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
2,528 1,233
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,020 1,225
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,984 869
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,559 1,240
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,698 1,490
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,342 1,162
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,421 1,202
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,723 1,143
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,306 1,435
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,217 1,275
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,619 790
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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12
1,636 1,027
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,222 1,060
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,314 1,017
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,251 1,012
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,268 1,156
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,235 899
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,394 786
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,273 793
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,175 833
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,119 781
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,169 842
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,280 615
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,002 581
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,024 697
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
997 643
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
928 874
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
836 614
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
847 995
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
730 688
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
761 798
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
779 718
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
703 663
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
649 286
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
616 550
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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

37
711 534
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
755 536
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
374 764
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
601 652
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
676 804
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
743 664
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
643 670
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
535 732
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
561 696
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
603 675
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
558 551
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
491 572
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
451 485
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
379 456
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America