Chain Restaurants The Top Restaurant Chains in America  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
178.4k votes 7.7k voters 326.9k views 341 items

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.
list ordered by

1
2,758 1,316
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,170 1,317
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,143 963
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,820 1,606
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,661 1,340
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,443 1,244
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,520 1,300
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,392 1,552
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,865 1,230
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,753 850
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added

11
1,765 1,110
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,313 1,383
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,326 1,126
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,372 1,229
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,397 1,094
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,350 1,085
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,333 963
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,498 844
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,364 852
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,216 837
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,256 898
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,266 883
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,374 659
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,103 748
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,073 630
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America