As an entrepreneur planning to open a new restaurant, you know that great names and cool logos whet your customer’s appetites for your delicious dishes, craft beer, and coffee drinks – even before they arrive at your restaurant! The first item in your business plan should be to name your restaurant with a catchy and memorable name like the ones on this list of name suggestions.
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- Big List of Restaurant Name Ideas
- Names By Cuisine & Food
- Names by Restaurant Type:
- Restaurant Logo Examples for Inspiration
Big List of Restaurant Name Ideas
Any of these names can be modified by adding words such as these: restaurant, cafeteria, bar, diner, coffee shop, dining room, inn, joint, place, eatery, drive-in, grill, hideaway, lunchroom, pizzeria, cafe’, luncheonette, and nightclub.
Ways to Customize the names from this list of ideas to make it your own:
Add Your Name
NAME + Cafe, + Kitchen, + Place
Add Descriptive Adjectives
The Golden Spoon
Names By Cuisine & Food
Italian & Pizza
La Dolce Vita
Here’s an inspiration for catchy pizza restaurant names
Get more hundreds of more name ideas on this big list of Italian restaurant names
Juan in a Million
La Mesa (the table)
El Toro (the bull)
Mucho (too much)
La Taberna (the tavern)
La Olla (the pan)
Here are more Mexican restaurant name ideas
Also, get inspiration for naming your Spanish restaurant
French Restaurant Names
Are you considering opening a French restaurant – fancy fine dining or casual cafe bistro? Think about using some commonly understood French words in your restaurant name, such as these naming ideas:
French Quarter Cafe
Le Fromage Bistro
French Dip Cafe
Cul de Sac Bistro
Divine French Dining
Want more French eatery names? Check out this big list of French restaurant name ideas here
Catch of The Day
Crabby Dick ( Change to Your Name)
Clam Chop (fish and steak)
City of Fish
Crab and Prawn
Check out this big list of seafood restaurant name ideas
Looking for Sushi restaurant ideas check out this list of Japanese Restaurant Names
Chicken, Meat & Steak
Eatmore Fried Chicken
Mad for Chicken (or Crazy for Chicken)
Belly and Snout (good for BBQ)
Meat U There
Meat Wagon (great for food trucks)
Friendly Fire (for grills or BBQ)
One for the Road Hog (BBQ)
>Big list of Barbeque restaurant name ideas (plus proven tips for creating cool BBQ names)
Spice House, Spice Mystery
Nin Com Soup
Wok this Way
Get more Indian restaurant name ideas here
Beyond the Eggroll
The Sumptuous Banquet
The Feast of Lu
The Peanut & the Prawn (Nice for a Thai restaurant too)
Click for more Chinese restaurant name ideas
Japanese & Sushi Name Ideas
House of Bamboo
Ramen & Rice
The Noodle Exchange
Healthy – Vegetarian, Vegan & Salads
Call it Green
Freakin’ Planet Eats
Names by Restaurant Type:
Coffee Houses & Tea Rooms
Common Grounds (or Uncommon Grounds)
Love You a Latte
Bean Around the World Coffee
Chai Tea Shop
Get Baked (Also good for Bakery)
Cup O’ Joe
Dream Bean Coffee Shop
The Friendly Bean
Cafe and Bistros
The Dinner Table
Two Men (or Women) and a Griddle (Grill or BBQ)
A Food Affair
Cate Teria (a play on words with cafeteria)
The Supper Club
Pass the Thyme
Diners & Breakfast
A Taste of Heaven Diner
Dine Right Diner
Over Easy Diner
The Crispy Biscuit
Good Eats Diner
No Wait Diner
Grub N’Stuff Diner
Bacon Bros. Diner
The Great Breakfast Diner
Break the Fast
The Sizzling Grill
Butter and Grace
Sandwich, Burgers, and Deli
Bite Me Sandwich
Lox Stock & Bagel
Jelly Roll Deli
Bars, Pubs & Breweries
Check out this list of hundreds of creative bar names
Beer and Brewery
Chops & Hops (great for a grill and brewery restaurant)
Wine or Winery
Planet of the Grapes
Blarney Stone Cafe (Bar)
Luck of the Irish Cafe
Find name suggestions on this list of catchy bar names
Restaurant Logo Examples for Inspiration
Modern Look with a retro feel using an old neon road sign image for Mad Eats, American Diner Restaurant New Logo
Logo design of BBQ restaurant called Smokin Swine. Circle, badge type design with a funny pig. Both the company name and the fun vibe make me want to eat at this place! Check out this list of clever BBQ name ideas
Two Bucks Brewing picked this design as the winner of their logo contest. It works well in both green or white. I like the strong graphic lines and stylized hops, the main ingredient in beer, incorporated into the design.
