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    The 15 biggest chain restaurants in the US, ranked

    Olive Garden ranked among the top chain restaurants in the US.

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    Technomic data analyzed by Nation’s Restaurant News ranks the top 15 US chain restaurants.Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, and Applebee’s lead in casual-dining chain restaurants.Waffle House has the most restaurants on this ranking with 1,985 locations.

    While fast-food and fast-casual chains dominate the industry, many casual-dining and family-style chain restaurants are also thriving.

    This year, there have been challenges — Red Lobster’s recent bankruptcy filing sent shockwaves through the industry — and opportunities for chain restaurants, which are now competing with fast-food chains for value-driven customers.

    From Olive Garden to Denny’s, you’ve likely visited at least one of these chains in the past year. But which chains are faring better than others?

    The research firm Technomic recently identified the top 500 biggest chain restaurants in the US. The report, which Technomic said is based on “decades of historical data,” analyzes trends in the food service industry and includes each chain’s annual sales and unit counts for 2023, which were also reported by Nation’s Restaurant News.

    We looked at the top 15 chains listed as casual dining, midscale, or family-style for this list. Fast-casual or quick-service restaurants like Chipotle and McDonald’s are not included. We also listed the year the company was founded, its 2023 sales, and restaurant count, per Technomic’s report.

    Here are the biggest chain restaurants in the US.

    15. Waffle HouseWaffle House.

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    Year founded: 1955

    Sales (2023): $1.4 billion

    Restaurant count (2023): 1,985

    14. Red RobinRed Robin.

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    Year founded: 1969

    Sales: $1.6 billion

    Restaurant count: 506

    13. Golden CorralGolden Corral.

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    Year founded: 1973

    Sales: $1.6 billion

    Restaurant count: 357

    12. Red LobsterRed Lobster.

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    Year founded: 1968

    Sales: $2.2 billion

    Restaurant count: 649

    11. The Cheesecake FactoryThe Cheesecake Factory.

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    Year founded: 1978

    Sales: $2.6 billion

    Restaurant count: 216

    10. Cracker BarrelCustomers eating inside Cracker Barrel.

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    Year founded: 1969

    Sales: $2.7 billion

    Restaurant count: 662

    9. Denny’sDenny’s.

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    Year founded: 1953

    Sales: $2.7 billion

    Restaurant count: 1,407

    8. Longhorn SteakhouseLonghorn Steakhouse.

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    Year founded: 1981

    Sales: $2.8 billion

    Restaurant count: 580

    7. Outback SteakhouseOutback Steakhouse.

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    Year founded: 1988

    Sales: $2.8 billion

    Restaurant count: 688

    6. IHOPIHOP.

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    Year founded: 1958

    Sales: $3.4 billion

    Restaurant count: 1,696

    5. Buffalo Wild WingsBuffalo Wild Wings.

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    Year founded: 1982

    Sales: $4 billion

    Restaurant count: 1,264

    4. Chili’s Grill & BarChili’s Grill & Bar.

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    Year founded: 1975

    Sales: $4 billion

    Restaurant count: 1,230

    3. Applebee’sApplebee’s.

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    Year founded: 1980

    Sales: $4.4 billion

    Restaurant count: 1,536

    2. Texas RoadhouseTexas Roadhouse.

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    Year founded: 1993

    Sales: $4.8 billion

    Restaurant count: 638

    1. Olive GardenOlive Garden.

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    Year founded: 1982

    Sales: $5.1 billion

    Restaurant count: 908

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