Chain 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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1
2,579 1,251
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,044 1,251
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,024 887
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,581 1,265
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,724 1,509
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,359 1,181
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,440 1,223
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,327 1,453
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,746 1,169
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,663 1,044
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,232 1,301
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,643 805
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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13
1,239 1,075
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,334 1,033
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,274 1,026
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,284 1,174
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,247 917
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,418 796
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,289 805
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,195 842
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,140 790
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,184 857
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,305 626
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,016 594
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,040 707
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
1,012 651
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
940 890
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
848 623
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
742 695
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
774 807
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
855 1,011
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
787 728
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
715 670
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
664 291
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
626 560
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
805 805
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
724 541
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
770 541
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
376 773
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
607 663
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
682 815
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
753 669
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
654 673
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
541 741
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
568 704
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
611 680
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
568 556
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
498 580
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
457 491
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
388 463
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America