This name and logo communicate clearly what I can expect at this restaurant – a natural, fresh and sweet dish. The colors are pretty and will print beautifully on t-shirts and aprons. Even though it is a colorful logo the design is so strong that it will also work in black and white.
7 Steps to a Great New Logo for Your Restaurant
The logo, or the pictorial image that conveys the title of the restaurant, will be a part of your brand and so a significant identifier for your clients. Though your tastes and preferences will inevitably become involved, you also should adhere to some fundamentals of superior logo design to choose the one which will indeed set your restaurant apart from the competition.
Step 1 – Simple is Good
Select a logo that’s easy, with few complicated or intricate specifics. It needs to be simple to discern with just a quick glance. A symbol that contains three colors is on the point of becoming too active; a logo which includes no more than two colors is better.
Step 2 – Big is Beautiful
Make sure that your simple emblem may be resized — created larger and more prominent — and still seem attractive. Additionally, it should seem impressive in color or black and white. Bear in mind that your logo will look in various sizes and color formats, based on where it is used, such as on hints, your menu, your site and other promotional materials.
>Check out this big list of pizza restaurant name and logo ideas
Step 3 – Conveys Your Restaurant Mood
Select a symbol that matches the idea of your restaurant. It should communicate a relationship, even in a subtle manner. By way of instance, a casual family restaurant ought to have a symbol with a casual look and texture while an elegant restaurant ought to have a much more upscale, sophisticated logo.
Step 4 – Test of Time
Prevent trendy emblem designs or the ones that might unwittingly date your company. The top logos endure the test of time.
Step 5 – Expand Your Vision
Widen your perspective, recalling that lots of small business logos don’t portray what the company sells or does. Most automobile manufacturers don’t have logos which represent vehicles; a few exact well-known computer business logos don’t represent notebooks or notepads. Similarly, your restaurant logo doesn’t need to depict spices, food, utensils or other pictures which are all about restaurants.
Step 6 – Free Stock Logos Look & Taste Bad
Reject a symbol that seems cheap, comprises clip art or which looks like additional well-known emblem designs. Your logo needs to be as distinctive and impressive as your restaurant.
Step 7 – Get Customer Input
Consult trustworthy friends and colleagues on your logo, but do not expect to achieve a consensus. Some logo designers prefer to state that “anybody can be a critic” of the job because everybody has two eyes and may consequently render an impression. Follow audio logo-design selection fundamentals, but hope your great instincts, also.
Logo Design Checklist
When you are considering possible designs of logos, ask these questions to make sure that your new design is right for your company and passes this logo use test. If you answer, “no” to even one questions – just start again and pick a different winner from your 99designs logo contest submission ideas
- Does the logo communicate your company store?
- Is it unique and trademark free, meaning you can trademark the design as your new logo?
- Does it work well in a very large size, for a building sign, and also very small for a business card?
- Does it work well in one color? Sometimes you will only be given one color choice
- Can it be embroidered on a piece of fabric – such as a cap, hat, bag or apron?
- Does it look good in digital media on your website and in social media channels? It must be able to fit into a square and sometimes a wide rectangle. Can it the name stacked and still read well.
- Does it pop out and get customer attention when used in an ad?