"Everyone knows what a bistro is…right? And a la carte is a term that even a fifth grader knows…well, maybe not. And what exactly does smart casual mean? There are so many words and terms in the English language that are taken for granted, including those used in the restaurant industry. In a public service to diners from Boston to Bakersfield, Boston's presents a glossary of useful, as well as totally useless, restaurant terms. (Note: This page is part of our restaurant features section.)"
source: "From Prix Fixe to Cold Tea: A Glossary of Popular (and Obscure) Restaurant Terms" (Boston's Hidden Restaurants, May 16, 2005) (via ArticlesFactory.com)
Here are some other links with a glossary of restaurant terms: