With more than 1.5 million Americans of Portuguese descent across the country, there is small wonder that Portuguese food has become a popular option for diners in the United States. And with strong influences from both French and Mediterranean cuisines, Portuguese cuisine features flavorful foods and tasty dishes that make your mouth water.

Portuguese traditions and wines have also had quite an influence on American cuisine especially in Southern states. Barrel-aged Madeira wines were one of the most popular wines of the wealthy colonists in the 18th century, including Thomas Jefferson and were even used in the toast of the Declaration of Independence. Cheers!

Today, there are hundreds of Portuguese restaurants operating in America, though mainly condensed into just seven states in the Northeast. If you’re thinking of opening your own Portuguese restaurant, then you are going to have to think of a good name for your brand. Fortunately, we put in the time coming up with some of the most unique, unusual, and outstanding name suggestions that are still available right here.

Portuguese Restaurant Name Ideas

A classic Portuguese Restaurant

Inside a classic Portuguese Restaurant.

Opening a Portuguese restaurant is still a unique concept in many parts of the United States. And there are plenty of ideas you can use from Portuguese words and phrases that can help you with choosing your ideal name. We’ve organized a list of suggestions here.

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  • A Caravela
  • Adega
  • Afama
  • Alcantara
  • Algarve
  • Avenida Praia
  • Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill & Patio
  • Bloor Village Grill
  • Bodega Miguelito
  • Boemia
  • Brasil Portugal
  • Love Portugal
  • Dining in Portugal
  • Lisbon Food Co.
  • Eating Lisbon
  • Caçarola
  • Caravela
  • Casa da Ramboia
  • Casa do Churrasco
  • Cataplana
  • Cave Oporto
  • Chiado
  • Circo
  • Coloane
  • Escola Comerial
  • Fado
  • Fernando Almeida
  • Fernando’s
  • Galeria de Portugal
  • Girassol
  • Largo do Senado
  • Lisbon By Night
  • Lissabon Bar
  • Lorcha Porto
  • Nando’s
  • O Fado
  • O Pateo do Antonio
  • Os Amigos
  • Pendura El Chicos
  • Petisco
  • Por-do-Sol
  • Porto Interior
  • Portucale Restaurant
  • Portucale Restaurant & Pub
  • Portugalia
  • Praia Grande
  • Pride of Goa
  • Restaurant La Patrie
  • Restaurant Pedra Alta
  • Restaurant Portugais
  • Restaurant Saudade
  • Restaurante La Sepia
  • Restaurante Sagres
  • Restaurante Vasco da Gama
  • Tete du buis
  • Vila de Coloane
  • Wildfire Grille
  • Zé do Pipo

Top Portuguese Restaurant Names in America

Some of the top Portuguese restaurants can be found in New York

Some of the top Portuguese restaurants can be found in New York.

Portuguese cuisine has become more popular in the United State in part due to the Portuguese communities that exist in areas such as California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Here is a list of the top Portuguese restaurants that have been successful across America.

  • A Tasca
  • Alfama
  • Antonio Lima
  • Antonio’s
  • Aquario
  • Berlengas Restaurante
  • Branco’s
  • Cabana Carioca
  • Café Central
  • Cafe Restaurant Mimo
  • Casa Portugal
  • Churrasqueira Bairrada
  • Churrasqueira Europa Restaurant
  • Churrasqueira Marina
  • Churrasqueira Portuguesa Oliveira
  • Churrasqueira Quinta do Barão
  • Churrasqueira Vila Verde
  • Costa Verde
  • Da Silva
  • El Marinero
  • Escalon
  • Estrela do Mar
  • Iberia Peninsula
  • Iberia Tavern
  • LaSalette
  • Leitão á Bairrada
  • Lisboa a Noite
  • Little Harbor Restaurant
  • Lon Ave Churrasqueira
  • Madeira
  • Mallorca Restaurant
  • Mirasol
  • O Fado
  • O Pão
  • O Ponto Ideal
  • Old Lisbon Restaurant
  • Palacio Europa
  • Portazil Pastry
  • Portugália
  • Portuguese BBQ
  • Restaurante Beira Alta
  • Restaurante Lisboa
  • Restaurante Portugal
  • Royal Restaurant
  • Serra da Estrela
  • Sousa’s
  • Tasca Lisboa
  • Tavira
  • Victorian House
  • Vivara Restaurant

Top Restaurant Names in Portugal

Even in Portugal, the restaurants have normal traditional names

Even in Portugal, the restaurants have normal traditional names.

