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A Restaurant Business Report sponsored by: Campbell’s

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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RankRestaurantSalesAverage CheckCityStateMeals Served
1Tao Las Vegas$42,470,345$90Las VegasNev.226,146
2Joe’s Stone Crab$37,243,159$80Miami BeachFla.316,000
3Tao Downtown$33,401,819$95New YorkN.Y.311,945
4Carmine’s (New York)$33,147,017$33New YorkN.Y.396,871
5Old Ebbitt Grill$32,662,051$39Washington D.C.1,072,293
6The Boathouse Orlando$30,814,369$43OrlandoFla.643,829
7Lavo New York$26,822,655$85New YorkN.Y.200,000
8Smith & Wollensky$25,961,337$100New YorkN.Y.296,723
9Bryant Park Grill & Cafe $25,400,000$50*New YorkN.Y.420,000
10Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Chicago)$24,700,825$75ChicagoIll.363,301
11Junior’s (Times Square)$23,972,978$24New YorkN.Y.950,000
12Vandal$23,680,917$80New YorkN.Y.215,483
13Prime 112$23,100,000$120Miami BeachFla.193,000
14Tao Uptown$23,089,638$85New YorkN.Y.282,827
15Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$23,000,000*$80*WashingtonD.C.288,000
16The Hamilton$21,978,322$34WashingtonD.C.759,970
17Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$21,800,000*$85*Las VegasNev.260,000
18Bottega Louie$21,720,463$35Los AngelesCalif.729,612
19St. Elmo Steak House$21,308,565$90IndianapolisInd.239,725
20Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$21,200,000*$80*ChicagoIll.265,000
21Buddakan$20,555,460$84New YorkN.Y.250,416
22Angus Barn$20,402,068$68RaleighN.C.298,960
23Carnevino Italian Steakhouse$20,400,000*$182*Las VegasNev.112,000
24Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$20,200,000*$105*Las VegasNev.192,000
25SW Steakhouse$19,900,000*$130*Las VegasNev.151,000
26Primehouse$19,200,000*$98*ChicagoIll.200,000
27The Smith (Lincoln Square)$18,950,000$43New YorkN.Y.530,802
28Sparks Steak House$18,150,000*$90*New YorkN.Y.210,000
29Quality Meats$18,003,504$100New YorkN.Y.178,297
30Bob Chinn’s Crab House$17,990,990$37WheelingIll.483,111
31Acme Feed & Seed$17,954,879$16NashvilleTenn.611,454
32Del Posto$17,800,000*$162*New YorkN.Y.110,000
33Blue Fin$17,500,000*$72*New YorkN.Y.243,000
34Abe & Louie’s$17,463,196$85BostonMass.222,599
35The Smith (Midtown)$17,450,000$44New YorkN.Y.395,911
36Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Rosemont, Ill.)$17,442,193$71RosemontIll.258,249
37Founding Farmers (DC)$17,243,194$35WashingtonD.C.571,078
38Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,200,000*$85*ChicagoIll.210,000
39Mon Ami Gabi$17,200,000*$66*Las VegasNev.300,000
40Tavern on the Green$17,200,000*$70*New YorkN.Y.260,000
41Shaw’s Crab House$17,100,000*$65*ChicagoIll.265,000
42Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar$17,000,000*$43*New YorkN.Y.406,000
43Parc$16,921,459$56PhiladelphiaPa.423,619
44Aria Cafe$16,800,000*$24*Las VegasNev.700,000
45Prime Steakhouse$16,800,000*$158*Las VegasNev.112,675
46Taste of Texas$16,720,966$55HoustonTexas363,715
47Quality Italian$16,529,915$90New YorkN.Y.171,713
48Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,400,000*$54*New YorkN.Y.310,000
49Le Diplomate$16,377,232$58WashingtonD.C.306,708
