If you’ve been thinking about starting a Chinese restaurant in the United States, the good news is it’s a proven food concept. No matter where you go in the United States, from the East to West coasts or even middle America you can carve out a profitable niche in the market assuming you’re offering consistent and high-quality food for guests.

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But before you open the doors to your restaurant, you’ve got to come up with a name that sticks in the minds of your patrons and entices folks to actually give you a try.

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Fortunately, we’ve outlined a list of 147 clever and funny name ideas that you can implement for your business right away. We’ve even grouped similar names together to get the creative juices flowing no matter what the concept. Let’s do this!

Table of Contents:

Funny Names

Utilizing humor is a terrific way to help your Chinese establishment stand out from the crowd. In the 21st Century, being funny is an even more powerful tool thanks to social media. An amusing menu item or restaurant name can lead to 100s or 1,000s from free shares and promotion on Instagram or restaurant review websites like Yelp.

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But having a good sense of humor will only get people in the door. If you want people to come back you’ve got to deliver on food quality and customer service.

  • Kung Fu Kung Poa
  • Dumped by a Dumpling
  • Sweet and Sour Dork
  • Sweet and Sour Spork
  • Be Nice with Fried Rice
  • Asian Crabs
  • Fortune Dookie
  • The Fortunate Cookie
  • Hop on the Won Ton
  • I Long for Won Ton
  • Ma Papa
  • No Mo Tofu
  • Bad Driver Chinese Restaurant
  • Me Love Your Tofu
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Amazin’ Asian Food
  • We Eat Duck Meat
  • Cluck Cluck Duck Duck
  • The No Pot Hot Pot
  • China Burger
  • Wax on, Wax off Buffet.
  • Tall Wall Chow Mien
  • Black Belt Spring Roll
  • Good Luck and Peking Duck
  • The Corner of Chow and Maine

Clever Names

Here are a few examples that could make people smile.

  • The Hot Chinese
  • The Cantonese Couple
  • Fujian Fried Rice
  • Chuckling Chow Mein
  • Viral Dim Sum
  • Dynamite Dim Sum
  • Wonderful Won Tons
  • Whimsical Won Tons
  • Chinese Medicine
  • The Fried Won Ton
  • Ding Dong Hong Kong Gourmet
  • Oodles of Chinese Noodles
  • Lost in China Buffet
  • Hot Han Chinese Food
  • Hefty Wen Buffet
  • The Cheap Chinese
  • The Sweet Chinaman
  • MSG: Yeah You Know Me
  • The Vegan Asian
  • Yin and Yummy
  • San Dynasty Buffet
  • Wen Do We Eat
  • Treat of the East
  • Dine with Chinese
  • The Ginger Cow

Regional Names

These name ideas represent different geographic areas of China. This type of name can also help describe the style of Chinese food you plan to serve among more sophisticated patrons.

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  • North China Cuisine
  • Guandong Gourmet
  • A Taste of Hong Kong
  • The Fujian Bite
  • Savory South China
  • Tibetan Treats
  • Yummy in Yangzi
  • Lick Your Plate in Loess
  • Gansu Gourmet
  • Jinlin Dinein
  • The King of Chongqing
  • The Taste of Ningxia
  • Shandong Express
  • The Eaters Republic of China
  • Taiwan Yum Yum
  • Awesome in Taiwan
  • Central China Eats
  • Red China Sauce
  • The Tibetan Vegan
  • The Road to Tibet
  • Passport to Shandong
  • Yangzi is Delicious
  • Spices from Ningxia
  • Loess Fusion
  • Eaten in Ningxia
  • A Menu in Taiwan

Food Names

Another frequently used approach to name a Chinese restaurant is to focus on the star dish. Kung Pao chicken for example is a popular dish in the United States that you could build the brand around. Just make sure you’re able to knock the feature dish out of the park before select it as your name.

Chinese menu options.
  • Where’s the Beef and Broccoli?
  • The Chinese Chicken Spot
  • Mangolian and Ramen Buffet
  • Rockin’ and Ramen
  • Fantastic Fried Rice
  • The Egg Roll Bowl
  • Szechuan Delight
  • Souper Won Ton
  • Top Shelf Lo Mein
  • Kung Pao Pow Wow
  • Chinese Chicken Wings
  • Flying High Orange Chicken
  • Hungry Chow Mein
  • Buddha Belly Noodles
  • General Tso Chicken Sandwiches
  • Sesame & Ginger Fusion
  • Spicy Dragon Noodle
  • Humpty Dumplings
  • The Asian Lettuce Wrap
  • The Skinny Mongolian
  • Overflowing Soy
  • Seaweed and Soy
  • Chinese Shrimp House
  • The Sesame Calf
  • Nolan and His Noodle

Gourmet Names

Positioning your Chinese restaurant as high-brow has its advantages. For one, you’ll be able to charge a higher average ticket versus cheap Chinese restaurants. Second, you can attract a more affluent customer base with more discretionary spend to purchase appetizers, handcrafted beverages, or alcohol. Catering to the high-end of any market is rarely a bad strategic idea.

  • The Emperors Dish
  • The Visiting Monarch
  • Asian Royalty
  • The China King Supper Club
  • Tsar Dumplings
  • Elevation: Gourmet Chinese Meals
  • Asian Fusion House
  • The Collective
  • Chinese Foodie
  • Deluxe Asia
  • The Asian Gastronome
  • Traditions Chinese Restaurant
  • The Discerning Palate
  • The Asian Critic
  • Chinese Epicure
  • Highbrow Lo Mein
  • Winning Chef
  • Better than Royalty
  • The Main Course
  • Gourmet Asian Delights
  • Last Level Chinese Food
  • Tame the Dragon
  • Yin and Yang Balance
  • Master Sous Chef
  • Chinese Culinary Graduate

Quick Serve Names

Quick serve restaurants (QSR) serve better quality food than traditional fast food establishments, while maintaining efficient service and low price point. This style of restaurant has increased in popularity over the past 20 years and is a works well for restauranteurs starting a Chinese restaurant. Note the focus on speed and quality ingredients in these example names.

  • Organic Yang
  • Year of Delicious
  • The Efficient Panda
  • The Family Dragon
  • Mandarin Express
  • Speedy Asian
  • So China
  • Authentic Chinese
  • The Natural Pig
  • California China
  • Eastern Lemon
  • Orange and Pig
  • Jackie and the Dragon
  • The Asian Pear
  • All-Natural Chinese
  • Fast and Simple
  • Fruits of Mandarin
  • Oriental Espresso
  • Dinner Wisdom
  • Purity Chinese Restaurant
  • Organic Oriental
  • Brisk Eastern Gourmet
  • Nimble Table
  • Sprightly Chop Stick

We hope these organized lists have provide inspiration when determining the right name for your establishment.

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Chinese Restaurant News magazine says there are more than 40,000 active Chinese restaurants operating in the United States. Like so many other ethnic foods, the category has evolved overtime to adjust to American tastes and fusions.

For example, a staple menu item of Chinese restaurant operating in the United States is beef and broccoli. But in mainland China this is not a traditional ingredient since Western broccoli is not native to the area. Instead other leafy greens are mixed with beef to create the dish. There are literally dozens of examples we could cite as well.

Remember, you should never select the name of a business on a whim as potential customers will have plenty of preconceived ideas about what a name represents. Make sure the expectations align with the type of food and experience you plan to deliver in the restaurant. Let us know what business name you’ve selected in the comments below.

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