Definition of family style in English:

family style


  • 1Designating a style of preparation or serving of food in which diners help themselves from plates of food that have been put on the table.

    ‘a family-style Italian restaurant’
    • ‘Do you like a noisy, brightly lit family style restaurant where it seems like one big constant party?’
    • ‘As they had last year, they ordered family style dishes of spaghetti, lasagna, and chicken Parmesan.’
    • ‘They would open little hotels and fed everyone downstairs in a family style manner.’
    • ‘Highly recommended as a good value family style restaurant.’
    • ‘Welcome to space and privacy, luxury and quiet, fresh air, open vistas and the excellent cooking of traditional family style dining with ample opportunity for individual taste.’
  • 2Suitable for an entire family, including children.

    ‘family-style entertainment’
    • ‘They did and took over running a family style resort here for the next 10 years.’
    • ‘Friendly mountain hospitality featuring a family style inn, 40 km of professionally groomed Nordic ski trails, innovative kids programming, terrain park and 12 km of wooded snowshoe trails.’
    • ‘The family style atmosphere she hopes the festival will foster is similar to Stronach's plans to create entertainment centers around his tracks.’
    • ‘Situated in an old villa building, the restaurant's decor has a family style motif.’


  • With plates of food from which individual diners can serve themselves.

    ‘spaghetti served in a huge bowl, family style’
    • ‘Hearty local cuisine is served family style in the main lodge before you retire to your spacious log guest cabin, elegantly rustic and cozy.’
    • ‘There is an art to eating Korean barbecue, not least of all because it's served family style.’
    • ‘House cured olives and vegetables dressed with Moroccan oil, preserved lemons, and herbs are served family style to be sopped up with wedges of fresh bread.’
    • ‘The black risotto with seasonal mushrooms included in the vegetables is served family style without too many seasonings.’
    • ‘Rijsttaffel is served family style with lots of different dishes to pass around.’