One of the most important and most fun things to do in French is to go to a restaurant and order food.
First of all, there are all kinds of restaurants to eat in while in France.
Some of the most common place names in French:
The three main meals of the day in French are:
Each kind of restaurant will have their own unique perspective on food. A cafe, bistrot or brasserie will be less formal but nonetheless complete meals, un snack-bar or un tea room will have light fare and un restaurant or une auberge will have finer dining.
Once you arrive, you will want to ask for a table.
Once you are seated, the waiter or waitress (serveur ou serveuse) will ask you if you would like something to drink:
In a fine restaurant you would say
In a more casual setting, you might say:
This literally translates to "what do you have in the way of wines?"
You can order your wine in different quantities. Start with "j'aimerais and then add:
Drinks other than wine you can ask for in French:
The equivalent to "cheers!" in French is "sante!", and it's appropriate to use this expression when everyone has their drink.
How do you say "menu" in French?
La carte means 'menu' in French, but le menu refers to a pre-arranged dinner, usually with a fixed price (prix fixe).
The restaurant may also serve une formule, which is like the specialty of the day, usually with salad, dessert, coffee and sometimes even a glass of wine all included.
You should learn the French term for those foods you like to eat.
And also the ones you want to avoid! 😊
There are so many foods to cover and ways to prepare them. I'll cover these in other lessons.
A few essential meat and food types are:
Before you start to eat, don't forget the popular expression "bon appetit!"
The French eat salad after the meal, and will also have a choice of cheeses after the salad. A separate wine may be served that complements the cheeses.
Finally, there will be dessert.
You can ask for it by saying:
The easy thing here is that at a restaurant, there will be a wide assortment on a cart, and you can pick the one that looks most appealing to you.
If anything more is offered and you have had enough to eat or drink, say:
And then, of course:
In a restaurant, you will pay the waiter.
Sometimes, in a less formal setting you may be told:
Normally, service (or tips) are included, but you can be sure by asking:
To ask if the restaurant accepts a certain form of payment, start with Acceptez-vous (do you take) and then add the payment type: