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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
1,918 955
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

2
1,579 952
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,539 626
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

4
1,218 977
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

5
1,370 1,144
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,094 882
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

7
1,139 887
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
1,327 908
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
1,019 1,153
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,300 815
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

11
965 990
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

12
1,262 608
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
958 830
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

14
1,040 816
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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15
1,015 893
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

16
986 809
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

17
970 693
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
1,008 596
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

19
1,078 611
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

20
927 631
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
869 585
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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22
934 649
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
992 477
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

24
768 452
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

25
802 543
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
789 491
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
725 700
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

28
650 477
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

29
676 808
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

30
595 629
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

31
557 536
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

32
628 577
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

33
642 605
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

34
548 521
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

35
470 417
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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36
409 171
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

37
528 409
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
589 427
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

39
474 498
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

40
297 610
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

41
526 653
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
587 538
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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43
525 519
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

44
409 560
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

45
470 535
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
484 536
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
426 409
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
388 436
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
403 454
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

50
285 338
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places