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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
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Restaurant, Retail
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Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors
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Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
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Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant
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Applebee’s International... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Chili's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Denny's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant
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Subway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Fast food
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Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Fast food
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KFC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Fast food
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Culver's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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California Pizza Kitchen... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places
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Perkins Restaurant and B... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Bakery
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The Cheesecake Factory ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
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Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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