Here is a list of some of the most popular restaurants in Portugal to help inspire your search for a memorable brand.

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  • Alto Douro
  • Arzak
  • Asador Etxebarri
  • Ca l’Enric
  • Ca l’Isidre
  • Café Lusitano
  • Cal Pep
  • Casa do Manuel
  • El Captain Balmain
  • El Celler de Can Roca
  • El Motel Restaurant
  • El Racó de Can Fabes
  • elBulli
  • Eleven
  • Els Pescadors
  • Fialho
  • Il Presidente
  • Isidre Gironès
  • Malagueta Afrodisiaca
  • Moments
  • Mugaritz
  • O Pipo Velho
  • Portucale
  • Quique Dacosta
  • Rei do Bacalhau
  • Restaurante Adega
  • Restaurante Costa do Sol
  • Restaurante Zalacaín
  • Royal Praia
  • Sagres Restaurant
  • Salao Brazil
  • Sant Pau
  • Santos Tapas Restaurant
  • Sintra Wine Bar & Grill
  • Spago
  • Taberna Típica Quarta-Feira
  • Tágide
  • Tavares
  • The Yeatman
  • Tickets/41º
  • Via
  • Vila
  • Ze Manel Dos Ossos

Popular Portuguese Dishes

Check out some of the amazing dishes Portuguese cuisine has to offer

Check out some of the timeless dishes Portuguese cuisine has to offer.

Here is a list of the staple Portuguese dishes that your customers should try. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with this menu concept. Authentic Portuguese dishes with traditional flavors and executed well can be a winning menu concept anywhere. These are some of the best ideas to build a restaurant menu around.

  • Açorda
  • Açorda de mariscos
  • Alheira de Mirandela
  • Arroz de tamboril
  • Bacalhau
  • Caldeirada de enguias
  • Caldo
  • Cataplana de marisco
  • Chicken Piri-piri
  • Chouriço assado
  • Cozido à portuguesa
  • Feijoada
  • Feijoada de lulas
  • Leitão a Bairrada
  • Pao de Lo
  • Pata negra
  • Peixinhos da horta
  • Polvo à la Lagareiro
  • Polvo à lagareiro
  • Posta mirandesa
  • Queijadas
  • Queijadas de Evora
  • Queijadas de Sintra
  • Sardinhas assadas
  • Sericaia
  • Sopa da pedra
  • Sopa de cação
  • Sopa Juliana
  • Tíbias de Braga
  • Toucinho do céu
  • Travesseiro

Popular Portuguese Street Food Ideas

Portugal is also well known for the more unique street food that you can find in the major cities like Lisbon. While you can also find the global favorites of hotdogs and burgers in this country, the selection of local-cuisine street foods is outstanding and will tantalize your taste buds.

  • Bifana (Pork Sandwich)
  • Bolas De Berlim
  • Bolinhos De Bacalhau
  • Bolos De São Gonçalo
  • Castanhas Assadas
  • Croquetes
  • Farturas
  • Francesinha Sandwich
  • Grilled Sardines
  • Pão Com Chouriço (Chorizo Bread)
  • Pastéis De Bacalhau
  • Pastéis De Nata
  • Pastéis De Nata
  • Pastel De Belém
  • Pastel De Nata
  • Polvo Seco (Dried Octopus)
  • Porco Preto
  • Prego (Beef Sandwich)
  • Rissóis
  • Salgados
  • Sardinhas Assadas

In addition to marketing your traditional food to immigrants of Portugal that now live to the United States, keep in mind that this is country that’s welcoming to visitors. Tourism is one of the most important industries for the country with an estimated 16.3 million visitors to the country in 2019.

If you live in an urban area of the United States, there’s likely people in your town that have visited the country before. You have the opportunity to provide these customers with the taste of Portugal even while they are at home. Don’t forget about this important marketing audience when you open the doors to your restaurant.

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