noun

  • 1A list of dishes available in a restaurant.

    ‘the waiter handed her a menu’
    figurative ‘politics and sport are on the menu tonight’
    • ‘After being shown to our table we were handed the wine list and menus.’
    • ‘The site also features a meal planner, which allows consumers to print not only recipes, but also menus and shopping lists.’
    • ‘Right before we ate all the children walked around to the adults and handed out handwritten food and drink menus.’
    • ‘And wouldn't it be easier not to overeat if restaurant menus divulged the calories in each dish?’
    • ‘Use beverage menus or spirits lists to pique customer interest in your selection.’
    • ‘Despite reading menus and ingredients lists carefully, it is easy to eat a problem food by accident.’
    • ‘Le Rouge was filled with people, waiters weaving carefully between tables, delivering food and menus to people at the tables.’
    • ‘Otherwise we could choose from 30 seafood dishes on the standard menu, most containing prawns.’
    • ‘For food, the Philadelphia City Paper lists recent reviews of area restaurants and some downloadable menus.’
    • ‘There is the odd posh word on the menu but most dishes are properly explained and do exactly what they say on the label.’
    • ‘There will be a special fare for food lovers and the menu would be designed in the form of a cricket bat.’
    • ‘When customers traveled to Europe, they would return to the shop with recipes and menus from restaurants.’
    • ‘But, almost from the moment we were handed our menus, we were subjected to a seemingly never-ending procession of staff asking if we were ready to order.’
    • ‘For a complete view of a restaurant's menu items and prices, many restaurants will post their menus outside the restaurant.’
    • ‘We thought that we would point to a few dishes on the menu, hoping for the best.’
    • ‘It says restaurant menus increasingly list details of food producers and suppliers.’
    • ‘Although the bill of fare is chalked up behind the servery, menus are available to enable leisurely contemplation before selection.’
    • ‘It took us the half hour wait to decide what we were going to order, because it was just one of those menus where each dish sounds better than the last.’
    • ‘There was a good choice of starters, both from the standard menu and the specials list.’
    • ‘The menu lists not only the dishes, but also reveals the chef's kitchen secrets.’
    bill of fare, tariff, card
    carte du jour, set menu, table d'hôte, specials board
    wine list
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    1. 1.1The food available or to be served in a restaurant or at a meal.
      ‘a no-fuss dinner-party menu’
      • ‘They have a full-time nutritionist who has written up recipe books for all of the players and given suggested menus to the restaurants where the Munster players eat lunch.’
      • ‘The restaurants were chosen for their well-balanced menus, the quality of their wine list and the consistency of their cooking.’
      • ‘Darren had to plan a menu and cook and serve a main course and dessert for four people.’
      • ‘Homely restaurants serve inexpensive fixed menus known as comida corrida.’
      • ‘Other fast food chains are propping up the higher end of their menus with Angus beef burgers at Hardee's and fancy salads at Wendy's.’
      • ‘Let's see more baked potatoes and lentil soup on school menus, fruit juices being promoted instead of branded fizzy drinks.’
      • ‘These restaurants are jam packed and serving their full menus throughout the night during Ganpatis.’
      • ‘Because diet is a central aspect of controlling blood sugar, daily menus, recipes, and shopping lists are provided.’
      • ‘At the end of the book is a list of suggested menus for each age group.’
      • ‘Larga also provides guests with a northern menu of food such as bannock, caribou stew and fish.’
      • ‘The menu changes daily, food is locally sourced and cooked to order, and there's lots of fresh fish.’
      • ‘Fortunately they had renovated both the restaurant and then menu, and the food was gorgeous.’
      • ‘They are already drawing up the guest list and the menu of champagne and cake for the wedding they hope to have this summer.’
      • ‘The children were able to choose their own menu to serve their teachers at the end of their course.’
      • ‘All the dishes on the menu are original home-made recipes, freshly prepared for an authentic taste.’
      • ‘There is a good restaurant at the South Sea Hotel serving a mixed menu including sea food.’
      • ‘He very kindly spoke with the chef who offered to prepare dishes from our preferred menu.’
      • ‘Business and conference guests will be targeted on weekdays, with a varied menu to include Indian dishes.’
      • ‘The ground floor is billed as a wine bar but has a full menu, and the restaurant is on the first floor.’
      • ‘Most of the time, Mrs Allana decides the menu of meals and monitors the quality of food provided to them.’
    2. 1.2Computing
      A list of commands or facilities displayed on screen.
      • ‘Once you've got past the first layer of the menu system, which uses a screen full of icons, the subsequent menus are dense lists of text.’
      • ‘Important operations are hidden in right-mouse-click pop-up menus and do not also appear on the main menus or toolbars.’
      • ‘A number of menus are available when you are inside the administrative interface, and some of these menus have submenus as well.’
      • ‘The screen also provides ample room to see the menu commands, making the camera functions easy to navigate.’
      • ‘I've removed the short-lived dropdown menus, anyway.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, detailed list (noun use of menu small, detailed), from Latin minutus very small.

Pronunciation:

menu

/ˈmɛnjuː/