias, nos vemos el sábado.
Anfitrión: Los esperamos, feliz día.

Host: Good afternoon, how can I help you?
You: Good afternoon, I’d like to make a reservation for dinner on Saturday night.
Host: Absolutely, for how many people?
You: For six people please.
Host: Of course, at what time would you like your reservation?
You: At 8 p.m. please.
Host: Under what name would you like your reservation?
You: Under Jane Smith.
Host: Perfect, I’m confirming your reservation for 6 people on saturday at 8 p.m., under Jane Smith.
You: Thank you, I’ll see you Saturday.
Host: We’ll be expecting you, have a great day.

How to Order Food in Spanish: Selecting a Table

Let’s look at table-related vocabulary and a few phrases you can use:

Buenas tardes, tengo una reservación para Jane Smith.
Good evening, I have a reservation for Jane Smith.

Quisiera una mesa para 5 personas por favor.
I’d like a table for 5 people please.

Una mesa en la terraza de afuera sería agradable.
A table on the terrace outside would be nice.

Prefiero una mesa en el área para no fumadores.
I prefer a table in the non-smoking area.

Esa mesa no me gusta, está cerca del baño.
I don’t like that table, it’s too close to the bathroom.

¿Nos podría traer una silla para niños por favor?
Can we get a child seat please?

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Necesitamos otra silla por favor.
We need another chair please.

Se puede llevar la silla, solamente somos nosotros.
You can take the extra chair, it’ll only be us.

EnglishSpanish
tablela mesa
chairla silla
children’s chair / child seatla silla para niños
menuel menú / la carta
plate / platesel plato / los platos
glass / glassesel vaso / los vasos
cutlerylos cubiertos
forkel tenedor
spoonla cuchara
teaspoonla cucharita
salad forkel tenedor de ensalada
tableclothel mantel
salt and pepperla sal y la pimienta
menuel menú / la carta

Ordering Drinks in Spanish

It’s not only about knowing how to order food in Spanish. Beverages are also an important part of a meal. The server will ask you one of the following questions:

¿Que van a tomar?
What would you like to drink?

¿Qué les traigo de tomar?
What can I bring you to drink?

¿Desean algo de tomar?
Would you like something to drink?

¿Quisieran ordenar bebidas?
Would you like to order drinks?

Let’s take a look at phrases and vocabulary you can use to order your beverages and respond to the waiter’s questions:

¿Qué bebidas tiene?
What drinks do you have?

¿Que tienen de tomar?
What do you have to drink?

Quisiera una copa de jugo de naranja.
I would like a glass of orange juice please.

Me trae un café con leche, por favor.
Please bring me a coffee with milk.

Para mi un vaso de agua, por favor.
A glass of water for me, please.

EnglishSpanish
sparkling waterel agua mineral / el agua con gas
waterel agua pura
bottle of waterla botella de agua
glass of waterel vaso de agua
beerla cerveza
lemonadela limonada
orange juiceel jugo de naranja
smoothie / milkshakeel licuado / el batido
cup of coffeela taza de café
cup of teala taza de té
glass of milkel vaso de leche
hot chocolateel chocolate caliente
iced teael té frío / el té helado
sodala gaseosa
soft drinkel refresco

How to Order Food in Spanish

Once you’re done looking at the menu and have made up your mind, it’s time to choose your food and place your order.

Let’s take a look at useful vocabulary that’ll make you sound like a native-speaker when it comes down to how to order food in Spanish

Ordering at a Restaurant

The server will most likely give you suggestions or specials of the day. The server is likely to approach you with the following phrases:

Aquí tiene la carta.
Here’s the menu.

¿Podría hacerles una sugerencia?
May I make a suggestion?

¿Le puedo tomar su orden?
May I take your order?

¿Que desean comer?
What would you like to eat?

¿Desean ordenar?
Would you like to order?

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Le recomiendo probar el especial.
I recommend you try the special.

¿Qué término desea la carne?
How would you like your meat?

