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Dining in French

If you’re planning on dining out in a French-speaking country, you don’t want to miss this free "Dining in French" lesson! Rocket French will teach you everything you need to know about French restaurant phrases – just listen to the French pronunciation on the audio and practice saying these French words and phrases aloud. When you’re ready, why not try them out at a local French-speaking restaurant!

French food is renowned as being among the best in the world. So what would you like to start with…?

Vegetarian? Not what you ordered? No problem! After this lesson you’ll be ordering from the menu in French like a pro, and impressing your French-speaking friends with your French language skills. So let’s get started…

Dining in French

After being greeted you could get asked one of the following questions…

Sometimes all you might get asked is…

You could answer by saying one of these phrases…

Not sure what you fancy eating? Just ask the waiter what he recommends…

Here are the names of some dishes and drinks that you might find on the menu…

In order to get the dish you want simply say…

Once you finished your meal you ask for the bill…

In French the waiter or waitress will bring the bill to your table. If you are eating out with a group you might get asked whether you want to pay…

It is not really expected to tip in French restaurants, as they mentioned in the bill and on the menu that the service is included. But if you really liked the service a tip is usually 10% of the price or more if you were really satisfied. The word for tip is…

That’s it for today’s lesson.

If you want more free French vocabulary lessons then check out these ones on Food in French and Wine in French!

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team


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