Helpful Hebrew Phrases For Dining Out

Helpful Hebrew Phrases For Dining Out

Israel is a country with a fascinating array of culinary delights. From the traditional street food of the Old City in Jerusalem to the trendy international cuisines of Tel Aviv to the savory foods of wine country, you will never be at a loss for something special to eat. Let the Israel travel agencies plan an epic wine tasting tour for you, and pair your wines with Israel’s most interesting foods. Make your dining experience even better by learning to turn a few phrases in Hebrew. Here are some words and phrases to get you started.

When dining out in one of Israel’s many great restaurants, it may be helpful to have a few phrases in your pocket to be able to communicate with the server and enhance your dining experience. Being able to let the server know you’re ready to order is the first step to a great night out. Commit these words and phrases to memory, and you’ll start things off right.

I’m ready to order now Ani mukhan lehazmin אני מוכן להזמין
I’ll have this Ani ekakh et ze אני אקח את זה
I’ll have whatever you
Ani ekakh et ma she’ata
אני אקח את מה שאתה ממליץ

At the end of a meal it’s sometimes difficult for the server to know when you are finished even if you speak the same language. To make it clear to the server if you want something more, or if you are just relaxing after your meal, try these phrases.

Nothing more, thank you Ze hakol, toda זה הכול, תודה
It was delicious Ze haya ta’im me’od זה היה טעים מאוד
What do you have for
Ma yesh lakhem lemana
?מה יש לכם למנה אחרונה

At the end of your meal, you will want to convey to the server that you are ready for your bill, and mention anything else that is significant, like who is paying and what the gratuity is for the meal.

Could I have the bill, please Efshar lekabel kheshbon
?אפשר לקבל חשבון בבקשה
Keep the change please Ha’odef bishvil’kha העודף בשבילך

Often tourists may want to move into the bar after a meal, or go out to a bar in lieu of a meal. Whatever your style is, you’ll want to be able to let the server know and fellow guests of your intentions. For example, you may want to pick up the tab, or make a toast.

May I treat you? Efshar lehazmin ot’kha ?אפשר להזמין אותך
One more please Od ekhad bevakasha עוד אחד בבקשה
Cheers Lekha’im  לחיים

Make the best of your opportunities to dine out with family and friends while in Israel. Learning a few basic words and phrases will make it infinitely more fun to go out to a restaurant or bar, and help to make sure that you get what you want from the experience.