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Creative French Restaurant Names

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French cuisine is often viewed to be the most prestigious and respected type of food in the world. Many French dishes require the use of very fresh ingredients and precise technique. Yet just like any other cuisine, there is a wide range when it comes to French food, from hearty cassoulet and coq au vin to delicate croissants and crepes.In the United States, French cuisine isn’t as popular as other types of food (like Mexican, Chinese, and Italian). Nevertheless, French food still draws crowds, whether it is served at a cozy bistro or an upscale restaurant. Having a unique name for your French restaurant is important to not only set yourself apart from other establishments but to let diners know what to expect when they visit.

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Why Having a Unique Restaurant Name Matters

When you decide to open a restaurant, you’ll be faced with a lot of decisions, from what type of cuisine to serve to where you’ll be located. One of the most important choices that you will make will be your restaurant’s name. This name will be on your menu, sign, and everything else that you brand – so it is important to pick something that is memorable.A good restaurant name should be both eye-catching and unique. At the same time, it should reflect what the restaurant is about – the type of food and atmosphere that people can expect when they visit your establishment. It should also be different enough from other restaurant names so that your customers can actually find you.

A unique name is important for several reasons. First, having a different name will make it much easier to market your restaurant, which is integral to getting diners through your doors. If you have a creative restaurant name, it’ll make it that much easier to secure a website and social media handles to generate online interest. If your customers can’t remember if your cafe is called “Cafe Paris” or “Paris Cafe,” for example, their Google searches may lead them to a competitor – which is something that you want to avoid.

While it may not be possible to have a completely unique name, it should at least be fairly different from the names of other restaurants in your area. This can help to avoid confusion and the potential of having to undergo expensive rebranding.

This leads us to another reason to pick a creative name: to avoid legal woes. Consider the example of the Hawaiian restaurant, Cheeseburger in Paradise, which has no relation to a now-closed chain restaurant with the same name (which happened to be backed by singer Jimmy Buffet). Buffet filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Hawaiian restaurants, even though those restaurants had opened long before Buffet’s chain was founded. While this lawsuit may be an extreme example, no restaurateur wants to get into a costly trademark battle.

Finally, having a unique name is important because it is an opportunity to tell your guests about your business. If there is something that stands out about your cafe – like the fact that you use butter imported from France – then your name is a perfect place to share it. A name is also the jumping-off point for all of your branding, so choosing a great one sets the stage for everything else that comes along with it – such as a slogan, logo, and even decor.

En Français Restaurant Names

Let’s face it: the French language just sounds classier than a lot of other languages (including English). A name that might sound humdrum in English sounds très élégant in French. For this reason, many restaurateurs choose to use French when naming their restaurants.Of course, there are some pitfalls to this approach. If your restaurant name is hard to spell or pronounce, it might turn off some customers – or make it harder for patrons to find you. You should also make sure that whatever French words or terms you use make sense and are not offensive. If you go this route, choose wisely and consider checking with a native French speaker to make sure that the name works.

  • Au Revoir Bistro
  • La Petite Maison
  • L’Atelier du Jardin
  • Le Cochon Gaulois
  • Le Lion d’Or
  • La Chaise Bleue
  • Bistro Margot
  • La Vie
  • Le Petit Pearl
  • Maison Blanche
  • Brasserie Les Halles
  • La Papillon
  • Petit Valentien
  • Rendez Vous Bistro
  • Amandine Patisserie
  • Voila French Bistro
  • Bon Voyage Bistro
  • Le Petit Château
  • La Petite Pépite
  • Bistro Voltaire
  • Cafe Rabelais
  • The Brasserie
  • Le Cirque
  • Bistro 29
  • Cafe Claude
  • La Petite Folie Brasserie
  • Le Pigeon
  • Cafe Beaujolais
  • La Boheme
  • Un Peu French Cafe
  • Soleil
  • Etoile Cuisine
  • Avec Nous
  • Château Cafe
  • Cafe Bourgeois
  • La Maison Blanche
  • Brasserie Paradis
  • L’Atelier du Jardin
  • Savoir French Bistro
  • La Terrasse Rouge
  • Le Bouchon
  • Le Grande Brasserie
  • Chez Françoise 
  • Le Chat Noir
  • Cafe de la Paix 
  • Cuisine D’Amour
  • Le Bistro Grand
  • Etoile Brasserie
  • Au Vieux Moulin
  • Oui Oui Cafe
  • Bistro Paradis
  • Le Bistro Gourmand
  • Nouvelle Cuisine Cafe
  • L’Epicure
  • Bistro Valentino
  • Le Terroir Brasserie
  • Brasserie des Châteaux
  • Maison de Pierre
  • Les Deux Garçons
  • Le Maquis 
  • L’auberge
  • Le Pompon
  • L’amour & La Folie

Ingredient-Based French Restaurant Names

When most Americans think of France, their minds go to the idyllic countryside – and markets full of fresh ingredients. In French cuisine, these ingredients are the star of the show. Why not choose a restaurant name that reflects some of your best dishes or most frequently used ingredients?

