The restaurants in this year’s Top 100 Independents ranking had total food and beverage revenues of roughly $1.8 billion in 2015. It’s a number in focus, especially amid chain restaurants’ current state of slumping sales. Yet independents aren’t without their own challenges—labor top among them. Those that endure are an example to all operators that being nimble, resilient and thoughtful about guests and employees is a formula fit for the times.

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TOP 100 INDEPENDENTS: THE RANKING

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Ranksort descending Restaurant Sales Average Check Size City State Meals Served
1 Tao Asian Bistro $47,941,106 $96.00 Las Vegas NV 22,704
2 Joe’s Stone Crab $36,837,000 $80.00 Miami Beach FL 350,000
3 Tao Downtown $33,822,962 $77.00 New York NY 450,000
4 Carmine’s (Times Square) $32,015,788 $32.00 New York NY 395,000
5 Old Ebbitt Grill $30,568,157 $47.00 Washington DC 650,802
6 Lavo New York $27,508,162 $75.00 New York NY 260,000
7 Smith & Wollensky $25,584,000 $101.00 New York NY 298,417
8 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $23,636,657 $73.00 Chicago IL 356,051
9 Prime 112 $23,600,000 $115.00 Miami Beach FL 220,000
10 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $23,600,000* $76.00* Washington DC 290,800
11 Tao Uptown $23,357,631 $79.00 New York NY 304,689
12 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $22,300,000* $78.00* Las Vegas NV 285,900
13 Bottega Louie $21,732,696 $41.00 Los Angeles CA 479,316
14 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,600,000* $76.00 Chicago IL 276,000
15 Junior’s (Times Square) $21,501,008 $23.00 New York NY 950,000
16 Buddakan $20,960,758 $84.00 New York NY 250,416
17 Carnevino Italian Steakhouse $20,400,000* $180.00* Las Vegas NV 113,000
18 Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres $20,100,000* $105.00 Las Vegas NV 191,400
19 Bryant Park Grill & Café $20,000,000 $50.00* New York NY 400,000
20 Fulton’s Crab House $19,900,000 $48.00* Orlando FL 414,000
21 SW Steakhouse $19,900,000* $130.00* Las Vegas NV 151,000
22 The Hamilton $19,314,488 $49.00 Washington DC 391,140
23 David Burke Primehouse $19,300,000* $95.00* Chicago IL 203,000
24 Sparks Steak House $18,600,000* $92.00* New York NY 202,000
25 St. Elmo Steak House $18,460,067 $87.00 Indianapolis IN 212,184
26 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $18,426,078 $36.00 Wheeling IL 518,273
27 Blue Fin $18,400,000* $70.00* New York NY 263,000
28 The Smith (Lincoln Square) $18,250,000 $43.00 New York NY 492,392
29 Prime Steakhouse $17,900,000* $155.00* Las Vegas NV 116,000
30 Del Posto $17,900,000* $160.00* New York NY 112,000
31 Mon Ami Gabi $17,400,000* $68.00* Las Vegas NV 256,000
32 Spago $17,400,000* $63.00* Las Vegas NV 276,000
33 Angus Barn $17,345,034 $65.00 Raleigh NC 264,963
34 Shaw’s Crab House $17,300,000* $65.00* Chicago IL 266,000
35 Quality Meats $17,263,000 $98.00 New York NY 179,422
36 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $17,200,000* $75.00* Chicago IL 230,000
37 Abe & Louie’s $17,167,589 $106.00 Boston MA 194,047
38 '21' Club $17,167,544 $175.00 New York NY 119,667
39 Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar $17,000,000* $42.00* New York NY 405,000
40 Tavern on the Green $17,000,000* $60.00* New York NY 280,000
41 Taste of Texas $16,959,863 $55.00 Houston TX 368,520
42 Beauty & Essex $16,880,985 $117.00 New York NY 268,012
43 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $16,868,128 $70.00* Rosemont IL 256,892
44 Aria Cafe $16,860,000* $22.00* Las Vegas NV 767,000
45 Lavo Italian Restaurant $16,730,072 $114.00 Las Vegas NV 160,796
46 Grand Central Oyster Bar $16,650,000* $53.00* New York NY 314,000
47 Le Diplomate $16,256,705 $52.00 Washington DC 305,444
48 Spice Market $16,150,000* $70.00* New York NY 231,000
49 Blue Water Grill $16,150,000 $74.00* New York NY 218,000
50 Chops Lobster Bar $16,126,710 $103.00 Atlanta GA 193,000
51 Top of the World $16,000,000* $95.00* Las Vegas NV 175,000
52 Parc $15,984,068 $56.00 Philadelphia PA 424,642
53 SkyCity at the Needle $15,900,000* $58.00* Seattle WA 274,000
54 The Rustic Inn $15,900,000* $28.00* Fort Lauderdale FL 567,000
