Good Name for a Restaurant

A restaurant’s name can be just plain and simple. It could simply be after its site. The location can highlight tourist spots in the vicinity.

For example if the restaurant’s location is near a ruins, then naming it after that historic relation and deciding to call the restaurant as simply The Ruins would make it easier for customers and guests to remember the name just by associating it with the nearby spot.

The French Laundry, a well known restaurant in California, was named after the fact that the restaurant’s site was once where the French steam laundry in the 19th century was located.

The theme on what the restaurant is based could also be source of a good name. Chinese restaurants usually adhere to this. Names like The New Great Wall, Huat Chan, Four Seasons and China town are just some examples of restaurant names that are unmistakably Chinese. The type of food served is the basis for names like these. It would definitely be confusing if you are serving Chinese food and call your restaurant Giovanni’s.

You could also opt for a name with a personal meaning. Sometimes owners name the restaurants after them or after someone that is dear to them like their kids, grandchildren or even after their grandparents! They may be the ones who have influenced you into opening your own restaurant. Naming restaurants with personal meanings can of course be shared with the public. Who doesn’t love a good story, right?

There are also restaurants with names derived from just a simple play on words! Fun names that may not have a thing to do with the theme or menu served in that certain restaurant often have good name recalls to the customers and is easily passed on. The restaurant Spago, by a famous celebrity chef, has a name which actually means spaghetti in Italian slang but the restaurant has nothing to do with Italian spaghetti. The restaurant’s specialty is serving a fusion of Mediterranean and Californian cuisine. The name was great but was just a play on words!

Finally, the most important thing to consider for a good restaurant name is to avoid the trademarked names. If you have a similar last name with that of an already established chain like McDonalds then you should really think twice about naming the restaurant after you. Not only will it be confusing to potential customers but it will also lead you into legal troubles. We all know you wouldn’t like that!

Good restaurants have names which are recognizable, fancy and most importantly, easy to remember. A restaurant’s name is a very important thing to consider. It is just as important as the dishes you are going to serve. It mirrors the restaurant’s theme, location, or the kinds of food being served. A good restaurant name should have a name recall and a good impression on the customers. Usually, a restaurant is named after a personal meaning, a play on words, its location or its theme. The usual trademarked names should be avoided.

