¡Vamos a comer! Spanish Restaurant Vocabulary

We all love going to restaurants – after a long day enjoying the top sights of Málaga, it’s a great way to spend time with your friends or family while enjoying different food! However, we also know that going to a restaurant can be a challenge when there’s a language barrier. Well, relax, we at AIL Málaga are […]

We all love going to restaurants – after a long day enjoying the top sights of Málaga, it’s a great way to spend time with your friends or family while enjoying different food! However, we also know that going to a restaurant can be a challenge when there’s a language barrier. Well, relax, we at AIL Málaga are here to help – here’s everything you need to know in Spanish to make your restaurant experience a breeze…

 

1) People – La gente

It always helps to know who you’re talking to! Here’s who’s who in a Spanish restaurant:

El camarero/La camarera – The waiter/waitress
El/La cocinero/a – The chef
Los clientes – The customers
El camarero principal – head waiter
El/La gerente del restaurante – The restaurant manager

 

 

2) At the table – A la mesa

When you sit down at the restaurant, you’ll need the following things… Make sure you learn them so that you never ask for a knife for your soup, or a spoon for your steak!

El menú – The menu
El cuchillo – Knife
El tenedor – Fork
La cuchara – Spoon
El plato – Plate
Los vasos – Glasses
La servilleta – Napkin

 

3) Drinks – Las bebidas

First things first, we’re here to have a good time, so let’s order some drinks! Here’s some Spanish vocabulary that Brits abroad in particular should find essential

Una copa de (vino) – A glass of (wine)
Una botella de (agua) – A bottle of (water)
Una jarra de (sangría) – A jug of (sangría)
Tinto de verano – Red wine and lemonade
Un cóctel – A cocktail
Una cerveza, por favor – A beer, please
Un refresco – A soft drink

 

4) Food – La comida

Now we’ve got the drinks, it’s time to choose your food… Here’s some vocabulary to help you out! Remember to combine these words with the expressions in our Ordering section…

 

Tapas – Various small dishes of Spanish specialities
Una ración –
 A portion (also large sharing option for tapas)
Una media ración – A half portion
El pan –Bread
Las patatas fritas – Chips/fries
Una hamburguesa – A burger
Un bistec/ Un filete – A steak
La ensalada – Salad
Los calamares – Fried squid rings
Las sardinas – Sardines
Gazpacho – Refreshing soup served cold, usually tomato
Porra antequerana – Andalusian thick tomato/bread soup served cold
Las croquetas – Croquettes; small stuffed breadcrumbed rolls
Berenjenas con miel – Thin fried aubergine in honey

 

 

5) Ordering – El pedido

So, you’ve looked at the menu and you know what you would like to eat… time to order! Impress the waiter with these useful expressions and you’ll be sure to enjoy your food quickly!

 

¡Perdone! – Excuse me! (calling attention)
Me gustaría… – I would like…
Sin (cebolla) por favor – Without (onion) please
¿Viene con… ? – Does this come with…?
Una guarnición de… – A side of…
¿Tenéis..? – Do you have any… ?
¿Podríamos tener más (pan)? – Can we have some more (bread)??
Bien hecho – Well done (steak)
Al punto/Medio hecho – Medium (steak)
Poco cocido/ Poco hecho – Rare (steak)
El entrante/ El entremés – Starter
El plato principal – Main course
El postre – Dessert

 

6) Useful expressions – Expresiones útiles

The waiter or waitress is happy to help but maybe their English isn’t very good (since they are Spanish after all)! Return the favour and help them out by using these useful phrases when you talk to them:

¿Cuál es el menú de hoy? – What’s today’s menu?
Soy alérgico/a a… – I am allergic to…
La comida está muy fría/ caliente – The food is too cold/hot
¡Felicite al cocinero! – My compliments to the chef!
¿Podría ver la carta de postres? – Can I see the dessert menu?
¿Donde están los aseos, por favor? – Where are the toilets please?
¿Me podría traer la cuenta por favor? – Can we have the bill please?

Now you’re ready for a fun meal with no worries at a Spanish restaurant… There are lots of great restaurants to choose from here in Málaga! Prefer to eat at home this evening? Check out our Spanish vocabulary for the house. ¡Que aproveche (enjoy your meal)!

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