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The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America 

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Updated February 12, 2020 13.6k votes 1.4k voters 77.1k views 37 items

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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Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant
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Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant
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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors
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Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
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Chili's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant
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Applebee’s International... 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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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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Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant
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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant
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Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant
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Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food
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Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant
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Subway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
OleksiiKoniev added Restaurant, Fast food
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Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant
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The Cheesecake Factory ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
sousanne added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
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McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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Culver's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant
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Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant
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KFC is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food
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Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant
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Chipotle Mexican Grill ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Matildam added Restaurant
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California Pizza Kitchen... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant
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Perkins Restaurant and B... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Bakery