Types Of Menu

What are the six main types of restaurant menus? One of them is the table d'hote. What are the other five?

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Five other types of restaurant menus are à la carte menus, which price each food item separately; wine/beverage menus; static menus, which do not change seasonally and are popular with fast-food chains; du jour menus, which offer specific specials of the day; and dessert menus.


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The other five types of restaurant menus are:

1) A la Carte menu

The A la Carte menu prices each food item separately; it often contains greater choices for the customer. There are any number of combinations a customer can choose for his/her meal from an A la Carte menu. Although the price of A la Carte items are more expensive than those from a Table d'Hote menu, a customer is allowed greater flexibility and is offered greater value in terms of food quality.

Some high-end restaurants may allow their customers to order breakfast items A la Carte. So, technically, a customer can order varied...

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The question is not fully right. There are not 6 types of menu but in fact there are mainly 2 types of menu which are:

  1. Table d'hôte
  2. À la carte

Table d'hôte Menu:

In restaurant terminology a table d'hôte (French pronunciation: ​[tablə.dot]; lit. "table of the host") menu is a menu where multi-course meals with only a few choices are charged at a fixed total price. Such a menu may be called prix fixe ("fixed price"). The terms set meal and set menu are also used.

Table d'hôte menu can be further classified into few types:

  • Banquets
  • Buffets
  • Coffee houses
  • Cyclical menu

À la carte Menu:

À la carte /ɑːləˈkɑːrt/ is an English language loan phrase meaning "according to the menu." It was adopted from French in the early 19th century and refers to "food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal."

À la carte menu can be again classified into following categories:

  • Breakfast Menu
  • Luncheon Menu
  • Dinner Menu
  • California Menu
  • Ethnic Menu
  • Specialty Menu
  • Room Service Menu
  • Lounge

Other Menu:

Beside this 2 major types there are some other menu types as well. For example:

  • Static Menu
  • Du Jour Menu
  • Dessert Menu
  • Wine Menu