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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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1,684 846
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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2
1,418 856
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,112 860
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
1,369 545
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

5
1,251 1,018
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
992 780
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

7
1,043 765
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
1,179 810
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
919 1,035
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
870 873
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

11
1,187 723
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
1,134 535
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
901 712
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

14
940 727
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

15
876 738
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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16
915 799
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

17
881 604
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
905 528
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

19
957 543
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

20
844 579
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
835 557
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

22
775 509
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

23
692 394
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

24
869 429
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

25
727 474
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
708 436
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
660 628
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

28
577 426
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
576 521
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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30
511 467
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

31
622 737
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

32
501 467
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

33
527 564
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

34
588 535
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

35
413 368
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
528 380
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

37
475 367
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
329 130
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

39
267 557
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

40
421 444
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

41
480 594
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
533 487
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

43
372 490
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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44
477 467
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
437 484
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
442 483
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
365 411
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

48
351 394
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
381 353
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

50
248 295
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places