Ordering Food in Portuguese

people waiting for their food and ordering dishes in Portuguese

To begin with: are you hungry? While you think about what you want to eat, let’s look at our Dica about going to a restaurant. Learn about ordering food in Portuguese and what the menu says. It is especially important to know how to order food in Portuguese so that you don’t order the wrong thing, right? Also, you will learn about the menu and how to ask for the bill by the end of your meal, all in Portuguese!

How to Order Food in Portuguese

how to ask for the check in portuguese: pode trazer a conta!

Let’s begin by learning some phrasing structures on how to order your food in a restaurant:

Pode trazer o…Can you bring …
Eu quero…I want…
Quanto deu…How much…
Eu gostaria de…I would like…
Eu vou querer…I’ll want…
Eu queria…I would like…
Poderia me dar…Could you give me…
Me dê…Give me…

Dialogue About Ordering Food in Portuguese

Let’s take a look at how we can use the phrases you just learned:

Cliente: Boa tarde!Client: Good afternoon!
Garçom: Boa tarde! Como posso ajudar?Waiter: Good afternoon! How can I help you?
Cliente: Pode trazer o cardápio, por favor?Client: Can you bring me the menu please?
Garçom: Pois não!Waiter: Sure!
Cliente: Eu quero um arroz, feijão, e contrafilé com fritas, com uma salada de alface e tomate, e uma água sem gás, por favor.Client: I’d like rice, beans, and steak with fries, with a lettuce and tomato salad, and a still water please.
Garçom: Pois não, senhora!Waiter: Okay, madam!
Cliente: Quanto deu a conta?Client: How much is the bill?
Garçom: Deu R$ 37,00, incluindo os 10%.Waiter: It’s R$ 37.00, including the 10%.
Cliente: Aqui está. Obrigada!Client: Here it is. Thank you!
Garçom: De nada!Waiter: You’re welcome!

Sentences from the Waiter/Waitress

Como posso ajudar?How can I help you?
Algo mais?Anything else?
Posso ajudar?Can I help you?
Você já pediu? / Vocês já pediram?Have you already ordered?
Você já foi atendido? / Vocês já foram atendidos?Have you been taken care of?
Alguém já pegou o pedido de vocês?Did anyone take your orders?
Pode fazer o pedido para mim.You can order with me.
Pois não, senhor!Can I help you, sir?!

Dialogue with the Waiter about Ordering Food

choices when ordering food in portuguese: churrasco misto and aipim.
Cliente: Boa tarde! Tudo bem?Client: Good afternoon! How are you?
Garçom: Boa tarde! Você já pediu?Waiter: Good afternoon! Have you ordered yet?
Cliente: Ainda não… Eu gostaria de ver o cardápio, por favor!Client: Not yet… I would like to see the menu, please!
Garçom: Claro! A senhora gostaria de um pãozinho da casa enquanto escolhe?Waiter: Of course! Would you like a homemade bread roll while you choose?
Cliente: Pode ser!Client: That could work!
Alguns minutos depois…Some minutes later…
Garçom: Pois não, senhora!Waiter: Can I help you, madam?
Cliente: Eu vou querer um churrasco misto com aipim frito e um chopp bem gelado!Client: I’ll have a mixed grilled platter with fried cassava and a very cold beer!
Garçom: Excelente pedido, senhora! Algo mais?Waiter: Excellent order, madam! Anything else?
Cliente: Não, obrigada!Client: No, thank you!

Dialogue for Asking the Waiter

Garçom: Olá, bom dia. Alguém já pegou o pedido de vocês?Waiter: Hello, good morning. Has somebody already taken your orders?
Cliente: Ainda não…Client: Not yet…
Garçom: Pode fazer o pedido para mim.WaiterYou can order with me.
Cliente: Ok. Eu queria uma média e um misto.Client: Ok… I would like a coffee and a ham sandwich.

Menu in Portuguese

The menu is the main item at a restaurant, and it’s especially important when ordering food in portuguese. You will find inside it all the foods and drinks that the restaurant offers. In general, with the menu, we can ask for things to eat or drink. When you come to Brazil to study Portuguese, this subject is super important! So, let’s see a dialogue that shows people ordering food in Portuguese using the menu:

Garçom: Boa noite! Posso ajudar? Você já foi atendida?Waiter: Good evening! Can I help you? Have you been taken care of?
Cliente: Você poderia me dar o cardápio, por favor?Client: Could you give me the menu please?
Garçom: Pois não!Waiter: Sure!
Cliente: Me vê uma porção de bolinho de bacalhau e uma caipirinha.Client: Give me a portion of codfish balls and a caipirinha.
Garçom: Perfeito, senhora!Waiter: Perfect, sir!

If you are ready to ask for the bill or say “Check, please!” in Portuguese, is easy! You can say: “Pode me trazer a conta, por favor?” (Can you bring me the bill, please?).

Exercise for Ordering Food in Portuguese

Complete the dialogue below with the missing sentences (1-5):

(1) Poderia me dar o cardápio, por favor?
(2) Temos bolo de banana e torta de limão. O que você prefere?
(3) Pode também trazer a conta, por favor?
(4) Como posso ajudar?
(5) Gostaria de mais alguma coisa, senhora?

Maria: Boa noite!
Garçom: Boa noite, senhora! ____________________________________?
Maria: Gostaria de uma mesa para três.
Garçom: Sem problemas.
Maria: ____________________________________?
Garçom: Aqui está o cardápio. Gostaria de pedir?
Maria: Sim, quero comer uma feijoada e beber um suco de laranja.
Algum tempo depois…
Garçom: ____________________________________?
Maria: Sim, queria uma sobremesa.
Garçom: ____________________________________?
Maria: Prefiro o bolo de banana.
Garçom: Algo mais?
Maria: ____________________________________?

How about we practice all of this in a real restaurant? You can totally do it in one of our RioLIVE activities! Ordering food in Portuguese would be much easier when we have the menu, wouldn’t it? Therefore, now you can go order food in Portuguese at any restaurant you like and order any dish that you want. Don’t forget to use polite words like por favor even when asking for the bill in Portuguese!

Finally, thank you for reading our Dica about ordering food, taking a look at the menu and asking for the bill in Portuguese! Rio & Learn is also on social networks. So please like our Facebook page to know more about our school and Rio de Janeiro.

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Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Restaurant in Portuguese
Restaurants in Brazil
Restaurant Dialogue in Portuguese
Bakery in Portuguese


Maria: Boa noite!
Garçom: Boa noite, senhora! Como posso ajudar?
Maria: Gostaria de uma mesa para três.
Garçom: Sem problemas.
Maria: Poderia me dar o cardápio, por favor?
Garçom: Aqui está o cardápio. Gostaria de pedir?
Maria: Sim, quero comer uma feijoada e beber um suco de laranja.
Algum tempo depois…
Garçom: Gostaria de mais alguma coisa, senhora?
Maria: Sim, queria uma sobremesa.
Garçom: Temos bolo de banana e torta de limão. O que você prefere?
Maria: Prefiro o bolo de banana.
Garçom: Algo mais?
Maria: Pode também trazer a conta, por favor?


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