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.

Vote up your favorite chain restaurants below, or vote down those you'll never go back to again. Looking for more of a sweet treat? Check out lists of the Best Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Chains. Cook up some mediocre Italian food at home using this list of Olive Garden recipes, and take a look at other delicious lists like, the Best Japanese Foods and the Best Brain Foods.
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1
2,467 1,215
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
1,979 1,209
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,942 851
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,535 1,217
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,670 1,467
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,326 1,137
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,405 1,179
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,697 1,128
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,285 1,411
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,595 771
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,615 1,005
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,195 1,253
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,197 1,045
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,294 1,004
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,223 1,002
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,247 1,137
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,211 886
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,369 773
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,255 779
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,153 819
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,092 771
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,153 827
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,257 607
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
985 570
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
999 687
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
981 632
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
911 857
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
819 603
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
749 785
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
720 678
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
831 982
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
768 707
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
696 651
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
606 538
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
783 777
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
622 279
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
701 521
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
745 528
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
367 754
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
591 642
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
666 789
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
732 654
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
632 660
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
526 718
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
555 685
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
549 540
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
486 558
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
447 472
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
372 445
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America