List of restaurant chains in the United States

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The following is a list of notable restaurant chains in the United States.

Nationwide and regional

Name Head office location Original location Year started Number of locations Notes
A&W Restaurants Lexington, Kentucky Lodi, California 1919 1,200[1]
America's Incredible Pizza Company Springfield, Missouri Springfield, Missouri 2002 73
Applebee's Glendale, California Decatur, Georgia 1980 2,003[2]
Arby's Sandy Springs, Georgia Boardman, Ohio[3] 1964 3400+
Arctic Circle Restaurants Midvale, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1950 66
Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips New York Columbus, Ohio 1969 15
Atlanta Bread Company Smyrna, Georgia Sandy Springs, Georgia 1993 37
Auntie Anne's Lancaster, Pennsylvania Downingtown, Pennsylvania 1988 1500+
Bahama Breeze Orlando, Florida Orlando, Florida 1996 37
Baja Fresh Scottsdale, Arizona Newbury Park, California 1990 256
Bakers Square Nashville, Tennessee Des Moines, Iowa 1969 46
Baskin-Robbins Canton, Massachusetts Glendale, California 1945 7552
Beef O'Brady's Brandon, Florida Brandon, Florida 1985 235
Ben & Jerry's South Burlington, Vermont Burlington, Vermont 1978 Locations in 25 countries[4]
Benihana Aventura, Florida New York, New York 1964
Bennigan's Dallas, Texas Atlanta, Georgia 1976
Bertucci's Northborough, Massachusetts Somerville, Massachusetts 1981
Big Boy
Bob's Big Boy
Warren, Michigan Glendale, California 1936 79 Excludes Frisch's Big Boy chain; Company promoting "Big Boy's Burgers and Shakes" franchises.
Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill Austin, Texas Austin, Texas 2006
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery Huntington Beach, California Santa Ana, California 1978
Black Angus Steakhouse Los Altos, California Los Altos, California 1964
Black-eyed Pea Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado Dallas, Texas 1975
Blake's Lotaburger Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1952 78 locations in 3 states
Blimpie Scottsdale, Arizona Hoboken, New Jersey 1964
Bob Evans Restaurants New Albany, Ohio Rio Grande, Ohio 1948 570 locations in 23 states
Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 1977 600+
Bonefish Grill Tampa, Florida St. Petersburg, Florida 2000
Boston Market Golden, Colorado Newton, Massachusetts 1984
Braum's Tuttle, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1968
Bravo!, Cucina Italiana Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio 1999
Brio Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio 1999
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Houston, Texas 1996
Buca di Beppo Orlando, Florida 1993
Buffalo Wild Wings Minneapolis, Minnesota Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio[5] 1982 925
Burger King Miami-Dade County, Florida Jacksonville, FL (Insta-Burger King) 1953 13,000+ worldwide World's second-largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants (after McDonald's)
Burger Street Dallas, Texas 1985
Burgerville Vancouver, Washington 1961
Cafe Rio Cottonwood Heights, Utah 1997
California Pizza Kitchen Los Angeles, California 1985
California Tortilla Rockville, Maryland 1995
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe Tulsa, Oklahoma 1996
The Capital Grille Providence, Rhode Island 1990
Captain D's Nashville, Tennessee 1969 520
Carino's Italian Grill Austin, Texas 1968
Carl's Jr. Carpinteria, California Los Angeles, California 1941
Carrabba's Italian Grill Tampa, Florida 1986 247
Carrows Carlsbad, California 1970
Carvel Ice Cream Farmington, Connecticut 1929
Champps Americana Wichita, Kansas 1984
Charley's Grilled Subs Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University Campus, Columbus, Ohio[6]
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill Millburn, New Jersey
Checkers Tampa, Florida
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen Irving, Texas Arlington, Texas 1979 165
Cheeburger Cheeburger Fort Myers, FL
Cheeseburger in Paradise Tampa, Florida Named after the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by American pop music singer Jimmy Buffett, who was once associated with the chain
Cheesecake Factory Calabasas Hills, California
Chester Fried Chicken Mountain Brook, Alabama
Chevys Fresh Mex Cypress, California
Chick-fil-A College Park, Georgia Hapeville, Georgia 1946 1,950+[7]
Chicken Express Burleson, Texas
Chicken in the Rough Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Nearly 300 A former restaurant chain, and the first restaurant chain franchise in the United States.[8]
Chili's Dallas, Texas 1,550+[9]
Chipotle Mexican Grill Denver, Colorado 1,539
Chuck-A-Rama Salt Lake City, Utah
Chuck E. Cheese's Irving, Texas San Jose, California
Church's Sandy Springs, Georgia
CiCi's Pizza Coppell, Texas
Cinnabon Federal Way, Washington
Claim Jumper Houston, Texas 43
Coco's Bakery Carlsbad, California
Cold Stone Creamery Scottsdale, Arizona
Copeland's Metairie, Louisiana
Cotton Patch Café Nacogdoches, Texas 41
Country Buffet Greer, South Carolina and Eagan, Minnesota
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Lebanon, Tennessee 639 Most locations are located off interstate highway exits. The five states that currently do not have a Cracker Barrel are Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.
Culver's Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 637
Dairy Queen Edina, Minnesota 4800+
Dave & Buster's Dallas, Texas
Del Taco Lake Forest, California Yermo, California 1964
Denny's Spartanburg, South Carolina Lakewood, California 1953
Dixie Chili and Deli Newport, Kentucky
Domino's Pizza Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan Ypsilanti, Michigan 1960
Don Pablo's San Antonio, Texas
Donatos Pizza Columbus, Ohio
Duck Donuts Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Dunkin' Donuts Canton, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts 1950 11,300[10]
East of Chicago Pizza Lima, Ohio
Eat'n Park Homestead, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1949 Opened as a Big Boy drive in; dropped franchise in 1975.
Eegee's Tucson, Arizona
El Chico Dallas, Texas
El Pollo Loco Costa Mesa, California
El Taco Tote El Paso, Texas
Elephant Bar La Mirada, California
Famous Dave's Minnetonka, Minnesota Hayward, Wisconsin 1994
Farmer Boys Riverside, California
Fatburger Beverly Hills, California
FATZ Taylors, South Carolina
Fazoli's Lexington, Kentucky
Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries Lorton, Virginia Arlington, Virginia 1986 1,500 [11]
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Newport Beach, California
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Wichita, Kansas
Freebirds World Burrito Emeryville, California The original Freebirds, in Isla Vista, California, has separate ownership from the chain.
Fresh Choice Emeryville, California Defunct in 2012
Friendly's Wilbraham, Massachusetts 380 (Eastern United States)
Frisch's Big Boy Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio 1939;
1947 (Big Boy)
121 No longer a franchisee but co-owner of the Big Boy trademark in a four state region.
Fuddruckers Houston, Texas San Antonio, Texas 1979
GameWorks Las Vegas, Nevada
Gatti's Pizza Austin, Texas
Gino's Pizza and Spaghetti Nitro, West Virginia
Giordano's Pizzeria Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois 1974 69 Locations in 9 states, with most in the Chicago area
Godfather's Pizza Omaha, Nebraska
Gold Star Chili Cincinnati, Ohio
Golden Chick Richardson, Texas
Golden Corral Raleigh, North Carolina
Green Burrito Franklin, Tennessee
Ground Round Freeport, Maine
Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Florida [12] 175 locations in 53 countries
Hardee's St. Louis, Missouri 1,944[13] The fifth-largest fast-food restaurant chain in the United States
Hobee's Restaurant Palo Alto, California
Hooters Atlanta, Georgia
Houlihan's Leawood, Kansas
Houston's Restaurant Beverly Hills, California
Howard Johnson's Parsippany, New Jersey 2[14] Once the largest hotel/restaurant chain in the United States throughout the 1960s and 1970s
Huddle House Decatur, Georgia
HuHot Mongolian Grill Missoula, Montana
Hungry Howie's Pizza Madison Heights, Michigan Taylor, Michigan 1973
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries Mount Olive, North Carolina
IHOP Glendale, California Burbank, California 1958 1,650[15]
In-N-Out Burger Irvine, California 290 Just over 200 locations in California; others are in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas
Jack in the Box San Diego, California
Jack's Homewood, Alabama
Jamba Juice Emeryville, California
Jason's Deli Beaumont, Texas
Jerry's Subs & Pizza Gaithersburg, Maryland
Jersey Mike's Subs Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Jet's Pizza Sterling Heights, Michigan
Jimmy John's Champaign, Illinois Charleston, Illinois 1983 2,800
Jim's Restaurants San Antonio, Texas
Joe's Crab Shack Houston, Texas 138[16] Location's in 35 states
Johnny Rockets Aliso Viejo, California
Jollibee Quezon City, Philippines Philippines 1998 (In the United States) 36 as of March 2017[17] Jollibee began in 1975, and is the largest fast food restaurant chain in the Philippines.[18] Jollibee opened its first location in the United States in Daly City, California in 1998.[19] Most locations are in areas with significant Filipino American populations.[20]
John's Incredible Pizza Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Ker's WingHouse Largo, Florida
KFC Louisville, Kentucky 18,000 in 120 countries and territories[21]
Krispy Kreme Winston-Salem, North Carolina 245 locations in the United States, 6 in Canada[22]
Krystal Dunwoody, Georgia
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Honolulu, Hawaii
Landry's Restaurants Houston, Texas
Ledo Pizza Annapolis, Maryland
Lee Roy Selmon's Tampa, Florida 8 locations in West Florida[23] Casual dining restaurant chain founded by NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon
Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Lee's Sandwiches San Jose, California San Jose, California 1983 59 in the United States, 1 overseas
Lion's Choice St. Louis, Missouri
Little Caesars Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Logan's Roadhouse Nashville, Tennessee
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Plano, Texas
Long John Silver's Lexington, Kentucky
LongHorn Steakhouse Orlando, Florida
Luby's Houston, Texas
Lyon's Sacramento, California Defunct in 2012
Maggiano's Little Italy Dallas, Texas
Marie Callender's Orange County, California
Mazzio's Italian Eatery Tulsa, Oklahoma
Max & Erma's Columbus, Ohio
McAlister's Deli Alpharetta, Georgia and Ridgeland, Mississippi
McDonald's Oak Brook, Illinois San Bernardino, California 1940 34,000+ worldwide[24] The world's largest chain of hamburger fast-food restaurants
The Melting Pot Tampa, Florida
Miller's Ale House Jupiter, Florida
Milo's Hamburgers Birmingham, Alabama
Mitchell's Fish Market Houston, Texas
Moe's Southwest Grill Atlanta, Georgia
Mooyah Plano, Texas 2007 100[25]
Monical's Pizza Bradley, Illinois 60 locations in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin[26]
Montana Mike's Round Rock, Texas
Mrs. Fields Broomfield, Colorado
National Coney Island Roseville, Michigan
Naugles Riverside, California Merged with Del Taco in 1988
Noodles & Company Broomfield, Colorado
Oberweis Dairy Chicago, Illinois
O'Charley's Wilmington, North Carolina
Ojos Locos Dallas, Texas Dallas, Texas 2010 8
Old Country Buffet Greer, South Carolina and Eagan, Minnesota
The Old Spaghetti Factory Portland, Oregon
Olive Garden Orlando, Florida Orlando, Florida 1982
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina Dallas, Texas
The Original Italian Pie Slidell, Louisiana
The Original Pancake House Portland, Oregon
Outback Steakhouse Tampa, Florida Tampa, Florida 1988
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Scottsdale, Arizona
Panda Express Rosemead, California Glendale, California 1983
Panera Bread Sunset Hills, Missouri Kirkwood, Missouri 1987 2,000+[27]
Papa Gino's Dedham, Massachusetts 155 Serving New England
Papa John's Pizza Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza Vancouver, Washington
Pei Wei Asian Diner Scottsdale, Arizona
Penn Station East Coast Subs Cincinnati, Ohio
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Memphis, Tennessee Cincinnati, Ohio[28]
Phở Hòa Sacramento, California San Jose, California 1983 19 in U.S.
72 worldwide
Pita Pit Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Pizza Hut Plano, Texas Wichita, Kansas 1958 11,139 locations in 95 countries[29]
Pizza Inn The Colony, Texas
Pizza Ranch Orange City, Iowa
Planet Hollywood Orlando, Florida 8 [30] Has gone bankrupt twice,[31] and nearly 100 former locations worldwide have closed in the past
Ponderosa Steakhouse and Bonanza Steakhouse Kokomo, Indiana
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits Arabi, Louisiana Over 2,000 restaurants worldwide[32]
Port of Subs Reno, Nevada
Portillo's Restaurants Oak Park, Illinois Villa Park, Illinois 1963 Around 60 restaurants in 7 states Chicago-style hot dog joints located mainly in the Chicago area (Illinois and Indiana), plus a few in Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. [33]
Potbelly Sandwich Works Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois 1977 413
Qdoba Mexican Grill San Diego, California Wheat Ridge, Colorado 1995
Quaker Steak & Lube Sharon, Pennsylvania
Quiznos Denver, Colorado
RA Sushi Doral, Florida
Rainforest Cafe Houston, Texas Bloomington, Minnesota 1994 24
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Baton Rouge, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1996
Rally's Tampa, Florida
Rax Ironton, Ohio
Red Hot & Blue Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Red Lobster Orlando, Florida Lakeland, Florida 1968 705 locations worldwide
Redneck Heaven Lewisville, Texas Lewisville, Texas 2008 4
Red Robin Greenwood Village, Colorado Seattle, Washington 1969 538
Redstone American Grill Wayzata, Minnesota
Robeks Los Angeles, California
Rock Bottom Chattanooga, Tennessee
Romano's Macaroni Grill Houston, Texas
Round Table Pizza Concord, California
Roy Rogers Restaurants Frederick, Maryland 50 restaurants in 6 states [34] There were once over 650 across the United States.
Roy's Newport Beach, California
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill Carlsbad, California
Ruby Tuesday Maryville, Tennessee 850
Ruth's Chris Steak House Winter Park, Florida
Saladworks Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Sbarro Melville, New York New York, New York 1956
Schlotzsky's Austin, Texas
Seasons 52 Orlando, Florida
Seattle's Best Coffee Seattle, Washington
Shake Shack New York City, New York
Shane's Rib Shack Atlanta, Georgia
Shari's Cafe & Pies Beaverton, Oregon Hermiston, Oregon 1978 95 (2017)[35] Features a distinctive hexagonal building design.
Shoney's Nashville, Tennessee Charleston, West Virginia 1947 Originally called "Parkette Drive In"; Big Boy franchise: 1952–1984.
Showmars Charlotte, North Carolina
Sizzler Mission Viejo, California
Skyline Chili Cincinnati, Ohio
Smashburger Denver, Colorado
Smokey Bones Orlando, Florida
Sneaky Pete's Birmingham, Alabama
Sonic Drive-In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Shawnee, Oklahoma 1953 3,581[36]
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes San Diego, California
Spaghetti Warehouse Dallas, Texas
Spangles Wichita, Kansas
SPiN New York, New York
St. Louis Bread Company St. Louis, MO
Starbucks Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington 1971 20,891 stores in 62 countries[37]
Steak 'n Shake Indianapolis, Indiana Normal, Illinois 1934
Sticky Fingers Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Stir Crazy Dallas Texas 1995 4
Subway Milford, Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut 1965 40,855 restaurants in 105 countries[38]
Sweet Tomatoes San Diego, California
Swensen's Ontario, Canada
Swensons Akron, Ohio
T.G.I. Friday's Carrollton, Texas New York, New York 1965 992 locations [39]
Taco Bell Irvine, California Downey, California 1962 6,446 restaurants
Taco Bueno Farmers Branch, Texas
Taco Cabana San Antonio, Texas
Taco John's Cheyenne, Wyoming Cheyenne, Wyoming 1969
Taco Mayo Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Taco Tico Wichita, Kansas
Taco Time Scottsdale, Arizona
Texas Roadhouse Louisville, Kentucky Clarksville, Indiana 1993 563
Tijuana Flats Orlando, Florida 109 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana.[40]
Tilted Kilt Tempe, Arizona 93[41]
Tony Roma's Plano, Texas
Trader Vic's Emeryville, California
Twin Peaks Addison, Texas Lewisville, Texas 2008 61
Umami Burger Los Angeles, California
Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Atlanta, Georgia 18 locations in 6 states
Uno Chicago Grill Boston, Massachusetts
Valentino's Lincoln, Nebraska
Village Inn Nashville, Tennessee
Waffle House Gwinnett County, Georgia, near Norcross Avondale Estates, Georgia 1955 2,100 restaurants spread across 25 states[42]
Wendy's Dublin, Ohio Columbus, Ohio[43] 1969[43] About 6,650 locations[43] The world's third-largest hamburger fast-food restaurant chain (behind Burger King and McDonald's)
Wetzel's Pretzels Pasadena, California
Whataburger San Antonio, Texas 817 locations in 10 states[44]
Which Wich? Dallas, Texas
White Castle Columbus, Ohio Wichita, Kansas 1921 Founded in 1921, became a chain in 1922
Wienerschnitzel Irvine, California
Wild Wing Cafe Hilton Head, South Carolina
York Steak House Disestablished in 1989
Zaxby's Statesboro, Georgia
Zip's Drive-in Kennewick, Washington 38 1953

Casual dining


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