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 City State Meals Servedsort descending
1 Tao Asian Bistro $47,941,106 $96.00 Las Vegas NV 22,704
54 Portland City Grill $13,297,831 $68.00 Portland OR 23,500
86 Daniel’s Broiler $11,081,727 $92.00 Bellevue WA 80,107
88 Daniel $12,700,000* $170.00* New York City NY 85,000
98 Daniel $12,800,000* $170.00* New York NY 86,000
82 Carmine’s (Atlantic City) $13,871,327 $32.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,866
83 Carmine's $13,065,111 $31.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,907
46 The Four Seasons $13,800,000* $150.00* New York City NY 105,000
72 Daniel $11,800,001* $115.00* New York City NY 105,000
96 Morimoto $10,500,000* $73.00* New York City NY 106,000
77 The Four Seasons $14,200,000* $152.00* New York NY 106,000
94 Cut $13,100,000* $125.00* Las Vegas NV 106,000
67 The Four Seasons $14,150,000* $152.00* New York City NY 106,000
69 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $12,100,001* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 110,000
23 Balthazar $16,200,001* $65.00* New York City NY 110,000
91 Maloney & Porcelli $10,727,779 $93.00* New York City NY 111,086
30 Del Posto $17,900,000* $160.00* New York NY 112,000
17 Carnevino Italian Steakhouse $20,400,000* $180.00* Las Vegas NV 113,000
29 Prime Steakhouse $17,900,000* $155.00* Las Vegas NV 116,000
96 Morimoto $12,118,053 $100.00 New York City NY 116,137
38 '21' Club $17,167,544 $175.00 New York NY 119,667
28 '21' Club $17,082,107 $170.00 New York City NY 124,833
92 Buddakan $10,700,001* $46.00* Philadelphia PA 125,000
69 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $14,100,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
66 Craftsteak $12,600,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
17 Prime Steakhouse $17,300,000* $140.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
21 Del Posto $16,500,001* $130.00 New York City NY 130,000
89 Aureole $10,900,000* $93.00 Las Vegas NV 130,000
19 ‘21’ $17,119,818 $143.00 New York City NY 133,185
81 Gotham Bar and Grill $11,200,002* $100.00* New York City NY 135,000
52 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,300,001* $99.00* Beverly Hills CA 135,000
73 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $14,650,000* $120.00* Las Vegas NV 135,000
23 Prime Steakhouse $17,600,000* $150.00* Las Vegas NV 135,000
24 Del Posto $17,600,000* $135.00* New York City NY 138,000
73 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,900,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 138,000
79 StripSteak $11,600,000* $105.00* Las Vegas NV 140,000
94 Bartolotta Ristorante $12,300,000* $101.00* Las Vegas NV 140,000
100 Oceana $12,000,000 $85.00 New York City NY 140,000
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA 150,000
21 SW Steakhouse $19,900,000* $130.00* Las Vegas NV 151,000
13 Carnevino $19,000,000* $170.00* Las Vegas NV 152,000
17 Carnevino $19,900,000* $175.00* Las Vegas NV 155,000
53 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,300,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 156,000
93 George’s at the Cove $13,150,000* $88.00* La Jolla CA 156,000
87 Keens Steakhouse $12,700,000* $78.00* New York City NY 158,000
43 Craftsteak $16,000,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 158,000
57 The Bazaar by José Andrés $15,800,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 158,000
74 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,800,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
68 Keens Steakhouse $12,400,000* $76.00* New York City NY 160,000
88 Zeffirino $10,900,001* $68.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
45 Lavo Italian Restaurant $16,730,072 $114.00 Las Vegas NV 160,796
56 N9NE Steakhouse $13,200,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
76 Delmonico Steakhouse $14,300,000* $88.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
76 N9NE Steakhouse $13,660,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 167,000
63 Boulevard $12,800,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 170,000
84 N9NE Steakhouse $13,750,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 170,000
51 Quality Italian $15,337,858 $88.00 New York City NY 170,103
58 Quality Italian $15,622,000 $88.00 New York NY 170,107
82 Boulevard $13,100,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 173,000
29 Quality Meats $15,782,812 $93.00 New York City NY 173,405
34 Quality Meats $16,642,234 $95.00 New York City NY 173,916
51 Top of the World $16,000,000* $95.00* Las Vegas NV 175,000
90 Boulevard $13,250,000* $77.00* San Francisco CA 179,000
35 Quality Meats $17,263,000 $98.00 New York NY 179,422
65 Boa Steakhouse $14,870,355 $75.00 West Hollywood CA 179,917
14 SW Steakhouse $18,600,000 $101.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
87 Eiffel Tower Restaurant $11,000,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
27 Top of the World $15,900,000* $90.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
44 The Sea Grill $14,100,000* $75.00* New York City NY 180,000
55 Keens Steakhouse $15,900,000* $87.00* New York NY 182,700
59 The Sea Grill $14,650,000* $76.00* New York City NY 183,000
39 Top of the World $16,200,000* $93.00* Las Vegas NV 183,000
18 SW Steakhouse $19,300,000* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 185,000
78 Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare $11,600,001* $78.00* Las Vegas NV 190,000
33 Chops Lobster Bar $15,000,001 $80.00 Atlanta GA 190,000
18 Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres $20,100,000* $105.00 Las Vegas NV 191,400
45 Chops Lobster Bar $15,810,500 $101.00 Atlanta GA 192,000
50 Chops Lobster Bar $16,126,710 $103.00 Atlanta GA 193,000
65 George’s at the Cove $12,600,000* $65.00* La Jolla CA 193,000
37 Abe & Louie’s $17,167,589 $106.00 Boston MA 194,047
22 St. Elmo Steakhouse $17,739,203 $88.00 Indianapolis IN 196,382
30 Abe & Louie’s $15,600,000* $75.00* Boston MA 200,000
99 Salty’s on Alki Beach $10,200,000* $49.00* Seattle WA 200,000
2 Tao Downtown $38,000,000 $75.00 New York City NY 200,000
38 The Manor $14,800,001* $73.00* West Orange NJ 200,000
76 Fix $11,680,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 200,000
24 Sparks Steak House $18,600,000* $92.00* New York NY 202,000
23 David Burke Primehouse $19,300,000* $95.00* Chicago IL 203,000
98 Fix $12,050,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 203,000
8 Tao Uptown $24,000,000 $67.00 New York City NY 203,727
63 Blue Water Grill $14,400,000* $70.00* New York City NY 205,000
16 Sparks Steak House $17,600,000* $85.00* New York City NY 207,000
25 St. Elmo Steak House $16,149,562 $78.00 Indianapolis IN 207,719
40 Abe & Louie's $16,200,000* $78.00* Boston MA 208,000
66 Portland City Grill $14,276,415 $72.00 Portland OR 208,000
69 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House $14,708,983 $64.00 Chicago IL 208,648
81 The Source $14,000,000* $67.00* Washington DC 210,000
21 Sparks Steak House $18,100,000* $89.00* New York City NY 210,000
54 The Manor $15,175,000* $75.00* West Orange NJ 210,000
25 St. Elmo Steak House $18,460,067 $87.00 Indianapolis IN 212,184

*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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