36 of the best restaurant logos for inspiration

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Designing a successful restaurant logo requires skill. The location, community, cuisine and (of course!) the customers all have to be taken into consideration. That’s why we’ve gathered 36 inspiring logos from around the world. Spanning modern minimalism, rustic charm and playful boldness, this collection will help you develop the logo that hits the spot for your own restaurant!

European restaurant logos

1. Polish fusion

The Kimski branding is unusual with a purpose. The bold, colorful illustration is balanced by minimal typography. The style accentuates the idea that this restaurant is expanding the definitions of Polish food. That’s because Kimski incorporates a Korean influence, serving kimchi instead of traditional sauerkraut, for example. It speaks to the fact that many modern eateries are pushing the boundaries of cultural cuisine.

2. Classic German

In the historic town of Lüneburg, Germany lies Viscvle Deli, which is dedicated to the seasonal slow food movement. The logo was designed by playing with a series of historic crests from the noble Vischkulen family, who lived in Lüneburg since the middle-ages! The branding is modest and authentic. It’s a perfect example of a design that stays in touch with the deep roots of the surrounding community.

3. Updated Italian

modern Italian restaurant logo
via Acre

On the modern side of the spectrum is Marco Marco, a casual pasta and panini restaurant. The logo takes the classic white and red Italian color scheme and drops it into a typographically refined landscape. The logo itself cleverly creates a rhythm by playing with font size. This clean, modern approach gives a fresh update to the Italian restaurant logo, while preserving the warmth.

4. Upscale French

PM24 is a French restaurant from renowned chef Philippe Mouchel, who was looking for a brand identity that flowed through the menus and signage. The “logo” is actually a typographic language, highlighting key characters while letting others fade into the background. The espionage code design creates an exclusive allure, adding to the restaurant experience.

5. Italian nostalgia

Lit up with old-school Hollywood glamour or gleaming in metallic majesty, the Sopra logo is an ode to the elegance of post-war Italy. Believe it or not, this restaurant is located in Indonesia, and is a reminder that food and nostalgia know no boundaries. You don’t need to go to the country of origin to experience authentic food. Thanks to design experts, restaurants like Sopra can recreate the cinematic dazzle of old Italy.

Asian restaurant logos

6. Modern Pan-Asian

On the edge of Chinatown in Vancouver Canada, Torafuku offers simple, adventurous Pan-Asian flavors. The same can be said of its branding. Their colors nod to the primary palette (red, blue and yellow), updated with a brighter, lighter sensibility. Background patterns are modern takes on traditional Asian designs, so the logo itself is set in a bold, condensed font to remain readable. Rendered in metallic foil, this logo design balances classic influences with modern simplicity.

7. Bold ramen shop

modern ramen shop logo
via Mast

Tanoshii Ramen, located in Dallas, Texas, offers another take on bright colors. In this example, the colors are more vibrant and the abstract pattern welcome newcomers to the world of ramen. The symbol represents a swirling bowl of ramen, while also drawing diners in with its concentric circles. The identity design for Tanoshii Ramen illustrates their philosophy that ramen is truly an art.

8. Modern Thai

Pak Pao is a modern Thai restaurant that offers another example of honoring tradition within modern design. Its logo font references classic Thai typography, while the color scheme draws from clothing worn by monks of the land. Keeping the look modern, the menus use stylistic bleeds and the logo contains artistic line work. It all comes together to communicate the food’s history and culture to the modern restaurant-goer.

9. Minimalist Pan-Asian

minimalist Asian restaurant logo
Budokan by EffieNinetyTwo

New restaurant Budokan wanted a sophisticated logo with a minimal, geometric aesthetic. Riding the line between representational and abstract, this design delivers on all counts. The chopsticks rest atop red figurative lines that could represent a dinner plate or the “b” and “d” in the restaurant’s name. The logo gives Budokan a visual “hook” that will help people remember the brand.

10. Playful Japanese

The name Yoobi comes from the word “yubi” which is Japanese for “hands”. That’s a perfect name for a restaurant that serves handheld sushi. The geometric “Y” in the logo looks like one of the handrolls the restaurant serves. The restaurant exterior also displays abstract geometric shapes and little geometric fish, which (if you look sideways) echo the shape of the handroll again. It’s a fun, engaging way to reinforce the restaurant’s style of cuisine!

Mexican restaurant logos

11. Lively taqueria

During preparation for the opening of Taco República, Norway’s first taqueria, the local community reportedly went crazy with excitement. Deviating from the expected design for a Mexican restaurant, the design incorporates funny cartoon style illustrations of this excitement. A modest logotype with classical letterforms and serifs provides balance for the eye. The beauty of this design lies in connecting the business to the community it is serving.

