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Portuguese Food and Restaurant Vocabulary: 30 Phrases

One of the best experiences you can have in Brazil or Portugal is dining out in a restaurant. Both countries have fantastic, unique cuisines which are well worth sampling, and to get the most out of your culinary experience you’ll need a few Portuguese phrases about food. The best way of becoming fluent in Portuguese restaurant talk is to practice with an expert tutor, to make sure all this Portuguese phrases are memorized for when you need them.

Below are 30 common Portuguese phrases for restaurants to get you started.








Bife/Carne bovina







Well done

Bem passado



Medium rare

Ao ponto


Mal passado

Very rare

Muito mal passado

I’d like to reserve a table, please.

Eu gostaria de reservar uma mesa, por favor.

Do you have a table for two people?

Você tem uma mesa para duas pessoas?

I have a table reserved.

Eu tenho uma mesa reservada.

The menu, please.

O cardápio, por favor.

Can I see the wine list, please?

Eu posso ver a carta de vinhos, por favor?

Would you like something to drink?

Você(s) gostaria de algo para beber?

Two beers, please.

Duas cervejas, por favor.

Are you ready to order?

Você(s) está/estão pronto(s) para pedir?

What do you recommend?

O que você recomenda?

What is the daily special?

Qual é o prato do dia?

I'd like the chicken, please.

Eu gostaria do frango, por favor.

Do you have a vegetarian option?

Você tem uma opção vegetariana?

I’d like to order dessert, please.

Eu gostaria de pedir a sobremesa, por favor.

I’d like a coffee, please.

Eu gostaria de um café, por favor.

The food was excellent, thank you very much.

A comida estava excelente, muito obrigado(a).

The bill, please.

A conta, por favor.

I'd like to pay, please.

Eu gostaria de pagar, por favor.

We are paying together.

Nós estamos dividindo a conta.



The Portuguese phrases above will all be helpful in restaurant situations. There is still much more to learn, however. To make sure you’re using these words and phrases correctly, and to learn other useful Portuguese phrases about food, you should work on it with a tutor. That way, you can appreciate the delights of Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine with total confidence. Bom apetite!

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