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Independents

A Restaurant Business Special 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 Check SizeCityStateMeals Served
1Tao Asian Bistro$47,941,106$96.00Las VegasNev.22,704
2Joe’s Stone Crab$36,837,000$80.00Miami BeachFla.350,000
3Tao Downtown$33,822,962$77.00New YorkN.Y.450,000
4Carmine’s (Times Square)$32,015,788$32.00New YorkN.Y.395,000
5Old Ebbitt Grill$30,568,157$47.00WashingtonD.C.650,802
6Lavo New York$27,508,162$75.00New YorkN.Y.260,000
7Smith & Wollensky$25,584,000$101.00New YorkN.Y.298,417
8Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$23,636,657$73.00ChicagoIll.356,051
9Prime 112$23,600,000$115.00Miami BeachFla.220,000
10Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$23,600,000*$76.00*WashingtonD.C.290,800
11Tao Uptown$23,357,631$79.00New YorkN.Y.304,689
12Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,300,000*$78.00*Las VegasNev.285,900
13Bottega Louie$21,732,696$41.00Los AngelesCalif.479,316
14Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$21,600,000*$76.00ChicagoIll.276,000
15Junior’s (Times Square)$21,501,008$23.00New YorkN.Y.950,000
16Buddakan$20,960,758$84.00New YorkN.Y.250,416
17Carnevino Italian Steakhouse$20,400,000*$180.00*Las VegasNev.113,000
18Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$20,100,000*$105.00Las VegasNev.191,400
19Bryant Park Grill & Café$20,000,000$50.00*New YorkN.Y.400,000
20Fulton’s Crab House$19,900,000$48.00*OrlandoFla.414,000
21SW Steakhouse$19,900,000*$130.00*Las VegasNev.151,000
22The Hamilton$19,314,488$49.00WashingtonD.C.391,140
23David Burke Primehouse$19,300,000*$95.00*ChicagoIll.203,000
24Sparks Steak House$18,600,000*$92.00*New YorkN.Y.202,000
25St. Elmo Steak House$18,460,067$87.00IndianapolisInd.212,184
26Bob Chinn’s Crab House$18,426,078$36.00WheelingIll.518,273
27Blue Fin$18,400,000*$70.00*New YorkN.Y.263,000
28The Smith (Lincoln Square)$18,250,000$43.00New YorkN.Y.492,392
29Prime Steakhouse$17,900,000*$155.00*Las VegasNev.116,000
30Del Posto$17,900,000*$160.00*New YorkN.Y.112,000
31Mon Ami Gabi$17,400,000*$68.00*Las VegasNev.256,000
32Spago$17,400,000*$63.00*Las VegasNev.276,000
33Angus Barn$17,345,034$65.00RaleighN.C.264,963
34Shaw’s Crab House$17,300,000*$65.00*ChicagoIll.266,000
35Quality Meats$17,263,000$98.00New YorkN.Y.179,422
36Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,200,000*$75.00*ChicagoIll.230,000
37Abe & Louie’s$17,167,589$106.00BostonMass.194,047
38'21' Club$17,167,544$175.00New YorkN.Y.119,667
39Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar$17,000,000*$42.00*New YorkN.Y.405,000
40Tavern on the Green$17,000,000*$60.00*New YorkN.Y.280,000
41Taste of Texas$16,959,863$55.00HoustonTexas368,520
42Beauty & Essex$16,880,985$117.00New YorkN.Y.268,012
43Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$16,868,128$70.00*RosemontIll.256,892
44Aria Cafe$16,860,000*$22.00*Las VegasNev.767,000
45Lavo Italian Restaurant$16,730,072$114.00Las VegasNev.160,796
46Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,650,000*$53.00*New YorkN.Y.314,000
47Le Diplomate$16,256,705$52.00WashingtonD.C.305,444
48Spice Market$16,150,000*$70.00*New YorkN.Y.231,000
49Blue Water Grill$16,150,000$74.00*New YorkN.Y.218,000
50Chops Lobster Bar$16,126,710$103.00AtlantaGa.193,000