¿Qué acompañamientos desea?
What sides would you like?

Pueden elegir dos acompañamientos.
You can choose two sides.

¿Les traigo una ensalada?
Should I bring you a salad?

¿Quisieran ordenar postre?
Would you like to order dessert?

Responses

Use the following phrases to respond and if you have questions for completing your order in Spanish:

¿Me podría traer el menú por favor?
Can you bring me the menu please?

¿Cuál es la especialidad del día?
What’s the specialty of the day?

¿Nos da unos minutos más por favor?
Can we have a few more minutes please?

¿Qué nos recomienda?
What do you recommend?

¿Que trae este plato?
What’s in this dish?

¿Cuáles acompañamientos vienen con el pollo horneado?
What sides come with the baked chicken?

Para empezar quisiera una crema de tomate.
For starters I would like a tomato cream.

I would like to order a salad with dressing.
Quisiera ordenar una ensalada con aderezo.

¿Me podría traer este plato para compartir?
Could you bring me this plate for sharing?

Aún no he decidido.
I haven’t decided yet.

Soy vegetariano / vegano.
I’m vegetarian / vegan.

Soy alérgica al gluten.
I’m allergic to gluten.

Quiero ordenar las chuletas de cerdo con puré de papa y vegetales.
I want to order the pork chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Sin picante por favor.
Without hot sauce please.

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De postre quiero una banana split por favor.
For dessert I want a banana split please.

Ordering at a Fast Food Restaurant

Now if you’re at a fast-food restaurant, knowing how to order food in Spanish is totally different. A cashier will take care of your order and ask you the following:

¿Su pedido es para comer aquí o para llevar?
Is your order for here or to go?

¿Quisiera papas fritas con su orden?
Would you like fries with your order?

¿Desea que le agrandemos su bebida?
Do you want us to enlarge your drink?

El combo número 2 incluye un acompañamiento y una gaseosa.
Combo number 2 includes one side and one soda.

¿Quisiera agregar algo más?
Would you like to add anything else?

Su total es de $8.00, ¿Cuál sería su forma de pago?
Your total is $8.00, how would you like to pay for that?

Familiar Foods and Dishes

EnglishSpanish
appetizer / starterel aperitivo / la entrada
entrée / main courseel plato principal
saladla ensalada
dressing / vinaigretteel aderezo / la vinagreta
dessertel postre
side disheslos acompañamientos / las guarniciones
beef / vealla carne / la ternera
well done / medium well / mediumbien cocida / a punto / termino medio
medium rare / rare / blue raretres cuartos / jugosa / casi cruda
soupla sopa
mashed potatoesel puré de papa / el puré de patatas
sauté potatoeslas papas salteadas / las patatas salteadas
riceel arroz
french frieslas papas fritas
fried chickenel pollo frito
fish / fish filetel pescado / el filete de pescado
chickenel pollo
turkeyel pavo
pork chopla chuleta de cerdo
lambel cordero
hamburger / cheeseburgerla hamburguesa / la quesoburguesa
shrimplos camarones
seafoodlos mariscos
rawcrudo
grilleda la plancha
roastedasado
friedfrito
filetfilete
bakedhorneado / al horno
ice creamel helado
cake / pieel pastel / la tarta

Finishing and Paying for Your Meal

You’ve enjoyed a delicious and wonderful meal. Now it’s time to wrap things up. In Spanish-speaking countries you’ll be asked if you would like anything else such as coffee, dessert, or something to go. For example:

¿Quisieran ordenar algo más?
Would you like to order anything else?

¿Les puedo ofrecer algo más?
Can I offer you anything else?

¿Se lo empaco para llevar?
Would you like me to pack this to go?

¿Cómo estuvo su comida?
How was your food?

Remember that in Spanish-speaking countries, you need to ask for the check. They won’t bring it to you until you do. Restaurants typically allow you to enjoy a moment of sobremesa, known as the art of relaxing and enjoying a conversation on the table after finishing a meal.

