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Top 100
Independents

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
1Carmine's (Times Square)$39,080,335$40New YorkN.Y.469,803
2The Boathouse Orlando$35,218,364$43Orlando Fla.820,819
3Old Ebbitt Grill$29,104,017$33WashingtonD.C.892,830
4LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub$26,916,180*$90*New YorkN.Y.198,500
5Bryant Park Grill & Cafe$26,900,000$62New YorkN.Y.403,000
6Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$25,409,952$80ChicagoIll.348,567
7Top of the World at the STRAT $25,233,543$103Las VegasNev.246,054
8Maple & Ash$24,837,595$99ChicagoIll.210,832
9Balthazar$24,547,800*$87*New YorkN.Y.519,000
10Smith & Wollensky$24,501,000$107New YorkN.Y.257,364
11Angus Barn$24,268,160*$75*RaleighN.C.315,000
12Prime 112$23,800,000$135Miami BeachFla.206,000
13Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$23,660,000*$86*WashingtonD.C.277,850
14Junior's (Times Square)$23,640,652$23New YorkN.Y.914,500
15The Hamilton$23,138,062$33WashingtonD.C.700,861
16Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,981,600*$91*ChicagoIll.252,500
17Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,859,400*$81*Las VegasNev.286,000
18Gibsons Italia$22,749,232$108ChicagoIll.252,962
19Komodo$22,500,000$98MiamiFla.265,000
20Buddakan$22,395,577$67New YorkN.Y.221,059
21Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$22,181,607*$119*Las VegasNev.190,000
22SW Steakhouse$21,523,650*$149*Las VegasNev.145,700
23St. Elmo Steak House$21,422,141$99IndianapolisInd.192,774
24RPM Steak$20,853,300*$102*ChicagoIll.202,900
25Mon Ami Gabi$20,120,210*$76*Las VegasNev.319,200
26Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$19,831,818$81Oak BrookIll.276,444
27Paddlefish$19,829,500*$48*Orlando Fla.417,500
28Taste of Texas$19,530,159$55HoustonTexas375,241
29Parc$19,379,153$35PhiladelphiaPa.486,219
30Bob Chinn?s Crab House$18,687,601$48WheelingIll.625,907
31Quality Meats$18,678,000$115New YorkN.Y.165,148
32Del Posto$18,625,033*$194*New YorkN.Y.95,000
33Shooters Waterfront$18,601,433$57Ft. LauderdaleFla.409,752
34Bottega Louie$18,521,000$36Los AngelesCalif.322,562
35Le Diplomate$18,490,719$38WashingtonD.C.363,609
36Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$18,483,056$79RosemontIll.252,419
37Lavo Italian Restaurant & Lounge$18,386,262*$97*Las VegasNev.115,500
38Prime Steakhouse$18,248,030*$173*Las VegasNev.113,600
39Makoto$18,216,906$54Bal HarbourFla.256,830
40Original Joe's Westlake$18,159,612$35Daly CityCalif.473,492
41Shaw's Crab House$17,965,500*$72*ChicagoIll.270,000
42Founding Farmers (Washington, D.C.)$17,910,045$33WashingtonD.C.648,096
43Junior's (49th Street)$17,834,390$22New YorkN.Y.798,000
44Chops Lobster Bar$17,816,450*$106*AtlantaGa.168,000
45Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,743,720*$95*ChicagoIll.211,000
46Swift & Sons$17,637,400*$119*ChicagoIll.195,343
47Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$17,599,468$29CoalingaCalif.611,928
48Sparks Steak House$17,519,030*$100*New YorkN.Y.198,200
49Quality Italian$17,519,000$95New YorkN.Y.177,337
50Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$17,388,751$19FrankenmuthMich.899,284
51Tavern on the Green$17,212,800*$76*New YorkN.Y.250,000
52Abe & Louie?s$17,063,477$106BostonMass.160,762
53Rusty Pelican$16,981,741$98MiamiFla.182,000
54Beauty & Essex (New York City)$16,364,050*$90*New YorkN.Y.187,970
55Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,304,883*$62*New YorkN.Y.296,000
56Delmonico Steakhouse$16,154,000*$103*Las VegasNev.133,000
57Portland City Grill$16,111,510$83PortlandOre.268,062
58Zehnder's of Frankenmuth$16,063,684$17FrankenmuthMich.959,026
59The Rustic Inn$15,700,000$43Ft. LauderdaleFla.371,000
60Harry Caray?s Italian Steakhouse$15,680,000*$59*ChicagoIll.287,900
61Keens Steakhouse$15,629,700*$97*New YorkN.Y.168,301
62The Lobster House$15,450,000*$43*Cape MayN.J.320,000
63China Live$15,106,280$54San FranciscoCalif.300,000
64Prime & Provisions$15,100,000$130ChicagoIll.116,154
65Carmine's (Las Vegas)$15,067,804$45Las VegasNev.176,221
66Swan$15,000,000$78MiamiFla.225,000
6715th Street Fisheries$14,978,103$69Fort LauderdaleFla. 356,000
68Atlanta Fish Market$14,972,300*$57*AtlantaGa.274,000
69Acme Feed & Seed$14,897,125$22NashvilleTenn.527,130
70Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House$14,790,123$80ChicagoIll.190,616
71Cliff House$14,465,847$40San FranciscoCalif.199,901
72Castaway Burbank$14,407,413$60BurbankCalif.180,320
73Matt's El Rancho$14,381,904$29AustinTexas495,927
74Timberline Steaks and Grille$14,362,103$37DenverColo.553,378
75Beauty & Essex (Las Vegas)$14,130,500*$99*Las VegasNev.150,000
76Carmine's (Atlantic City)$13,987,843$39Atlantic CityN.J.129,630
77Junior's (Brooklyn)$13,908,292$23New YorkN.Y.359,000
78Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar$13,854,856$32ChicagoIll.394,582
79Paradise Cove Beach Cafe$13,654,113$39MalibuCalif.312,050
80BOA Steakhouse $13,552,485$110West HollywoodCalif.123,204
81Original Joe's$13,177,468$45San FranciscoCalif.267,533
82Founding Farmers (McLean, Va.)$13,102,742$38McLeanVa.390,104
83Siena Tavern$13,100,000$55ChicagoIll.238,182
84Girl & the Goat$12,894,700*$82*ChicagoIll.183,000
85Tavern on Rush$12,884,000$72ChicagoIll.178,944
86Harry & Izzy's Circle Centre$12,809,921$66IndianapolisInd.174,166
87Scoma's$12,713,394$65*San FranciscoCalif.292,000
88Farmers Fishers Bakers$12,572,109$37WashingtonD.C.371,025
89Southern Steak & Oyster$12,566,618$39NashvilleTenn.337,920
90Big Texan Steak Ranch$12,505,200$24AmarilloTexas478,000
91Park Avenue Summer (Autumn, Winter, Spring)$12,498,000$84New YorkN.Y.164,531
92Farmers & Distillers$12,278,839$36WashingtonD.C.375,309
93Virgil's Real Barbecue$12,245,998$31New YorkN.Y.251,800
94Carmine's (Washington, D.C.)$12,228,168$39WashingtonD.C.148,135
95Franciscan Crab Restaurant$12,218,147$59*San FranciscoCalif.240,000
96George's at the Cove$12,194,000*$80*La JollaCalif.250,000
97Le Coucou$12,187,523$95New YorkN.Y.87,070
98Mi Vida$12,032,014$38WashingtonD.C.226,226
99Upland$11,965,564$52New YorkN.Y.171,825
100Virgil's Real Barbecue$11,391,678$27Las VegasNev.208,276
*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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