• Dutch course for beginners A1
  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • How to order food in Dutch?

    This chapter will discuss how to order food and drinks in a Dutch restaurant. Even though most of the Dutch speak English, you might come across that one person that does not speak it very well. Therefore, a bit of vocabulary might come in handy. 

    Ordering food or drinks in Dutch

    'Een ober' (a waiter) might ask one of the following questions when you are at a restaurant. 

    English Dutch
    Have you chosen already? Heeft u al een keuze kunnen maken?
    What would you like to order? Wat wilt u bestellen?
    What would you like to drink? Wat wilt u drinken?
    What would you like to eat? Wat wilt u eten?
    Would you like a starter? Wilt u beginnen met een voorafje (voorgerecht)? 


    When you have not made a decision yet, you may say one of the following phrases. 

    English Dutch
    One moment, please. Een momentje, graag.
    I don't know yet. Ik weet het nog niet.
    What can you recommend? Wat kunt u adviseren?
    What is the daily special? Wat is de dagspecialiteit?

    To order something, the verb 'graag willen' (would like) is used:

    • Ik zou graag .... willen. (I would like ...)
    • Voor mij een .... (For me a ...)
    • Een voorgerecht. (A starter)
    • Een hoofdgerecht. (A main dish)
    • Een nagerecht (een toetje). (A dessert)

    enlightenedLear more vocabulary related to food or drinks in Dutch.

    Asking the bill in Dutch

    Asking to pay separately in Dutch is common, it could be useful to know some sentences about asking for the bill. 

    English Dutch
    The bill, please De rekening graag.
    I would like to pay, please Ik wil graag betalen. 
    together samen
    separately apart (splitten)
    the tip de fooi

    Train your vocabulary by doing the exercises below!


    Q&A ordering food or drinks in Dutch

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    Exercise ordering food or drinks in Dutch

    Exercise asking the bill in Dutch

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