50Beauty & Essex$16,308,810$85New York CityN.Y.191,505
51Komodo$16,250,000$93MiamiFla.180,000
52La Sirena$16,200,000*$80*New YorkN.Y.225,000
53‘21’ Club$16,117,593$190New YorkN.Y.112,361
54Keens Steakhouse$16,100,000*$90*New YorkN.Y.179,000
55Lavo Las Vegas$16,015,498$85Las VegasNev.134,783
56Chops Lobster Bar$16,000,000*$103*AtlantaGa.193,000
57Top of the World$16,000,000*$96*Las VegasNev.173,000
58Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe$15,900,000*$48*OrlandoFla.345,000
59Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Oak Brook, Ill.)$15,773,912$73Oak BrookIll.239,403
60Blue Water Grill$15,700,000*$74*New YorkN.Y.218,000
61Morimoto Asia$15,640,000*$65*OrlandoFla.490,000
62The Southern Steak & Oyster$15,602,342$74NashvilleTenn.383,950
63SkyCity at the Needle$15,600,000*$61*SeattleWash.258,000
64Scoma’s$15,498,854$52*San FranciscoCalif.330,000
65The Smith (NoMad)$15,350,000$44New YorkN.Y.365,811
66Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth$15,083,189$16FrankenmuthMich.945,364
67Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$15,000,303$29CoalingaCalif.518,664
68Portland City Grill$14,918,871$73PortlandOre.313,033
69The Lobster House$14,900,000*$38*Cape MayN.J.310,000
70Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse$14,800,000*$52*ChicagoIll.290,000
71Franciscan Crab Restaurant$14,784,499$53San FranciscoCalif.285,000
72Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$14,677,690$17FrankenmuthMich.847,585
73The Rustic Inn$14,625,000*$28*Dania BeachFla.520,000
74Junior’s (Brooklyn)$14,511,308$23New YorkN.Y.620,000
75Spago$14,500,000*$75*Las VegasNev.180,000
76The Bazaar by Jose Andres$14,500,000*$95*Beverly HillsCalif.152,000
77Jean-Georges Steakhouse$14,400,000*$110*Las VegasNev.125,000
78Boa Steakhouse$14,347,346$105West HollywoodCalif.133,604
79Coffee Shop$14,300,000*$47*New YorkN.Y.314,000
80Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House$14,269,812$74ChicagoIll.182,161
8115th Street Fisheries$14,200,000*$60*Fort LauderdaleFla.350,000
82Cliff House$14,091,992$46San FranciscoCalif.283,658
83Gladstones$14,000,000*$50*Pacific PalisadesCalif.300,000
84Carmine’s (Atlantic City)$13,978,014$33Atlantic CityN.J.101,914
85Paradise Cove Beach Cafe $13,926,000$31MalibuCalif.454,000
86Atlanta Fish Market$13,800,000*$49*AtlantaGa.268,000
87Delmonico Steakhouse$13,800,000*$92*Las VegasNev.150,000
88Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar$13,790,000$29ChicagoIll.438,677
89Virgil’s Real Barbecue$13,755,053$26New YorkN.Y.396,871
90N9NE Steakhouse$13,700,000*$80*Las VegasNev.170,000
91Mike’s “American”$13,500,000*$30*SpringfieldVa.460,000
92Founding Farmers (Tysons, Va.)$13,425,130$39TysonsVa.400,904
93Tavern on Rush$13,409,416$74ChicagoIll.350,000
94Timberline Steaks & Grille$13,358,746$16DenverColo.1,055,679
96Balthazar$13,300,000*$70*New YorkN.Y.230,000
96George’s at the Cove$13,200,000*$85*La JollaCalif.265,000
97Makoto$13,190,879$61Bal HarbourFla.223,121
98Boulevard$13,000,000*$100*San FranciscoCalif.124,000
99Carpaccio$13,000,000*$54*Bal HarbourFla.237,000
100Cafe Fiorello$12,950,000*$56*New YorkN.Y.235,000
*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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