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 Salessort descending Average Check Size City State Meals Served
100 Sweetwater Tavern $9,890,000 $24.00 Falls Church VA 400,000
99 Salty’s on Alki Beach $10,200,000* $49.00* Seattle WA 200,000
98 Willow Creek Farm $10,220,570 $29.00 Broadlands VA 361,000
97 The Continental Mid-town $10,300,001* $25.00* Philadelphia PA 260,000
95 Greek Islands $10,500,000* $29.00* Chicago IL 355,000
96 Morimoto $10,500,000* $73.00* New York City NY 106,000
94 Coastal Flats $10,560,000 $25.00 Fairfax VA 400,000
93 Redeye Grill $10,700,000* $39.00* New York City NY 270,000
92 Buddakan $10,700,001* $46.00* Philadelphia PA 125,000
91 Maloney & Porcelli $10,727,779 $93.00* New York City NY 111,086
90 California Grill $10,800,000* $53.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 215,000
89 Aureole $10,900,000* $93.00 Las Vegas NV 130,000
88 Zeffirino $10,900,001* $68.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
87 Eiffel Tower Restaurant $11,000,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
86 Daniel’s Broiler $11,081,727 $92.00 Bellevue WA 80,107
85 Kowloon $11,100,000* $18.00* Saugus MA 600,000
84 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $11,199,229 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 804,987
83 Harley-Davidson Cafe $11,200,000* $32.00* Las Vegas NV 350,000
82 Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge $11,200,001 $26.00 Reston VA 415,000
81 Gotham Bar and Grill $11,200,002* $100.00* New York City NY 135,000
80 Emeril’s Orlando $11,300,000* $58.00* Orlando FL 270,000
79 StripSteak $11,600,000* $105.00* Las Vegas NV 140,000
78 Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare $11,600,001* $78.00* Las Vegas NV 190,000
77 Trattoria Dell’Arte $11,650,000* $50.00* New York City NY 220,000
76 Fix $11,680,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 200,000
75 Cliff House $11,700,000* $54.00* San Francisco CA 325,000
73 Bryant Park Grill $11,800,000* $49.00* New York City NY 258,000
74 Mesa Grill $11,800,000* $65.00* Las Vegas NV 220,000
72 Daniel $11,800,001* $115.00* New York City NY 105,000
71 Tower Oaks Lodge $11,800,002 $23.00* Rockville MD 450,000
70 Parc $11,900,000* $31.00* Philadelphia PA 315,000
100 Oceana $12,000,000 $85.00 New York City NY 140,000
99 Alioto's Restaurant $12,039,092 $45.00* San Francisco CA 270,000
98 Fix $12,050,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 203,000
97 Phillips Seafood $12,095,816 $29.00 Baltimore MD 417,968
69 Jean-Georges Steakhouse $12,100,001* $110.00* Las Vegas NV 110,000
96 Morimoto $12,118,053 $100.00 New York City NY 116,137
100 Timberline Steaks and Grille $12,150,000* $16.00* Denver CO 803,000
99 Greek Islands $12,200,000 $31.00 Chicago IL 390,000
95 The Southern Steak & Oyster $12,289,167 $61.00 Nashville TN 396,000
93 Tavern on the Green $12,300,000* $50.00* New York City NY 240,000
94 Bartolotta Ristorante $12,300,000* $101.00* Las Vegas NV 140,000
68 Keens Steakhouse $12,400,000* $76.00* New York City NY 160,000
92 Makoto $12,437,096 $60.00 Bal Harbour FL 221,096
67 Junior’s (Times Square) $12,500,000* $18.00* New York City NY 750,000
65 George’s at the Cove $12,600,000* $65.00* La Jolla CA 193,000
91 Spago $12,600,000* $56.00* Las Vegas NV 230,000
66 Craftsteak $12,600,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA 150,000
89 Tavern on Rush $12,687,644 $71.00 Chicago IL 338,338
87 Keens Steakhouse $12,700,000* $78.00* New York City NY 158,000
88 Daniel $12,700,000* $170.00* New York City NY 85,000
64 Cafe Fiorello $12,700,000* $39.00* New York City NY 300,000
63 Boulevard $12,800,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 170,000
86 Junior's (Times Square) $12,800,000* $19.00* New York City NY 700,000
98 Daniel $12,800,000* $170.00* New York NY 86,000
62 Mike’s “American” $12,880,000 $26.00 Springfield VA 440,000
85 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $56.00* New York City NY 230,000
97 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $57.00* New York NY 233,000
61 Atlanta Fish Market $12,900,000 $48.00* Atlanta GA 265,000
96 Franciscan Crab Restaurant $12,942,913 $51.00 San Francisco CA 250,000
60 Blue Water Grill $12,950,000* $63.00* New York City NY 260,000
84 Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth $12,993,605 $16.00 Frankenmuth MI 814,426
59 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,000,495 $26.00 Chicago IL 448,106
95 Paradise Cove Beach Cafe $13,033,723 $29.00 Malibu CA 450,000
83 Carmine's $13,065,111 $31.00 Atlantic City NJ 101,907
82 Boulevard $13,100,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 173,000
94 Cut $13,100,000* $125.00* Las Vegas NV 106,000
58 Shaw’s Crab House $13,100,000* $48.00* Chicago IL 350,000
57 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $13,137,712 $68.00 Oak Brook IL 217,696
93 George’s at the Cove $13,150,000* $88.00* La Jolla CA 156,000
92 The Southern Steak & Oyster $13,158,586 $61.00 Nashville TN 424,000
81 Quartino Ristorante $13,199,196 $28.00 Chicago IL 435,888
91 Carpaccio $13,200,000* $52.00* Bal Harbour FL 250,000
56 N9NE Steakhouse $13,200,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
90 Boulevard $13,250,000* $77.00* San Francisco CA 179,000
55 Rock Center Café $13,250,000* $56.00* New York City NY 240,000
54 Portland City Grill $13,297,831 $68.00 Portland OR 23,500
53 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,300,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 156,000
52 The Bazaar by José Andrés $13,300,001* $99.00* Beverly Hills CA 135,000
51 Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant $13,360,934 $25.00 Coalinga CA 529,812
89 Tavern on Rush $13,363,304 $72.00 Chicago IL 345,773
80 Mike's "American" $13,400,000* $27.00* Springfield VA 458,000
88 Makoto $13,428,258 $64.00 Bal Harbour FL 242,751
79 Cliff House $13,479,570 $43.00 San Francisco CA 256,380
78 Virgil's Real Barbecue $13,526,645 $26.00 New York City NY 994,594
77 Atlanta Fish Market $13,544,500 $48.00 Atlanta GA 266,000
50 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth $13,546,914 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 960,775
87 Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar $13,562,185 $29.00 Chicago IL 439,245
49 Virgil’s Real Barbecue $13,600,000* $36.00* New York City NY 375,000
86 Mike's "American" $13,650,000* $29.00* Springfield VA 460,000
76 N9NE Steakhouse $13,660,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 167,000
85 Virgil’s Real Barbecue $13,681,113 $26.00 New York NY 995,000
84 N9NE Steakhouse $13,750,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 170,000
45 Coffee Shop $13,800,000* $26.00* New York City NY 550,000
47 Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse $13,800,000* $45.00* Chicago IL 300,000
48 The Milleridge Inn $13,800,000* $42.00* Jericho NY 320,000
74 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,800,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
75 Rock Center Cafe $13,800,000* $56.00* New York City NY 246,000
46 The Four Seasons $13,800,000* $150.00* New York City NY 105,000

*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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