Definition of table d'hôte in US English:

table d'hôte


  • A restaurant meal offered at a fixed price and with few if any choices.

    as modifier ‘a table d'hôte lunch for $6.50’
    • ‘You can choose from our A la Carte Menu or an extended table d'hôte Menu, with a comprehensive Wine list, all of which guarantee a most enjoyable evening.’
    • ‘Check its table d'hôte then make a reservation in one easy step.’


Early 17th century: French, literally ‘host's table’. The term originally denoted a table in a hotel or restaurant where all guests ate together, hence a meal served there at a stated time and for a fixed price.