I still romanticize France. I’ve never been, but would regularly day dream of visiting the country during French 101 in high school. I imagined bicycling to a nearby market, purchasing a few baguettes and a bottle of olive oil to soak the stuff in. While I can’t speak more than a couple sentences in the language, I regularly enjoy dishes like Quiche and Steak Tartar that are credited to this European food mecca.

French cuisine is still considered to be a destination for exquisite dining by most American’s too. French restaurants are always popular for dates, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions where you want to take things up a notch to impress your significant other.

In all its variations, from contemporary to traditional, French cuisine remains a popular dining option. And while Korean, Mexican, and even Greek cuisines rank among the top restaurant cuisines in the United States, French is still right up there with them as one of the top ten popular cuisines.

If you want to open up a French cuisine focused restaurant serving breads, artisan cheeses, soups, macarons or other baked goods, these options continue to be a menu opportunities American’s crave. Organized below is an ultimate list of restaurant name suggestions that haven’t been claimed to help spark your own creativity.

French Restaurant Name Ideas

Fine dining in a French Restaurant is a classy experience

Fine dining in a French restaurant can be an intimidating experience for the casual diner.

French cuisine restaurants will always have that “essence of je ne sais quoi” about them. The ambience and experience of dining in a formal French restaurant can be as important as the meal itself.

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Finding a name for your new French cuisine restaurant can come from a number of sources from the meal to the experience to a location in France where the food process was invented. These choices of restaurant names will give you a starting point on naming your upscale French restaurant.

  • Au Revoir French Bistro
  • Blue Moon Over Avila
  • Boulud Sud
  • Cafe Des Artistes
  • Chez Maman
  • Cocotte
  • Creme de la Crepe
  • Crepes Sans Frontieres
  • Crepeville
  • Crust
  • Cuisinett
  • Etoile Cuisine Et Bar
  • French Crepe Co.
  • Fringale Restaurant
  • L’Assiette
  • La Creperie
  • La Folie
  • La Gare
  • La Papillon
  • La Petite Maison
  • La Rue de Paris
  • La Toque
  • La Vie French Restaurant
  • Le Boudoir
  • Le Comptoir
  • Le Petit Chateau
  • Le Petit Restaurant
  • Le Table
  • Madame Monsieur
  • Maison Blanche
  • Maison Richard
  • Mira Five Stars
  • P’tit Soleil
  • Pascal’s On Ponce
  • Patina Restaurant
  • Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant
  • Petit Valentien
  • Pistache French Bistro
  • Provence Grill
  • Republique
  • Roussillon
  • Sante Restaurant
  • Seven Park Place
  • Soleil Westwood
  • Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe
  • Taix French Country Cuisine
  • The Capital Grille
  • The Cellar
  • The Crepery
  • The French Spot
  • The French Table
  • Toulouse
  • Via Emilia Garden
  • Viognier
  • Flight to French
  • Destination Paris
  • French Food Co.

Funny French Restaurant Name Ideas

Not all French Restaurants have serious names…

Not all French Restaurants have serious names…

Using a funny name for a French restaurant does not normally work, unless you actually say it in French. Changing the English version of “The Frog Room” to the French, “La Salle Des Grenouilles”, works well and sounds sophisticated. And while this pun will only be recognized by those that know a little French, you can have fun with it for your own funny French restaurant name.

  • Assiettes De Nourriture
  • Assiettes De Viande
  • Chiens Et Chats
  • Chiens Pour Le Dîner
  • Escargots En Coquilles
  • Escargots Et Grenouilles
  • Escargots Rampants
  • Grenouilles Sauteuses
  • Juste Des Légumes
  • La France Seule
  • La Maison À Manger
  • La Maison Du Dîner
  • La Nourriture
  • La Salle Des Grenouilles
  • Le Bar À Vin
  • Le Chat Rouge
  • Le Vin Français
  • Les Assiettes De Légumes
  • Les Cuisses De Grenouilles
  • Les Saucisses Épicées
  • Madame Et Monsieur
  • Madame Fouet
  • Maison De Nourriture
  • Manger De La Nourriture
  • Nourriture Étrangère
  • Pain Français
  • Souris Sur Une Assiette
  • Un Dîner Pour Deux
  • Un Endroit Pour Manger
  • The Fancy Frenchmen

Creative French Restaurant Name Ideas

Get creative when naming your French bistro or restaurant

Be original when naming your French bistro or restaurant.

Being creative with the name of your French restaurant is actually quite inspiring. You can use a variety of words, both French and English, include the names of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other ideas, and generally have a lot of choice when it comes to a descriptive name.

Your creativity has no bounds when utilizing the variety of options in naming a French restaurant. These are prime examples of names you could select.

