The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies

The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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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.

Vote up your favorite chain restaurants below, or vote down those you'll never go back to again. Looking for more of a sweet treat? Check out this list of the Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Chains. Cook up some mediocre Italian food at home using this list of Olive Garden recipes, and take a look at other delicious lists like, the Best Japanese Foods and the Best Brain Foods.

List Criteria: American restaurants that have multiple locations or franchises

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  1. 29
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    controversial
    Applebee's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    69
  2. 146
    Up 7
    Down 13
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    39
  3. 42
    Up 39
    Down 49

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Evans Restaurants

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    61
  4. 118
    Up 18
    Down 21
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    44
  5. 3
    Up 97
    Down 70

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    94
  6. 110
    Up 22
    Down 44

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Chuck E. Cheese's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    46
  7. 12
    Up 85
    Down 67

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Denny's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    79
  8. 78
    Up 23
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Famous Dave's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    52
  9. 73
    Up 26
    Down 19
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    53
  10. 116
    Up 8
    Down 11

    often listed
    Max & Erma's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    45
  11. 41
    Up 40
    Down 38

    ranked high on reranks
    Papa John's Pizza

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    62
  12. 32
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    Down 48

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    P. F. Chang's China Bistro

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    68
  13. 233
    Up 1
    Down 11

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    26
  14. 17
    Up 71
    Down 32
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    76
  15. 67
    Up 18
    Down 25

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tim Hortons

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    55
  16. 34
    Up 60
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Panera Bread

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
    66
  17. 5
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    Down 68

    often listed
    Red Robin

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
    88
  18. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
  19. 103
    Up 21
    Down 26

    ranked high on reranks
    California Pizza Kitchen

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Food and Beverage More
    47
  20. 97
    Up 23
    Down 34

    often listed
    Domino's Pizza

    Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers, Restaurant More
    49
  21. 88
    Up 14
    Down 17
    Hospitality, Restaurant More
    51
  22. 14
    Up 87
    Down 70

    often listed
    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    78
  23. 15
    Up 98
    Down 50
    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    77
  24. 50
    Up 44
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Ruby Tuesday

    Restaurant More
    60
  25. 44
    Up 47
    Down 42

    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    Auntie Anne's

    Restaurant More
    61
  26. 165
    Up 4
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Bahama Breeze

    Restaurant More
    37
  27. 104
    Up 22
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Baja Fresh

    Restaurant More
    47
  28. 101
    Up 21
    Down 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Benihana

    Restaurant More
    48
  29. 96
    Up 20
    Down 20
    Restaurant More
    49
  30. 119
    Up 7
    Down 16

    often listed
    Bertucci's

    Restaurant More
    44
  31. 65
    Up 37
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Big Boy Restaurants

    Restaurant More
    56
  32. 87
    Up 17
    Down 34

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blimpie

    Restaurant More
    51
  33. 60
    Up 54
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Boston Market

    Restaurant More
    57
  34. 121
    Up 17
    Down 22
    Restaurant More
    44
  35. 219
    Up 3
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Carlos'n Charlie's

    Restaurant More
    30
  36. 92
    Up 13
    Down 14

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Carrabba's Italian Grill

    Restaurant More
    50
  37. 122
    Up 12
    Down 20

    ranked high on reranks
    Carrows

    Restaurant More
    43
  38. 185
    Up 6
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Charley's Grilled Subs

    Restaurant More
    35
  39. 145
    Up 5
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cheeburger Cheeburger

    Restaurant More
    39
  40. 137
    Up 18
    Down 17

    ranked low on reranks
    Chevys Fresh Mex

    Restaurant More
    40
  41. 7
    Up 143
    Down 77
    Restaurant More
    87
  42. 18
    Up 99
    Down 56
    Restaurant More
    76
  43. 39
    Up 79
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    63
  44. 94
    Up 20
    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Chi-Chi's

    Restaurant More
    49
  45. 139
    Up 9
    Down 32

    often listed &controversial
    CiCi's Pizza

    Restaurant More
    40
  46. 61
    Up 43
    Down 42

    ranked high on reranks
    Claim Jumper

    Restaurant More
    56
  47. 77
    Up 32
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Cold Stone Creamery

    Restaurant More
    52
  48. 166
    Up 4
    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    Copeland's

    Restaurant More
    37
  49. 53
    Up 32
    Down 27

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Culver's

    Restaurant More
    59
  50. 227
    Up 1
    Down 12

    about to drop off &ranked high on reranks
    Damon's Grill

    Restaurant More
    27
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