51Top of the World$16,000,000*$95.00*Las VegasNev.175,000
52Parc$15,984,068$56.00PhiladelphiaPa.424,642
53SkyCity at the Needle$15,900,000*$58.00*SeattleWash.274,000
54The Rustic Inn$15,900,000*$28.00*Fort LauderdaleFla.567,000
55Keens Steakhouse$15,900,000*$87.00*New YorkN.Y.182,700
56Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe$15,850,000*$40.00*OrlandoFla.396,000
57The Bazaar by José Andrés$15,800,000*$100.00*Beverly HillsCalif.158,000
58Quality Italian$15,622,000$88.00New YorkN.Y.170,107
59Balthazar$15,600,000*$68.00*New YorkN.Y.230,000
60Sequoia$15,550,000*$49.00*WashingtonD.C.317,000
61The Boathouse Orlando$15,211,632$44.00OrlandoFla.360,000
62The Smith (Midtown)$15,210,000$44.00New YorkN.Y.345,358
63Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse$15,100,000*$48.00*ChicagoIll.314,000
64Scoma’s$15,092,497$50.00*San FranciscoCalif.323,000
65Boa Steakhouse$14,870,355$75.00West HollywoodCalif.179,917
66Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth$14,802,943$15.00FrankenmuthMich.967,298
67Acme Feed & Seed$14,765,496$23.00NashvilleTenn.640,000
68Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$14,731,787$72.00Oak BrookIll.230,343
69Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House$14,708,983$64.00ChicagoIll.208,648
70The Lobster House$14,700,000*$37.00*Cape MayN.J.306,000
71Coffee Shop$14,700,000*$28.00*New YorkN.Y.560,000
72Portland City Grill$14,651,911$71.00PortlandOre.213,000
73Jean-Georges Steakhouse$14,650,000*$120.00*Las VegasNev.135,000
74Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$14,625,584$27.00CoalingaCalif.541,705
75Gladstones$14,500,000*$49.00*Pacific PalisadesCalif.316,000
76Delmonico Steakhouse$14,300,000*$88.00*Las VegasNev.165,000
77The Four Seasons$14,200,000*$152.00*New YorkN.Y.106,000
78Cliff House$14,126,100$53.00San FranciscoCalif.251,000
79Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$14,080,117$17.00FrankenmuthMich.845,921
80Junior’s (Brooklyn)$14,073,830$23.00New YorkN.Y.612,000
81The Source$14,000,000*$67.00*WashingtonD.C.210,000
82Carmine’s (Atlantic City)$13,871,327$32.00Atlantic CityN.J.101,866
83Atlanta Fish Market$13,815,390$49.00AtlantaGa.267,000
84N9NE Steakhouse$13,750,000*$80.00*Las VegasNev.170,000
85Virgil’s Real Barbecue$13,681,113$26.00New YorkN.Y.995,000
86Mike's "American"$13,650,000*$29.00*SpringfieldVa.460,000
87Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar$13,562,185$29.00ChicagoIll.439,245
88Makoto$13,428,258$64.00Bal HarbourFla.242,751
89Tavern on Rush$13,363,304$72.00ChicagoIll.345,773
90Boulevard$13,250,000*$77.00*San FranciscoCalif.179,000
91Carpaccio$13,200,000*$52.00*Bal HarbourFla.250,000
92The Southern Steak & Oyster$13,158,586$61.00NashvilleTenn.424,000
93George’s at the Cove$13,150,000*$88.00*La JollaCalif.156,000
94Cut$13,100,000*$125.00*Las VegasNev.106,000
95Paradise Cove Beach Cafe $13,033,723$29.00MalibuCalif.450,000
96Franciscan Crab Restaurant$12,942,913$51.00San FranciscoCalif.250,000
97Cafe Fiorello$12,900,000*$57.00*New YorkN.Y.233,000
98Daniel$12,800,000*$170.00*New YorkN.Y.86,000
99Greek Islands$12,200,000$31.00ChicagoIll.390,000
100Timberline Steaks and Grille$12,150,000*$16.00*DenverColo.803,000
*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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