55 Keens Steakhouse $15,900,000* $87.00* New York NY 182,700
56 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $15,850,000* $40.00* Orlando FL 396,000
57 The Bazaar by José Andrés $15,800,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 158,000
58 Quality Italian $15,622,000 $88.00 New York NY 170,107
59 Balthazar $15,600,000* $68.00* New York NY 230,000
60 Sequoia $15,550,000* $49.00* Washington DC 317,000
61 The Boathouse Orlando $15,211,632 $44.00 Orlando FL 360,000
62 The Smith (Midtown) $15,210,000 $44.00 New York NY 345,358
63 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $15,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 314,000
64 Scoma’s $15,092,497 $50.00* San Francisco CA 323,000
65 Boa Steakhouse $14,870,355 $75.00 West Hollywood CA 179,917
66 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $14,802,943 $15.00 Frankenmuth MI 967,298
67 Acme Feed & Seed $14,765,496 $23.00 Nashville TN 640,000
68 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $14,731,787 $72.00 Oak Brook IL 230,343
69 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $14,708,983 $64.00 Chicago IL 208,648
70 The Lobster House $14,700,000* $37.00* Cape May NJ 306,000
71 Coffee Shop $14,700,000* $28.00* New York NY 560,000
72 Portland City Grill $14,651,911 $71.00 Portland OR 213,000
73 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $14,650,000* $120.00* Las Vegas NV 135,000
74 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,625,584 $27.00 Coalinga CA 541,705
75 Gladstones $14,500,000* $49.00* Pacific Palisades CA 316,000
76 Delmonico Steakhouse $14,300,000* $88.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
77 The Four Seasons $14,200,000* $152.00* New York NY 106,000
78 Cliff House $14,126,100 $53.00 San Francisco CA 251,000
79 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $14,080,117 $17.00 Frankenmuth MI 845,921
80 Junior’s (Brooklyn) $14,073,830 $23.00 New York NY 612,000
81 The Source $14,000,000* $67.00* Washington DC 210,000
82 Carmine’s (Atlantic City) $13,871,327 $32.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,866
83 Atlanta Fish Market $13,815,390 $49.00 Atlanta GA 267,000
84 N9NE Steakhouse $13,750,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 170,000
85 Virgil’s Real Barbecue $13,681,113 $26.00 New York NY 995,000
86 Mike's "American" $13,650,000* $29.00* Springfield VA 460,000
87 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,562,185 $29.00 Chicago IL 439,245
88 Makoto $13,428,258 $64.00 Bal Harbour FL 242,751
89 Tavern on Rush $13,363,304 $72.00 Chicago IL 345,773
90 Boulevard $13,250,000* $77.00* San Francisco CA 179,000
91 Carpaccio $13,200,000* $52.00* Bal Harbour FL 250,000
92 The Southern Steak & Oyster $13,158,586 $61.00 Nashville TN 424,000
93 George’s at the Cove $13,150,000* $88.00* La Jolla CA 156,000
94 Cut $13,100,000* $125.00* Las Vegas NV 106,000
95 Paradise Cove Beach Cafe $13,033,723 $29.00 Malibu CA 450,000
96 Franciscan Crab Restaurant $12,942,913 $51.00 San Francisco CA 250,000
97 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $57.00* New York NY 233,000
98 Daniel $12,800,000* $170.00* New York NY 86,000
99 Greek Islands $12,200,000 $31.00 Chicago IL 390,000
100 Timberline Steaks and Grille $12,150,000* $16.00* Denver CO 803,000

*RB estimate

METHODOLOGY

RB’s Top 100 Independents ranking is a measure of the highest-grossing independent restaurants. Only restaurant concepts with no more than five locations are considered “independents” for the purpose of this list (although it’s possible a restaurant that shares a name with a chain but is owned and operated separately would qualify, as with Smith & Wollensky in New York City). Rankings are based on gross 2015 food and beverage sales. Information was gathered through surveys. When data wasn’t provided, sales were estimated based on public information, similar concepts and other factors.

Did we miss your restaurant? If your operation had food and beverage sales above $10 million, we want to know about it. Please contact Sara Rush Wirth at swirth@winsightmedia.com to be included in the next Top 100 Independents survey.

 
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