Restaurant Terms
1. Fork
2. Soupspoon
3. Knife
4. Salt
5. Napkin
6. Saucer
7. Soup bowl
8. Salad plate
9. Dinner plate
10. Place setting
11. Dishwasher
12. Kitchen
el tenedor
la cucharada sopera
el cuchillo
la sal
la servilleta
el platillo
el plato de sopa
el plato de ensalada
el plato de la cena
el cubierto
el lavavajillas
la cocina
Restaurant Terms, cont.
13. Hostess
14. Bread basket
15. Dessert tray
16. Tip
17. To pay
18. Patron
19. To clear the table
20. To order
21. To serve
22. To pour
23. To set the table
24. Waiter
25. Menu
la anfitriona
el cesto de pan
la bandeja de postres
la propina
pagar (verb)
el patrón
quitar la mesa
pedir (verb)
servir (verb)
verter (verb)
poner la mesa
el/la camarero(a); el joven; señorita
el menú
Create a menu or a
newspaper or billboard
0 Menus can include the following:
0 categories like "Entremeses" (appetizers), "Platos Principales"
(main courses), "Postres" (desserts) and "Bebidas" (drinks)
0 prices in the currency of a Spanish-speaking country such as
pesos, queztales, colones, bolívares or córdobas, according to
student research.
0 Menus can provide the opportunity to look at comparative
structures as well as feminine and masculine endings: "La
langosta es cara. El pollo es más barato." (The lobster is
expensive. The chicken is cheaper/less expensive.)
0 Newspaper and billboard ads should include the name of the
restaurant, a slogan, an illustration, and phone number. Use 985555-1234.
0 While in pairs, you will follow the commands below as I state
0 Have a seat.
Tome asiento.
0 Pick up…
0 Put…down.
For example: “Coge el menú.” (Pick up the menú.)
0 In pairs, give commands/requests to each other.
0 Say to one another:
0 "Necesito..." (I need...) "...un tenedor…" (…a fork…) “por
favor.” (…please.)
0 “Pásame…“ (Pass me…) “ sal…" (…the salt…) “por
favor.” (…please.)
0 Useful restaurant phrases:
0 "¿Qué desean comer?" (What would you like to eat?)
0 "Me gustaría..."/"Quisiera..." (I would like...)
0 "De postre, quiero.." (For dessert, I'll have...)
0 "La cuenta, por favor." (Check, please.)
0 In pairs or groups of three, take turns playing server and
diners by ordering a complete meal with drinks and
0 Servers can recommend menu items:
0 "Yo le recomiendo..." (I recommend...)
0 Customers can take or leave the suggestions:
0 "No, tráigame ..." (No, bring me...).
Ask a Classmate!
A. Interview your classmates in Spanish to find who fits the
following descriptions.
"¿Quién..." (Who...?) "...toma café?" (drinks coffee?) “
¿Quién prefiere pescado?" (prefers fish)
¿Quién no come carne?" (doesn't eat meat)
¿Quién cuenta calorías?" (counts calories)
B. Create your own question using the examples above. Write
your question in Spanish on one side of the index card and in
English on the opposite side.
C. Class Response to Student-created Questions
Off to the Races!
You will be placed into two teams. I will state a restaurant term
in English. Two students from each group will race to write the
correct answer on the team’s dry erase board, while saying it,
and showing the written response to score a point for their
team. The next students on each team’s row will then face off
for the next term.
Soup bowl
Salad plate
Dinner plate
Place setting
Bread basket
Dessert tray
Restaurant Scenarios/Situations
Dialogue A: Patron/Customer 1
Dialogue B: Host/Hostess
Dialogue C: Waiter/Waitress
Dialogue D: Patron/Customer 2
Dialogue E: Additional Waiter/Waitress
Situación 1: Reserving a table - Reservar la mesa
Situación 2: Arrival -Llegada
Situación 3: Order the food -Pedir la comida
Situación 4: The waiter returns to the table-El camarero
vuelve a la mesa
Situación 5: Order the desserts - Pedir los postres
Situación 6. After the meal - Después de la cena
1. Reserving a table
0 A. I would like to reserve a table for two people for this evening.
Me gustaría reservar una mesa para dos personas por esta
0 B. What time would you like?
¿Para qué hora será?
