(of a menu or restaurant) listing or serving food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal.
- ‘Minimum A La Carte order for delivery is two meals’
- ‘This is our A La Carte menu: you can select as many items as you need.’
- ‘After a two-year hiatus, Avon Old Farms Inn restaurant has brought back its a la carte menus for lunch and dinner, and has resurrected its Sunday brunch.’
As separately priced items from a menu, not as part of a set meal.‘wine and good food served à la carte’
- ‘These are the domain of those who want to eat Sushi, a la Carte’
- ‘You can read the monthly menu and order a la carte.’
- ‘I'll Take My Music a la Carte’
- ‘In a Japanese restaurant in the U.S., many dishes may be ordered as "appetizers" to indicate that they are served "a la carte" -- not as a full meal. For example, a 'shrimp tempura appetizer' is just the tempura, no rice, no soup, etc’
- ‘Served with green beans almondine. Available a la carte.’
Early 19th century: French, literally according to the (menu) card.