When it comes to Greek cuisine, there’s so much more than Taziki and gyro. The country’s top greek restaurants offer a wide range of dishes, combining classic to fusion spins on the delicacy. Reminiscent now of that holiday you once took on Mykonos, this delicious Mediterranean cuisine has become a popular dining experience across America, assailing your tastebuds with the flavors of souvlaki, moussaka, and expertly-grilled fish.

Here in the United States, Greek cuisine is usually modified to suit Western tastes with American culture influencing the style of the dishes in some restaurants. Greek restaurants are now showing up in more places than ever, especially outside the normal Greco-American communities where they first began. And for those of you looking to open your first Greek restaurant, here are some of our best ideas for brand names.

Best Greek Restaurant Name Ideas

The best Greek Restaurants use Greek wording to signify their brand

Greek Restaurants use Greek wording to establish clear connections with their brand.

Appropriate options for naming a Greek restaurant isn’t hard thanks to the dozens of options for using the stories and legends of ancient Greece in the title. And you can give your new brand name an authentic twist with a plethora of Greek-based words and names that can be found in modern English.

  • Alexandros Grill
  • Alpha and Omega
  • Ammos Restaurant
  • Bakaliko
  • Calypso
  • Classic Greek
  • Delta Gamma Resto
  • Edesma Restaurant
  • Elia Greek Restaurant
  • Timeless Taverna
  • Greek Guys
  • Ellinon Pelagos
  • Estiatório
  • Gyrádiko
  • Hellenic
  • Lambda
  • Niko’s Tavern
  • The Taverna Diner
  • Old School Taverna
  • Taverna Take Out and Delivery
  • Olive Tree
  • Olives and Thyme
  • The Greek Girl
  • Olympia
  • Praxidike
  • The Golden Fleece
  • Theta Bar & Grill
  • Upsilon’s
  • Xenophon
  • Zeus Table
  • Greek Food Co.
  • The Simple Greek
  • ΑΩ

Greek Cafe Name Ideas

Any Greek word followed by “café” works for Greek Cafes

Any Greek word followed by “café” seems to work for this type of restaurant.

Greek cafés are an important part of Greco-American culture. With so many name options to choose from that fit this theme, it won’t be hard to find a relevant brand name.

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  • Ambrosia Cafe
  • Andromeda’s
  • Ash Tree Nymphs
  • Athens Taverna
  • Bouzouki
  • Café Greco
  • Cassiopeia’s Café
  • Charybdis Café
  • Dimitri’s Tavern
  • Greco’s Taverna
  • Greek Kouzina
  • Hellas Café
  • kosmos Taverna
  • Memphis Café
  • Mu Nu Café
  • Mystras Grill
  • Nikeiza’s Café
  • Omicron
  • Papu’s Place
  • Rozafa
  • Santorini Grill
  • Sokrates Tavern
  • Taverna Greek Kitchen
  • The Fates Café
  • The Fresco Deli

Mediterranean Restaurant Name Ideas

Make it more Mediterranean to give your restaurant some classic Greek flair

Make it more Mediterranean to give your restaurant some classic Greek flair.

Adding that little touch of Mediterranean flair is another timeless approach. Renowned for its sun-soaked Mediterranean beaches and beautiful countryside, Greece is a paradise in the midst of the Mediterranean. Here are our best name ideas that fit into this category.

  • Acropolis
  • Aenaon Eternal
  • Beachside Taverna
  • Blue Waters
  • Eridian Gardens
  • Gethsemane’s Garden
  • Grecian Grill
  • Icarus
  • In the Med
  • Ithaca
  • Meraki
  • Meze Restaurant
  • Mythos
  • Opa ithaca
  • Rigani’s
  • Santorini Gourmet
  • Selene’s
  • Skafos
  • Souvlaki Lounge
  • Spiros
  • Taverna Mythos
  • The Mediterranean Café
  • The Olive Branch
  • Thessaly
  • Varka Restaurant

Funny Greek Restaurant Names

Use the puns the gods gave you for naming your restaurant

Use the puns the gods gave you for naming your restaurant.

You don’t have to be serious when naming a restaurant. There are plenty of opportunities to coin some worthwhile puns from the Greek tragedies and mythology. And any ode to the gods draws a natural connection to the food you’ll serve.

  • Adonis on a Plate
  • Ampeli Fortuna
  • Aphrodite’s Grill
  • Cafe Feta
  • Dypnosofistes Diner
  • Greek Actually
  • Greek Life
  • Taverna Cafe
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts
  • Happy Olympia
  • The Laughing Greek
  • It’s All Greek To Us
  • It’s Greek 2 Me
  • Kyma’s kopiaste
  • Nero’s Nose
  • Percy Jackson’s
  • So Plaka
  • Spartan’s
  • The Cretan Bull
  • The Erymanthian Boar
  • The Madness of Ajax
  • The Sacking of Troy
  • The Two Hundred
  • The Winged Horse
  • Tza Tziki’s
  • Very Attica
  • Zasti’s
  • Zorba the Greco
Many popular Greek restaurants use Greek words in the names

Get inspired by these well-known Greek brands.

This list showcases the top Greek restaurants operating in America for inspiration.

  • Calissa
  • Dio Deka
  • Elia
  • Emilitsa
  • Esperia Grill
  • Estiatorio Milos
  • Helen Greek Food & Wine
  • Inotheke
  • Jimmy the Greek
  • Kanella South
  • Kokkari Estiatorio
  • Kyma
  • Mandolin Aegean Bistro
  • Molos Restaurant
  • Molyvos
  • Nerai
  • Niko Niko’s
  • Omega Ouzeri
  • Ouzo Bay
  • Papa Cristo’s
  • Skopelos at New World
  • Thalassa Restaurant
  • Thasos Greek Taverna
  • The Black Olive
  • Zaytinya

What Should I Name My Greek Restaurant?

Understanding your own brand can help you to choose the best name for you

Understanding your own brand can help you to choose the best name for you.

Picking a restaurant name can be complex. So much rides on this single decision including customer perception on what you serve, the logo and signage of your business. Oh yeah… And the restaurants menu too. Thankfully, we’re here to help guide you through the process. Let’s go through some tips to help you name any restaurant business if you didn’t find anything you liked in the list above.

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Puns: Puns are considered one of the lowest forms of humor, but when it comes to restaurant names they’ve always been a hit with the general public. Using puns in the name of your restaurant gives it a fun feel and gives potential customers the impression the establishment is a pleasant place to dine. And on the plus side, puns are usually easy to remember and pass on, so word-of-mouth trade should be good. One example would a name like the Greek Geek.

Unique spelling has often been used to change how a restaurant name is seen, and with Greek, you have the most unique spellings in the world right at your fingertips. Utilizing the Greek alphabet means you already have unusual and unique letters and words to call on so why not make the most of this ancient language to build a brand.

Repetitive sounds or single-letter phrases are a great way to make your brand unique. It can also add a little light-hearted humor to the name, to make it sound like a fun place to eat out. Using rhyming words is also a novel way to make yourself more memorable and the name catchier. Try come up with iterative names like the Guru Greek or Gullible Greek to fit this theme.

The taverna is a small Greek restaurant that serves Greek food. You can include the word Taverna in your brand name and it will appeal to customers that understand the word. Here are some ideas: Tasty Taverna, Total Taverna, and Taverna Organic.

Turn to the Greek gods and goddesses. Names such as Athena’s or Olympia show the Greek heritage and are easy to remember. Just make sure to check on the what these gods and goddesses represent. For example, selecting a the goddess of motherhood and fertility for your quick serve restaurant concept might leave people scratching their heads at best.

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