  • A Cote Restaurant
  • Artisans
  • Atelier Crenn
  • Avec Nous
  • Baco Mercat
  • Balthazar
  • Basilic
  • Baume
  • Bouley
  • Canele
  • Caranova
  • Castagna
  • Caviar Russe
  • Cercle Rouge
  • Chalet Basque Restaurant
  • Citris Grill
  • Curbside
  • Fiorito
  • Fireside Dining
  • Gregoire Restaurant
  • Industriel
  • La Becasse
  • La Boheme
  • La Cote Basque
  • La Gloutonnerie
  • La Grenouille
  • La Note Provencal
  • La Sardine
  • La Sirene
  • Le Bouchon
  • Le Chick
  • Le Mistral
  • Le Papilloon
  • Le Pigeon
  • Le Relais
  • Les Nomades
  • Maison Akira
  • Mistral
  • Monsieur Marcel
  • Orrery
  • Paradou
  • Pastis
  • Per Se
  • Perch
  • Petit Crenn
  • Petit Trois
  • Petrus
  • Planta
  • Plouf
  • Pomme Frite
  • Quince
  • Restaurant Jeanne D’Arc
  • Rue Franklin
  • Rue Lepic French Restaurant

French Café Name Ideas

Sidewalk Cafés are a long-held tradition in France

Sidewalk Cafés are a long-held tradition in France

French sidewalk cafés are always a popular option and are often inspired in design by the renowned Van Gogh painting of the café in Arles in France. Naming your French café need not be hard and there are a multitude of options to draw inspiration.

This unique list of names of cafes you can use will give you an idea of the scope of naming a more casual French café. This are ideal if you plan to focus on light meals like croissants, crepes and coffee. These are less formal establishments that anyone can enjoy.

  • Amandine Patisserie
  • Assiette Cafe
  • Blanchette French Cafe
  • Bourgeois Cafe
  • Cafe Aroma
  • Cafe Beaujolais
  • Cafe Brioche
  • Cafe Claude
  • Cafe Des Amis
  • Cafe Faim
  • Cafe Rabelais
  • Cafe Sparrow
  • Cafe Sud
  • Caprice Cafe
  • Chocolatine French Cafe
  • Creme Cafe
  • Croque Monsieur Cafe
  • Franceio Cafe
  • Francophiles Cafe
  • French Corner Cafe
  • French Haute Cafe
  • French Meadow Bakery Cafe
  • French Omelette Cafe
  • French Rose Cafe
  • French Vintage Cafe
  • Frenchex Cafe
  • La Caille
  • Le Cafe Stella
  • Le Fromage Cafe
  • Le Petit Jardin Cafe & Flowers
  • Les Vins Cafe
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Noe’s Crepes Coffee and Tea
  • Noisette French Cafe
  • Nouveau Cafe
  • Oh la la Cafe
  • Parisian Cafe
  • Parisio Cafe
  • Pescadou Café
  • Quiche Cafe
  • Un Peu French Café

French Bistro Name Ideas

Bistros are delightful mini-restaurant bars

Bistros are delightful mini-restaurant bars

French bistros and brasseries are a great idea and there is nowhere better to enjoy a late-night drink and light meal when out and about. And with our list of bistro names, you can find the right one to suit your own French classic bistro or brasserie below.

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  • Audrey French Bistro
  • Baguette Bistro
  • Bearnaise Bistro
  • Berry Hill Bistro
  • Bistro 29
  • Bistro Elan
  • Bistro Le Cep
  • Bistro Madame
  • Bistro Pierre
  • Bistro Provence
  • Bistro Voltaire
  • Bistrot Margot
  • Bottega Louie
  • Braserrie Les Halles
  • C’est La Vie Bistro
  • Chou Chou French Bistro
  • Cul de Sac Bistro
  • Encore Bistro
  • Escargots Bistro
  • French Accent Bistro
  • French Dip Bistro
  • French Fluent Bistro
  • Gala France Bistro
  • Hemingway’s Paris Bistro
  • Le Pavillion Bistro
  • Le Poulet Bistro
  • Lulu’s Bistro
  • Lyonnaise Bistro
  • Monsieur Bistro
  • Nouvelle Bistro
  • Poivre Bistro
  • Pour Vous Bistro
  • Provence Bistro & Grill
  • Rendez-Vois Cafe Bistro
  • Riche French Bistro
  • Roux Bistro
  • Savoir French Bistro
  • Shutters Brasserie
  • Voila French Bistro
  • Zinc Bistro
The range of the menu at a French restaurant is wide and unique

The range of the menu at a French restaurant is wide and unique

French restaurants usually focus on French cuisine, and the style of cuisine can vary, depending on whether the restaurant is traditional, progressive, or contemporary. French cuisine menus are always written in French, never in English, though some do have translations underneath for those that don’t speak French.

This list of some of the most popular dishes you can find on a French menu should inspire you to help create the brand that you are searching for.

  • Soupe à l’oignon
  • Coq au vin
  • Cassoulet
  • Boeuf bourguignon
  • Chocolate soufflé
  • Flamiche
  • Confit de canard
  • Salade Niçoise
  • Ratatouille
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Parfait
  • Foie Gras
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Gratin Dauphinois
  • Tartiflette
  • Meunière

Whether you’re planning to open a fancy French restaurant or an understated cafe, I truly hope this guide has offered inspiration on the topic. If you’re currently researching your restaurant be sure to download our free menu and recipe cost calculator here for practical help getting started.

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