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Spanish Food Vocabulary and Drink Words

If you are looking for a place to build on your Spanish food vocabulary, this page should help you get a decent start. By reading through this list of Spanish food names, drink words, and other general food terms, you'll have a much easier time eating at a Spanish food restaurant.

Look below to find the Spanish to English translations for many words found in a Spanish dinner menu.

Spanish to English Food and Drink Words:

You can also view this list of Spanish food and drink terms with translations from English to Spanish. Words in bold added during the last update.

Spanish Food Words:

Ajo ➔ Garlic

Cebolla ➔ Onion

Cereal ➔ Cereal

Espaguetis ➔ Spaghetti

Frambuesa ➔ Raspberry

Fresa ➔ Strawberry

Gelatina ➔ Jelly

Hongo ➔ Mushroom

Huevo(s) ➔ Egg(s)

Jalea ➔ Jam

Jamón ➔ Ham

Maní ➔ Peanut

Manzana ➔ Apple

Naranja ➔ Orange

Pan ➔ Bread

Pepinillos ➔ Gherkins

Patata ➔ Potato

Plátano ➔ Banana

Sandía ➔ Watermelon

Tomate ➔ Tomato

Zanahoria ➔ Carrot

Names of the Spices in Spanish:

Azafrán ➔ Saffron

Azúcar ➔ Sugar

Canela ➔ Cinnamon

Comino ➔ Cumin

Cilantro ➔ Coriander

La sal ➔ Salt

La pimienta ➔ Pepper

Nuez moscada ➔ Nutmeg

Drink Names in Spanish:

Agua ➔ Water

Café ➔ Coffee

Cerveza ➔ Beer

Gaseosa ➔ Soda pop

Jugo ➔ Juice

Jugo de manzana ➔ Apple juice

Jugo de naranja ➔ Orange juice

Leche ➔ Milk

Vino ➔ Wine

Phrases Containing Food and Drink Words in Spanish:

Como cereal para el desayuno ➔ I eat cereal for breakfast

De postre quiero flan ➔ For dessert, I'll have caramel custard

El queso ➔ The cheese

La vida es como una caja de chocolate ➔ Life is like a box of chocolates

Quiero Taco Bell ➔ I want Taco Bell

Quiero un poco de helado ➔ I would like some ice cream

Sal y pimienta ➔ Salt and pepper

¿Toma café? ➔ Do you drink coffee?

Tu eres un pina ➔ You are a pineapple

Una taza de jugo de naranja ➔ A cup of orange juice

General Food and Drink Related Terms in Spanish:

Desayuno ➔ Breakfast

Almuerzo ➔ Lunch

Cena ➔ Dinner

Postre ➔ Dessert

Merienda ➔ Snack

Comer ➔ To eat

El alimento ➔ Food

Fruta ➔ Fruit

Vegetal ➔ Vegetable

Dulce ➔ Candy

Beber ➔ To drink

El refresco ➔ Beverage

Bebidas ➔ Drinks

Cafeteria ➔ Coffee shop

Restaurante ➔ Restaurant

General Food and Drink Related Phrases in Spanish:

Coma cuando sienta hambre ➔ Eat when you are hungry

El menu por favor? ➔ May I have a menu?

¿Que quieres beber? ➔ What would you like to drink?

¿Que sabores de helados tienes? ➔ What flavors do you have?

Quiero ver el menú, por favor ➔ I would like to see the menu, please

Tengo Hambre ➔ I'm hungry

¿Tienes hambre? ➔ Are you hungry?

¿Tienes una mesa para seis personas? ➔ Do you have a table for six?

*Spanish food terms last updated: March 15, 2018.


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As many of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak Spanish and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

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The Fine Print

I don't speak Spanish myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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