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Hungry? How to go about buying food in German? These are typically a few of the questions you’ll have whenever venturing in a German speaking nation. Learn More

Regardless of whether you’re about to live in a German speaking country or intending on a brief visit there, discovering how to get food in German is very important. Going out at German restaurants and bistros is usually a lot of fun, particularly if you fully understand some rudimentary German restaurant vocabulary. More …
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We have stated several typical meal relevant phrases in German, underneath, wishing they will often guide you when you’re buying dinner in German.

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Just click here to find out the German meals sentences easily which you can use for purchasing food items in German dining places and cafes.

A table for one person/two people, please.Ein Tisch für eine Person/zwei Personen, bitte. (ighn TISH fuur IGHN-uh payr-ZOHN/TSVIGH payr-ZOHN-nen, BIT-tuh)
Can I look at the menu, please?Ich hätte gerne die Speisekarte. (ikh HET-tuh GAYR-nuh dee SHPIGH-zuh-kahr-tuh)
Is there a house specialty?Gibt es eine Spezialität des Hauses? (gipt ess igh-nuh shpeh-tsyah-lee-TAYT dess HOW-zess?)
Is there a local specialty?Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend? (gipt ess igh-nuh shpeh-tsyah-lee-TAYT owss DEE-zer GAY-gent?)
I'm a vegetarian.Ich bin Vegetarier. (ikh bin vay-gay-TAH-ree-er)
I don't eat pork.Ich esse kein Schweinefleisch. (ikh ESS-uh kign SHVIGN-uh-flighsh)
I only eat kosher food.Ich esse nur koscher. (ikh ESS-uh noor KOH-sher)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard)Könnten Sie es bitte nicht so fett machen? (KOON-ten zee ess BIT-tuh nikht zo fett MAHKH-en?)
fixed-price mealTagesessen (TAHG-ess-ess-en) / Menü (meh-NUU) Note: While "Tagesessen" should be used in pubs and taverns, "Menü" is the correct word in classic restaurants.
Without, eg. I would like spaghetti without cheeseIch möchte die Spaghetti, ohne Käse (Ikh merkhte dee schpagetti, ohna kayze), "Ohne" being the key word here.
à la cartea la carte (ah lah KAHRT)
breakfastFrühstück (FRUU-shtuuk)
lunchMittagessen (mit-TAHK-ess-en)
tea (meal)Kaffee (kah-FAY)
supperAbendessen or Abendbrot (AH-bent-ess-en or AH-bent-broht) Note: "Abendbrot" is mainly used in rural areas. Most Germans, even the non-English speaking, understand dinner as well.
I would like _____.Ich möchte _____. (ikh MERKH-tuh)
I would like a dish containing ____Ich möchte etwas mit ____ (ikh MOOKH-tuh ett-vahss mit _____) / Literally means "I want something with ____"
chickenHuhn (hoon)
beefRindfleisch (RINT-flighsh)
fishFisch (fish)
hamSchinken (SHINK-en)
sausage (Will also be heard as a way to say whatever)Wurst (voorst)
cheeseKäse (KAY-zuh)
eggsEier (IGH-er)
saladSalat (zah-LAHT)
(fresh) vegetables(frisches) Gemüse ([FRISH-ess] guh-MUU-zuh)
(fresh) fruit(frisches) Obst ([FRISH-ess] OWPST)
breadBrot (broht)
toastToast (tohst)
noodlesNudeln (NOO-deln)
riceReis (righss)
beansBohnen (BOH-nen)
May I have a glass of _____?Könnte ich ein Glas _____ haben? (KOON-tuh ikh ighn glahss _____ HAH-ben?)
May I have a cup of _____?Könnte ich eine Tasse _____ haben? (KOON-tuh ikh IGH-nuh TAH-suh _____ HAH-ben?)
May I have a bottle of _____?Könnte ich eine Flasche _____ haben? (KOON-tuh ikh IGH-nuh FLAH-shuh _____ HAH-ben?)
coffeeKaffee (kah-FAY)
tea (drink)Tee (tay)
juiceSaft (zahft)
(bubbly) waterMineralwasser or Sprudel(-wasser) (mee-ne-RAHL-wah-ser or SHPROO-del-[wah-ser])
water (tap)Leitungswasser (LIGH-toongs-wah-ser) Note: Tap water is quite uncommon in German restaurants.
beerBier (beer) Note: At least in Germany and Austria, you better say what kind of beer you want. There are: Export (EKS-port), known as 'Helles' (HELL-as) in Bavaria and as 'Lager' (LAH-ger) in Switzerland; Pils (pilss); Hefeweizen (HAY-fuh-vigh-tsen), known as 'Weißbier' (VIGHSS-beer) in Bavaria; dunkles Hefeweizen (DOONK-less HAY-fuh-vigh-tsen); Alt (ahlt) in the Düsseldorf region; Kölsch (koolsh) in Cologne and probably most of the other Rhineland; Bockbier (BOCK-beer) sometimes in the South of Germany. If you only say beer, you will get a Pils on most cases.
red/white wineRot-/Weiß-wein (ROHT-/VIGHSS-vighn)
May I have some _____?Kann ich etwas _____ haben? (kahn ikh ET-vahss _____ HAH-ben?)
saltSalz (zahlts)
black pepperPfeffer (PFEF-er)
butterButter (BOO-ter)
Excuse me, waiter! (getting attention of server)Entschuldigung! (ent-SHOOL-dih-goong)
I'm finished.Ich bin fertig. (ikh bin FAYR-tikh)
It was delicious.Es war hervorragend. (ess vahr hayr-FOR-rah-gent)
Please clear the plates.Würden Sie bitte abräumen? (VUUR-den zee BIT-tuh ahb-ROY-men?)
The check, please.Zahlen, bitte. (TSAH-len, BIT-tuh)

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