You can’t travel without eating. And you can’t eat without being able to communicate what you want. Make sure to memorize the following phrases if you plan on dining in Germany.
It’s no surprise that if you want to eat, you’re going to need to learn some German. Spend some time getting to know this list and you’ll be eating with the confidence of a native.
Einen Tisch für zwei, bitte.
So you found a date and now you want to impress her with your German speaking ability. Make sure to remember this phrase the next time you dine out.
|Einen Tisch für zwei, bitte.||A table for two, please.|
|Hereinspaziert!||Right this way!|
Ist dieser Platz frei?
The perfect phrase for when you are trying to meet that attractive stranger sitting by themselves. Or when you are too hungry to wait for a spot to open up. Regardless, be sure to master this phrase if you are looking to chat with a stranger and score some quick food.
|Ist dieser Platz frei?||Is this seat taken?|
|Nein, Setz Dich doch bitte.||No, please have a seat.|
Darf ich bitte die Karte sehen?
What’s the point of going to a restaurant if you can’t ask to see the menu? So what if you can’t read it, you can just point to the pictures.
|Darf ich bitte die Karte sehen?||May I see the menu, please?|
|Einen Moment, bitte||Just a moment.|
Was konnen Sie empfehlen?
Every server’s favorite question. Perfect for those times when you find yourself in a restaurant and have no idea what anything is. Rest assured, if you memorize this phrase, you’ll never go hungry. Also, this is a great question to ask when you are looking to try something new, or if you are just an indecisive person in general.
|Was konnen Sie empfehlen?||What do you recommend?|
|Ich empfehle Apfelstrudel.||I recommend the apple strudel.|
Ich mochte jetzt bestellen
This phrase is for those times when you want to order, but your hand gestures fail at getting the servers’ attention. After all, Germany is not known for fast customer service. So, be sure not to waste too much time deciding.
|Ich mochte jetzt bestellen.||I would like to order now.|
|Was darf's sein?||What can I get you?|
Mochten Sie eine Vorspeise
Who doesn’t like appetizers? Make sure you can understand this question, otherwise you might miss out on some delicious grub.
|Möchten Sie eine Vorspeise?||Would you like an appetizer?|
|Ja, ich möchte bratwurst.||Yes, I want the bratwurst.|
Haben Sie vegetarische Gerichte?
If you are a vegetarian, this phrase may be essential to your survival. Germany is a land packed with delicious meats, so you’ll be needing to ask this question quite a lot. Or you could just abandon your ethics.We’re not here to judge.
|Haben Sie vegetarische Gerichte?||Do you have vegetarian dishes?|
|Ich empfehle Kartoffelpuffer.||I recommend the potato pancakes.|
Ich möchte gerne etwas trinken
A day of sightseeing and traveling around will leave you a bit famished. Make sure to master this question if you would like to stay hydrated on your travels.
|Ich möchte gerne etwas trinken.||I would like something to drink.|
|Was darf's sein?||What can I get you?|
Was fur Bier haben Sie?
When in Germany, drink like the Germans do. This is a great question that will help you get to know the diverse array of beer that Germany has to offer. After all, you can’t come to Germany and not have a beer!
|Was fur Bier haben Sie?||What types of beer do you have?|
|Pilsner, Märzen, Schwarzbier und Hefeweizen.||Pilsner, March beer, black lager, and wheat ale.|
Könnte ich eine Tasse Kaffee Haben?
For all you coffee addicts out there, don’t miss out on that morning cup of joe. Use this phrase to help you stay caffeinated during your travels. Who needs sleep anyways?
|Könnte ich eine Tasse Kaffee Haben?||Could I have a cup of coffee?|
|Ja, freilich!||Yes, of course!|
Noch eins, bitte.
When one is not enough, you are going to want to know how to ask for another. Useful for when you’re buying some drinks, or when you are looking to stuff your face with with Germany’s delicious cuisine.
|Noch eins, bitte.||Another, please.|
|Alles klar, Einen Moment.||Alright, one moment.|
Hat es ihnen geschmeckt?
The perfect way to make some after dinner conversation. Be sure to study this phrase if you want to protect against those dreaded awkward silences.
|Hat es ihnen geschmeckt?||Did you enjoy your meal?|
|Es war perfekt!||It was perfect!|
Sonst noch etwas?
Be sure to listen for this question near the end of your meal. You don’t want them to preemptively bring the check.
|Sonst noch etwas?||Would you like anything else?|
|Einen Tee, bitte.||A tea, please.|
Entschuldigen Sie bitte, ober.
You may need this phrase if you want to eat. It’s not always the custom for a server to check up on its patrons. Before eating out, you are going to want to practice getting their attention.
|Entschuldigen Sie bitte, ober.||Excuse me please, waiter.|
|Einen Moment, bitte||Be there in a moment.|
Ich mochte bezahlen
When you have places to be and no one seems to be bringing you your check, don’t be afraid to let them know that you’re ready to pay and looking to head on out.
|Ich mochte bezahlen.||I would like to pay.|
|Ja, sie kostet 15 euro.||Ok, that’s 15 euro.|
There you have it, all the phrases you need to get out there and eat your way through Germany.
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