0 A. We would like to come at 8pm.
Nos gustaría venir a las ocho.
0 B. Ok. What is the name, please?
Ok. ¿Qué es el nombre, por favor?
0 A. Mr. Sanchez.
Sr. Sanchez.
0 B. Yes, Mr. Sanchez, we will see you at 8 o`clock.
Sí, Sr. Sanchez, nos veremos a las ocho.
2. Arrival
A. Good evening. We have booked a table in the name of Sanchez.
Buenas noches. Hemos reservado una mesa en el nombre de Sanchez.
B. Ah, yes, Mr. Sanchez, your table is here on the left. Here we are; the
waiter will be with you in a moment.
Ah, sí, Sr. Sanchez, su mesa está aquí a la izquierda. Aquí estamos; el
camarero vendrá a servirle en un momento.
A. Thank you.
C. Good evening. Here are the menus. Do you all want something to drink
while you are choosing your meals?
Buenas noches. Aquí están los menús. ¿Quieren algo beber mientrás
eligen sus comidas?
D. Yes, thank you. We would like two glasses of lemonade, please.
Sí, gracías. Queremos dos vasos de limonada, por favor.
C. No problem.
No problema.
3. Order the food
C. Are you all ready to order your meals?
¿Están listos para pedir?
A. Yes, to begin, we would like one tortilla, one melon, and two of the
seafood salads.
Sí, para empezar, nos gustaría una tortilla, un melón y dos ensaladas
de mariscos.
D. Then, for the main courses, we would like one fillet steak and the
chicken with grapes.
Después, como plato principal, nos gustaría un filete y el pollo con uvas.
C. How would you like the steak?
¿Cómo le gustaría el filete?
D. Well done, please.
Bien hecho, por favor.
C. Would you like more drinks?
¿Quieren más bebidas?
A. Yes, please - two more lemonades.
Sí, por favor - dos más limonadas.
4. The waiter returns to the
C. I`m sorry, but we have no chicken with grapes this evening. Would
you like to choose something else?
Lo siento, pero no tenemos el pollo con uvas esta noche. Le
gustaría elegir otro plato?
A. Yes, we want the mussels in tomato sauce, please.
Sí, queremos los mejillones en salsa de tomate, por favor.
B. E. Here we are: the seafood salads. Whose is the melon? …and the
tortilla? Enjoy your meal.
Aquí están: las ensaladas de mariscos. ¿Para quién es el
melón? …Y la tortilla? ¡Provecho!
5. Order the desserts
C. Would you all like to see the dessert menu?
¿Les gustaría ver el menú de postres?
A. Yes, please.
Sí, por favor.
C. Here you are. I recommend the fried milk cubes with cinnamon. I will
give you some time to decide.
Aquí está. Les recomiendo la leche frita con canela. Les daré un tiempo
para decidir.
(after some time has passed…)
C. Are you ready yet?
¿Están listos a pedir?
D. Yes, we would like the fried milk cubes with cinnamon and the
chocolate ice-cream.
Sí, nos gustaría la leche frita con canela y el helado de chocolate.
A. Oh! …and two coffees, please.
Oh! …y dos cafés, por favor.
6. After the meal
C. Did you enjoy the meal?
¿Les gustó la comida?
A. Yes, everything was very tasty. Could we have the bill please?
Sí, todo fue muy sabroso. ¿Nos trae la cuenta por favor?
C. Yes, of course.
Sí, por supuesto.
D. Do you all take credit card?
¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
C. Yes, no problem. Please enter your PIN. Thank you. See you
Sí, no problema. Entre su numero de PIN, por favor. Gracias.
¡Hasta luego!
You have been placed into a pair or group. I will review the
pairs/groups and scenarios. Please write down your
scenario # and partner or group members.
We will review the scenarios and dialogue again. Please
write down the ENTIRE dialogue for your preselected
scenario while documenting YOUR specific dialogue.
Make sure you copy all dialogue correctly, including
On Monday, May 5th, you will present your scenarios. It will
be recorded to compile various scenes in order to create an
entire dining experience.
The best presentations will be selected for the video.

Restaurant Terms & Dialogue