Paying the Bill at a Spanish-Speaking Restaurant - dummies

Paying the Bill at a Spanish-Speaking Restaurant

You’ve finished enjoying a meal at a Spanish or Latin American restaurant, and you’re ready for your check. Following is a typical conversation as restaurant patrons ask their server for the bill and pay it.

Señor Porter:

Joven, ¿nos trae la cuenta por favor?

Hoh-bveh nohs trah-eh lah kooehn-tah pohr fah-bvohr

Waiter, will you bring us the check please?


Ya vuelvo con la cuenta.

yah bvoo-ehl-bvoh kohn lah kooehn-tah

I’ll be back with the check.

Señor Porter:

¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?

ah-sehp-tahn tahr-Heh-tahs deh kreh-dee-toh

Do you accept credit cards?


No, lo lamento mucho, aquí no aceptamos tarjetas de crédito.

noh loh lah-mehn-toh moo-choh ah-kee noh ah-sehp-tah-mohs tahr-Heh-tahs deh kreh-dee-toh

No, I’m very sorry; we don’t take credit cards.

Señora Porter [a bit later]:

¿Ya pagamos la cuenta?

yah pah-gah-mohs lah koo-ehn-tah

We paid the check already?

Señor Porter:

Ya la pagué.

yah lah pah-gheh

I paid it already.

Señora Porter:

¿Dejamos propina?

deh-Hah-mohs proh-pee-nah

Did we leave a tip?

Señor Porter:

Sí dejé propina.

see deh-Heh proh-pee-nah

Yes, I left a tip.