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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320 192
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MikeEconomou added Restaurant, Retail

2
255 149
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
309 197
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
256 165
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant

5
267 163
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

6
311 223
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
270 185
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

8
191 179
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

9
134 109
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

10
216 218
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

11
137 133
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

12
75 37
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food

13
129 114
Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant

14
79 62
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant

15
102 103
Subway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
OleksiiKoniev added Restaurant, Fast food

16
70 63
McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America

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119 143
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mark Holmes added Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

18
83 97
Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

19
86 99
KFC is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food

20
92 110
Culver's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

21
98 139
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
55 79
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

23
80 124
Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

24
69 121
Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

25
28 37
Kings Dining & Entertainme... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Rob Morris added Kings Dining & Entertainment

26
41 69
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
64 125
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
39 75
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
16 17
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mike Gieseman added Restaurant

30
0 3
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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31 86
Ground Round is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

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0 4
lupe tortilla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
josli8936 added lupe tortilla

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24 89
Quaker Steak & Lube is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Countermoon added Restaurant