23 French words to use in a restaurant in France

PUBLISHED: 10:41 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 04 April 2018

Laduree Royale restaurant in Paris

Laduree Royale restaurant in Paris


Planning to go out for dinner in France? Here is all the French vocabulary you’ll need to order fluently at a French restaurant

Avez-vous une table pour quatre? – Do you have a table for four?

Le serveur / La serveuse – The waiter / waitress

La carte – The menu

Le menu – Fixed-price menu

Quel est le plat du jour? – What is today’s special?

Qu’est-ce que vous recommandez? – What do you recommend?

Vous avez choisi? – Have you decided?

Je vous écoute – What would you like? (Literally: I’m listening to you’.)

Je voudrais – I would like

Je prends – I’ll have

Les entrées – Starters

Le plat principal – Main course

Le repas – Meal

Saignant – Rare

À point – Medium rare

Bien cuit – Well done

Je suis allergique à – I’m allergic to

À la – In the style of; for example ‘a la française’, which translates as ‘French style’

C’est terminé? – Are you finished?

Ça a été? – Was everything ok?

Je n’ai plus faim – I’m full

L’addition – The bill

Le pourboire – Tip

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