So you’ve been looking for Indian restaurant name ideas. And we get that it’s a big deal. All those hours of hard work come down to these final few touches. You are inches away from giving your dream project its final shape.
Getting your Indian restaurant a name is a very important task (merely stating the obvious). If you get it right, your restaurant name could help you:
- Capture the spirit of your food and service
- Give your brand a personality
- Help you differentiate from the competition
- Help you resonate with customers
A catchy and creative Indian restaurant name idea can truly be a great asset to your restaurant. It is your first tool to catch your customer’s attention for your brand new restaurant.
So we analyzed EVERY restaurant name rated above 4 (as a general indication of customer love) on India’s most popular restaurant discovery app. That’s more than 3500 restaurants.
And this is what we found.
Note: We left out words like Cafe, Bar, Kitchen, Grill, lounge, Bistro, Resto bar, Restro bar and various combinations of these from our raw data, in cases where they are used as an add-on to the actual name. This is to remove the redundant information and yield more useful results.
Which words are trending?
Hover over the image to Zoom.
This word cloud helps you see Indian restaurant name ideas, as trends. The larger the word the more commonly it is used these days. The more you go to the edges of the circle, the more uncommon the name. If you are looking for something unique look, at the edges. If you want to leverage a trend, look at the larger words. You could also do a combination and arrive at a sweet spot.
Analyzing 3500+ restaurant names
We also looked at these names and have organized them into categories of ideas for Indian restaurant names. This way you get a peek into the thought process that went behind naming these restaurants. (By no means can we claim that these categories are exact but only a logical best guess).
Here are your top categories of ideas:
You won’t have to look too far for this category of Indian restaurant name ideas. And we are pretty sure you know them already. We think they are neat, to the point and help set expectations for what a restaurant is all about. You could include the food your serve, the ambiance you want to create or your restaurant theme in the name.
______ & ______
These restaurant names have been quite the global trend for India restaurant name ideas over the last few years. Often people’s names, or food pairings, or food and drink pairings… you get the picture.
Often quite abstract, these kinds of Indian restaurant name ideas, help to heighten intrigue around the restaurant. Because 3 words allow you to have more specific and finished ideas as the name of your Indian restaurant. Getting a website domain for these kinds of names might also be easier.
The humble vegetable, the glorious spice, and the actual food
They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. What could be more simple and elegant than paying homage to the very ingredients that make up your food? This is definitely a go-to for elegant Indian restaurant name ideas.
These names are unique. Often taking a global concept and putting an Indian spin on it. These are all the rage at the moment. Especially relevant for the “Modern-Indian” genre. We would definitely recommend these kinds of Indian restaurant name ideas.
Pun-ny side up!
These little word nuggets are sure to tickle your funnies.
A crime not to rhyme
Lighthearted and catchy. Rhymes are an age-old trick to give more song to words. Earworm alert!
Alliterations are awesome
An alliteration is a repetition of words with the same first letter. This is a literary technique used to give words a tune. A sing-song effect, if you will. Trying saying these names and you will see how infectious they are. Some of these deserve to be the next big tongue-twister too!
1+1=5? The sum greater than its parts? Look through these to see if you get any India restaurant name ideas.
From the map to your plate
The holy grail of neighbourhood restaurants or restaurants that are focussed on a regional cuisine. These kinds of names help position your Indian restaurant name idea, as “authentic” and a representation of a particular region.
Classic concepts & trendy themes
A lot of new restaurants are choosing to go the concept route, where it’s not just about the food anymore. The concept can be the way you order or the way prices move like the stock market. Or the theme could be purely aesthetic where the restaurant transports you to a surreal landscape. More and more restaurants are on the lookout to carve out their own niche. And this is a great way to do that.
Colour creates a mood. It sparks the imagination. It helps your restaurant say “we are more than just our food”.
