The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies
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The Top Restaurant Chains in America

List Criteria: American restaurants that have multiple locations or franchises

The List of Top Restaurant Chains in America includes famous restaurant chains from throughout the United States. Restaurant chains offer a familiarity through their decor and menu throughout all of their locations. As such, they tend to be most popular in areas where one would find travelers or tourists. From fast food, to drive-thrus, and even some sit down franchises, there are a variety of restaurants on this list, each serving different international cuisines or their own takes on American classics.

The idea of chain restaurants is widely credited to Harland Sanders, more famously known as "Colonel Sanders." By "franchising" out his secret recipe, restaurants that served his food had an advantage as travelers knew what to expect. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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    most listed
    Wendy's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    96
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    88
  3. 3
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    83
  4. 4
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
    81
  5. 5
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    80
  6. 6
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chick-fil-A

    Restaurant More
    80
  7. 7
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    Down 109

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arby's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    79
  8. 8
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    76
  9. 9
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
  10. 10
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    Cheesecake Factory

    72
  11. 11
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    Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    70
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    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    68
  13. 13
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    Restaurant More
    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    KFC

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Denny's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    67
  16. 16
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    Texas Roadhouse

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    67
  17. 17
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    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    65
  18. 18
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    Restaurant More
    64
  19. 19
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    Restaurant, Retail More
    62
  20. 20
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
    62
  21. 21
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    Restaurant More
    61
  22. 22
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    61
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    Restaurant More
    61
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chili's

    Restaurant More
    60
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    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    59
  26. 26
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    Steak 'n Shake

    58
  27. 27
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    Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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  29. 29
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    Restaurant More
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  30. 30
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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  32. 32
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
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  33. 33
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    Restaurant More
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  34. 34
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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  36. 36
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    Restaurant More
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    ranked low on reranks
    In-N-Out Burger

    Restaurant More
    52
  38. 38
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    51
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Culver's

    Restaurant More
    51
  40. 40
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    Restaurant More
    51
  41. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Qdoba Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    50
  42. 42
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    Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits

    50
  43. 43
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dunkin' Donuts

    Restaurant, Coffee, Bakery More
    50
  44. 44
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    Restaurant More
    50
  45. 45
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    Restaurant More
    50
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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  48. 48
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    Restaurant More
    48
  49. 49
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    Restaurant, Food More
    47
  50. 50
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    Checkers

    47
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