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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Rank Restaurant Sales Average Check Sizesort descending City State Meals Served
50 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $13,546,914 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 960,775
84 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $11,199,229 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 804,987
68 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $14,102,093 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 987,364
66 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $14,802,943 $15.00 Frankenmuth MI 967,298
100 Timberline Steaks and Grille $12,150,000* $16.00* Denver CO 803,000
84 Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth $12,993,605 $16.00 Frankenmuth MI 814,426
79 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $14,080,117 $17.00 Frankenmuth MI 845,921
67 Junior’s (Times Square) $12,500,000* $18.00* New York City NY 750,000
85 Kowloon $11,100,000* $18.00* Saugus MA 600,000
86 Junior's (Times Square) $12,800,000* $19.00* New York City NY 700,000
44 Aria Cafe $16,860,000* $22.00* Las Vegas NV 767,000
67 Acme Feed & Seed $14,765,496 $23.00 Nashville TN 640,000
71 Tower Oaks Lodge $11,800,002 $23.00* Rockville MD 450,000
15 Junior’s (Times Square) $21,501,008 $23.00 New York NY 950,000
80 Junior’s (Brooklyn) $14,073,830 $23.00 New York NY 612,000
28 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $15,800,000* $24.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 600,000
100 Sweetwater Tavern $9,890,000 $24.00 Falls Church VA 400,000
94 Coastal Flats $10,560,000 $25.00 Fairfax VA 400,000
97 The Continental Mid-town $10,300,001* $25.00* Philadelphia PA 260,000
51 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $13,360,934 $25.00 Coalinga CA 529,812
40 Junior’s (Brooklyn) $14,500,000* $25.00* New York City NY 600,000
45 Coffee Shop $13,800,000* $26.00* New York City NY 550,000
62 Mike’s “American” $12,880,000 $26.00 Springfield VA 440,000
56 Rustic Inn Crabhouse $15,000,000* $26.00* Dania Beach FL 580,000
85 Virgil’s Real Barbecue $13,681,113 $26.00 New York NY 995,000
82 Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge $11,200,001 $26.00 Reston VA 415,000
78 Virgil's Real Barbecue $13,526,645 $26.00 New York City NY 994,594
64 Coffee Shop $14,300,000* $26.00* New York City NY 555,000
59 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,000,495 $26.00 Chicago IL 448,106
57 Junior's (Brooklyn) $14,900,000* $27.00* New York City NY 600,000
60 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,599,151 $27.00 Coalinga CA 542,825
74 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,625,584 $27.00 Coalinga CA 541,705
80 Mike's "American" $13,400,000* $27.00* Springfield VA 458,000
54 The Rustic Inn $15,900,000* $28.00* Fort Lauderdale FL 567,000
71 Coffee Shop $14,700,000* $28.00* New York NY 560,000
81 Quartino Ristorante $13,199,196 $28.00 Chicago IL 435,888
95 Greek Islands $10,500,000* $29.00* Chicago IL 355,000
86 Mike's "American" $13,650,000* $29.00* Springfield VA 460,000
98 Willow Creek Farm $10,220,570 $29.00 Broadlands VA 361,000
87 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,562,185 $29.00 Chicago IL 439,245
97 Phillips Seafood $12,095,816 $29.00 Baltimore MD 417,968
95 Paradise Cove Beach Cafe $13,033,723 $29.00 Malibu CA 450,000
99 Greek Islands $12,200,000 $31.00 Chicago IL 390,000
18 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $17,208,566 $31.00 Wheeling IL 547,499
70 Parc $11,900,000* $31.00* Philadelphia PA 315,000
83 Carmine's $13,065,111 $31.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,907
5 Carmine's $30,984,068 $31.00 New York City NY 394,190