If you need to signal the server and want to start wrapping things up you can address him or her with the following phrases:

Disculpe, ¿Me podría traer la cuenta por favor?
Excuse me, could you please bring me the check?

Sobró mucho ¿Me podría poner esto para llevar por favor?
There’s a lot left over, can I have this to go?

¡Disculpe, (tráigame) la cuenta por favor!
Excuse me, (bring me) the check please!

How to Order Food in Spanish: Final Tips

Making mistakes is perfectly natural! Put yourself out there, as practice is the best way to learn how to order food in Spanish.

  • It’s common courtesy to use por favor (please), disculpe (excuse me), and gracias (thank you)
  • Use the term usted (formal you) when you’re addressing the server
  • Turn commands into polite questions. For example, if you want to say Traeme un plato de spaguetti (Bring me a plate of spaghetti) you can replace it for ¿Me traes un plato de espagueti por favor? (Can you bring me a plate of spaghetti, please?).
  • Use the expression buen provecho (enjoy your meal) when you start and finish the meal.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. People from Spanish-speaking countries are warm and welcoming, which usually leads to exceptional service.

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¡Buen Provecho!

Congratulations—you now know how to order food in Spanish! Get out there and enjoy a meal with your friends so you can put your skills to practice.

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FAQs

How do you order takeout food in Spanish? ›

Requesting a To-Go Container

This is the most common way of asking: Para llevar, for favor. = For takeout, please. If, on the contrary, you'd like to specify that you'll eat at the restaurant, then just say para comer aquí.

What verb do you use to order food in Spanish? ›

3) Ordering food in Spanish. Once you've had a chance to browse the menu, and know what you are going to order, the can use the verbs Pedir (to ask for) or Ordenar (to order). – ¿Le(s) puedo tomar su orden? – ¿Desea ordenar?

What do you say when ordering takeout? ›

Ordering To-Go/Takeaway

To order over the phone, it's the same as in person--however, you'll need to be prepared to give your address and phone number. If you are stopping in a restaurant and would like to take your food home, simply tell them: "To-go, please." "For takeaway, please."

How do you order a sentence in Spanish? ›

In a Spanish sentence the verb comes before the subject, and the sentence takes the following form: object + verb + subject. On the contrary, in an English sentence, the verb comes after the subject. The English declarative sentence generally uses the following word order: subject + verb + object.

How do you politely order food? ›

5 Easy Tips for Ordering Food in English Like a Local
  1. Ask If You Can Get Something. Being polite goes a long way in any language. ...
  2. Start Off With a Greeting. ...
  3. For Here or To Go. ...
  4. Yeah or Yes. ...
  5. Always Be Prepared for Extra Questions. ...
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What is the basic word order in Spanish? ›

You probably remember that basic word order in Spanish is subject + verb + object, don't you? Well, when a direct or indirect object is substituted by a pronoun, the pronoun is actually found before the verb.

How do you ask for food to go? ›

Just present your list of food and say "to go" at the end. That's how it usually works. You can also say, "can I take this away with me?"

How do you order Spanish naturally? ›

Ordering
  1. If you're ordering real food or drinks, you can use both, poner or traer.
  2. If you're ordering other things that are far away from the waiter (the menu, the check, a fork, a slice of lemon), use traer.
Nov 5, 2016

How do you order in a café in Spanish? ›

10 WAYS TO ORDER A COFFEE IN SPANISH
  1. Café con Leche. Simply put, it is coffee with milk. ...
  2. Café Solo. Café solo is what Spanish people call a shot of espresso, nothing fancy but very effective at keeping you awake. ...
  3. Cortado. ...
  4. Café con Hielo. ...
  5. Café Americano. ...
  6. Café Bombón. ...
  7. Leche Manchada. ...
  8. Carajillo.
Oct 1, 2019

How do you order questions in Spanish? ›

The Spanish question formula is: ¿(Preposition) + question word + conjugated verb + (subject) + (additional information)? The brackets indicate that these components of the question aren't always necessary.

