Mouthwatering menus and outstanding hospitality keep your customers coming back to your restaurant, but how do you get them through the door? Great restaurant logos are the secret ingredient.

The best restaurant logos ensure that you stand out among the already-crowded culinary competition. It’s what catches a second glance from potential customers, sets a mood and can even stir up discussions on social media and foodie blogs. These are all super effective ways that design can make your restaurant (or your pub, cafe, or food truck) even more successful. 

Whether you create culinary delicacies or serve up pub grub and beer, having a great restaurant logo is important because you want to be remembered. In this piece, we’ll run you through a variety of delectable restaurant logo ideas that are sure to inspire you and tickle your taste buds.

collection of restaurant logos

What sets the best restaurant logos apart from the rest?

There’s a lot to consider as you start dreaming up your restaurant logo design: cuisine, location, style, personality and, perhaps most important, your customers. 

Louise Fili, an award-winning Italian-American graphic designer who specializes in brand development for food packaging and restaurants, says the importance of thinking through all these questions beforehand is all “about knowing what you don’t know.” Wherever you’re at with your brand, this will give you a great place to start.

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Start by identifying your every piece of your restaurant’s personality, which includes the atmosphere, decór, type of food, region of cuisine and price point. Then, consider how design elements can elevate that.

For example, bold graphics may fit well for modern eateries, but they might not work for the atmosphere of a laid back cafe or a location that’s more traditional. Make sure you carry this personality consistently through all of your design.

Your logo should help bring new customers in and draw familiar faces back, and that’s why it’s important to define who your target audience is and what visuals they expect and enjoy. Who is sitting down at your table or waiting at the bar for their drink? Speak directly to them and what they need.

Finally, don’t forget to imagine how your logo will look on the sparkling, massive sign that welcomes your customers. The best restaurant logos look great there and everywhere you would want to show them off.

61 amazing ideas for restaurant logos

Upscale restaurant logos

Elegant touches and extravagant visuals can masterfully tie in the ambiance of a memorable fine dining experience. Upscale logos need to match the decadence of your restaurant. 

Hand-drawn elements communicate precision and intentionality, while nostalgic fonts inspire a more sentimental and romantic ambiance. Whether your style leans more minimal or you’re drawn to elaborate details, your upscale, first-class vision can be communicated in countless ways.

square geometric wordmark restaurant logo
Design by DOÑATE
vintage restaurant logo with handmade font
Design by DonMare
modern feminine restaurant logo in light pink
Design by Rose Marijn
classic upscale restaurant logo with hand-drawn leaf illustration
Design by olimpio
minimalistic restaurant logo in black and white
Design by iismaelo
black and white line art restaurant logo
A chic and minimal logo design by Roxana.I for an upscale cafe.
modern minimal restaurant logo wordmark
Design by Mark992
classic and timeless restaurant logo in a circle
Design by RedLogo

Contemporary casual restaurant logos

Casual dining establishments create strong communities, as customers are welcome to return for any occasion. This target customer base should deeply influence the fonts, graphics and colors found in your logo.

restaurant logo for poke bar with fish illustration
Design by Soniaydesigns
quirky hand-drawn restaurant logo with cozy fun vibe
Design by Dara T.
fun and casual restaurant logo in black and white with moon and stars
Design by Alicia
restaurant logo with cheese and wine
Design by alya
fun waffle logo with mascot
Design by Eastwood
business card with simple classic restaurant logo
by SimpleIsGood

Traditional restaurant logos

Create a sense of familiarity and storied history through your logo design. Simple fonts and vintage graphics elicit a sense of tradition, just like the tried-and-true dishes you serve in your restaurant.

monochrome restaurant logo
Design by Zixi
pie logo using minimalistic line art for pie restaurant
Design by Tamara
restaurant logo with chicken holding cocktail
Design by GOODAIR
simple classic restaurant logo emblem
Design by alya

Takeout and fast food restaurant logos

The food may be quick, but your branding is just as important in a fast food restaurant. Even if your customers spend less time in your establishment than most others, you still need to capture the feeling of satisfaction through deeply intentional graphics that convey exactly what your customer will walk away with.

burger logo for burger restaurant
Design by Pinoy
acai bowl bar logo
Design by VLK STUDIO
simple modern empanada logo
Design by Nina Tailles
fun casual and modern juice bar logo
Design by losttotheriver
original timeless restaurant logo with mountains
Design by mky
classic taco logo with custom font
Design by Anut Bigger
classic modern coffee bar logo
Design by Maciev
hot dog logo for bratwurst restaurant
Design by shoutulkopler

Pub and bar restaurant logos

Customers linger at pubs and bars, so communicating the atmosphere of your restaurant with your logo design is essential. Will they be sitting under industrial-chic facades? Let cold and utilitarian aesthetics guide the way. Is your bar focused on serving small batch, natural wine in a quieter space? Look for softer fonts and use white space to create a cleaner look with this type of logo. Focus on design aesthetics that capture just the right mood.

