sweet food eaten at the end of a meal What's for dessert? a rich chocolate dessert a dessert wine (British English) the dessert trolley (= a table on wheels from which you choose your dessert in a restaurant) CollocationsRestaurantsEating out eat (lunch/dinner)/dine/meet at/in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/dinner/a meal have a meal with somebody make/have a reservation (in/under the name of Yamada) reserve/ (especially British English) book a table for six ask for/request a table for two/a table by the windowIn the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/by the window/at the bar/at the counter hand somebody/give somebody the menu/wine list open/read/study/peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/a children’s menu/an extensive wine list taste/sample/try the wine the waiter takes your order order/choose/have the soup of the day/one of the specials/the house (British English) speciality/(especially North American English) specialty serve/finish the first course/the starter/the main course/dessert/coffee complain about the food/the service/your meal enjoy your mealPaying pay/ask for (especially British English) the bill/(North American English) the check pay for/treat somebody to dinner/lunch/the meal service is (not) included give somebody/leave (somebody) a tip compare afters, pudding, sweet See related entries: Sweets and desserts, Types of meal, Dining out Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, past participle of desservir ‘clear the table’, from des- (expressing removal) + servir ‘to serve’.Extra examples The waiter asked us if we’d like to order a dessert. This chestnut pudding is a rich dessert with a festive flavour. We finished off with a dessert of honey and nuts. We had mousse for dessert.