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Le menu, la formule

refer to the fixed-price menu, which includes two or more courses (with limited choices for each) and is usually the cheapest (and in some restaurants, the only) way to eat. The choices may be written on the ardoise (see below) or on a special page in the carte. (Outside of France, this is often called the "prix fixe menu"; the original term is French, but the French just call it the menu.)

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la carte

The sheet of paper or booklet that the waiter hands you (what English speakers call the "menu") is la carte - anything you order from it is à la carte

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La carte des vins

the wine menu

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Une dégustation

a tasting menu, with small servings of multiple dishes (déguster means "to taste")

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un apéritif

cocktail, pre-dinner drink

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un amuse-bouche or amuse-gueule

snack (just one or two bites)

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une entrée - appetizer

starter

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le plat principal

main course

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le fromage

cheese

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le dessert

dessert

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le café

coffee

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un digestif

after-dinner drink

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Le plat du jour

is the daily special (literally, "dish of the day") which is usually part of le menu.

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Ardoise (f)

means "slate"; it refers to the specials board

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Gratuit, offert

both mean "free"

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Je n'en peux plus, J'ai bien/trop mangé

When you're full, do not say "je suis plein" (which means something else)

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commander

to order

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Vous avez choisi ?

Have you decided?

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Que voudriez-vous ? Vous désirez ?

What would you like?

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Je vous écoute.

What would you like? (Literally, "I'm listening to you.")

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Que prenez-vous ?

What are you having?

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Qu'est-ce que je vous sers ?

What can I get you?

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Je voudrais... J'aimerais...

I would like...

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Je vais prendre... Je prends...

I'll have...

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Combien coûte... ?

How much does ... cost?

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C'est à votre goût ?

Do you like it? Is everything ok?

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C'est terminé ?

Have you finished?

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Ça a été ?

Was everything ok?

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allergique à...

allergic to...

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diabétique

diabetic

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végétarien / végétarienne

vegetarian

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végétalien / végétalienne

vegan

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Je ne peux pas manger...

I can't eat...

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bleu, saignant

very rare

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rosé

rare

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à point

medium-rare

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bien cuit

well done

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le serveur (not garçon)

waiter

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la serveuse

waitress

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le/la chef

cook

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à la carte

side order (not part of le menu)

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l'addition (f)

check/bill

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le socle

base of credit card machine

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le pourboire

tip

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service compris

tip included

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A la vôtre !

Cheers!

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Bon appétit

Enjoy your meal

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défense de fumer

no smoking

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les animaux sont interdits

no pets allowed

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affiné

aged

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artisanal

homemade, traditionally made

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à la broche

cooked on a skewer

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à la vapeur

steamed

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à l'etouffée

stewed

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au four

baked

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biologique

bio - organic

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bouilli

boiled

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brûlé

burnt

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coupé en dés

diced

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coupé en tranches / rondelles

sliced

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en croûte

in a crust

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en daube

in stew, casserole

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en gelée

in aspic/gelatin

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farci

stuffed

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fondu

melted

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frit

fried

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fumé

smoked

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glacé

frozen, icy, glazed

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grillé

grilled

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haché

minced, ground (meat)

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maison

homemade, in-house, chef's own

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poêlé

pan-fried

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relevé

highly seasoned, spicy

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séché

dried

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truffé

with truffles

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truffé de

dotted/speckled with

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aigre

sour

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amer

bitter

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piquant

spicy

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salé

salty, savory

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sucré

sweet(ened)

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aiguillettes

long, thin slices (of meat)

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aile

wing, white meat

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aromates

seasoning

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___ à volonté (e.g., frites à volonté)

all-you-can-eat ___ (e.g., all-you-can-eat fries/chips)

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la choucroute

sauerkraut

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crudités

raw vegetables

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cuisse

thigh, dark meat

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émincé

thin slice (of meat)

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fines herbes

sweet herbs

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un méli-mélo

assortment

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un morceau

piece

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au pistou

with basil pesto

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une poêlée de ___

assorted fried ___

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la purée

mashed potatoes

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une rondelle

slice (of fruit, vegetable, sausage)

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une tranche

slice (of bread, cake, meat)

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une truffe

truffle (very expensive and rare fungus)

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aïoli

fish/vegetables with garlic mayonnaise (Provence) (In English, aïoli refers just to the mayo)

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aligot

mashed potatoes with fresh cheese (Auvergne)

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le bœuf bourguignon

beef stew (Burgundy)

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le brandade

dish made with cod (Nîmes)

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la bouillabaisse

fish stew (Provence)

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le cassoulet

meat and bean casserole (Languedoc)

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la choucroute (garnie)

sauerkraut with meat (Alsace)

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le clafoutis

fruit and thick custard tart

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le coq au vin

chicken in red wine sauce

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la crême brûlée

custard with a burnt sugar top

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la crème du Barry

cream of cauliflower soup

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une crêpe

very thin pancake

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un croque-madame

ham and cheese sandwich topped with fried egg

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un croque-monsieur

ham and cheese sandwich

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une daube

meat stew

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le foie gras

goose liver

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___ frites (moules frites, steak frites)

___ with fries/chips (mussels with fries/chips, steak with fries/chips)

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une gougère

puff pastry filled with cheese

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la pipérade

tomato and bell pepper omelette (Basque)

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la pissaladière

onion and anchovy pizza (Provence)

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la quiche lorraine

bacon and cheese quiche

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la (salade de) chèvre (chaud)

green salad with goat cheese on toast

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la salade niçoise

mixed salad with anchovies, tuna, and hard-boiled eggs

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la socca

baked chickpea crêpe (Nice)

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la soupe à l'oignon

French onion soup

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la tarte flambée

pizza with very light crust (Alsace)

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la tarte normande

apple and custard pie (Normandy)

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la tarte tatin

upside-down apple pie

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des abats

giblets, offal

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des algues

seaweed

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une andouillette

chitterling sausage

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des béatilles

assorted organ meats

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le boudin

blood sausage/pudding

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la cagouille

snail

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la cervelle

brains

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des civelles

spaghetti-like baby eels

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le civet

game stew thickened with blood

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la crête de coq

rooster's comb

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des cuisses de grenouille

frogs' leg

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un escargot

snail

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le foie

liver

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le gésier

gizzard

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la langue

tongue

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le pied de cochon

pig's foot

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le pieds paquets

tripe and trotters

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le ris

sweetbreads (not be be confused with le riz - rice)

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le rognon

kidney

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le sang

blood

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le steak tartare

made with raw, mashed beef

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la tête

head

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des tripes

tripe (stomach lining)

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le veau

veal

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la viande de cheval

horsemeat