vintage llama logo for restaurant and bar
Design by Demonic Artwork
tropical restauran logo with palm trees
Design by Helma
classy high-end restaurant logo
Design by FriendlyLabel
vintage restaurant logo with illustration of scale and drinks
Design by austinminded
minimal restaurant logo with illustation of a bottle and staircase
Design by Desideratum
stylish restaurant and lounge logo with custom font
Design by NN
minimal restaurant and bar logo
Design by CKD73
bar logo with illustration of martini glass
Design by S. Kitanovic
simple stylish line art martini logo
Design by Zvucifantasticno

Famous restaurant logos

It’s always a good idea to look to the best for inspiration. Here are some of the most iconic and famous restaurant logos to provide you with ideas for your own restaurant venture. These are the logos of the best restaurants in the world that have stood the test of time and their success speaks volumes.

famous restaurant logo noma
via noma, Kopenhagen
famous restaurant logo Leo
via Leo, Bogota
famous restaurant logo The Test Kitchen
via Test Kitchen, Cape Town
famous restaurant logo Lyles
via Lyle’s, London
famous restaurant logo White Rabbit
via White Rabbit, Moscow
famous restaurant logo The Alchemist
via Alchemist, Kopenhagen
famous restaurant logo Frantzén
via Frantzén, Stockholm
famous restaurant logo mugaritz
via Mugaritz, San Sebastian
famous restaurant logo atelier crenn
via Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
famous restaurant logo Steirereck
via Steirereck, Vienna
famous restaurant logo ultraviolet
via Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
famous restaurant logo benu
via Benu, San Francisco
famous restaurant logo narisawa
via Narisawa, Tokyo
famous restaurant logo pujol
via Pujol, Mexico City
famous restaurant logo septime
via Septime, Paris
famous restaurant logo mirazur
via Mirazur, Menton
famous restaurant logo azurmendi
via Azurmendi, Larrabetzu
famous restaurant logo odette
via Odette, Singapore
famous restaurant logo central
via Central, Lima
famous restaurant logo sühring
via Sühring, Bangkok

The fundamentals of restaurant logo design

If you’re just starting to develop a logo for your restaurant, the creative process can be intimidating. But here’s a little crash course.

Logo design is a nuanced specialization of graphic design that encompasses aesthetics, branding & marketing, composition, color theory, typography and artistic skill. Get a full introduction to the craft in our article on how to design a logo.

1. Choose the perfect restaurant name

creative restaurant name and logo
A creative restaurant name combined with the perfect logo. Logo design by Project 4.

Before you can create a logo, your restaurant needs a name. You can play it safe and name it after yourself or use a name that refers to the cuisine you’re serving, but you can also get creative. Anything is possible.

But consider that restaurant names and logos need to go hand in hand. As you scroll through the examples above, notice how the names and logos complement and enhance each other. How they set a mood together. You could also choose a logo that either illustrates your restaurant’s name or gives your name a second or deeper meaning. Check out this article to learn more about choosing a name for your business.

2. Design for your brand

There isn’t one “best” type of logo. The most successful ones are those that best represent their brand. The high-energy red and bold, script typography of the Coca Cola logo both suit the brand well, but those same design choices might not work for more relaxed brands like a yoga studio or massage parlor. 

So before anything else, consider your brand identity. Are you running an upscale restaurant or a humble family-friendly diner? Is your focus in traditional cuisine or a unique fusion of culinary wonders? Your identity will guide your design choices.

3. Know your colors, shapes and typography

In design, every color and shape represents different emotions. For example, logos that are primarily black seem more sophisticated, and logos built with circles seem friendlier. That extends to typography, too. Serifs are usually formal, sans-serifs are casual. Every design decision reflects on your brand, so choose wisely.

How to get a logo for your restaurant

Your restaurant has several different options for getting a logo:

minimal line art fish logo for sushi restaurant
Design by MIRELA
  • Logo maker (DIY). With the help of a logo maker or other entry-level design software, you essentially make your logo yourself from scratch.
  • Hire a design agency. Hand off all logo design duties to a design agency and their suite of specialists, but the extra talent comes at an extra cost.
  • Work with a freelancer. Find a freelance designer to design your logo for you, which gives you the benefit of a professional at less cost than an agency.
  • Commission a design contest. In a design contest, you explain what you want in a creative brief, including visual preferences and business goals. Then, multiple designers from all over the world submit samples based on your brief. From there, you simply pick the one you like best and start revisions. You’ll only pay for the one sample you choose.

DIY and logo makers are only advisable when you’re working with a very limited budget. Your logo is a branding asset too important to skimp on, and considering how complicated logo design is, if it’s not designed by a professional, it may not be as effective as it could be. 

Design contests leverage the creativity of multiple designers, who come up with different ideas of logos designs you can choose from. If you’re still unsure what style and look is right for you, a logo design contest presents you with all your different options.

If you already know what look you’re going for, your best bet is to work directly with a freelancer. Browse portfolios to find the perfect match and then collaborate with your designer to get a design you’ll love.

If your biggest concern is price, check out our logo design cost guide for more detailed information.

modern ramen shop logo
via Mast

Are you ready to get a mouthwatering restaurant logo?

Just like cooking up delicious experiences for your restaurant is an art form, great branding is an art form too. Get creative with your restaurant logo design so you can give your customers just a taste of what they can expect from you. We hope you’re inspired and ready to explore the endless option for your own amazing logo!

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This article was originally written by workerbee and published in 2016. The current version has been updated with new information and examples.