A restaurateur is a person who opens and runs restaurants professionally. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who owns a restaurant, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of the restaurant business.

Occupation type
Activity sectors
Restaurants, business, culinary arts
Fields of
Related jobs
Businessperson, chef


The French word restaurateur comes from the Late Latin term restaurator ("restorer") and from the Latin term restaurare.[1][2][3] The word restaurateur is simply French for a person who owns or runs a restaurant.[4] The feminine form of the French noun is restauratrice.[5]

A less common variant spelling restauranteur is formed from the "more familiar" term restaurant[6] with the French suffix -eur borrowed from restaurateur. It is considered a misspelling by some.[4][6] The Oxford English Dictionary gives examples of this variant (described as "originally American") going back to 1837.[7] H. L. Mencken said that in using this form he was using an American, not a French, word.[8]

See also


  1. "Definition of RESTAURATEUR". Merriam-Webster.
  2. "Restaurateur Shares the Secret of His Success".
  3. Muhlke, Christine (9 August 2010). "The Insider - Sang Yoon". T. New York Times Company.
  4. "Restaurateur vs. restauranteur". Grammarist. 6 April 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  5. "restaurateur". Dictionnaire de l’Académie française. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  6. "the definition of restaurateur".
  7. "restauranteur". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  8. H. L, Menken (1989) [1941]. "A Genial Restauranteur". Newspaper Days. New York: Dorset. p. 215. OCLC 1029047323.
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