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 Size Citysort descending State Meals Served
45 Chops Lobster Bar $15,810,500 $101.00 Atlanta GA 192,000
61 Atlanta Fish Market $12,900,000 $48.00* Atlanta GA 265,000
33 Chops Lobster Bar $15,000,001 $80.00 Atlanta GA 190,000
77 Atlanta Fish Market $13,544,500 $48.00 Atlanta GA 266,000
50 Chops Lobster Bar $16,126,710 $103.00 Atlanta GA 193,000
83 Atlanta Fish Market $13,815,390 $49.00 Atlanta GA 267,000
83 Carmine's $13,065,111 $31.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,907
82 Carmine’s (Atlantic City) $13,871,327 $32.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,866
91 Carpaccio $13,200,000* $52.00* Bal Harbour FL 250,000
92 Makoto $12,437,096 $60.00 Bal Harbour FL 221,096
88 Makoto $13,428,258 $64.00 Bal Harbour FL 242,751
97 Phillips Seafood $12,095,816 $29.00 Baltimore MD 417,968
86 Daniel’s Broiler $11,081,727 $92.00 Bellevue WA 80,107
73 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,900,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 138,000
52 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,300,001* $99.00* Beverly Hills CA 135,000
57 The Bazaar by José Andrés $15,800,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 158,000
30 Abe & Louie’s $15,600,000* $75.00* Boston MA 200,000
37 Abe & Louie’s $17,167,589 $106.00 Boston MA 194,047
40 Abe & Louie's $16,200,000* $78.00* Boston MA 208,000
98 Willow Creek Farm $10,220,570 $29.00 Broadlands VA 361,000
70 The Lobster House $14,700,000* $37.00* Cape May NJ 306,000
58 The Lobster House $14,750,000* $36.00* Cape May NJ 306,000
41 The Lobster House $14,500,000* $35.00* Cape May NJ 305,610
11 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,800,000* $69.00* Chicago IL 411,000
58 Shaw’s Crab House $13,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 350,000
59 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,000,495 $26.00 Chicago IL 448,106
63 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $15,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 314,000
34 Shaw’s Crab House $17,300,000* $65.00* Chicago IL 266,000
19 David Burke Primehouse $18,480,000* $92.00* Chicago IL 360,000
99 Greek Islands $12,200,000 $31.00 Chicago IL 390,000
36 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $17,200,000* $75.00* Chicago IL 230,000
31 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $15,485,723 $62.00 Chicago IL 234,236
52 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $15,317,781 $64.00 Chicago IL 223,697
69 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $14,708,983 $64.00 Chicago IL 208,648
8 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $23,636,657 $73.00 Chicago IL 356,051
95 Greek Islands $10,500,000* $29.00* Chicago IL 355,000
81 Quartino Ristorante $13,199,196 $28.00 Chicago IL 435,888
14 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,600,000* $76.00 Chicago IL 276,000
8 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $22,397,732* $71.00 Chicago IL 341,345
31 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $16,875,000* $73.00* Chicago IL 409,000
10 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,000,000* $68.00 Chicago IL 410,000
65 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $14,300,000* $46.00* Chicago IL 306,000
47 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $13,800,000* $45.00* Chicago IL 300,000
89 Tavern on Rush $12,687,644 $71.00 Chicago IL 338,338
37 Shaw's Crab House $16,500,000* $60.00* Chicago IL 275,000
23 David Burke Primehouse $19,300,000* $95.00* Chicago IL 203,000
87 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,562,185 $29.00 Chicago IL 439,245
89 Tavern on Rush $13,363,304 $72.00 Chicago IL 345,773
10 Gibson Bar & Steakhouse $22,535,918 $73.00 Chicago IL 339,804
74 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,625,584 $27.00 Coalinga CA 541,705
60 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,599,151 $27.00 Coalinga CA 542,825
51 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $13,360,934 $25.00 Coalinga CA 529,812
56 Rustic Inn Crabhouse $15,000,000* $26.00* Dania Beach FL 580,000
100 Timberline Steaks and Grille $12,150,000* $16.00* Denver CO 803,000
94 Coastal Flats $10,560,000 $25.00 Fairfax VA 400,000
100 Sweetwater Tavern $9,890,000 $24.00 Falls Church VA 400,000
54 The Rustic Inn $15,900,000* $28.00* Fort Lauderdale FL 567,000
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
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
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
41 Taste of Texas $16,959,863 $55.00 Houston TX 368,520
30 Taste of Texas $16,895,230 $55.00 Houston TX 371,751
25 St. Elmo Steak House $16,149,562 $78.00 Indianapolis IN 207,719
22 St. Elmo Steakhouse $17,739,203 $88.00 Indianapolis IN 196,382
25 St. Elmo Steak House $18,460,067 $87.00 Indianapolis IN 212,184
72 The Milleridge Inn $13,900,000* $43.00* Jericho NY 320,000
48 The Milleridge Inn $13,800,000* $42.00* Jericho NY 320,000
93 George’s at the Cove $13,150,000* $88.00* La Jolla CA 156,000
65 George’s at the Cove $12,600,000* $65.00* La Jolla CA 193,000
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA 150,000
13 Fulton’s Crab House $21,200,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 423,000
28 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $15,800,000* $24.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 600,000
90 California Grill $10,800,000* $53.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 215,000
11 Fulton’s Crab House $20,500,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 422,000
36 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $16,500,000* $50.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 330,000
42 Lavo Italian Restaurant $16,000,000 $65.00 Las Vegas NV 270,000
43 Craftsteak $16,000,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 158,000
56 N9NE Steakhouse $13,200,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
29 Prime Steakhouse $17,900,000* $155.00* Las Vegas NV 116,000
98 Fix $12,050,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 203,000
94 Cut $13,100,000* $125.00* Las Vegas NV 106,000
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
15 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $20,900,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 405,000
1 Tao Asian Bistro $47,941,106 $96.00 Las Vegas NV 22,704
27 Top of the World $15,900,000* $90.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
69 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $14,100,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
17 Carnevino $19,900,000* $175.00* Las Vegas NV 155,000
87 Eiffel Tower Restaurant $11,000,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
18 SW Steakhouse $19,300,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 185,000
88 Zeffirino $10,900,001* $68.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
89 Aureole $10,900,000* $93.00 Las Vegas NV 130,000
66 Craftsteak $12,600,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
74 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,800,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
1 Tao Asian Bistro $64,600,000 $75.00* Las Vegas NV 790,000
23 Prime Steakhouse $17,600,000* $150.00* Las Vegas NV 135,000
76 N9NE Steakhouse $13,660,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 167,000

*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.

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