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About Ordering Food in French

Hungry? How to start purchasing meals in French? These include several of the questions you’ll have whenever going in a French speaking region. Learn More

Regardless if you are planning to reside in a French speaking country or intending on a quick trip there, knowing how to order meals in French is essential. Eating out at French eateries and cafes can be a lot of fun, especially if you fully understand some basic French restaurant vocabulary. More …
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We have outlined numerous standard meal relevant words and phrases in French, listed below, hoping they may help you when you’re buying food items in French.

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Just click here to find out the French dinner sentences quickly which can be used when it comes to ordering meals in French eating places and coffee shops.

fixed-price mealmenu (muh-NUU)
à la carteà la carte (ah lah KAHRT)
breakfast (in France)petit-déjeuner (ptee-day-zheu-NAY)
breakfast (in Switzerland/Belgium/Canada/Nord-Pas-de-Calais)déjeuner (day-zheu-NAY)
lunch (in France)déjeuner (day-zhuh-NAY)
lunch (Switzerland/Belgium/Quebec/Nord-Pas-de-Calais)dîner (dee-NAY)
tea (meal)thé (tay)
dinner/supper (in France)dîner (dee-NAY)
dinner/supper (Elsewhere)souper (soo-PAY)
I would like _____.Je voudrais _____. (zhuh voo-DREH _____)
I would like a dish containing _____.Je voudrais un plat avec _____. (zhuh voo-DREH ung plah ah-VEK _____)
chicken(du) poulet (duu poo-LEH)
beef(du) boeuf (duu BUFF)
deerdu cerf (dü SEHR)
fishdu poisson (duu pwa-SONG)
salmondu saumon (duu so-MONG)
tunadu thon (duu TONG)
whitingdu merlan (duu mehr-LANG)
codde la morue (duh lah moh-RUU)
seafooddes fruits de mer (deh frwee duh MEHR)
Literally "fruits of the sea"dulse de la dulse (duh lah DUULS)
lobsterdu homard (duu oh-MAR) or de la langouste (duh lah lan-goost) (rock lobster)
clamsdes palourdes (deh pah-LOORD)
oystersdes huîtres (dez WEETR)
musselsdes moules (deh MOOL)
snailsdes escargots (dez es-car-GOH)
frogsdes grenouilles (deh gruh-NOOEY)
hamdu jambon (duu zhahng-BONG)
porkdu porc/cochon (dü POHR/dü coh-SHONG)
Note: cochon is much less formal.
boardu sanglier (dü sahng-GLYAY)
sausagedes saucisses (deh so-SEESS)
cheesedu fromage (duu froh-MAHZH)
eggsdes oeufs (dehz UH)
one eggun oeuf (un UF)
saladune salade (uun sah-LAHD)
(fresh) vegetablesdes légumes (frais) (deh lay-guum FREH)
(fresh) fruitdes fruits (frais) (frwee (freh))
breaddu pain (dew pang)
toastdu pain rôti (dew pang roh-TEE)
coffeecafé (kah-FAY)
tea (drink)thé (tay)
juicejus (zhuu)
(bubbly) watereau gazeuse (oh gah-ZUHZ)
watereau (oh)
Note: If you ask for "water", you will get mineral water. To specify "tap water", say "eau du robinet" (OH doo roh-bee-NEH) or ask for a carafe of water "une carafe d'eau" (OON cahr-AHF doh).
beerbière (byehr)
red/white winevin rouge/blanc (vang roozh/blahng)
May I have some _____?Puis-je avoir du _____ ? (pwee zhuh ah-VWAHR duu)
saltsel (sel)
black pepperpoivre (pwavr)
garlicail (aigh)
butterbeurre (bur)
vegetarian (male)végétarien (vey-zhey-tar-YENG)
vegetarian (female)végétarienne (vey-zhey-tar-YEN)
Excuse me, waiter/waitress?S'il vous plaît, monsieur/madame ? (seell voo PLEH muh-syuh/ma-dahm)
Note: "garçon" (boy) is offensive and should be avoided.
I'm finished.J'ai fini. (zhay fee-NEE)
It was delicious.C'était délicieux. (say-tay deli-SYUH)
Can you please clear the plates?Pouvez-vous débarrasser la table, s'il vous plaît? (poovay voo DEH-bahr-a-seh lah tah-bluh seel voo play)
The check, please.L'addition s'il vous plait. (lah-dee-SYOHN seel voo play)

Select the links below to find a number of practical French holiday key phrases which you’ll find organized by group. For each holiday phrase in French, you will see the actual English translation.

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