res·​tau·​rant | \ ˈre-stə-ˌränt, -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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John and Debra went to a restaurant in Irvine, California, for their first date. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 Others will enthuse over Bergdorf's or some luxurious restaurant in TriBeCa. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 That’s one definition of Torno Subito, the name of Bottura's first restaurant in the Middle East, opening later this month at W Dubai The Palm. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 News, the trio went to the famous Serendipity restaurant in New York for some food and sweet treats. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Rainbow Cardigan of Dreams with Jamie Foxx for Her Birthday," 19 Dec. 2018 The hotels, stores, and restaurants are all packed. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Nine people were hurt -- including four seriously -- when a 79-year-old woman, who may have been intoxicated, crashed her car into a popular Italian restaurant in New York on Sunday night, police said. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Woman, 79, charged with DWI after driving into an Italian restaurant, report says," 2 Oct. 2018 The two were spotting kissing after having a romantic Valentine's Day dinner together at Pace restaurant in Los Angeles, according to E! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here Are All the "PLL" Stars' Relationship Statuses IRL," 14 Aug. 2018 The restaurant in Orlando’s Dr. Phillips neighborhood serves quintessential brunch beverages, but plates elegant takes on comfort food favorites. Lauren Delgado,, "Brunch Punch: Slate in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood," 13 July 2018

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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, -ˌränt\

Kids Definition of restaurant

: a public eating place

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