French Vocabulary: Food And Eating Out


We’ve put together a list of french vocabulary and common french phrases that you may come across when you’re eating out or shopping for food in France.

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There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting at a posh french restaurant and not being able to understand the menu!

French Vocabulary in restaurants:
Basic French Food Vocabulary

A few basic french words to get you started….

Petit DéjeunerBreakfast
Menu à prix fixeSet meal
EntréeFirst course/starter
Plat PrincipaleMain course
Plat du jourDaily special
Carte des vinsWine list
Vin comprisWine included

Common Items On The Menu Include…

Here is some french vocabulary and common french words that will help you make sense of those wonderful menus.

Andouille/AndouilletteSausage made from pork or veal tripe
Assiette de cruditésRaw vegetables with dressing
BouillabaisseFish soup
Bifteck (bleu/saignant/ à point/bien cuit)Steak (nearly raw/very rare/medium rare/well cooked)
CassouletStew, usually made with pork or lamb and beans
CharcuterieCold meats
ChoucrouteSauerkraut with sausage and other prepared meats
Confit de canardDuck cooked in its own fat (usually served hot)
Coq au vinChicken cooked in wine
CôtePork/lamb chop
Croque-monsieurHam and cheese sandwich
Croque-madameCroque-monsieur with a fried egg
En croûteIn pastry
EntrecôteRib steak
Foie gras de canardDuck liver paté
FritesChips/french fries
Gigot d?agneauLeg of lamb
GlaçeIce cream
GratinéGrilled with cheese on top
Haricots vertsGreen beans
LardonChopped bacon, normally in a salad
Pommes de terrePotatoes
Potage aux legumesVegetable soup
Poulet RôtiRoast chicken
Salade VerteGreen salad
Saumon fuméSmoked salmon
Soupe à l’oignon gratinéeOnion soup
Soupe du jourSoup of the day
Steak tartareRaw minced meat with onion and herbs
Tarte aux pommesApple tart

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French Vocabulary: Drinks

Alcoholic Drinks

KirWhite wine with cassis or blackcurrent syrup
Kir RoyaleChampagne and cassis
PastisAnise-flavoured liqueur
Vin (rouge/blanc)Wine (red/white)

Non-alcoholic Drinks

Café au laitMilky coffee (latté)
Café crèmeEspresso with steamed milk
Café décafeinéDecaf coffee
Café noir/ un expressEspresso
Carafe d’eauJug of tap water
Eau minerale (plate/gazeuse)Mineral water (still or fizzy)
Jus de pommeApple juice
Jus d’orangeOrange juice

French Vocabulary and Useful Phrases In French

Pouvez-vous nous recommander un bon restaurant dans la région?Can you recommend a good local restaurant?
Pourriez-vous nous conseiller un bon restaurant?Can you recommend a good restaurant?
Je voudrais réserver une table pour…personnesI’d like to book a table for… people
pour ce soir/ demain soir /à dix-neuf heuresfor tonight /for tomorrow night /at 7.30
Avez vous une table pour deux?Do you have a table for two?
Une table pour deux, s’il vous plaîtA table for two, please
J’ai reservé une table au nom de SmithI have a table reserved in the name Smith
Avez-vous une carte en anglais?Do you have a menu in English?
Vous avez choisi?Have you decided?
Qu’est-ce que vous voulez manger?What would you like to eat?
Voulez-vous quelque chose à boire?Would you like something to drink?
Je prends le menu à prix fixe, s’il vous plaîtI?d like the set menu, please
Qu’est-ce que vous avez comme sandwichs?What types of sandwiches do you have?
Quels parfums avez-vous?What flavours do you have?
Qu’est-ce que vous conseillez?What do you recommend?
Je voudrais du/de la…I’d like some…
Avec/SansWith/Without (eg avec sucre: with sugar)
Puis-je avoir encore un verre de vin rouge s’il vous plaîtCould I please have another glass of red wine
C’est terminé?Have you finished?
Le service est compris?Is service included?
Service comprisTip included
Service non comprisTip not included
L’addition, s’il vous plaîtCan I please have the bill
Je crois qu’il y a une erreur dans l’additionI think there is a mistake in the bill

Bon Appetit!

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