- The definition of a restaurant is a public place where you go to buy a meal that has been cooked for you.
Examples of restaurants include McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Olive Garden.
restaurant definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French substantive use of present participle of restaurer: see restore
restaurant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, restorative soup, restaurant, from present participle of restaurer, to restore, from Old French restorer; see restore.