[res-ter-uh-tur; French res-taw-ra-tœr]

noun, plural res·tau·ra·teurs [res-ter-uh-turz; French res-taw-ra-tœr] /ˌrɛs tər əˈtɜrz; French rɛs tɔ raˈtœr/.

the owner or manager of a restaurant.

Sometimes res·tau·ran·teur [res-ter-uh n-tur, ‐tuh-rahn-, ‐trahn-] /ˌrɛs tər ənˈtɜr, ‐tə rɑn-, ‐trɑn-/.

Origin of restaurateur

1790–1800; < French; Middle French: restorer < Late Latin restaurātor, equivalent to Latin restaurā(re) to restore + -tor -tor

Usage note

The English word restaurateur , borrowed from French, still exists in modern French in the same form and with the same meaning. The variant spelling restauranteur , influenced by the more familiar English word restaurant , is gaining some currency, but has traditionally been considered erroneous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for restaurateur

Contemporary Examples of restaurateur

Historical Examples of restaurateur

  • What a commission from the restaurateur for supplying the refreshments!

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • I have spoken of the philosopher in his capacity of restaurateur.

  • On one occasion the restaurateur wished to increase his charge.

    Moral Tales

    Madame Guizot

  • But he was not in the same strategic position as the restaurateur.

  • This then is the cost to the restaurateur and the innkeeper.

    A Residence in France

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for restaurateur



a person who owns or runs a restaurant

Word Origin for restaurateur

C18: via French from Late Latin restaurātor one who restores, from Latin restaurāre to restore


Although the spelling restauranteur occurs frequently, it is a misspelling and should be avoided
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Word Origin and History for restaurateur

1796, from French restaurateur, agent noun from restaurer "to restore" (see restaurant) on model of Late Latin restaurator "restorer." Native form restauranter is recorded from 1877.

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