How do you order at a bar in Spanish? ›

Phrases to Order Drinks in Spanish
  1. Tomo…- I take…
  2. Tomaré … - I'll have …
  3. Dame… - Give me…
  4. Quiero… - I want…
  5. Ponme…- Put it on for me…
  6. Me vas a poner… - You will put for me…

What does po mean in Spanish? ›

Po = from the word 'pues' (well) and is just used for emphasis when speaking.

How can I use in order in a sentence? ›

in order
  • Now he has a chance to put his life back in order.
  • It was her job to keep the room in order.
  • Someone comes in every day to check all is in order.

How do you write an order sentence? ›

Basic English Order of Words

In English grammar, the rule of thumb is that the subject comes before the verb which comes before the object. This means that most of the sentences conform to the SVO word order. Note that, this is for the sentences that only have a subject, verb and object.

How do you ask for an order? ›

Casually ask them “can I place that order for you now” or if you want to be more subtle try “can we move ahead with the paperwork?” They will say YES in many cases. If not, don't panic! You know where you stand and what you have to do.

What should a waiter say to a customer? ›

They can greet guests by their name, welcome them back if they are regulars, guide them to their preferred table without being asked to, and treat them in a special way if they are VIP customers.

How do you politely order food in Mexico? ›

Me gustaría and nos gustaría are polite ways of ordering food in Mexico. A less polite phrase to use is quiero/queremos (I want/we want), though servers generally won't be offended.

How do you order at a taco stand in Spanish? ›

Quiero una orden de tacos.

(I want an order of tacos.) ¿Me da un burrito? (Can you give me a burrito?) ¿Me da otro burrito? (Can you give me another burrito?) ¿Me pone una quesadilla? (Can I have a quesadilla?)

How do you order something drink in Spanish? ›

The Spanish noun for drink is una bebida, and the verb form (to drink) is beber. The verb tomar (literally “to have”) is also commonly used in the context of drinking. A bartender or server will usually ask “¿Qué quieres tomar?” or “¿Qué quieres beber?” to ask what you want to drink.

What are some order words? ›

The time order words 'first', 'after that', 'then', and 'finally' help to bring the events together and tell you which ones happened first, second, third and last. Time order words help to clarify our speech and writing, to make sure that listeners and readers understand the order of events.

What are 5 easy Spanish words? ›

Basic Spanish Words
  • Hola (Hello)
  • Adios (Goodbye)
  • Gracias (Thank you)
  • Por favor (Please)
  • Si (Yes)
  • Claro (Of course)
  • No (No)
  • Amor (Love)
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What are order words examples? ›

Time Order Words Examples
BeforeFirstNext
YesterdayInitiallyConsequently
Last monthFrom this pointAfter a while
Prior toAt the beginningAfter a few days
Last timeBefore all elseAs soon as
8 more rows

How do you request or grab food? ›

How to order from GrabFood
  1. Tap Food from your Grab home screen.
  2. Confirm your GrabFood delivery address.
  3. Select your preferred restaurants (or check out our quick recommendation below the banner).
  4. Tap on a food item and Add to Basket. ...
  5. Tap Basket to see the items in your cart.

How do you say please bring food? ›

You can write "please bring a dish or drink for everyone to share" in the middle or closing of the invitation and put it in bold or another colored type. If possible, you should also include the number of people you expect to attend. You could write "Please bring a covered dish for (number of people)."

How many say can you go without food? ›

With no food and no water, the maximum time the body can survive is thought to be about one week . With water only, but no food, survival time may extend up to 2 to 3 months. Over time, a severely restricted food intake can reduce the lifespan.

What are the 4 types of ordering system? ›

Basic ordering systems including Periodic Review, Fixed Order Point, Min-Max, and Multi-bin systems.

