American service



  • A method of serving food in a restaurant by dividing it amongst individual plates in the kitchen rather than serving from a platter at the table


  • noun a style of laying a table, in which each guest is given cutlery, a side plate, a napkin, glasses, and sometimes a coffee cup and saucer
  • noun a way of serving food to guests, where the portions of food are placed on plates in the kitchen ready for service at table.