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Is it:

  • Je veux aller au restaurant DE fruits de mer.
  • Je veux aller au restaurant DES fruits de mer.

What is the rule?

What if the word following the second "de" was also in plural? For instance, "champs."

Thank you.

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Restaurant des fruits de mer would be either a restaurant where oysters, lobsters, shrimps, clams and the likes have their meal served or a restaurant where food is cooked / served by there creatures.

No surprise none is found by search engines.

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  • Interesting, so the de/des distinction here is a question of whether the article indicates possession?
    – Velo-p
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 2:48
  • Yes, that's a way to understand it. A similar expression where de is used and not des is une paire de chaussures.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Feb 14, 2023 at 11:11
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"De" is the right word.

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There are plenty of examples on this Google page.

Rule

(TLFi) I.− De prend une valeur sémantique en corrélation avec celle du mot subséquent.
C.− De marque une circonstance qui précise (et parfois conditionne) une modalité d'existence ou d'action.
5. La modalité est une appartenance.
b) Qualité, détermination, qualification, caractérisation.
Spécialement
α) Condition, profession.
• Homme de lettres, employée de maison, marchand de vins, agent de change, entrepreneur de/en..., dessinateur de/en..., spécialiste de/en...
• La mère est dehors toute la journée. Elle est porteuse de pain de son métier (A. Daudet, Jack,t. 2, 1876, p. 211).
• À huit heures moins le quart, le secrétaire de mairie de cette dernière localité [Trémentines] nous mettait poliment à la porte (H. Bazin, Vipère,1948, p. 148).
En partic., spécification de la condition, genre.
• Un ancien condamné de droit commun (Morand, Londres,1933, p. 107).

"Fruits de champs" is not a likely combination, although it can occur if there is a complement to "champs". Apparently, restaurants where you eat only fruit do not exist, but if a similar combination became needed for this new type of restaurant it would have to be "restaurant de fruits des champs".

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Page of examples

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