Grub’s Up!

One of the most daunting parts of any holiday abroad is approaching that restaurant counter. Your palms are clammy (despite having been rubbed on your jeans countless times), your heart beat races as you desperately try to remember the term for “pastie”.

Just a little bit of knowledge can take the fear out of this situation and leave you free to order anything until your appetite is satisfied and your thirst is quenched.

This vocabulary can also come up on exams as food and healthy lifestyle are very popular topics!

While food is a huge topic, we’ll focus primarily on restaurant etiquette in this section.


In France, there are a variety of places you can eat out from the café (where you can find a few snacks) to the brasserie (a traditional restaurant). In some of the more formal brasserie restaurants, it is necessary to book and dress in black tie. In a café, you have a choice; you can sit at the counter (which is a bit cheaper) or get waiter service at a table. Tipping is often the norm.

au restaurant


Je voudrais…- I would like…

Je prends…- I’ll take…

Merci- Thank you

S’il vous plaît- Please

C’est tout?- Is that all?

Et avec ça? – And with that?

C’est combien?- How much is that?

L’addition- The bill

Qu’est-ce que vous avez comme dessert? – What do you have for dessert?

Madame- Ma’am (Mrs.)

Monsieur- Sir (Mr.)

Mademoiselle- Miss (Ms.)

Je voudrais une table pour quatre- I would like a table for four.

Vous avez une reservation? – Do you have a reservation?



La carte-  (lah kart) The menu

La carte de vins- (lah kart day van) The wine list

Les entrées- (lay zontray) Starters

Les plats- (lay plah) Main courses

Les desserts- (lay dessair) Desserts

Le déjeuner- (luh dayjunay) Lunch

Le petit-déjeuner- (luh puhtee dayjunay) Breakfast

Le dîner- (luh deenay) Dinner

Les repas- (lay raypah) Meals


Le verre- (luh vair) The glass

La serviette- (lah sairvee et) The napkin

L’assiette- (lah see et) The plate

La fourchette- (lah for shet) The fork

La cuillère- (la kwee yair) The spoon

Le couteau – (luh coo toe) The knife

La tasse- (lah tass) The cup

La soucoupe- (lah soo koop) The saucer


There are a selection of places to eat out in Spain, from the bar or tasca (which serves a few snacks or tapas) to the cafe (where you can bread, pastries of coffee) to the standard restaurant. Breakfast is usually light, lunch is often the largest meal of the day.

en el restaurante


Me pone (may ponay)- I’ll have…

¿Eso es todo?- (aysoh ess toe doh?) Is that all?

¿Tienes…? – (tea en ays) Do you have…?

Yo voy a tomar…- (yo boy a tom ar) I’m going to have…

¿Cuánto es? (kwatoe ess?) How much is that?

Me gustaría- (may goo star ee ah) I would like

Señor- (say nyor) Sir (Mr.)

Señora- (say nyo ra) Ma’am (Mrs.)

Por favor- (pour fah vor) Please

Gracias- (gra- thee-as) Thank you

La cuenta- (Lah kwen tah) The bill

¿Qué tiene de postre?– (kay tyeenay day postray) What do you have for dessert?

¿Tiene una reserva? (tee en ay oo nah rayser bah)- Do you have a reservation.

¿Y, con esto? (ee con ess toh) And with that?

Quisiera… (kee see yairah) I would like



La carta-  (lah kartah) The menu

La carta de vinos- (lah kartah day beenos) The wine list

Los entrantes- (los en- tran- tez) Starters

El plato principal- (el plah toe preen thee pal) Main course

Los postres- (los post- trez) Desserts

El desayuno- (el desah you no) Breakfast

El almuerzo- (el al moo air soh) Lunch

La cena- (lah thenah) The dinner



La copa- (lah kopah) The glass

La servilleta- (lah ser bee yet tah) The napkin

El plato- (el plah toe) The plate

El tenedor- (el ten ay dor) The fork

El cuchillo- (el koo chee yo) The knife

La cuchara- (lah koo chah rah) The spoon

La taza- (lah tah thah) The cup

El platillo- (el plah tee yo) The saucer


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