Monkeys, Elephants and other animals
These kinds of restaurant names speak casual and fun vibes. India seems to be obsessed with Monkeys and elephants though.
A call to action
These Indian restaurant name ideas, want you to do stuff.
Tools of the trade
If not the food itself then a tribute to the tools that make everything possible.
Like music to the ears…
Have you sometimes wondered how some words sound great and are pleasurable to say but don’t mean anything? These “sound” names are universal and can work for any cuisine or restaurant type. Also, because of their often ambiguous or non-existent meaning, these names give you more scope to play around with your brand.
Whose line is it anyway?
Starting a restaurant is close to the heart. And we see a reflection of that in restaurant names like these. Well, most of them.
Let’s call it like it is. Movies, songs, and Tv shows are a huge part of everyone’s life. And we think there’s nothing wrong with a few references to your favourites. These kind of names are the way to go if you want to associate with a popular sentiment or a crowd pulling favourite, as your Indian restaurant name.
For some, food is legacy
Guy & girl names
Giving your restaurant guy and girl names makes it friendly and approachable.
The darker side
No rest for the wicked!
You can use dates to invoke nostalgia or dial up the authenticity factor. Indian Restaurants also use numbers in the their name to differentiate and be more memorable.
22 languages and thousands of years of culture to choose from! Traditional Indian names like the following, help ground your cuisine to a specific region. And they scream commitment. These kind of names are a true hit with tourists. So you could consider it if want some of that foot-fall.
What you see is what you get or WYSIWYG
Straight to the point. Cut to the chase. No room for doubt. No surprises. These kinds of names have grown in popularity with the rise of online food ordering, where the decision-making process is faster and much more functional. You click more when you know exactly what you are about to get.
Spice and everything nice
When in India…
What’s in a name?!
These examples should help you look at your options for Indian restaurant name ideas. You can get some ideas from this list or go completely original. A name should work for you in some way. Either to make things crystal clear to your customers or build an association with your brand.
Covid Update (2020)- Should that impact my restaurant name?
If you’re planning on opening your restaurant now (in 2020), the positioning of your business should factor in not just the cuisine but also the channel of business. With dine-in out of the picture atleast for now, it makes a lot of sense to include the ease of delivery in your messaging. This could include the name as well. For example: Say you want to open a rolls restaurant named Kathi Junction, you can add a by tagline saying- Delivering rolls to your doorstep. Your campaigns and messaging should indicate an ease of service, also the safety standards of the restaurant. You can also decide on your name and tagline keeping in mind the new norms of the industry. We expect order online to be the new norm, not just in 2020 but in the coming years as well. So make sure to make your restaurant name (or the tag-line) have that element, might be worth a shot.
Ready to name your restaurant?
Now that you have a fair idea about restaurant names, let’s help you come up with one for your brand. Naming a restaurant starts with your concept. What your food or experience is going to be about. The process for naming becomes easier when you ask yourself the right questions. This section will help you with breaking the process into 4 neat steps and start you off with a set of ideas once you’re through.
STEP 1 – Build the basics
Answer the 4 questions below to get started.
What cuisine will you serve? (The actual food)
What is your restaurant type?
Which area or neighbourhood are you located in?
Which customers are you going to target?
STEP 2 – Name your concept…with a twist!
Once you have the concept in mind, what is important is how are you going to pen down the name. A good restaurant name will set you apart from the crowd.
Here are some more ideas for you to play with.
Induce an action or an emotion!
Think up a concept.
Any guy or girl name?
Think up a number.
List down animals you like!
Pay homage to the ingredients.
Give it a rhyme.
Play with puns.
Colour your name up!
Combine two of your ideas using an “&”.
STEP 3 – Use the Naming Ball
Zoom into the Naming Ball. Select common descriptors that apply to you and keep them aside.
STEP 4 – Finalise your restaurant name
Now list down all your thoughts and ideas from steps 1-3.
Try different combinations. You should have a good set of ideas to consider 🙂