Helpful Spanish Phrases

Spain Restaurant Vocabulary – Visiting Restaurants in Spain

Check this list of Spanish words before going out for dinner in your favourite Spanish restaurant:

Bufé – Buffet
Carta – Menu
Autoservicio – Selfservice
Menú del día – Set menu
Carta de vinos – Wine card
Camarero – Waiter
Plato – Dish
Caliente – Hot
Frío – Cold
Picante – Spicy
Salado – Salty
Dulce – Sweet
Vegetariano – Vegetarian
Cenicero – Ashtray
Cerillas – Matches
Palillos – Tooth picks
Bandeja – Platter
Cuchara – Spoon
Cuchillo – Knife
Tenedor – Fork
Mantel – Table cloth
Plato – Plate
Servilleta – Napkin
Taza – Cup
Vaso – Glass
Demasiado hecho – Overdone
Demasiado picante – Too spicy
Demasiado salado – Too salty
Demasiado dulce – Too sweet
Aperitivo Apéritif – Aves Poultry
Bebidas alcohólicas – Alcoholic drinks
Bebidas calientes – Hot drinks
Bebidas frías – Cold drinks
Cena – Dinner
Cócteles – Cocktails
Comida – Lunch
Desayuno – Breakfast
Ensalada – Salad
Mariscos – Seafood
Pastelería – Pastry
Pescados – Fish
Plato principal – Main course
Platos calientes – Hot dishes
Platos fríos – Cold dishes
Postres – Dessert
Primer plato – First course
Segundo plato – Second course
Ración – Portion
Refrescos – Soft drinks
Régimen – Diet
Sopa – Soup
Verduras – Vegetables

How the food is prepared in Spanish restaurants:

A la plancha – Grilled
Al horno – Baked
Al vapor – Steamed
Asado – Roast
Bien hecho – Well done
Caliente – Hot
Crudo – Raw
En su punto – Medium
Estofado – Stewed
Fresco – Fresh
Frío – Cold
Frito – Fried
Guisado – Stewed
Hervido – Boiled
Natural – Uncooked
Picante – Spicy
Poco hecho – Rare
Salado – Salty

Condiments, spices and sauces that can be found in Spain restaurant:
Aceite – Oil
Aceite de oliva – Olive oil
Albahaca – Basil
Aliño – Dressing
Cilantro – Coriander
Especias – Spices
Jugo de carne – Gravy
Ketchup – Ketchup
Mayonesa – Mayonaise
Mostaza – Mustard
Orégano – Oregano
Perejil – Parsley
Pimienta – Pepper
Romero – Rosemary
Sal – Salt
Azucar – Sugar
Salsa – Sauce
Vinagre – Vinegar
Agua – Water

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