Definition of restaurateur in English:



  • A person who owns and manages a restaurant.

    • ‘Local restaurateurs listen to the latest regulations and procedures designed to ensure food and safety standards are kept up to world standards.’
    • ‘As restaurateurs become more proficient and experienced, cash generation becomes more and more consistent.’
    • ‘Using hand dyed and painted fabrics, she created colourful menu covers which soon caught the eye of other restaurateurs and wine merchants.’
    • ‘One of the difficulties associated with the restaurant industry is a restaurateur's reliance on others.’
    • ‘What's more, a recent influx of new restaurants, restaurateurs and bar owners are attempting to pioneer a new culinary movement in town.’
    • ‘Further, those engaged in the hotel and restaurant business must take out civil liability insurance for hoteliers and restaurateurs.’
    • ‘Many restaurateurs and hoteliers, most airlines, and even some wine retailers employ consultants in their wine selection.’
    • ‘The dream of many a French restaurateur is to get three stars in the Michelin restaurant guide.’
    • ‘As a result of the events, a number of students have been offered additional experience in the form of placements with the visiting restaurateurs during their holidays.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, shopkeepers, market stall holders and restaurateurs are losing money.’
    • ‘The restaurateur said he was impressed by the children's knowledge of food and of fish, which he admitted, rather surprised him.’
    • ‘Of course, restaurateurs aren't trying to undermine children's health.’
    • ‘Most British food critics make little effort to go undercover at restaurants and many openly mix with chefs and restaurateurs.’
    • ‘Wineries are also devising strategies, along with restaurateurs and retailers, to get more people to think about wine.’
    • ‘Hoteliers and restaurateurs have often tried, but failed.’
    • ‘He said taxation on food and drink was considerably higher for Irish restaurateurs than for their counterparts in countries such as Spain.’
    • ‘He believes that this is a city-wide problem and there are other landlords and restaurateurs in the same situation.’
    • ‘Hotel proprietors, restaurateurs and publicans are unanimous on the point and not one of them regrets the changed habits of their patrons.’
    • ‘Any restaurateur will tell you, the business is volatile and establishments come and go all the time.’
    • ‘Publicans and restaurateurs in major cities should make their own provisions to check customers' safety.’


The word restaurateur is taken directly from the French form. Although common, restauranteur with an n is a misspelling


Late 18th century: French, from the verb restaurer (see restaurant).