How to Name a Restaurant?

If you have an idea of opening your own restaurant but do not how to name it, you probably tried to come up with a great name for it. It is not an easy task, isn’t it? Despite the fact that the owners seem to be not limited to anything and can use their imagination to its full potential, the wide choice of possible options makes it more complicated, not easier. We collected the numerous examples of already existing restaurants in the USA and divided them into the groups each of which has its own features. Such classification and careful description of the categories are aimed to help you come up with the perfect name for your business.

How to Name a Restaurant?

All these brands can be virtually divided into two main categories: the names that are associated with food and eating due to the inclusion of thematic words (groceries, ingredients, names of meals, etc), and the original names that are not related to foods but are easy to remember and sound good. However, this simple classification would hardly help the business owners to find a good name for their restaurants, and that is why we divided the existing brands into the groups according their concepts and described the features of each of them.

  1. Chinese restaurant names. Such brands mostly are in Chinese. They can mean literally everything, starting from the name of the owner to the name of particular meals. The owner, as well as the visitors, does not have to know Chinese to understand what the concept of the place is – this language is really easy to recognize. You can also choose a word or a phrase that is associated with China in English and the name will be thematic too. The businessmen often use the word ‘dragon’ to create such names as Dragon Loco, Green Dragon, Twin Dragon, etc and the word ‘China’ or ‘Chinese’ to make such brands as Chinese Delight, China Gate, China in the Box, etc. Moreover, you also can use the names of historical figures, certain locations, and even the word ‘panda’ to make a great thematic brand.
  2. Japanese restaurant names. A lot of these names include the word ‘sushi’, but if it is not the main dish in your future place, choose something in Japanese, for example, Kiriko, Takao, etc. Moreover, some owners of such restaurants use one separate letter as a name, for instance, O, Q or choose the creative brands such as Yakuza.
  3. French restaurant names. The principles used in the naming of Chinese restaurants work for the French ones as well. Thus, you can use the words and phrases in French, for example, Avec Nous (with us), Le Petit Bistro (the little bistro), choose the names of certain places in France or Paris, for example, Bastille, the name of the capital of France, for instance, Le Petit Paris.
  4. Mexican restaurant names. All the above-mentioned principles work for Mexican restaurants too. Some of such names may be ironic, for instance, Broken Spanish, or more traditional, for instance, Casa Sanchez.
  5. Italian restaurant names. The most popular keywords used in the naming of these restaurants are ‘trattoria’, ‘villa’, and, of course, ‘Italy’. 
  6. Seafood restaurant names. These brands may include any words associated with sea, for instance, ‘aqua’, ‘docks’, ‘fish’, ‘ocean’, ‘port’, sailor, ‘sea’, etc. This allows creating such interesting brands as The Sea Pride, Water Grill, Rock’N’Fish, and even Sailormoon.
  7. Creative and fun restaurant names. Original, unique names draw a lot of attention. This is a very special category of brands that include various puns, wordplays, ironic phrases, and interesting combinations. Though they already exist, maybe such brands as Juan in a Million (for Mexican restaurant), Lettuce Eat, Thai Me Up (for Thai restaurant), The Munchy Queen will inspire you for something really unexpected.
  8. Other original restaurant names. These brands are quite diverse. They prove that you can use literally any words and words combinations to name your restaurant. Maybe, they are not as unique as the previous ones and not as “highly specialized” as the “national” brands, but they definitely make a good impression.

