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How to order food in Germany

Imagine you want to order some food and drinks in a German restaurant and the waiter does not speak any English - Wouldn't it be great to know at least the basic vocabulary to order food and drinks in German? Of course, it would! Therefore I will show you in this lesson how to order food and drinks in a German-speaking country. Have fun! :)

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Ordering food in German

First, the waiter/waitress will ask you probably one of the following questions:

Have you chosen already?Haben Sie schon gewählt?
What would you like to order?Was möchten Sie bestellen?
What would you like to drink?Was möchten Sie trinken?
What would you like to eat?Was möchten Sie essen?
Would you like a starter?Möchten Sie eine Vorspeise?


You don't know yet what to drink and to eat or you want to have a recommendation? The following phrases will help you to express yourself:

One moment, pleaseEinen Moment bitte
I don't know yetIch weiß es noch nicht
What can you recommend?Was können Sie empfehlen?
What is the daily special?Was ist das Tagesangebot?


Ready to order? Then you have two options:

  • I would like... = Ich möchte...
  • I will have... = Ich nehme...

List of food in German

In order to be able to understand a German menu, I will teach you how the most common food products of a German menu are called!

  • the menu = die Speisekarte
  • the starter = die Vorspeise
  • the main dish = das Hauptgericht
  • the side dish = die Beilage
  • the dessert = die Nachspeise
the soupdie Suppe
the saladder Salat
the breaddas Brot
the vegetablesdas Gemüse
the potatoesdie Kartoffeln
the French friesdie Pommes frites
the riceder Reis
the pastadie Nudeln
the dumplingder Knödel
the saucedie Sauße
the porkdas Schweinefleisch
the beefdas Rindfleisch
the chickendas Huhn
the turkeydie Pute
the lampdas Lamm
the sausagedie Wurst
the fishder Fisch
the seafooddie Meeresfrüchte
the carrotdie Karotte
the mushroomder Pilz
the cabbageder Kohl/das Kraut
the tomatodie Tomate
the appleder Apfel
the bananadie Banane
the orangedie Orange
the sugarder Zucker
the saltdas Salz
the pepperder Pfeffer


List of drinks in German

Also, you should learn how the different drinks are called!

the waterdas Wasser
the sparkeling waterdas Mineralwasser
the beerdas Bier
the wineder Wein
the white wineder Weißwein
the red wineder Rotwein
the sparkling wineder Sekt
the juiceder Saft
the apple juiceder Apfelsaft
the orange juiceder Orangensaft
the lemonadedie Limonade
the milkdie Milch
the teader Tee
the coffeeder Kaffee
the espressoder Espresso


How do you ask for the bill in German?

Also, you should learn the following expressions:

The bill, pleaseDie Rechnung bitte
I would like to pay, pleaseIch möchte gerne bezahlen
the tipdas Trinkgeld


yes Why don't you try out our fun and interactive exercises? Practice your vocabulary skills!


  1. Ordering food and drinks: Fill in the blanks part 1
  2. Ordering food and drinks: Fill in the blanks part 2
  3. Ordering food and drinks: Multiple Choice Exercise

Ordering food and drinks: Fill in the blanks part 1

Ordering food and drinks: Fill in the blanks part 2

Ordering food and drinks: Multiple Choice Exercise

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