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Highest-volume independent steak houses

Even as sales at full-service restaurants sputter along, growing at 2.4 percent in 2013 according to Technomic, sales at steak concepts are leading the pack with 6.2 percent growth. That may help explain why so many steak houses are among our list of the Top 100 Independent Restaurants. And here, the classics—including Keens Steakhouse in New York City and St. Elmo's Steak House in Indianapolis—dominate.

RESTAURANT 

2013 SALES

TOP 100 RANK

Smith & Wollensky$25,470,1154
Prime 112$23,345,6786
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Chicago)$22,397,732*10
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Chicago)$21,000,000*12
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Las Vegas)$20,100,000*13
Carnevino$19,000,000*13
SW Steakhouse$18,600,00014
Sparks Steak House$17,600,000*16
Prime Steakhouse$17,300,000*17
St. Elmo Steak House$16,149,56225
Top of the World$15,900,000*27
Quality Meats$15,782,81229
Abe & Louie’s$15,600,000*30
Angus Barn$14,850,000*86
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Rosemont)$14,420,69342
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse$13,800,000*47
Delmonico Steakhouse$13,300,000*53
Portland City Grill$13,297,83154
N9NE Steakhouse$13,200,000*56
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Oak Brook)$13,137,71257
Craftsteak$12,600,000*66
Keens Steakhouse$12,400,000*68
Jean-Georges Steakhouse$12,100,001*69
StripSteak$11,600,000*79
Daniel’s Broiler$11,081,72786
Maloney & Porcelli$10,727,77991

*RB estimate

 

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