The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies
Ultimate List
30,613 votes 131,820 views more info

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. His restaurant, KFC, is now one of the largest in the world. 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.
  • 22 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 49
    Up 59
    Down 39

    open
  2. 36
    Up 172
    Down 164

    open
  3. 9
    Up 238
    Down 201

    open
  4. 148
    Up 17
    Down 45

    open
  5. 139
    Up 31
    Down 66

    open
  6. 37
    Up 118
    Down 106

    open
  7. 116
    Up 20
    Down 34

    open
  8. 155
    Up 13
    Down 37

    open
  9. 106
    Up 39
    Down 54

    open
  10. 180
    Up 19
    Down 39

    Baker's Square

    open
  11. 88
    Up 54
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  12. 125
    Up 40
    Down 48

    open
  13. 123
    Up 15
    Down 47

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  14. 72
    Up 71
    Down 74

    open
  15. 58
    Up 63
    Down 106

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  16. 151
    Up 13
    Down 34

    open
  17. 67
    Up 39
    Down 81

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  18. 40
    Up 98
    Down 130

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  19. 122
    Up 26
    Down 41

    Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

    open
  20. 28
    Up 88
    Down 93

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  21. 54
    Up 95
    Down 110

    open
  22. 108
    Up 17
    Down 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  23. 165
    Up 20
    Down 42

    open
  24. 117
    Up 41
    Down 45

    open
  25. 96
    Up 41
    Down 57

    open
  26. 10
    Up 224
    Down 194

    open
  27. 8
    Up 195
    Down 191

    open
  28. 223
    Up 4
    Down 29

    Burgerville, USA

    open
  29. 185
    Up 10
    Down 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    open
  30. 71
    Up 62
    Down 64

    open
  31. 209
    Up 1
    Down 0

    new! & added by ChloeFletcher

    open
  32. 195
    Up 12
    Down 38

    open
  33. 171
    Up 13
    Down 29

    Carino’s Italian Grill

    open
  34. 38
    Up 147
    Down 143

    open
  35. 224
    Up 5
    Down 34

    open
  36. 70
    Up 53
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  37. 197
    Up 14
    Down 47

    open
  38. 174
    Up 9
    Down 36

    Champps Americana

    open
  39. 132
    Up 18
    Down 33

    open
  40. 172
    Up 10
    Down 43

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

    open
  41. 56
    Up 64
    Down 90

    Checkers

    open
  42. 140
    Up 22
    Down 39

    Cheddar's

    open
  43. 179
    Up 11
    Down 42

    open
  44. 191
    Up 14
    Down 31

    Cheeseburger in Paradise

    open
  45. 18
    Up 269
    Down 114

    ranked low on reranks Cheesecake Factory

    open
  46. 169
    Up 24
    Down 44

    open
  47. 129
    Up 37
    Down 43

    open
  48. 6
    Up 370
    Down 181

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  49. 25
    Up 225
    Down 148

    open
  50. 30
    Up 182
    Down 113

    ranked low on reranks

    open
233 +

Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 232

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists