Top 100 Independents

Restaurant Business magazine ranks the top-grossing independent restaurants in America

Restaurant Business’ 2015 Top 100 Independents ranking spotlights the country’s top-grossing restaurants with no more than five locations. Their aggregate food-and-beverage revenues totaled nearly $1.7 billion in 2014 (the full year of sales upon which the rankings are based). So in a sense, the Top 100 is a measure of success.

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Rankings by city/state

Ranksort descending Restaurant Sales Average Check Size City State
1 Tao Asian Bistro $47,000,000 $70.00 Las Vegas NV
2 Tao Downtown $38,000,000 $75.00 New York City NY
3 Joe's Stone Crab $36,136,486 $85.00 Miami Beach FL
4 Lavo New York $31,000,000 $81.00 New York City NY
5 Carmine's $30,984,068 $31.00 New York City NY
6 Old Ebbitt Grill $28,056,008 $37.00 Washington DC
7 Smith & Wollensky $26,057,894 $98.00 New York City NY
8 Tao Uptown $24,000,000 $67.00 New York City NY
9 Prime 112 $23,500,000 $115.00 Miami Beach FL
10 Gibson Bar & Steakhouse $22,535,918 $73.00 Chicago IL
11 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,800,000* $69.00* Chicago IL
12 Buddakan $21,425,583 $84.00 New York City NY
13 Fulton’s Crab House $21,200,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL
14 Bottega Louie $21,122,795 $36.00 Los Angeles CA
15 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $20,900,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV
16 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $20,500,000* $72.00* Washington DC
17 Carnevino $19,900,000* $175.00* Las Vegas NV
18 SW Steakhouse $19,300,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV
19 David Burke Primehouse $18,480,000* $92.00* Chicago IL
20 The Hamilton $18,383,790 $34.00 Washington DC
21 Sparks Steak House $18,100,000* $89.00* New York City NY
22 St. Elmo Steakhouse $17,739,203 $88.00 Indianapolis IN
23 Prime Steakhouse $17,600,000* $150.00* Las Vegas NV
24 Del Posto $17,600,000* $135.00* New York City NY
25 Bob Chinn's Crab House $17,553,828 $39.00 Wheeling IL
26 The Smith (Lincoln Square) $17,475,000 $42.00 New York City NY
27 Mon Ami Gabi $17,200,000* $65.00* Las Vegas NV
28 '21' Club $17,082,107 $170.00 New York City NY
29 The Slanted Door $16,900,000* $50.00* San Francisco CA
30 Taste of Texas $16,895,230 $55.00 Houston TX
31 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $16,875,000* $73.00* Chicago IL
32 Balthazar $16,700,000* $68.00* New York City NY
33 The Source $16,700,000* $67.00* Washington DC
34 Quality Meats $16,642,234 $95.00 New York City NY
35 Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar $16,500,000* $41.00* New York City NY
36 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $16,500,000* $50.00* Lake Buena Vista FL
37 Shaw's Crab House $16,500,000* $60.00* Chicago IL
38 Grand Central Oyster Bar $16,200,000* $50.00* New York City NY
39 Top of the World $16,200,000* $93.00* Las Vegas NV
40 Abe & Louie's $16,200,000* $78.00* Boston MA
41 Le Diplomate $16,101,034 $53.00 Washington DC
42 Lavo Italian Restaurant $16,000,000 $65.00 Las Vegas NV
43 Craftsteak $16,000,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV
44 Angus Barn $15,923,614 $65.00 Raleigh NC
45 Chops Lobster Bar $15,810,500 $101.00 Atlanta GA
46 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $15,667,052 $69.00 Rosemont IL
47 Sky City at the Needle $15,500,000* $56.00* Seattle WA
48 Scoma's $15,458,387 $52.00 San Francisco CA
49 Gladstones $15,400,000* $45.00* Pacific Palisades CA
50 Spice Market $15,400,000* $65.00* New York City NY
51 Quality Italian $15,337,858 $88.00 New York City NY
52 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $15,317,781 $64.00 Chicago IL
53 Sequoia $15,200,000* $47.00* Washington DC
54 The Manor $15,175,000* $75.00* West Orange NJ
55 Blue Fin $15,100,000* $65.00* New York City NY
56 Rustic Inn Crabhouse $15,000,000* $26.00* Dania Beach FL
57 Junior's (Brooklyn) $14,900,000* $27.00* New York City NY
58 The Lobster House $14,750,000* $36.00* Cape May NJ
59 The Sea Grill $14,650,000* $76.00* New York City NY
60 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,599,151 $27.00 Coalinga CA
61 Parc $14,569,655 $51.00 Philadelphia PA
62 The Smith (Midtown) $14,452,000 $43.00 New York City NY
63 Blue Water Grill $14,400,000* $70.00* New York City NY
64 Coffee Shop $14,300,000* $26.00* New York City NY
65 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $14,300,000* $46.00* Chicago IL
66 Portland City Grill $14,276,415 $72.00 Portland OR
67 The Four Seasons $14,150,000* $152.00* New York City NY
68 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $14,102,093 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI
69 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $14,100,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV
70 Bryant Park Grill $14,000,000* $50.00* New York City NY
71 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $13,930,512 $70.00 Oak Brook IL
72 The Milleridge Inn $13,900,000* $43.00* Jericho NY
73 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,900,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA
74 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,800,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV
75 Rock Center Cafe $13,800,000* $56.00* New York City NY
76 N9NE Steakhouse $13,660,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV
77 Atlanta Fish Market $13,544,500 $48.00 Atlanta GA
78 Virgil's Real Barbecue $13,526,645 $26.00 New York City NY
79 Cliff House $13,479,570 $43.00 San Francisco CA
80 Mike's "American" $13,400,000* $27.00* Springfield VA
81 Quartino Ristorante $13,199,196 $28.00 Chicago IL
82 Boulevard $13,100,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA
83 Carmine's $13,065,111 $31.00 Atlantic City NJ
84 Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth $12,993,605 $16.00 Frankenmuth MI
85 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $56.00* New York City NY
86 Junior's (Times Square) $12,800,000* $19.00* New York City NY
87 Keens Steakhouse $12,700,000* $78.00* New York City NY
88 Daniel $12,700,000* $170.00* New York City NY
89 Tavern on Rush $12,687,644 $71.00 Chicago IL
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA
91 Spago $12,600,000* $56.00* Las Vegas NV
92 Makoto $12,437,096 $60.00 Bal Harbour FL
93 Tavern on the Green $12,300,000* $50.00* New York City NY
94 Bartolotta Ristorante $12,300,000* $101.00* Las Vegas NV
95 The Southern Steak & Oyster $12,289,167 $61.00 Nashville TN
96 Morimoto $12,118,053 $100.00 New York City NY
97 Phillips Seafood $12,095,816 $29.00 Baltimore MD
98 Fix $12,050,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV
99 Alioto's Restaurant $12,039,092 $45.00* San Francisco CA
100 Oceana $12,000,000 $85.00 New York City NY

*RB estimate

Methodology

RB’s Top 100 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 concept but is owned and operated separately would qualify, as with Smith & Wollensky in New York City). Rankings are based on the previous year’s gross 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 $9 million, we want to know about it. Please contact Kelly Killian at kkillian@winsightmedia.com to be included in the next Top 100 independents survey.