How to Order Food in Spanish (Ordering a Meal at a Restaurant)


Hola amigos y amigas, and welcome to Spanish and Go where we explore the culture, traditions, and language of Spanish-speaking countries so you don’t have to. Just kidding, we want you to. So today we’re going to teach you how to order a meal in Spanish. That’s right, we’re here in Villa de Álvarez, Colima, and we’re going to take you to one of our favorite restaurants called “Los Molcajetes”. Come with us! Ordering a meal in Spanish is one of the most useful ways to practice your language skills. It’s normal to feel nervous the first few times you do it, but just remember that most people will appreciate your efforts no matter how well you do. All you need is some basic vocabulary and phrases so you can order confidently. When your waiter comes to the table, you can greet him/her by saying “buenos días” during the day, “buenas tardes” in the afternoon, or “buenas noches” at night after sunset. So, everything is so good here, and first we’re going to order a drink. I like to get the frappes that they have here. “Los frappes.” I like mine with passion fruit. I think I”m going to get a “limoncito”. That’s a lemonade with “herbabuena”. Spearmint. Yes. Common other “bebidas” you might want to order are If you can’t understand what the waiter is asking or saying you can say: or a “copacabana” with passion fruit, please. “Te encargo” is a very useful phrase for just about anything you might need. or Remember, if the waiter looks older than you use the “usted” form. “Le.” and say… or Here, Jim ordered for himself and for me by saying what I wanted and “para ella” which means “for her”. If you’re ordering for a male friend you would say “para él” for him. And we’re still not ready for the food. If you’re not ready to order, you can say: Or you could also say: Okay, so May and I have decided what to order. I want the vegetarian burger and May… Salad. And I think we’re going to share, because they both sound really good. Okay, so we’re going to close up our menus so the waiter knows we’re ready and wait for him to come back. Here we’ve got “totopos” or “tostadas”. “Va a ser” is another very useful phrase you can use when you order. It means: “It’s going to be” followed by whatever you want. I said: If the waiter asks you can simply answer by saying or Look at these. Yum! So good. Oh yeah, that’s the stuff. So, I love this salsa but I know not everybody likes spicy foods. So, if you’re going to get a salsa with your food one of the things you can ask is: and they’ll tell you if it is or not. Well, everything looks delicious. Well, that was delicious. We’re going to ask for the check. So, you’re ready for the check. If you are not sure if they take cards or only cash, you can ask We thought about ordering but we’re just …way too full. Yeah, so, the check. And that’s all there is to it. We know there’s a lot of information in this video, but don’t worry, you can use the annotations here to jump to the parts you want to practice. Now it’s your turn to practice. Let us know in the comments how it went. That’s how you order a meal in Spanish. Thanks for watching! See you later. See you. Wait! Before you go, don’t forget to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more Spanish and travel tips. And if you really like what you see Head on over to our website at Spanish and Go dot com Where you can sign up for our newsletter and get our Spanish Phrase Ebook for free. That’s right, and in our next video we’re going to teach you all about Mexican money, so stay tuned. See you soon! Goodbye!

100 thoughts on “How to Order Food in Spanish (Ordering a Meal at a Restaurant)”

  1. Don't forget that we have an index in the description so that you can jump right to the part you want to practice. We also have subtitles available in Spanish and English. Thanks for watching!

  2. Tambien se puede pedir asi…

    -Echame unos tacos de suadero con todo y un refresco pa que amacice.
    -para llevar?
    -no, aqui me los hecho.

  3. Te encargo? Jaja mirá me están enseñando palabras que ni sabía pero en realidad no salgo a comer mucho con Mejicanos.

  4. Hello,i cannot understand here in mexico when i say "te encargo ~~ "they do not understand" is it normal words in here mexico ???they use maybe "traer~"what s going on "te encrago"??

