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
2,525 1,232
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,018 1,225
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,983 868
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,558 1,239
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,697 1,490
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,342 1,161
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,420 1,202
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,722 1,143
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,305 1,435
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,216 1,275
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,618 790
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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12
1,635 1,027
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,221 1,060
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,313 1,017
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,250 1,012
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,267 1,156
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,233 899
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,393 786
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,273 792
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,174 833
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,118 781
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,167 842
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,278 615
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,001 581
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,022 697
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
996 643
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
927 874
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
835 614
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
846 995
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
730 687
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
760 798
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
778 718
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
703 662
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
647 286
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
615 550
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
794 795
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
711 533
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
755 535
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
374 763
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
601 651
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
675 804
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
742 664
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
643 669
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
534 732
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
561 695
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
602 675
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
558 550
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
490 572
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
451 484
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
378 456
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America