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.
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).
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.
Traditional French cuisine relies on lot of fruit and vegetables.
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.
|potato||une pomme de terre|
|peas||les petits pois|
|green beans||les haricots verts|
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.
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.
|ice cream||une glace|
Speaking about drinks you should know that many French will usually have wine with their meals.
|sparkeling water||l'eau minerale|
du vin rouge
du vin blanc
|orange juice||un jus d´orange|
|hot chocolate||un chocolat chaud|
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:
|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|
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.
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