  5. Buen video pero la verdad es que no se porque lo veo si soy español jajaja, supongo que es porque tu ingles se entiende muy bien, me sirve para practicar el oído

  6. sometimes le encargo arent the best option. its better say puedes traerme that means can you give me (more or less) (im spanish)

  7. Hah la verdad suenan gracioso hablando en español haha supongo que algunas palabras mencionadas en el video son comunes en Mexico porque en forma general no lo decimos de esa manera . Creo que deberían usar palabras más universales , que suelen usarse en general y no solo en Mexico . Saludos desde Perú 🇵🇪

  8. I've been learning Spanish in Barcelona, Spain for the last six months and people here use a different vocabulary when ordering food i.e. me gustaria…, querría…, voy a tomar…., me pones…, algo más?…, ya esta? and so on. It is fascinating to see how it differs from one country to another.

  9. Wow aunque no lo parece usaron algo muy complejo para los angloparlante nativos usarón el tiempo imperativo como si fuera una pregunta (Te encargo traer mas servilletas) es mejor usar esta traducción a mi parecer para este caso:
    Would you bring me more napkins? => ¿Podrias traerme mas servilletas?

  10. I am excited to allow middle school students who are studying "How to survive in the city," in Spanish class, to view your video. Their next lesson is "Ordering Breakfast." So this will really help! Thank you for your time and effort in producing the 7 minute video!

  11. Four months ago I watched this video and I couldn't understand anything but por favor!
    and today I came here again to see if I made any improvement, actually yes I did and I'm so happy about it
    because when I started learning Spanish I couldn't hear the words clearly and I couldn't get anything even while I watched the video three-four times !!
    still far away from the goal but I never ever imagine that I could understand any of these videos!
    thank you for all your help

  12. Nice, but could you also write what the waiter said to you both so that we, as foreigners, know what is usually said by native speaker waitresses in these situations?

  13. This was really good! I was able to understand your accents in Spanish so well! I’m improving 😱😊
    Can’t wait for more videos!!

  14. I just moved to Mexico & know virtually no Spanish. Y'all are going to be gems over the next few months. Thank you for dedicating your time to do this.

  15. Hello, Estoy estudiando ingles(en la academia,ingles uk),pero me gustaria ir aprendiendo ingles americano, me parece una menera diferente de ver y aprender ingles.Felicidades por tus videos. Gracias PD: Soy de Terrassa, Barcelona.

  16. Porque es Espanol is muy duro. Estoy intentando aprender este idioma pero este muy difficul para mi. Yo soy de el caribe so I really want to learn as much as possible. You could see I gave up writing in Spanish. I've been learning for a few months porque el espanol is una idioma hermosa.

  17. I can guarantee that over 100K of the views are Spanish teachers, and their students that are forced to watch.

  18. Prefiero te dulce. 🙂

    Very good Mexican places here in central Florida, like ordering en espanol. The servers like the effort, that's for certain.

  19. Hi, I myself am a waiter, and sometimes I get spanish guests, what do I say to guest? I tried to listen to the waiter in your video but it's hard to follow.

    In english I always say things like: "Hi how can I help you, would you like to order?, would you like any drinks before starting? etc what do people say in spanish?

  20. Two days ago I started following your channel

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  21. hoooooooooooooooooooooooopooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolaaaaa

  22. Dios mío. This video is best.
    Please teach me accents.
    I really want to learn Spanish and Mexican accents

  23. Te encargo must be a phrase used in Mexico. In Puerto Rico we would say: "podrias traerme una servilleta o tenedor", o "puedes traerme una servilleta o tenedor".

  24. Thank you for creating these videos! They will help me tremendously while teaching Spanish this year. One things, for future, could you combine more ways of saying things depending on the area the speaker is from. For example, you said "te encargo"… when ordering, we can also say "me puede traer" or "quisiera/puedo ordernar". Otherwise, you are doing a fantastic job. Thank you!

  25. Algunas cosas aquí las dicen en español con mexicanismos… Se pueden decir de otras formas, pero bueno, se entiende el concepto. Es útil en general.

  26. te encargo ? … is more like "i order you to " ….. a better option would be .. me trae ? …. let me know if you agree … or am i wrong ?

  27. you need to tell us what the waiter asks you, since that is the most important part … we can hear you as you are wearing a mike, but we cannot hear anything what the waiter says, and it looks like a one way conversation

  28. ¡No mention of "Aguas Frescas (the most "popular" form of fruit drink…I think)! ¿Are you two REALLY in Mejico?

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