4 Carmine’s (Times Square) $32,015,788 $32.00 New York NY 395,000
83 Harley-Davidson Cafe $11,200,000* $32.00* Las Vegas NV 350,000
82 Carmine’s (Atlantic City) $13,871,327 $32.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,866
20 The Hamilton $18,383,790 $34.00 Washington DC 637,848
41 The Lobster House $14,500,000* $35.00* Cape May NJ 305,610
58 The Lobster House $14,750,000* $36.00* Cape May NJ 306,000
49 Virgil’s Real Barbecue $13,600,000* $36.00* New York City NY 375,000
14 Bottega Louie $21,122,795 $36.00 Los Angeles CA 467,667
26 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $18,426,078 $36.00 Wheeling IL 518,273
70 The Lobster House $14,700,000* $37.00* Cape May NJ 306,000
6 Old Ebbitt Grill $28,056,008 $37.00 Washington DC 960,165
26 Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar $16,000,000* $37.00* New York City NY 450,000
25 Bob Chinn's Crab House $17,553,828 $39.00 Wheeling IL 481,220
64 Cafe Fiorello $12,700,000* $39.00* New York City NY 300,000
93 Redeye Grill $10,700,000* $39.00* New York City NY 270,000
56 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $15,850,000* $40.00* Orlando FL 396,000
3 Old Ebbitt Grill $26,687,861 $40.00 Washington DC 600,000
13 Bottega Louie $21,732,696 $41.00 Los Angeles CA 479,316
35 Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar $16,500,000* $41.00* New York City NY 460,000
48 The Milleridge Inn $13,800,000* $42.00* Jericho NY 320,000
26 The Smith (Lincoln Square) $17,475,000 $42.00 New York City NY 478,000
39 Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar $17,000,000* $42.00* New York NY 405,000
72 The Milleridge Inn $13,900,000* $43.00* Jericho NY 320,000
62 The Smith (Midtown) $14,452,000 $43.00 New York City NY 332,075
79 Cliff House $13,479,570 $43.00 San Francisco CA 256,380
28 The Smith (Lincoln Square) $18,250,000 $43.00 New York NY 492,392
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
47 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $13,800,000* $45.00* Chicago IL 300,000
15 The Hamilton $17,855,655 $45.00 Washington DC 400,000
13 Fulton’s Crab House $21,200,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 423,000
49 Gladstones $15,400,000* $45.00* Pacific Palisades CA 330,000
37 Gladstones $14,800,002* $45.00 Pacific Palisades CA 320,000
99 Alioto's Restaurant $12,039,092 $45.00* San Francisco CA 270,000
11 Fulton’s Crab House $20,500,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 422,000
34 Sequoia $15,000,000* $46.00* Washington DC 300,000
65 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $14,300,000* $46.00* Chicago IL 306,000
92 Buddakan $10,700,001* $46.00* Philadelphia PA 125,000
5 Old Ebbitt Grill $30,568,157 $47.00 Washington DC 650,802
53 Sequoia $15,200,000* $47.00* Washington DC 310,000
20 Fulton’s Crab House $19,900,000 $48.00* Orlando FL 414,000
32 Scoma’s $15,350,370 $48.00 San Francisco CA 322,000
77 Atlanta Fish Market $13,544,500 $48.00 Atlanta GA 266,000
22 The Slanted Door $16,500,000* $48.00* San Francisco CA 350,000
58 Shaw’s Crab House $13,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 350,000
63 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $15,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 314,000
61 Atlanta Fish Market $12,900,000 $48.00* Atlanta GA 265,000
83 Atlanta Fish Market $13,815,390 $49.00 Atlanta GA 267,000
22 The Hamilton $19,314,488 $49.00 Washington DC 391,140
99 Salty’s on Alki Beach $10,200,000* $49.00* Seattle WA 200,000
75 Gladstones $14,500,000* $49.00* Pacific Palisades CA 316,000
60 Sequoia $15,550,000* $49.00* Washington DC 317,000
73 Bryant Park Grill $11,800,000* $49.00* New York City NY 258,000

*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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