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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299 179
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MikeEconomou added Restaurant, Retail

2
237 137
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
293 186
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
241 154
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Arthur Williams added Restaurant

5
301 209
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
251 154
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

7
259 176
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

8
184 166
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

9
124 101
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

10
206 207
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

11
129 124
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

12
120 107
Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Clark Benson added Restaurant

13
63 31
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
dreapress added Restaurant, Fast food

14
69 54
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
ChloeFletcher added Restaurant

15
93 95
Subway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
OleksiiKoniev added Restaurant, Fast food

16
76 86
Big Boy Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

17
61 55
McDonald's USA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America

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110 136
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mark Holmes added Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

19
88 105
Culver's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
MadameLil added Restaurant

20
94 133
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Lon Harris added Restaurant, Bakery

21
75 92
KFC is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
RobLein added Restaurant, Fast food

22
52 73
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
skypir876 added Restaurant

23
77 115
Sizzler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
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24
66 115
Jason's Deli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Restaurant

25
28 33
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
63 117
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
38 64
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
35 68
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
14 11
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Mike Gieseman added Restaurant

30
30 82
Ground Round is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Benjamin Dunn added Restaurant

31
24 84
Quaker Steak & Lube is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains in America
Countermoon added Restaurant