12. Inventive eatery

inventive Mexican brand logos
via Bravo

Mexout, a fresh-Mex eatery in Singapore, tells a different story about a fictional “Mex’pert” who travels the world to seek out the best ingredients far and wide. In addition to whimsical maps hung throughout the restaurant, its branding includes 20 logos with different styles to be used in rotation. The idea is that each experience remains fresh and delivers a sense of discovery. This approach to logo design is unusual, but feeds their imaginative story. It’s a fun idea!

13. Historical concept

Puebla-109 is another restaurant working with multiple logos in conjunction. In this case, the logos draw inspiration from the classic age of Mexican philately, or postage stamps. The branding speaks to the journey each ingredient takes to get to its destination, the dining table. This concept encourages patrons to think about where their food is coming from, so it’s powerful used by a restaurant that focuses on local, high quality ingredients.

14. Upscale sensibility

upscale Mexican restaurant logo
via Mast

In Mexico, a shoe-shiner is known as a bolero. The decision to build an upscale brand around such a humble role seems counterintuitive at first, but it’s a savvy way to immerse diners in an authentic Mexican cultural experience at El Bolero. The logo speaks to that sense of character with its utilitarian and “stenciled” aesthetic, while refined typographical adjustments convey the care given to fine details. This matches the restaurant’s use of fresh, high quality ingredients to create dishes from scratch.

15. Urban trendy

Located in London, DF/Mexico is a modern diner that offers a “crash course in Mexico City.” The flashy branding was a deliberate effort to disrupt design trends surfacing among nearby competing restaurants. They accomplished this by incorporating bold “fast food” color and strong typography. The result is hip and colorful, just like the demographic it targets! It’s a great example of taking cultural food outside the box.

American restaurant logos

16. Punk rock pizza

Aptly named for alternative culture, ALT. Pizza serves up all the different styles of pizza available on the American west coast. The logo pays homage to the rampant signage found in bustling cities. Each typographic character is drastically different in style. Since music is a huge driver of alt culture, this pizza joint serves up pizza in a variety of pizza box designs based on vintage record cover art, extending the brand experience set by the imaginative logo.

17. Lighthearted Americana

grilled cheese logo
Melt House by thisisremedy

For connoisseurs of Americana, this logo for MELT HOUSE pays homage to classic design. The bright, happy color (which alludes to yummy melty cheese, of course!) and simple balance keeps this design timeless instead of dated. Bold typography, illustration, and color make this piece a great example of modern design with the right touch of retro.

18. Grownup ice cream

Mr. Cooper specializes in ice cream for adults with alcoholic and gourmet flavors. The psychedelic logo winks at the adventurous experimentation of the 1970s and evokes the experience of eating ice cream—with the letters seemingly melting in the shape of lips. Even the use of negative space is clever—it spells out “ice cream.” This cool design is mmm, mmm good!

19. Retro mod chicken

The Lucy’s Fried Chicken logo is a great example of modern design that would look right at home in a classic 1950’s setting. To match the down-home style of fried chicken, the logo combines retro script and type (a keen eye in balancing the weight, shape and spacing of each letterform kept it feeling modern). The neon sign and vintage pinup look complete this fun brand identity.

20. Updated classic

updated classic pizza logo
via Can I Play

As its tagline says, the Melt Pizza logo is a fresh take on an old classic. This brand features the familiar white box, red lettering, and tongue-in-cheek illustrations of winking Italian chefs. So how did they make it modern? With fun, geometric typography used in a creative and textural way. This identity design shows us it’s okay to revisit old clichés, as long as you do it well!

Cafe logos

21. Rustic simplicity

Simple typography goes a long way. The subtle play between font size, italics and condensed type in the Stone Way Cafe logo rings out like a bell. It has space and rhythm. As seen above, there are multiple iterations—one in a straightforward line and one in a playful circular format. By using the same font, both feel directly related and concise. They show that you can still push the envelope with simple fonts and typography.

22. Comforting coffee

There’s something deeply familiar and culturally ingrained about the motion of pouring milk. Milkbar takes full advantage of this emotional connection with a clever typographic play that encourages feelings of comfort. The branding accentuates the pouring concept with long vertical “stripes” that bleed off the top and bottom edges of the cafe window.

23. Rebrand recycle

cafe rebrand logo
via Kokoro & Moi

You might not guess it, but the Fazer Cafe logo is actually two logos in one. The upper “Fazer” typography is taken from the original logo that stems from the cafe’s past. The lower “Cafe” is part of a fresh typographic set design. It’s a creative approach to a rebrand, and it succeeds at merging past and present into one concise package. The unexpected combination of classic free-hand calligraphy with geometric letterforms catches the eye of passersby (who may be in need of sustenance).

24. Modern geometry

Colorado’s own Middle State Coffee brings specialty coffee from far and wide to the city of Denver. This logo depicts the region’s mountainous landscape with clean lines and elegant geometry, punctuating it perfectly with the overlapping “sun” as a circle. Simple, yet smart, you might notice that the mountains form an “M” as a hint to the brand’s name.

