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
2,575 1,248
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,042 1,248
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,019 885
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,581 1,261
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,722 1,507
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,358 1,178
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,438 1,220
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,326 1,451
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,744 1,168
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,661 1,042
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,230 1,300
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,643 803
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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13
1,238 1,074
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,333 1,031
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,273 1,025
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,283 1,172
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,246 916
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,417 795
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,288 804
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,195 840
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,139 789
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,183 857
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,303 626
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,016 593
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,040 706
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
1,011 651
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
939 890
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
848 622
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
741 695
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
773 806
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
853 1,011
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
787 727
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
714 669
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
664 290
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
626 559
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
804 804
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
724 539
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
769 540
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
375 773
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
607 661
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
682 813
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
751 669
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
653 673
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
541 739
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
567 703
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
610 680
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
566 556
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