Examples

1. Chinese Restaurant Names

Bao Dim Sum House

Century Dragon

Chef Ming’s Kitchen

Cheng Du

Chi Dynasty

Chin Chin

China Gate

China in The Box

China Way

Chinese Delight

Chinese Friends

Chinese House

Dragon Loco

Five Star Chinese Food

Fortune House

Fu’s Palace

Full Moon

Genghis Cohen

Golden Hunan

Golden Lotus

Grean Tea House

Green Dragon

Heung Rae Ga

Hong Kong BBQ

Hop Li

Hoy’s Wok

Hu’s Szechwan

Jin Jiang

Kay Kay Chinese Food

Kim Chuy

Kolah Farangi

Little Beijing

Little China

Mandarin Garden

Meizhou Dongpo

New Dragon

Panda Express

Panda King

Phoenix Inn Chinese Cuisine

Qin West Noodle

Regent China

Roc

San Hing

Sea Dragon

Shin Beijing

Siam Chan

Sun Hai

The Great Wall

Twin Dragon

Wacky Wok

Wah’s Golden Hen

Wokcano

Won Kok

Yang Chow

Yee’s

Young King

2. Japanese Restaurant Names

Arashi Sushi

Baroo

En Sushi

Geisha

Hamasaku

Hide Sushi

Isa

Itacho

Kabuki

Kanpai

Katsuya

Kazoku

Kino Sushi

Kiriko

Kombu Sushi

Kuisimbo

Mia Sushi

Mori Sushi

Murakami Sushi

Niko Niko Sushi

Nobu

O Sushi

Octopus

Pazzaz Sushi

Q

Robata Jinya

Sakana Sushi Lounge

Sasaya

Shintaro

Starfish Sushi

Suchi Gen

Sushi by H

Sushi Enya

Sushi Kura

Sushi Mon

Sushi Sasabune

Sushi Zo

Takami Sushi & Robata

Takao

Tamon Sushi

Tenno Sushi

Tsuri Sushi

Yakuza Sushi

Yen Sushi & Sake

3. French Restaurant Names

Avec Nous

Bastille

Belle Vie Food & Wine

Café Chez Marie

Café Midi

Café Pinot

Figaro Bistrot

French Crepe Co

Kendall’s Brasserie

L’Assiette

La Poubelle

Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Jardin

Le Petit Paris

Le Petit Restaurant

Le Sanglier

Madame Monsieur

Mistrai

Monsieur Marcel

Patina

Perch

Pertrossian Restaurant & Boutique

Petit Trois

Pitchoun

Republique

Trois Mec

4. Mexican Restaurant Names

Al & Bea’s

Antonio’s Restaurant

Border Grill

Broken Spanish

Casa La Golondrina

Casa Sanchez

Casa Vega

Chichen Itza Restaurant

Delia’s

Don Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant

Don Ruben

El Carmen

El Cholo

El Compadre

El Coyote

El Huero

El Huero Drive Thru

El Tepeyac Café

Frida

Green Onion

Guisados

Juquila

La Abeja

La Barca

La Carmencita

La Carreta

La Fogata

La Fuente

La Luz Del Dia

La Noche Buena

La Parilla

La Parrilla

La Serenata de Garibaldi

Loteria Grill

Malo

Maradentro

Mas Malo

Mercado

Metro Balderas

Mexikosher

Ocho Gril

Paco’s Tacos

Pez Cantina

Puerto Nuevo

Rodeo

Taqueria Los Anaya

Tere’s Mexican Grill

Teresitas

The Mexican Village Restaurant

Tlayuda

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

5. Italian Restaurant Names

Ai Fiori

Alimento

Amante

Amata

Arno

Becco

Bestia

Bricoo

Buca di Beppo

Cara Mia

Carbone

Carmine’s

Ceci

Cellini

Chazz Palminteri

Chi Spacca

Coppola’s East

Coppola’s West

Culina Modern Italian

Da Andrea

Da Marino

Daniela Trattoria

Del Posto

Drago Centro

Eataly Flatiron

Ecco

Farfalla

Felidia

Gemma

Gennaro

Giardino Doro

Gigino Trattoria

Grotta Azzurra

Harry’s Italian

I Sodi

Il Brigante

Il Buco

Il Gattopardo

Il Melograno

Il Mulino

L’Artusi

La Gioconda

La Masseria

La Mela

La Pergoletta

Lavo

