Culture The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America  

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List Rules Restaurants that have specific menus for kids and cater to families with small children

This is a list of the best kid-friendly restaurant chains in America. If you don't have kids, you don't understand the trauma that parents endure taking their children to eat out. It was thus that the family restaurant was born. Over the years, a lot of family restaurants have popped up across the country and have become standard American restaurants that can be seen all over the world. You'll see breakfast restaurants such as IHOP on this list as well as Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, and Denny's.

Just because a restaurant is a chain, that doesn't mean it necessarily specializes in distinctly American cuisine. Other popular restaurants include the Australian-themed Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. While many of these restaurants may not overlap in their menus, the one thing all have in common is that they are considered the best family restaurant chains in America. 

Vote for your personal faves, and add any you see missing. Keep in mind these are national chains, not local haunts, so add your restaurants accordingly, keep in mind, only family style. 

Check out more lists like Best American Restuarants for Kid's Birthdays and The Best Restaurant Chains to Stop at During a Road Trip.
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Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MikeEconomou added Restaurant, Retail

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262 155
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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317 201
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

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267 169
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant

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279 166
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

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280 190
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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319 229
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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197 186
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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140 115
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

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220 225
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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143 137
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

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134 118
Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant

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80 45
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food

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86 68
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant

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109 110
Subway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
OleksiiKoniev added Restaurant, Fast food

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125 148
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mark Holmes added Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

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89 102
Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

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93 103
KFC is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food

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76 73
McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America

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96 115
Culver's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

21
101 145
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Bakery

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59 83
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

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82 128
Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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71 126
Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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43 73
Famous Dave's is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places