res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-ˌränt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -stränt also -st(ə-)rənt, -stərnt\

Definition of restaurant

: a business establishment where meals or refreshments may be purchased

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Synonyms for restaurant


beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], diner, eatery, grill

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Examples of restaurant in a Sentence

when we get sick of cooking dinner at home, we like to go out to eat at a nice restaurant

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Each fall, critic Brett Anderson reveals his list of the city's best restaurants. Ann Maloney,, "Gianna: New Warehouse District restaurant dishes out travelogue of Italian food," 18 June 2019 Despite all the talk of robots and automation, thousands of restaurants, warehouses, and retail stores still need workers. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Fact Checking Trump's Claims on the Economy and 2020 Election," 17 June 2019 This beachside village mixes European hamlet vibe with old-school surf-shop jive, backdropped by a kaleidoscope of restaurants, bars and shops. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "A weekend of beachy fun in Capitola-by-the-Sea," 16 June 2019 Despite all the talk of robots and automation, thousands of restaurants, warehouses, and retail stores still need workers. Hope Yen And Calvin Woodward,, "Fact check: Trump's statements on Iran, trade and the wall range from a little off to flatly false," 15 June 2019 Cummins is currently the Executive Chef at one of the hottest restaurants in Barbados, Tapestry, and recently made history as the youngest executive chef from the island to have the privilege of cooking at the prestigious James Beard House. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Chef Javon Cummins Puts The Flavors Of Barbados On A Global Stage," 14 June 2019 The legislation also establishes definitions in five categories, including microbreweries, production breweries, pub breweries that are part of restaurants, full distilleries and limited distilleries. David Anderson,, "Harford council approves bill regarding regulations on breweries, distilleries," 13 June 2019 The city also has gained a new hipness factor with the arrival of several trendy restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "These are metro Detroit's top 5 places for first-time home buyers," 7 June 2019 Here, in the fanciest of all Disney restaurants, the most exclusive table is hidden away in the kitchen. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Wants Its Food to Be Just As Memorable As Its Rides," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of restaurant

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for restaurant

French, from present participle of restaurer to restore, from Latin restaurare

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English Language Learners Definition of restaurant

: a place where you can buy and eat a meal


res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-rənt How to pronounce restaurant (audio) , -ˌränt\

Kids Definition of restaurant

: a public eating place

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