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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+ - 1,278 751
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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+ - 887 714
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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+ - 1,133 900
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 947 666
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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+ - 1,207 479
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 1,008 758
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 839 924
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 1,076 635
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

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+ - 789 782
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

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+ - 1,047 724
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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+ - 1,019 474
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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+ - 795 659
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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+ - 845 660
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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+ - 823 647
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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+ - 821 721
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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+ - 803 541
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

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+ - 860 489
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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+ - 817 476
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 751 516
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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+ - 758 510
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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+ - 690 461
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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+ - 608 361
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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+ - 649 429
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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+ - 624 403
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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+ - 609 560
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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+ - 774 390
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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+ - 461 417
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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+ - 567 682
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 524 478
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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+ - 533 485
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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+ - 522 382
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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+ - 485 509
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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+ - 251 505
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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+ - 448 428
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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+ - 475 350
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 365 335
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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+ - 375 399
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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+ - 478 454
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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+ - 411 437
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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+ - 429 544
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

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+ - 415 333
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

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+ - 333 443
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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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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+ - 327 374
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

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+ - 400 450
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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+ - 286 417
Bonefish Grill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Bonefish Grill Restaurant

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+ - 309 358
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

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+ - 249 102
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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+ - 259 307
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant