companies The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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List Rules American restaurants that have multiple locations or franchises

The List of Top Restaurant Chains in America includes famous restaurant chains from throughout the United States. 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. From fast food, to drive-thrus, and even some sit down franchises, there are a variety of restaurants on this list, each serving different international cuisines or their own takes on American classics.

The idea of 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. His restaurant, KFC, is now one of the largest in the world. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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+ - 1,106 512
Chick-fil-A 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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+ - 959 568
Wendy's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 741 451
IHOP 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

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+ - 902 657
Subway 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 790 558
Dairy Queen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 654 514
Red Robin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 857 367
Five Guys Burgers and Fries 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 636 695
KFC 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 835 451
Olive Garden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

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+ - 789 347
Cheesecake Factory 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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+ - 624 482
Red Lobster 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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+ - 784 539
Taco Bell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 604 588
Burger King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

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+ - 637 486
Buffalo Wild Wings 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 646 514
Arby's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 609 561
Starbucks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse Limited-Service Restaurants

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+ - 626 395
Chili's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

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+ - 665 354
Cracker Barrel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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+ - 563 381
Sonic Drive-In 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

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+ - 621 350
Outback Steakhouse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 556 383
Chipotle Mexican Grill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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+ - 522 310
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 448 232
Cold Stone Creamery 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

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+ - 478 272
Steak 'n Shake 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

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+ - 477 305
Dunkin' Donuts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery Food and Beverage

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+ - 485 405
Applebee’s International, Inc. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 342 279
T.G.I. Friday's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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+ - 462 506
Denny's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 571 295
In-N-Out Burger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

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+ - 191 366
Tim Hortons 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 410 353
P. F. Chang's China Bistro 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 389 274
Auntie Anne's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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+ - 393 328
Papa John's Pizza 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Pizza Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 363 250
LongHorn Steakhouse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 334 312
Fuddruckers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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+ - 351 394
Jimmy John's 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

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+ - 325 310
Ruby Tuesday 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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+ - 265 227
A&W Restaurants 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 273 281
White Castle 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing Fast food

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+ - 362 334
Waffle House 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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+ - 253 309
Golden Corral 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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+ - 330 409
Little Caesars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

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+ - 304 236
Cinnabon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

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+ - 231 296
Bonefish Grill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Bonefish Grill Restaurant

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+ - 223 245
Boston Market 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

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+ - 313 329
Carl's Jr. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 321 340
Jack in the Box 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

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+ - 239 265
Johnny Rockets 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

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+ - 182 209
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 155 138
Carrabba's Italian Grill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America