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
2,463 1,211
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
1,973 1,204
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,938 847
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,530 1,213
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,662 1,461
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,326 1,131
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,402 1,171
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,690 1,125
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,280 1,405
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,590 767
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,611 1,002
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,192 1,248
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,193 1,041
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,292 997
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,219 999
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,244 1,134
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,208 882
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,367 768
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,251 776
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,152 813
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,091 768
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,151 823
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,250 605
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
982 569
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
996 683
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
981 628
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
908 854
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
816 599
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
748 782
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
716 676
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
827 981
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
767 705
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
692 651
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
604 535
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
620 278
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
782 775
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
699 518
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
745 526
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
365 753
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
665 788
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
588 639
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
729 653
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
630 659
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
524 715
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
552 683
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
592 667
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
548 539
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
484 557
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
445 472
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
368 445
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America