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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Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 1,416 717
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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+ - 860 695
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 1,106 881
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 927 646
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

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+ - 987 741
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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+ - 1,171 466
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 817 902
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 1,048 619
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

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+ - 773 757
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

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+ - 1,029 706
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 996 464
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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+ - 777 643
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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+ - 832 642
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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+ - 809 631
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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+ - 804 701
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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+ - 785 526
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

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+ - 844 475
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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+ - 801 458
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 734 502
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

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+ - 739 493
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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+ - 674 442
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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+ - 592 348
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

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+ - 634 413
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery Food and Beverage

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+ - 607 391
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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+ - 597 545
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 760 378
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

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+ - 557 667
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 449 405
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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+ - 516 465
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 524 472
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 479 496
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

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+ - 509 372
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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+ - 244 493
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 439 414
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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+ - 466 340
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 366 387
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing Fast food

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+ - 353 327
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 401 425
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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+ - 423 529
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

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+ - 464 445
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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+ - 406 321
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

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+ - 326 431
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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+ - 416 422
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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+ - 321 364
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

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+ - 395 439
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

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+ - 281 404
Bonefish Grill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Bonefish Grill Restaurant

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+ - 300 348
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

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+ - 236 94
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery Food and Beverage Stores

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+ - 253 296
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant