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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293 176
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MikeEconomou added Restaurant, Retail

2
230 136
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
289 183
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
237 152
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant

5
297 207
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

6
246 154
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

7
255 175
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

8
182 163
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

9
122 99
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

10
204 205
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

11
127 121
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

12
117 105
Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant

13
59 29
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food

14
92 91
Subway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
OleksiiKoniev added Restaurant, Fast food

15
65 53
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant

16
61 50
McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America

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73 85
Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

18
87 102
Culver's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

19
108 135
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
75 89
KFC is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food

21
93 131
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
51 71
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

23
75 114
Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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24
65 112
Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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25
27 31
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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62 114
Buca di Beppo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

27
37 62
Famous Dave's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

28
33 65
Chuck E. Cheese's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places, Fast food

29
12 9
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mike Gieseman added Restaurant

30
28 79
Ground Round is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

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24 81
Quaker Steak & Lube is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Countermoon added Restaurant