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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  1. 30
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  2. 146
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  3. 34
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  4. 110
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  6. 156
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  7. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Denny's

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    67
  8. 82
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    39
  9. 74
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    Friendly's

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    41
  10. 109
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    36
  11. 46
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  12. 35
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  13. 190
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  14. 16
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    Texas Roadhouse

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    67
  15. 84
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    39
  16. 20
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
    62
  17. 4
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
    81
  18. 25
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    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    59
  19. 81
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Food and Beverage More
    39
  20. 55
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    Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers, Restaurant More
    46
  21. 101
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    Hospitality, Restaurant More
    37
  22. 221
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    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    23
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  23. 12
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    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    68
  24. 17
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    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    65
  25. 40
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    Restaurant More
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  26. 47
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  27. 129
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  28. 113
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  29. 106
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    Benihana

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  30. 134
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  31. 115
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    Bertucci's

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  32. 66
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  33. 70
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    Blimpie

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  34. 44
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  35. 203
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    Boston Pizza

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  36. 155
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  37. 232
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  38. 78
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  39. 189
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  40. 127
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  41. 173
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  42. 154
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  43. 6
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    Chick-fil-A

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    80
  44. 24
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    Chili's

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    60
  45. 38
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill

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  46. 112
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  47. 148
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  48. 90
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  49. 62
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  50. 184
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