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
2,516 1,231
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,012 1,224
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,975 867
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,555 1,236
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,694 1,485
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,341 1,158
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,419 1,199
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,719 1,141
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,302 1,434
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,212 1,273
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,633 1,022
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,615 787
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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13
1,216 1,059
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,312 1,016
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,246 1,011
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,265 1,154
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,231 897
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,390 785
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,269 791
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,171 831
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,113 781
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,164 841
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,274 614
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
997 581
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,017 695
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
995 642
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
924 872
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
832 613
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
843 993
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
759 795
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
727 687
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
776 717
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
702 662
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
641 286
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
612 548
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
792 791
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
708 531
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
754 535
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
373 763
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
598 650
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
674 802
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
740 663
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
641 668
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
533 731
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
559 694
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
599 674
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
558 549
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
489 570
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
451 483
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

50
377 455
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America