French service



  • A style of laying the table with a plate (not necessarily used), cutlery, glasses and a napkin on the plate
  • A method of serving food in which guests help themselves from food offered on a dish or flat from the left by a waiter


  • noun a style of laying a table, with a large round plate, called the ‘show plate’ in the centre of each setting, a folded napkin on it, and cutlery and glasses beside it. The plate is not used for food, and may be removed, or other plates such as a soup plate may be put on it.
  • noun a way of serving at a meal, where the waiter or waitress offers the guest a dish from the left, and the guest helps himself or herself from it