Eating Out - Lesson 2 - Conversation:

Comida en un Restaurante

(Eating in a Restaurant)

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Taberna Real - Madrid



Buenas tardes. ¿Qué van a pedir?

Good afternoon. What are you going to order?


Unos entremeses para la señora y cocido para mí.

Some appetizers for the lady and cocido for me.


¿Qué es cocido?

What is cocido?


Es un plato hecho con garbanzos, carne, gallina, morcilla, chorizo, patatas y repollo. Es típico de Madrid. Y de principio, ¿qué desean?

It is a dish made with chick peas, meat, chicken, spiced blood sausage, potatoes, and cabbage. It is typical of Madrid. And for the main course, what would you like?


Merluza frita para la señora y para mí un filete a la plancha con alcachofas.

Fried hake for the lady, and for me grilled steak with artichokes.


¿Qué van a beber? Tenemos un tinto de La Rioja muy bueno.

What are you going to drink? We have a very good red from La Rioja.


Bueno, tráigame media botella y agua mineral para la señora.

OK, bring me half a bottle, and mineral water for the lady.


¿Con gas o sin gas?

Carbonated or not?


sin gas,






Sí, fruta y queso manchego. 

Yes, fruit and Manchego Cheese.


Notes on conversation

Entremeses, "appetizers," consist of olives, slices of sausage, pickles, and salads usually served at the beginning of a meal.

Morcilla is a thick sausage made with pig's blood, onion and spices.

Cocido. An Andalusian version of cocido is called berza.

Gallina means "hen."

La Rioja is a region in northern Spain that is famous for its wines.

¿Con gas o sin gas? Literally "With gas or without gas?" refers to the mineral water.

Queso manchego is "Manchego cheese," a cheese made originally in La Mancha, a region southeast of Madrid.