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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant has vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "One of Dallas’ ‘most exciting restaurants,’ Mendocino Farms, sets March opening date," 11 Feb. 2020 The Cheffe’s daughter interferes in the kitchen in ways that make the restaurant unable to function and eventually leads to its closure. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Devourer," 11 Feb. 2020 The Willoughby restaurant held special meaning for Kustala, who owned Lure several years ago. Marc Bona, cleveland, "What you can do with Greenhouse Tavern gift cards," 11 Feb. 2020 The restaurant's warm bowls will feature a choice of grain or green base followed by a choice of protein such as Huli-Huli chicken, Teriyaki Steak, Kahlua Pork, Ahi poke, Garlic Shrimp, Grilled Portobello and then vegetables, sauces, and toppers. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "A Hawaiian-inspired cafe is coming to the former Hubbard & Cravens spot in Carmel," 11 Feb. 2020 Kind Hospitality is behind the three new restaurants. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Macayo's will open 3 new restaurants in metro Phoenix this year. Here's what we know," 11 Feb. 2020 In 1979, the Fallucca family sold the restaurant and started Palermo’s Pizza. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salvatore Sendik, whose Downer Avenue grocery store was known for pretty produce, dies at 84," 11 Feb. 2020 According to Portland Monthly, which first reported on Lazy Susan, the new restaurant will have a neighborhood bar and grill vibe, with chilled seafood, whole roasted dover sole and house-aged steaks seared over charcoal -- simple food done right. oregonlive, "The Country Cat in Montavilla has a new tenant (at last): Meet Lazy Susan," 11 Feb. 2020 Chipotle's reward program rolled out last year, and it's been a successful one for the chain restaurant. Francisco Guzman And Brian Ries, CNN, "Chipotle will give away free guacamole with launch of 'Guac Mode'. Here's the scoop," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of restaurant was in 1806

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15 Feb 2020

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“Restaurant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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