• French course for beginners
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  • 3 Cardinal numbers in French [0/3]
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  • 5 Telling the time in French [0/3]
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  • 8 Describe a person in French [0/3]
  • 9 Talking about the weather in French [0/3]
  • 10 Asking for directions in French [0/3]
  • 11 French travel phrases and vocabulary [0/3]
  • 12 Food and drinks in French [0/3]
  • 13 Family members in French [0/3]
  • 14 Names of Countries in French [0/3]
  • 15 The grocery store in French (fruits, vegetables....)
  • 16 Animal names in French (horse, dog, cat...)
  • 17 Clothing in French (shoes, clothes...)
  • 18 Birthday wishes in French and party words
  • 19 I love you in French (emotions, feelings)
  • Food and drinks in French

    Imagine going to the restaurant in France and not being able to understand the waiter or the menu. To avoid any misunderstanding we have prepared a list of vocabulary that includes meals, drinks and examples of dialogues in a restaurant. 

    A complete vocabulary list of all kind of food in French language

    In order to be able to understand a menu in French, here you have a list with most common types of food. The menu in general consists of the starter (l´entrée), the main dish (le plat de résistance or le plat principal), the side dish (l´accompagnement) and the dessert (le dessert). 

    Eating times

    In general the French people always do three meals a day. The main meal of the day is a lunch, with dinner sometimes just reduced to an afterthought. Children usually have a small snack or goûter after school - a piece of fruit or a cake - but this is limited to a specific time. Before you begin with the list of dishes, please first check some basic words.

    English French
    meal le repas
    breakfast le petit-déjeuner
    lunch le déjeuner
    dinner le dîner
    snack le goûter

    How to say fruits in French?

    Traditional French cuisine relies on lot of fruit and vegetables. 

    English French
    fruit les fruits
    apple  la pomme
    orange l'orange
    banana la banane
    lemon le citron
    peach la pêche
    pear la poire
    strawberry la fraise
    melon le melon
    pineapple l'ananas
    grape le raisin
    grapefruit le pamplemousse

    Vegetables in French

    In France, vegetables do not play a starring role in a meal; they are usually featured in a side dish or as a part of the main course. Popular French vegetables include mushrooms , leeks, string beans, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of lettuces and leafy greens. The most renown French vegetable dish is ratatouille, a Provençal main dish made of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions and a range of herbs.

    English French
    vegetables les légumes
    salad la salade
    potato une pomme de terre
    carrot une carrotte
    peas les petits pois
    garlis l'ail
    green beans les haricots verts
    onion un oignon
    tomato le tomate
    cucumber un concombre
    mushroom un champignon
    leek un poireau
    lettuce la laitue
    zucchini la courgette
    herb l'herbe

    Different type of meat

    A typical French lunch or dinner centers around some form of meat, whether beef, pork or poultry. Classic French meat dishes include Coq au Vin (cockerel in red wine), Cassoulet (beans stewed with pork, duck or mutton), Confit de Canard (“preserved” duck) and Steak Tartar (raw ground beef). The French also have a great fondness for sausage and often eat charcuterie (sausage, ham and cold cuts) as a prelude to a main meal.

    English French
    meat la viande
    ham le jambon
    pate le pâté
    rabbit le lapin
    fish le poisson
    lamb l´agneau
    veal le veau
    chicken le poulet
    duck le canard
    salmon le saumon
    poultry la volaille

    Other kind of food

    One of the main courses is a dessert, to which traditionally French people add some cheese or they chose something from the patisseries, treats like eclairs or sugary cakes.

    English French
    fries des frites
    ice cream une glace
    pancake une crêpe
    yoghurt le yaourt
    croissant le croissant
    cake le gâteau
    chocolate le chocolat
    cheese le fromage
    sausage la saucisse

    List of drinks in French 

    Speaking about drinks you should know that many French will usually have wine with their meals.

    English French
    water l'eau
    sparkeling water l'eau minerale
    beer bière

    du vin rouge

    du vin blanc

    tea un thé
    coffee un café
    orange juice un jus d´orange
    hot chocolate un chocolat chaud
    lemonade une limonade
    cider un cidre
    rum le rhum
    cognac le cognac
    champagne le champagne
    syrup le sirop
    whisky le whisky

    Ordering in a restaurant in French

    When in the restaurant, first, the waiter/waitress will ask you what would you like to order. To have a proper conversation you should learn the following expressions:

    English French
    What would you like to drink?  Que voulez-vous boire?
    What would you like to order?  Que voulez-vous commander?
    What would you like to eat?  Que voulez-vous manger?
    Would you like a starter?  Voulez-vous une entrée?
    Have you chosen already?  Avez-vous déjà choisi?
    The bill, please L'addition, s'il vous plait
    I would like to pay, please Je voudrais payer, s'il vous plaît
    together ensemble
    separately séparément
    the tip pourboire

    Example dialogue in a restaurant


    in a restaurant

    Marc: Bonsoir Monsieur, Je voudrais une table pour une personne, s'il vous plaît.

    Serveur: Pas de problème. Voici une table pour 1 personne, et voici le menu.

    Marc: Merci, Je voudrais le paté en entrée, pour le plat principal un steak frites bien cuit, et pour le dessert une glace au chocolat.

    Serveur: Très bon choix. (...) Comment vous trouvez vos plats?

    Marc: Le steak frites est délicieux. Maintenant je voudrais payer, l'addition, s'il vous plait.

    Serveur: Bien Monsieur, Vous pouvez payer à la caisse.


    Marc: Good evening Sir, I would like a table for one person, please.

    Server: No problem. Here is a table for 1 person, and here is the menu.

    Marc: Thank you, I would like the paté for appetizer, for the main course a steak french fries well cooked, and for the dessert a chocolate ice cream.

    Server: Very good choice. (...) How do you find your dishes?

    Marc: The steak is delicious. Now I'd like to pay, please.

    Server: No problem Sir, You can pay at the till.     


    Exercise: Food in French

    Food and drinks mixed exercise

    Ordering in a restaurant: recap exercise