How do waiters remember orders? ›

How waiters and baristas remember your order with cool memory...
  • Face association. ...
  • Turning orders into a song. ...
  • Creating a physical map of the orders in your head. ...
  • Associating regular customers with their order. ...
  • Word associations. ...
  • They keep a note.
Aug 20, 2014

How do I take orders from guest? ›

Generally it is done by clockwise direction. First take order from host and then start following to his right and give an identification number to each guest. Another way is to give number to the person who is sitting nearer to the service door.

Does Spanish have free word order? ›

The word order in Spanish is not as rigid as it is in English. It is normally SVO (subject - verb - object): Juan comió una manzana (Juan ate an apple)

Is Spanish easy to pick up? ›

Spanish. Although Spanish is a Romance language rather than a Germanic language, it's fairly easy for English speakers to learn because many English words stem from Latin. Spanish also uses the same alphabet as English, and many of the words are pronounced just as they are spelled.

What is a Spanish breakfast? ›

Typical Spanish breakfast includes coffee (cafe con leche or cafe cortado) with some pastries (churros and croissants are the most popular), cookies (Maria galletas), cakes (most typically bizocho), toasted bread (various tostadas), sandwiches (bocadillos), or potato omelet (Tortilla Espanola).

What does Pepe mean in Mexican? ›

The folk etymology for the name Pepe in Spanish for putative father is padre putativo, abbreviated to PP, and pronounced Pepe. Pepe is also nickname in Italy for Giuseppe (Joseph) by a phonetical derivationTemplate:Fact.

How do you say delicious in Mexico? ›

Delicioso / Muy rico: Means “Delicious” and “Very tasty”.

How do you order chicken and rice in Spanish? ›

Arroz con Pollo translates to chicken and rice, and is a very popular dish in both Spanish and Latin American cuisines. It is similar to paella and contains chicken, yellow rice and vegetables. In Spain, the rice is colored yellow with the spice saffron.

How do you order a table in Spanish? ›

Ask for a table: “Una mesa para dos, por favor.” This sentence literally translates to “A table for 2, please.” If you're dining with more or fewer people than this, substitute “para dos” with one of these numbers: 1 person: “Para una persona” 3 people: “Para tres” 4 people: “Para cuatro”

What does tacos dos con todo mean? ›

At Con Todo, this means tacos con todo (Spanish for “with everything,” which in taco terms means cilantro, onions, and salsa), with fillings such as barbacoa, pollo asado, mollejas, and nopales with potatoes.

What do Mexicans say before eating? ›

Buen Provecho: Why Do Mexicans Say Provecho? In Spanish, the phrase buen provecho is used throughout the Spanish-speaking world. However, it is especially common in Mexico. In Mexico, it is our version of the French saying bon appetit or the German mahlzeit—and in my small state of Morelos, we take it very seriously.

How do you politely take an order? ›

When the waiter asks “Are you ready to order?” or “Can I take your order?” If you are ready, you can give your order. Use “I'd like…” or “I'll have…” to introduce your order and expression “for starter/appetizer” to talk about the first course and “for main course” to talk about the second course of food you will eat.

How do you order in a cafe in Spanish? ›

10 WAYS TO ORDER A COFFEE IN SPANISH
  1. Café con Leche. Simply put, it is coffee with milk. ...
  2. Café Solo. Café solo is what Spanish people call a shot of espresso, nothing fancy but very effective at keeping you awake. ...
  3. Cortado. ...
  4. Café con Hielo. ...
  5. Café Americano. ...
  6. Café Bombón. ...
  7. Leche Manchada. ...
  8. Carajillo.
Oct 1, 2019

What is Ojo de pollo? ›

General. ojo de pollo [m] CL. buttocks.

How do you order a steak in Spanish? ›

Waiters will typically only ask how you would like your meat cooked if you have ordered a beef steak. To order a rare steak, ask for it “poco hecho.” A well done steak would be “muy hecho.” How to use it: El chuletón para mi en su punto, por favor. (I'd like my steak cooked medium rare please.)

What does PO keto mean in Spanish? ›

a little bit, the ~ Noun.

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