25. Tasteful fun

Bronuts is a friendly neighborhood coffee and donut shop owned by two brothers in Winnipeg, Canada. The logo has two iterations which are linked by a fun donut illustration. The spacing of the representational elements is balanced. The illustration sensibility is playful, yet professional. Additionally, the tasteful use of color accents the donut and coffee cup without distracting the eye.

26. Time-honored tradition

fresh bakery logo

When it comes to food, a homespun Americana style can add a warm, comforting tone. Hot Bread Kitchen combines clean, modern typography and spacing with a traditional “seal” circle and wheat illustrations to great effect. Overlaid on black and white photography of bakers in action, this brand design sends a welcoming vibe.

Bar & Restaurant logos

27. Lively nostalgia

In the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago lies The Promontory, a combination bar and restaurant providing a hearth, live music and drinks. The branding showcases its atmosphere. The monogram version of the logo contains bricks and a wood-textured background, while the text version is set in a vintage engravers font. This style helps entice crowds who seek a warm and nostalgic experience.

28. Spirited beer hall

fun beer hall logo
via Tsto

Bier Bier brings over 100 types of beer to downtown Helsinki in Finland. What’s not to love about this logo? It’s fun, cute and “tipsy.” It speaks to the happy-go-lucky bar crawler. Additionally, the branding is quite gender-neutral, which we encourage in a forward-thinking design world and is smart for business!

29. Art deco tribute

elegant bar restaurant logo
via Bishop Pass

Seeing new businesses open in the shells of past industries happens all the time. Paley is an upscale bar and restaurant that chose to pay tribute to the past. With the character “A” shaped to look like a small radio tower, their logo design honors the defunct broadcasting house that used to occupy their building. The branding is clean, minimal and geometric to match the food and beverages served!

30. Industrial chic

industrial chic bar logo design
via CODO Design

The Union 50 logo rides the line between industrial bar chic and club chill. It features letterforms that are cold and strong with a slick character play: combining the “I” in “Union” with the “5” in “50”. The logo is illuminated with florescent lights in a dim space, which adds to the industrial vibe.

31. Humble simplicity

bar-6
Moonshine by betiobca

Moonshine, a bar and restaurant in Brussels, Belgium, boasts a logo that winks at the Prohibition era. Named after an alcoholic beverage made by bootleggers during that time, it makes a strong statement (much as the bootleggers did). The handmade quality of the lettering and illustration lend a humble charm.

Street food logos

32. No-frills frites

frites food truck logo
via Verse Friethoes

Verse Friethoes is a Netherlands-based food truck that takes pride in frying organic potatoes to perfection. Their approach to food is perfectly in line with their approach to logo design—simple and satisfying.

The logo has a pixel-based appearance, which expresses the idea of building something with a single piece, building-block or ingredient. This of course speaks to their menu, which also has essentially one ingredient that you can build from, using different condiments like ketchup or mustard.

33. Street food festival

Streat Helsinki is a festival in Finland that hosts talks, food vendors and parties—all with a focus on exploring what street food is and what it can be. The logo similarly pushes the envelope for street food in its slick samurai-chef aesthetic. That’s right, I said samurai-chef. The font certainly has a classic samurai look. Meanwhile the entire logo is sharply sliced in half as if by a samurai sword!

34. Exuberant mix

El Camino Foodtruck caters to a variety of palates in Monterrey, California. They serve everything from Texas-style hamburgers to vegan options. The logo design’s answer for this wide scope of food is almost not a logo at all, but rather a visual chalkboard-style language which covers the entire truck. The brand name appears several times in variations of serif fonts, sans-serif fonts, cursive, illustrations and symbols. This stylistic mix speaks to the way they mix different styles of food!

35. Farm fresh produce

farmer's market logo design
via FarmCity Fresh Cart

In Vancouver, Canada, the FarmCity Fresh Cart is updating the food cart by bringing farm vegetables straight into the city. The logo design is simple and clever. It brings the words “Farm” and “City” together without space and each with different styling. “Farm” is set in a serif font and pastoral green hue. In contrast, “City” is set in a sans-serif font and grey urban tone. Their brand implies that they’ve brought the lifestyles of farm and city together to everyone’s benefit.

36. Timeless gelato

Gelato Tino is a mobile treats-bike bringing cold summer treats to the streets of Melbourne, Australia. The logo captures the feeling of gelato with bright, saturated colors in a bold and sweet setting. It also has a slightly retro feel facilitated by the off-white background. This is satisfying for a classic summer treat!

Conclusion

Are you feeling hungry yet? As you can see, restaurant logo design is a rich art form. There are many approaches and solutions to a given prompt. Use these logos for inspiration when you’re ready to start your own logo design process!

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