Chain Restaurants

The Best Family Restaurant Chains  

Restaurant Chains
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A List of Family Restaurant Chains. Famous restaurant chains from throughout the United States are included. Restaurant chains offer a familiarity through their decor and menu throughout all of their locations. As such, they tend to be most popular in areas where one would find travelers or tourists. This list focuses primarily on sit-down restaurants. Fast Food establishments will receive their own list. That said, a few fast food restaurant chains have been included. The idea of a chain restaurants is widely credited to Harland Sanders, more famously known as "Colonel Sanders." By "franchising" out his secret recipe, restaurants that served his food had an advantage as travelers knew what to expect. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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Chili's is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,600+

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IHOP is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,800+

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A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,100+

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Denny's is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,700+

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Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 570+

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Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 566
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Kings Dining & Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Bob Evans Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 600
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Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,600
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Big Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 75+ in the US

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Dave & Buster's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 130

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Rainforest Cafe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains

Number of Locations: 20+

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tourna... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 10

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Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 625+

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Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 490+

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Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 1,800+

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Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 500
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Chuck E. Cheese's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 600+

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Shoney's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 318
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Howard Johnson's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 3
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Cheddar's Casual Café is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
Number of Locations: 20
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Mel's Diner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Country Kitchen Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
artsyldyrae added Country Kitchen Restaurant
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Friendly's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains
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Number of Locations: 380
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Marie Callender's Restaurant &... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Restaurant Chains

Number of Locations: 50+