At the restaurant

There are some common situations such as getting around the airport, ordering a lunch menu at a restaurant or shopping at the supermarket where you might find  handy to learn very basic Spanish vocabulary or  standard  conversation.

In this section I want to  give you some tips. I hope you find them useful!


At the restaurant.

These are some of the most popular dishes you would find in a  Spanish bar-restaurant menu:


  • Patatas bravas (Deep fried potatoes topped with a spicy red chilli  and tomato sauce)
  • Boquerones (Anchovy fillets marinated in a seasoned olive oil dressing)
  • Mejillones a la Marinera (Steamed green lip mussels in a cream, white wine, lemon and garlic sauce)
  • Pan de Ajo (V,  Homemade garlic bread slices)
  • Tortilla Espanola (V, Traditional Spanish omelette filled with potatoes, peppers and onion)

Primer Plato:

  • Ensalada con tomate (tomato salad)
  • Sopa de ajo con bacon (garlic soup with bacon)
  • Ensalada de lechuga y cebolla (lettuce and onion salad)
  • Aceitunas (Olives)

Segundo Plato:

  • Pollo con verduras ( Chicken with vegetables)
  • Pollo con patatas fritas y huevo frito ( Chicken with chips and a fried egg)
  • Macarrones con salsa de tomate y ternera ( Pasta with beef on tomato sauce)
Postres (Puddings):
  • Arroz con Leche  (Rice Pudding w/Crackle Glaze)
  • Tarta de Chocolates (Chocolate cake)
  • Tarta de Santiago  (Traditional Almond Cake that the pilgrims received on their journey to Santiago de Compostela)
  • Crema catalana (The original “Crème Brûlèe,” a creamy-style Custard topped with caramelized sugar)
  • Churros con chocolate (Sweet Spanish Fritters with thick Spanish Hot Chocolate).
  • Fruta fresca (Fresh fruit)
  • Yogur (Youghurt)
Bebidas (Drinks):
  • Agua (water)
  • Cerveza (beer)
  • Vino (Wine): Blanco (White), Tinto (Red), Rosado (Rosé)
  •  Zumo de piña o naranja ( Pinapple or orange juice)

If you speak very basic Spanish you may want to have a look at the following conversation example:

Customer: ¡Oiga camarero! Me pordría traer el menú, por favor! (Waiter, could you please bring me the menu)
Camarero: Ahora mismo ( Rigth now)  ¿Qué van a tomar? (What would you like to eat?)
Customer: De primer plato, sopa de ajo con bacon y de segundo, pescado con patatas ( I would like garlic and bacon soup for first dish and fish with chips as second dish).
Camarero: ¿Qué va a beber? ( Anything to drink? )
Customer:  Una cerveza, por favor. ( A beer, please!)
Customer: ¿Me podría traer la cuenta?
Camarero: Son 50 euros (It´s 50 euros)
Customer: ¿ Puedo pagar con tarjeta? ( Can I pay by card?)
Camarero: Por supuesto….. Introduzca su número PIN. ( Of course. Could you type you PIN number?)  Aquí tine su recibo. Muchas gracias por su visita. ( This is your ticket. Thanks!)

It´s a very basic one but it´ll help you with your order.

After reading the conversation translation you might  realize that is very hard to translate a sentence “word by word”. It´s almost impossible most of the time, but don´t worry because if you practice long enough you get used to the Spanish expressions.
Don´t hesitate to post any comments or doubts you might have. I´ll be happy to help!

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