French Menu Terms

Useful General Menu Snippets

More general, but all the more useful French terms commonly found in a restaurant setting – enough to make a polite attempt anyway!

L'addition

The check (must be requested)

Allergique

Allergic

Et pour la madame/mademoiselle… 

…And for the Mrs./Miss

L’assiette

Plate

La carte/le ménu

The menu

Les champignons

Mushrooms

Compris/Inclus

Included

Le cornichon

A dill (small) pickle you’ve ever seen, accompanies charcuterie or even some cocktails.

La cuisine

The kitchen

La dégustation

Tasting menu

Le déjeuner

Lunch   

Délicieux

Delicious

Le dîner

Dinner   

Du jour

Of the day, as in catch of the day or soup of the day.

Le fromage

Cheese

Le petit déjeuner

Breakfast

Le poisson

Fish

Les pommes de terre (ground apples!)

Potatoes

Le pourboire

Tip. A basic gratuity is almost always included in French restaurants, and is listed as servis compris, or service included.

Le serveur/la serveuse

Waiter/waitress

Végétalien

Vegan

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