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 Statesort descending Meals Served
37 Gladstones $14,800,002* $45.00 Pacific Palisades CA 320,000
79 Cliff House $13,479,570 $43.00 San Francisco CA 256,380
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
13 Bottega Louie $21,732,696 $41.00 Los Angeles CA 479,316
82 Boulevard $13,100,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 173,000
75 Cliff House $11,700,000* $54.00* San Francisco CA 325,000
78 Cliff House $14,126,100 $53.00 San Francisco CA 251,000
60 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $14,599,151 $27.00 Coalinga CA 542,825
29 The Slanted Door $16,900,000* $50.00* San Francisco CA 360,000
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA 150,000
51 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $13,360,934 $25.00 Coalinga CA 529,812
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
90 Boulevard $13,250,000* $77.00* San Francisco CA 179,000
22 The Slanted Door $16,500,000* $48.00* San Francisco CA 350,000
93 George’s at the Cove $13,150,000* $88.00* La Jolla CA 156,000
99 Alioto's Restaurant $12,039,092 $45.00* San Francisco CA 270,000
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
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
14 Bottega Louie $21,122,795 $36.00 Los Angeles CA 467,667
63 Boulevard $12,800,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 170,000
65 George’s at the Cove $12,600,000* $65.00* La Jolla CA 193,000
48 Scoma's $15,458,387 $52.00 San Francisco CA 301,988
73 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,900,000* $100.00* Beverly Hills CA 138,000
32 Scoma’s $15,350,370 $48.00 San Francisco CA 322,000
49 Gladstones $15,400,000* $45.00* Pacific Palisades CA 330,000
100 Timberline Steaks and Grille $12,150,000* $16.00* Denver CO 803,000
47 Le Diplomate $16,256,705 $52.00 Washington DC 305,444
81 The Source $14,000,000* $67.00* Washington DC 210,000
15 The Hamilton $17,855,655 $45.00 Washington DC 400,000
33 The Source $16,700,000* $67.00* Washington DC 280,000
22 The Hamilton $19,314,488 $49.00 Washington DC 391,140
6 Old Ebbitt Grill $28,056,008 $37.00 Washington DC 960,165
60 Sequoia $15,550,000* $49.00* Washington DC 317,000
41 Le Diplomate $16,101,034 $53.00 Washington DC 296,149
5 Old Ebbitt Grill $30,568,157 $47.00 Washington DC 650,802
16 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $20,500,000* $72.00* Washington DC 280,000
34 Sequoia $15,000,000* $46.00* Washington DC 300,000
3 Old Ebbitt Grill $26,687,861 $40.00 Washington DC 600,000
20 The Hamilton $18,383,790 $34.00 Washington DC 637,848
10 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $23,600,000* $76.00* Washington DC 290,800
53 Sequoia $15,200,000* $47.00* Washington DC 310,000
6 Prime 112 $23,345,678 $115.00 Miami Beach FL 280,000
56 Rustic Inn Crabhouse $15,000,000* $26.00* Dania Beach FL 580,000
11 Fulton’s Crab House $20,500,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 422,000
80 Emeril’s Orlando $11,300,000* $58.00* Orlando FL 270,000
20 Fulton’s Crab House $19,900,000 $48.00* Orlando FL 414,000
54 The Rustic Inn $15,900,000* $28.00* Fort Lauderdale FL 567,000
92 Makoto $12,437,096 $60.00 Bal Harbour FL 221,096
3 Joe's Stone Crab $36,136,486 $85.00 Miami Beach FL 345,000
88 Makoto $13,428,258 $64.00 Bal Harbour FL 242,751
36 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $16,500,000* $50.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 330,000
56 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $15,850,000* $40.00* Orlando FL 396,000
91 Carpaccio $13,200,000* $52.00* Bal Harbour FL 250,000
9 Prime 112 $23,500,000 $115.00 Miami Beach FL 220,000
61 The Boathouse Orlando $15,211,632 $44.00 Orlando FL 360,000
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
2 Joe’s Stone Crab $36,837,000 $80.00 Miami Beach FL 350,000
2 Joe’s Stone Crab $35,324,729 $65.00 Miami Beach FL 339,924
90 California Grill $10,800,000* $53.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 215,000
9 Prime 112 $23,600,000 $115.00 Miami Beach FL 220,000
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
61 Atlanta Fish Market $12,900,000 $48.00* Atlanta GA 265,000
45 Chops Lobster Bar $15,810,500 $101.00 Atlanta GA 192,000
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
43 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $16,868,128 $70.00* Rosemont IL 256,892
81 Quartino Ristorante $13,199,196 $28.00 Chicago IL 435,888
95 Greek Islands $10,500,000* $29.00* Chicago IL 355,000
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
25 Bob Chinn's Crab House $17,553,828 $39.00 Wheeling IL 481,220
42 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $14,420,693 $68.00 Rosemont IL 223,912
10 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,000,000* $68.00 Chicago IL 410,000
47 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $13,800,000* $45.00* Chicago IL 300,000
31 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $16,875,000* $73.00* Chicago IL 409,000
89 Tavern on Rush $12,687,644 $71.00 Chicago IL 338,338
65 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $14,300,000* $46.00* Chicago IL 306,000
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
18 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $17,208,566 $31.00 Wheeling IL 547,499
89 Tavern on Rush $13,363,304 $72.00 Chicago IL 345,773
37 Shaw's Crab House $16,500,000* $60.00* Chicago IL 275,000
26 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $18,426,078 $36.00 Wheeling IL 518,273
57 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $13,137,712 $68.00 Oak Brook IL 217,696
10 Gibson Bar & Steakhouse $22,535,918 $73.00 Chicago IL 339,804
58 Shaw’s Crab House $13,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 350,000
11 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab $21,800,000* $69.00* Chicago IL 411,000
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
46 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $15,667,052 $69.00 Rosemont IL 239,846
71 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $13,930,512 $70.00 Oak Brook IL 219,669
36 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $17,200,000* $75.00* Chicago IL 230,000
99 Greek Islands $12,200,000 $31.00 Chicago IL 390,000

*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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