45 Comments

  • tommy gouge said on September 29, 2010
    hi i'm looking for a name for my food diner. its a mexican food diner and its the only one in town. i'm looking for something in all spanish because it is going to be home made food. thanks for your help.
  • Rose said on October 11, 2010
    Hi! i'm looking for a name for Restaurant we have mostly Thai food and some of western food, and it's located inside the road thanks for your help
  • sridhar said on December 3, 2010
    hi i'm looking for a name for my indian restaurant and chinese cuisines also in chennai pls suggest me a good and modern name i need urgently pls. tks 4 ur help
  • b.iyyappraj said on December 9, 2010
    hi i"m looking for a name for my burger restaurant in chennai pls suggest me a good and modern name. send me very urgently. thank u
  • Rachel said on January 15, 2011
    Hi, I'm looking for a good name for a Middle-Eastern and Mexican themed restaurant in a Mall food court. Much appreciated.
  • Ling said on February 8, 2011
    SOS! Hi i am looking for a catchy name for a restaurant in Singapore. Please help!
  • Scott said on March 9, 2011
    hi dear.. I'm looking for a name for my chinese cuisines Take Away , pls suggest me a good and modern name i need urgently pls. Tks 4 ur help. Location : King lane, Leeds. Scott
  • yasir said on July 7, 2011
    hi dear, i am looking for the name of restaurant in pakistan, kindly suggest me name related to food items
  • sudeshni said on August 9, 2011
    hi dear..am looking for the name of restaurant with wine Dine in fiji, kindly suggest me a good name that can be given
  • Gurbir Singh said on September 2, 2011
    Hi pls suggest a good name for a multi cuisine restaurant and a pub. Located in New Delhi, India.
  • ella said on September 9, 2011
    hi friends.. can you give some ideas or names of a restaurants? Asian foods,, unique name,, please
  • fred streck said on September 21, 2011
    Looking for a mexican restaurant name any good ideas ?? If I use yours will pay a finders fee $500
  • kat said on September 30, 2011
    hi!!! i'm looking for the name of restaurant, pls suggest me a good name. the restaurant will offer different foods from other countries>>>main dish, pastas, and pizzas>>>> the major target is students.tnx
  • Angie said on November 22, 2011
    I am opening up a restaurant that will be serving all types of dishes, pls suggest me a good name. It is located in memphis, tn
  • chanda chipili said on April 23, 2012
    hey am opening up a restaurant that will be serving all types of dishes, kindly suggest me a good name. It is located in kitwe,zambia africa
  • gabriel said on May 10, 2012
    hello everyone opening a mexican up style bar n grill resturant w patio in san antonio tx and having a hard time fining a name i'm looking for a name that stands out from the rest
  • lachuanil said on August 17, 2012
    my brother is planning to open up a new restaurant in kerala. can u plz suggest some rare restaurant names
  • dillahhalim said on September 8, 2012
    Hi, I'm planning to set up a restaurant that will be serving Asian type food and western food in Malaysia. can u suggest name of the restaurant for me? tq
  • vijay patel said on November 20, 2012
    Hi, I'm vijay from Nepal i m opening a restaurant in side of a highway so can u plz suggest me a name for a restaurant? tq
  • mabel said on May 14, 2013
    Callaghan is the name of the street it's on . In san Antonio, tx.
  • yeshi om said on August 31, 2013
    The restaurant is located in the outskirt of town and it's further little at upper valley
  • debjot nayak said on September 21, 2013
    hi ..i am planning to set up a restaurant in a small locality. just infront of it is lord shiv mandir. how to name it.
  • robbie said on October 6, 2013
    Dear Friends, I am opening a Restaurant at Siliguri, West Bengal, India. We basically serve Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes so I need your help to select some catchy name for my Restaurant please. Thank you Robbie
  • Steven David said on December 13, 2013
    Hi, I am Steven David and wondering if you would help me suggest a restaurant name, something catchy which will suit the postmodern restaurant concept of a Bar & Grill? Your kind assistant is much appreciated. Thank you very much, Regards, David
  • neema said on April 24, 2014
    am lookıng for a good name of a chıcken restaurant which wıll be located in izmir, Turkey
  • srinivas said on April 29, 2014
    Hi, I am Srinivas from India. plz suggest a trendy name for my new restaurant which we are serving vegetarian food and ice-creams.
  • surendra s bisht said on May 31, 2014
    sir i'm opening a multicusine restaurant come bar in dehradun uttrakhand, india. kindly suggest me the name with ...'m'
  • Manoj parmar said on June 13, 2014
    hi, myself Manoj parmar from delhi i want to start a multi cuisine restaurant in Agra so please suggest me a good name
  • Pulkit Marwaha said on September 13, 2014
    I want a new restaurant name for my University Restaurant. Please suggest me a name for new restaurant
  • MK said on November 4, 2014
    I am planing to open restaurant that will have Indian, Pizza & Kebab, so please suggest me Restaurant name. Thanks
  • Ajit Tukaram Mone said on February 16, 2015
    I wish to start restaurant, which is the best and lucky name of my new restaurant, and which menu should kept in restaurant
  • Prabhu said on February 17, 2015
    Hi did is Prabhu from Chennai, please suggest a catchy name for multi cuisine restaurant.
  • Suman Maharjan said on May 9, 2015
    Hi, I am looking for my restaurant name. Its my start up business so I am confused. Its in highway and I want some short, cool and catchy names coz I don't want to change it again. So please would you suggest me some names as I mentions. I will be grateful. Thank you.
  • Ankit Jangra said on July 2, 2015
    Panchkula, haryana, india....i want a new name for my indo- chinese restaurant like indian name or chinese name collaborate with indian name or urdu word which sounds to indo - chinese restaurant...thank you
  • rajendra jain said on September 2, 2015
    My location is AJMER(RAJ) HEART OF CITY. half km from rly st&bus stand. surrounded by regular market & 30 boarding hotel. pls suggest some good names for pure veg restaurant.
  • Prem Prakash said on October 2, 2015
    Hi I am planing to open shop that will have Indian chaap & chines cuisine so please suggest me shop name. Thanks
  • zameer abdullah said on November 23, 2015
    I am looking a desi name for my newly open catering food services ,please advice me desi name.
  • Anu said on December 11, 2015
    Please suggest a name starting with P,A,D for multi cuisine restaurant followed by Indian Chinese Italian food.
  • Atul joshi said on January 9, 2016
    Please suggest name for my new indian restaurant at lonavala pune it serves non veg Maharashtrian food.
  • Shams said on March 18, 2016
    Hi I am opening a multi cuisine restaurant in dhaka, Bangladesh. Mexican,indian,chinese cuisines.Can you please suggest me any name.
  • pravash kar said on March 21, 2016
    Hi, I am planning to open a multi cuisine restaurant in Kolkata(india)food want to serve Chinese,indian & madeterrian food please suggest me some simple name.
  • kahkasha naz said on July 24, 2016
    Hi, I am opening a Restaurant at Patna, Bihar, India. We basically serve Turkish chicken shawarma , kolkata and hyderabadi biryani, kabab and veg items dishes so I need your help to select some catchy name for my Restaurant please please. Thank you Kahkasha
  • Ashik said on December 28, 2016
    Hi, I am opening a kebab based international standard restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladeah. Here I am going to serve some world famous kebabs, those are Donner, Kofta and Gyro. And our local kebab will also be served here. So kindly suggest me some short unique names which will relate somehow to 'meat'. Thank U
  • G.S.RAWAT said on February 7, 2017
    G.S.RAWAT, HI I AM LOOKING A GOOD NAME OF MULTI CUISINE RESTAURANT, COFFEE SHOP AND BANQUET HALL NAME AND PARTY PLOT NAME,
  • Nabeel Iqbal said on April 27, 2017
    hi dear i want to open new restaurant which pakistani cuisine please suggest me some names

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