Parenting 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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307 183
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MikeEconomou added Restaurant, Retail

2
243 142
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

3
299 191
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

4
246 160
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant

5
256 159
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

6
302 215
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

7
263 179
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

8
190 170
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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128 104
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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211 211
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

11
132 127
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

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69 33
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food

13
122 110
Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant

14
74 57
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant

15
98 98
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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65 58
McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America

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80 91
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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82 94
KFC is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food

19
113 141
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mark Holmes added Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

20
91 108
Culver's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

21
97 136
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Bakery

22
54 76
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

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78 120
Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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67 118
Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

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28 35
Kings Dining & Entertainme... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Rob Morris added Kings Dining & Entertainment

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40 67
Famous Dave's is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

27
64 120
Buca di Beppo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

28
15 13
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mike Gieseman added Restaurant

29
35 72
Chuck E. Cheese's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Fast food

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Rising Sun Sushi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
josli8936 added Rising Sun Sushi

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lupe tortilla is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
josli8936 added lupe tortilla

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30 84
Ground Round is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

33
24 86
Quaker Steak & Lube is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Countermoon added Restaurant