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 Restaurantsort descending Sales Average Check Size City State Meals Served
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
40 Abe & Louie's $16,200,000* $78.00* Boston MA 208,000
37 Abe & Louie’s $17,167,589 $106.00 Boston MA 194,047
30 Abe & Louie’s $15,600,000* $75.00* Boston MA 200,000
67 Acme Feed & Seed $14,765,496 $23.00 Nashville TN 640,000
99 Alioto's Restaurant $12,039,092 $45.00* San Francisco CA 270,000
33 Angus Barn $17,345,034 $65.00 Raleigh NC 264,963
36 Angus Barn $14,850,000* $60.00* Raleigh NC 242,000
44 Angus Barn $15,923,614 $65.00 Raleigh NC 245,710
44 Aria Cafe $16,860,000* $22.00* Las Vegas NV 767,000
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
77 Atlanta Fish Market $13,544,500 $48.00 Atlanta GA 266,000
89 Aureole $10,900,000* $93.00 Las Vegas NV 130,000
23 Balthazar $16,200,001* $65.00* New York City NY 110,000
59 Balthazar $15,600,000* $68.00* New York NY 230,000
32 Balthazar $16,700,000* $68.00* New York City NY 240,000
94 Bartolotta Ristorante $12,300,000* $101.00* Las Vegas NV 140,000
78 Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare $11,600,001* $78.00* Las Vegas NV 190,000
84 Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth $12,993,605 $16.00 Frankenmuth MI 814,426
18 Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres $20,100,000* $105.00 Las Vegas NV 191,400
42 Beauty & Essex $16,880,985 $117.00 New York NY 268,012
27 Blue Fin $18,400,000* $70.00* New York NY 263,000
43 Blue Fin $14,400,000* $65.00 New York City NY 250,000
55 Blue Fin $15,100,000* $65.00* New York City NY 255,000
49 Blue Water Grill $16,150,000 $74.00* New York NY 218,000
60 Blue Water Grill $12,950,000* $63.00* New York City NY 260,000
63 Blue Water Grill $14,400,000* $70.00* New York City NY 205,000
65 Boa Steakhouse $14,870,355 $75.00 West Hollywood CA 179,917
25 Bob Chinn's Crab House $17,553,828 $39.00 Wheeling IL 481,220
26 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $18,426,078 $36.00 Wheeling IL 518,273
18 Bob Chinn’s Crab House $17,208,566 $31.00 Wheeling IL 547,499
13 Bottega Louie $21,732,696 $41.00 Los Angeles CA 479,316
14 Bottega Louie $21,122,795 $36.00 Los Angeles CA 467,667
90 Boulevard $13,250,000* $77.00* San Francisco CA 179,000
63 Boulevard $12,800,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 170,000
82 Boulevard $13,100,000* $75.00* San Francisco CA 173,000
73 Bryant Park Grill $11,800,000* $49.00* New York City NY 258,000
70 Bryant Park Grill $14,000,000* $50.00* New York City NY 268,000
19 Bryant Park Grill & Café $20,000,000 $50.00* New York NY 400,000
16 Buddakan $20,960,758 $84.00 New York NY 250,416
9 Buddakan $21,500,000* $78.00* New York City NY 238,000
12 Buddakan $21,425,583 $84.00 New York City NY 250,848
92 Buddakan $10,700,001* $46.00* Philadelphia PA 125,000
97 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $57.00* New York NY 233,000
64 Cafe Fiorello $12,700,000* $39.00* New York City NY 300,000
85 Cafe Fiorello $12,900,000* $56.00* New York City NY 230,000
90 California Grill $10,800,000* $53.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 215,000
5 Carmine's $30,984,068 $31.00 New York City NY 394,190
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
4 Carmine’s (Times Square) $32,015,788 $32.00 New York NY 395,000
13 Carnevino $19,000,000* $170.00* Las Vegas NV 152,000
17 Carnevino $19,900,000* $175.00* Las Vegas NV 155,000
17 Carnevino Italian Steakhouse $20,400,000* $180.00* Las Vegas NV 113,000
91 Carpaccio $13,200,000* $52.00* Bal Harbour FL 250,000
36 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $17,200,000* $75.00* Chicago IL 230,000
31 Chicago Cut Steakhouse $16,875,000* $73.00* Chicago IL 409,000
50 Chops Lobster Bar $16,126,710 $103.00 Atlanta GA 193,000
33 Chops Lobster Bar $15,000,001 $80.00 Atlanta GA 190,000
45 Chops Lobster Bar $15,810,500 $101.00 Atlanta GA 192,000
78 Cliff House $14,126,100 $53.00 San Francisco CA 251,000
75 Cliff House $11,700,000* $54.00* San Francisco CA 325,000
79 Cliff House $13,479,570 $43.00 San Francisco CA 256,380
94 Coastal Flats $10,560,000 $25.00 Fairfax VA 400,000
71 Coffee Shop $14,700,000* $28.00* New York NY 560,000
45 Coffee Shop $13,800,000* $26.00* New York City NY 550,000
64 Coffee Shop $14,300,000* $26.00* New York City NY 555,000
66 Craftsteak $12,600,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 130,000
43 Craftsteak $16,000,000* $100.00* Las Vegas NV 158,000
94 Cut $13,100,000* $125.00* Las Vegas NV 106,000
98 Daniel $12,800,000* $170.00* New York NY 86,000
72 Daniel $11,800,001* $115.00* New York City NY 105,000
88 Daniel $12,700,000* $170.00* New York City NY 85,000
86 Daniel’s Broiler $11,081,727 $92.00 Bellevue WA 80,107
23 David Burke Primehouse $19,300,000* $95.00* Chicago IL 203,000
19 David Burke Primehouse $18,480,000* $92.00* Chicago IL 360,000
30 Del Posto $17,900,000* $160.00* New York NY 112,000
21 Del Posto $16,500,001* $130.00 New York City NY 130,000
24 Del Posto $17,600,000* $135.00* New York City NY 138,000
76 Delmonico Steakhouse $14,300,000* $88.00* Las Vegas NV 165,000
53 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,300,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 156,000
74 Delmonico Steakhouse $13,800,000* $85.00* Las Vegas NV 160,000
87 Eiffel Tower Restaurant $11,000,000* $80.00* Las Vegas NV 180,000
80 Emeril’s Orlando $11,300,000* $58.00* Orlando FL 270,000
76 Fix $11,680,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 200,000
98 Fix $12,050,000* $75.00* Las Vegas NV 203,000
96 Franciscan Crab Restaurant $12,942,913 $51.00 San Francisco CA 250,000
79 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $14,080,117 $17.00 Frankenmuth MI 845,921
84 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn $11,199,229 $14.00 Frankenmuth MI 804,987
20 Fulton’s Crab House $19,900,000 $48.00* Orlando FL 414,000
11 Fulton’s Crab House $20,500,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 422,000
13 Fulton’s Crab House $21,200,000* $45.00* Lake Buena Vista FL 423,000
90 George's at the Cove $12,650,000* $85.00* La Jolla CA 150,000
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
10 Gibson Bar & Steakhouse $22,535,918 $73.00 Chicago IL 339,804
8 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $23,636,657 $73.00 Chicago IL 356,051
8 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse $22,397,732* $71.00 Chicago IL 341,345

*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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