  • The Crepe Company
  • Aux Bons Vin
  • Trois Petits Cochons
  • Thym Et Romarin
  • L’Atelier Des Vins
  • The French Beanery
  • Creme de la Crepe
  • Le Canard
  • Sel et Poivre
  • Canard and Champagne
  • Crepes Sans Frontieres
  • Les Frites Brasserie
  • Le Coq Au Vin
  • The Croque Monsieur
  • Croissant Cafe
  • Crêpes San Frontières 
  • La Cote Basque Winehouse
  • Pomme Frite Cafe
  • Pot au Feu Brasserie
  • La Sardine
  • La Truffe Noire
  • Cafe Brioche
  • Baguette Bistro
  • L’Escargot Blanc
  • Le Fromage Bleu
  • Pain Du Monde
  • Creme Cafe & Patisserie
  • Bouillabaisse Bistro
  • La Poule au Pot
  • Le Canard Rouge
  • French Omelette Cafe
  • The Macaron Bistro
  • Ratatouille
  • Quiche Cafe 
  • Pain Au Chocolat Pâtisserie
  • Le Fromage Cafe
  • The Sommelier Wine Bar
  • Sucre Patisserie 
  • Maison du Vin
  • Au Boeuf Rouge
  • The French Onion
  • Madame Sardine
  • Bearnaise Bistro
  • En Papillote
  • Cafe Cassoulet
  • La Poule au Pot
  • Coq au Vin Cafe
  • Bistro Le Souffle
  • Chez Delphine
  • Bouillon Bistro
  • Pain Français
  • Confit Cafe
  • Niçoise Bistro
  • Le Créme Brûlée 
  • Cafe Cordon Bleu
  • Maison du Gougères
  • Patisserie Profiteroles
  • Cafe Chocolat
  • Diane’s Steakhouse
  • Bistro au Poivre
  • Le Poulet Bistro
  • Le Pain et Le Beurre
  • Le Poisson
  • Bistro Madeleine

Pop Culture Names for French Restaurants

Americans have a certain fascination with France, and that reality is reflected in our pop culture. From Disney movies to television shows, there are tons of references to French cuisine and culture. Choosing one of these names – or coming up with one of your own – can be a great jumping-off point for your restaurant’s theme.

  • A French Affair
  • Bistro Lumiere
  • Le Coup de Gras
  • In Vino Veritas
  • The French Table
  • Meet Me in Paris
  • Parlez-Vous Français?
  • Chez Matisse
  • Monsieur & Madame
  • The French Accent
  • The Moulin Rouge
  • The Eiffel Tower Cafe
  • We’ll Always Have Paris
  • The French Quarter Cafe
  • Mademoiselle’s Wine Bar
  • The Art of French Cooking
  • Restaurant Delacroix
  • The Chef’s Table
  • C’est La Vie
  • The French Rose
  • J’Adore Cafe
  • Paris, Je T’Aime
  • Bon Appétit Bistro
  • Oh La La Cafe
  • The French Wish
  • Frites for All
  • The French Dip
  • The Fancy Frenchman
  • Hemingway’s Paris Bistro
  • Petit Trois
  • Bonjour Monsieur 
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Bistro
  • Let Them Eat Cake
  • Cafe Amélie
  • Bonjour Bistro
  • Un, Deux, Trois
  • The French Kiss
  • An American in Paris
  • My French Maman
  • Be Our Guest Cafe
  • The Francophile
  • The French Dip
  • Oh La La Bistro
  • Excusez Moi Cafe
  • Madame Cuisine
  • Maison Rouge
  • Folie à Deux
  • Ménage à Trois Cafe
  • Savant French Restaurant
  • Chez Moi
  • Carte Blanche Cafe

French Restaurant Names Based on Places

France is a major tourist destination for a reason. From bustling cities to quaint villages to star-studded beaches, there is something for everyone in France. Why not take inspiration from a favorite region (and its cuisine) when it comes to naming your restaurant?

  • Sweet Paris Cafe
  • Bouchon Lyon
  • Destination: Paris
  • La Rue de Paris
  • Destination Dijon
  • Bistro de la Mer
  • French Countryside Cafe
  • Le Marais Bakery
  • Blue Moon Over Avila
  • The Left Bank
  • Along the Seine
  • Provence Grill
  • The Parisian Saloon
  • Bordeaux Bistro
  • Provençal Grill
  • French Corner Cafe
  • The Rive Gauche
  • Les Petits Parisiens
  • Cafe Nice
  • Brasserie Marseille
  • Cannes Cafe
  • A Night in Saint-Tropez
  • Brasserie Lyon
  • Le Provençal
  • Provence Grill
  • Le Parisien
  • Savoir France
  • Flavors of Provence 
  • Lyonnaise Bistro

Creative Names For Other Types Of Restaurants

Not set on a French restaurant? Looking for a different type of name? You can draw inspiration from some of our other creative name lists below.

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