Le Zie Trattoria

Locanda Verde

Lugo Cucina

Lvagna

Maialino

Marchi’s

Marea

Maria Pia

Marino Ristorante

Maruzella

Masseria dei Vini

Mercato

Monte’s Trattoria

Montebello

Nocello

Obica Mozzarella

Officine Brera

Olive Garden

Osteria Morini

Osteria Mozza

Paola’s

Pepolino

Pisticci

Quality Italian

Rafele

Remi

Rosemary’s

Rossini’s

Rossoblu

Scarpetta

Serafina

Smeraldi’s Restaurant

Sor Tino

Terroni

The Bazaar

Tiella

Tony’s Di Napoli

Toscanova

Trattoria Dell’Arte

Trattoria Itallienne

Trattoria Trecolori

Via Della Pace

Villa Berulia

Villa Mosconi

6. Seafood Restaurant Names

3 Fish Tales Restaurant

Aqua Accent

AquaBlue Chateau

Aquacity

Aquarus

Aquatonic

Bay Bay’s

City Docks Restaurant

Dockspree

Fisherman’s Hook

Fisherman’s Lounge

Freshtaurant

Ocean’s Edge

Oceancrat

Oceanda

Oceanscape Restaurant

On the Docks

Portside Grill

Providence

Rock’N Fish Restaurant

Sailormoon

Sailors Delight

SeaBreeze Inn

Seagate

Seamount

Seaport Secrets

SeaRaven

SeaSprite

SeaZona

ShipsNest

StillWaters Chateau

Sugarfish

The Sea Pride

Water Grill

Yacht Stop

7. Creative and Fun Restaurant Names

A Food Affair

Arrow Spoon

Biscuit Boy

Bite Me Sandwiches

Blissmind

Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus

Cheesy Does It

Chilli Flora

Chops & Hops

Crazy Grill

Crossroad

Daddy waddy

Delightta

Dengy Trums

Desi Addict

Diner the Great

Double Dell Restaurant

Downtown Diner

Duck Duck Goat

Elite Joy

Elprio mill

En Thai Sing

Evening Eve

Febble

Feel Tuny

Filled of Dreams

Fishcotheque

Flavio

Flenzy

Florante

Floyyds

Food Fresto

Food hexa

Food Siesta

Food Sparks

Foodlink

Foodloft

FoodyDots

Fornelletto

Frendy’s

Fun Circle Restro

Funcurves Eatery

Funpot

Gochew Grill

Grub N’ Stuff

Happyevolve

Hill Crest

Hot Gear

Hubtown

Hungrella

Hungry Puppets

Juan in a Million

Just Flafs

Kale Me Crazy

KoKo

Late Night Dine Right

Lattetude

Lee Harvey’s

Lettuce B. Frank

Lettuce Eat

Life of Pie

Lord of the Fries

Loving Monte

Mad for Chicken

Max & More

Mc up

Montelicious

Munch Box

No Name Restaurant

Over Easy Dinar

Pig’N Pancake

Pita Pan

Planet of the Crepes

Red Caffino

Red Flag Surprises

Rolling Dough Cookie Company

Royalisto

Rustic Ray

Sling Delight

Spice Spree

Tasty Elements

Thai Me Up

Thai Tanic

Thai the Knot

The Alfio

The Big Legrowlski

The Dairy Godmother

The Glass Onion

The Golden Sppon

The Hungry Pig

The Little Easy

The Munchy Queen

The Streety

Tiny Tasty Restaurant

Triplinn Trio

Turnip the Beet

Two Men and a Griddle

White Slurppy

Wild Thyme Café

Wok N' Roll

Xerviaa

8. Other Original Restaurant Names

10e Restaurant

71 Above

Bandera

Bar Ama

Barton G.

Blue Cow Kitchen

Blue Ribbon

Botanica

By Chloe

Carousel

Cheebo

Commissary at the Line

Craft

Cuvee

Dekkadance

Delphine

Divino

Grand Café

Gwen

HOME

Hyde Sunset Kitchen

Jon & Vinny

Kismet

Lemonade

Little Pine

Mama Shelter

Mari

New Moon

NORMS

Odys + Penelope

Otium

P.Y.T

Real Food Daily

Redbird

Spring

STK

Tart

Tender Greens

The Backyard

The Factory Kitchen

The Ivy

The Little Door

The Palm

Traxx

Umami Burger

Winsome

Yard House