# what does a la carte mean when used in dining?

• À la carte (also a la carte), is a French phrase meaning "from the menu", and it is used in restaurant terminology in one of two ways:

First, it may refer to a menu of items priced and ordered separately rather than selected from a list of preset multi-course meals at set prices.

Second, it may designate the option to order a main course item alone that is otherwise served with a side or starter dish, such as soup or salad.

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la carte is a French expression meaning "from the menu", and it is used in restaurant terminology in one of two ways: 1. It may refer to a menu of items priced and ordered separately rather than selected from a list of preset multi-course meals at fixed prices. 2. Or it may designate the option to order a main course item along with your choice of an accompanied side dish included with the dish, at no extra charge. The meaning has been extended beyond the scope of dining to encompass the general option of purchasing only select items instead of a merchant's entire list of offerings, particularly in articles about cable television.

• Actually it is a little differently defined:

a la carte

adj : (of a restaurant meal) having unlimited choices with a separate price for each item [ant: table d'hote] n : a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices adv : by ordering items listed individually on a menu; "we ate a la carte"

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• A la carte means from the menu, I am french so i should know haha!

• A la carte means, literally, "from the menu". It basically means ordered separately. Like, instead of $12.99 for a 3-course meal, it'd be$6.99 for the steak, $2.99 for a side, etc. • "By itself." A la carte items are served individually, without any side dishes. Currently, such items on American menus are usually on the order of side dishes like bread. • If you get a roast beef dinner a la carte it means you get it by itself without soup, salad etc. • Ala cart means, what ever you order, you get it small and presitational and expensive! • It means you're in an expesive restaurant that charges for each item of your meal seperately. You'll be lucky to leave paying only$50/person.