restaurants The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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List Rules 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. His restaurant, KFC, is now one of the largest in the world. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 948 672
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

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+ - 1,212 480
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 890 717
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 1,011 761
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

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Subway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 841 928
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 1,079 636
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

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+ - 1,050 727
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

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The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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+ - 792 784
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

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+ - 798 660
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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+ - 850 661
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 826 648
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

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+ - 806 543
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

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+ - 863 490
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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+ - 819 479
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 759 513
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

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+ - 692 464
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 777 390
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

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+ - 610 363
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

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+ - 628 404
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

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+ - 651 432
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

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+ - 612 562
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 524 481
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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+ - 568 685
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 535 486
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 485 512
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

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+ - 448 430
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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+ - 251 507
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 477 352
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 366 336
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 378 400
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

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+ - 417 335
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

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+ - 480 456
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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+ - 411 440
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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+ - 432 545
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

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+ - 252 103
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

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Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 336 443
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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+ - 328 375
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

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+ - 402 451
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

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+ - 211 266
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 259 308
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 309 360
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant