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While this year’s Top 100 Independent Restaurants’ aggregate food and beverage revenues of $1.8 billion in 2016 were not significantly changed from 2015, the list does include five that are less than 18 months old, and one that wasn’t open the full year and still did enough volume to qualify. In a year when independents were closing, these money makers fought against challenges and changes to stay alive.

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Top 100 Independents: The Ranking

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RankRestaurantSalesAverage CheckCityStateMeals Served
1Tao Las Vegas$43,447,100*$93*Las VegasNev.230,668
2Joe's Stone Crab$35,860,000$70Miami BeachFla.306,000
3Carmine's (Times Square)$35,155,786$34New YorkN.Y.430,773
4Tao Downtown$34,337,000*$98New YorkN.Y.320,600
5Old Ebbitt Grill$33,749,638$72WashingtonD.C.1,462,781
6The Boathouse Orlando$33,030,849$43Orlando (Disney Springs)Fla.790,174
7Lavo Italian Restaurant & Nightclub$27,412,000*$88*New YorkN.Y.206,000
8Bryant Park Grill & Cafe$25,900,000*$53*New YorkN.Y.422,000
9Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$25,414,213$78ChicagoIll.357,897
10Smith & Wollensky$25,407,000$103New YorkN.Y.285,542
11Balthazar$25,000,000*$80*New YorkN.Y.1,000,000
12Tao Uptown$23,782,000*$88*New YorkN.Y.292,342
13Junior's (Times Square)$23,478,798$20New YorkN.Y.1,202,191
14Vandal$23,444,108*$83*New YorkN.Y.213,320
15Prime 112$23,400,000$125Miami BeachFla.202,000
16The Hamilton$23,048,871$61WashingtonD.C.782,486
17Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,800,000*$85*WashingtonD.C.280,000
18Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$21,700,000*$87Las VegasNev.260,000
19Angus Barn$21,659,790$69RaleighN.C.313,910
20Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$21,300,000*$82*ChicagoIll.265,000
21Buddakan$21,156,072$85*New YorkN.Y.260,000
22Bottega Louie$20,729,140$46Los AngelesCalif.408,663
23Carnevino Italian Steakhouse$20,600,000*$182*Las VegasNev.110,000
24Maple & Ash$20,342,976$85ChicagoIll.210,223
25Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$20,300,000*$108*Las VegasNev.194,000
26RPM Steak$20,250,000*$98*ChicagoIll.206,900
27SW Steakhouse$20,100,000*$133*Las VegasNev.152,000
28Paddlefish$19,500,000*$45*Disney SpringsFla.410,000
29Komodo$19,500,000$93MiamiFla.220,000
30St. Elmo Steak House$19,472,840$92IndianapolisInd.239,725
31The Smith (Lincoln Square)$19,250,000$45New YorkN.Y.554,929
32Parc$19,110,230$58*PhiladelphiaPa.440,000
33Quality Meats$18,739,000$106New YorkN.Y.175,378
34The Smith (NoMad)$18,600,000$46New YorkN.Y.460,357
35Abe & Louie's$18,398,313$88*BostonMass.223,000
36Le Diplomate$18,370,665$60*WashingtonD.C.309,000
37Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$18,279,234$77Oak BrookIll.267,387
38Sparks Steak House$18,200,000*$93New YorkN.Y.210,000
39The Smith (Midtown)$18,150,000$47New YorkN.Y.440,301
40Bob Chinn's Crab House$18,133,238$42WheelingIll.575,567
41Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$18,070,922$75RosemontIll.257,847
42Del Posto$17,900,000*$163*New YorkN.Y.111,000
43Founding Farmers (D.C.)$17,888,388$37WashingtonD.C.560,662
44Mon Ami Gabi$17,650,000*$69*Las VegasNev.315,000
45Acme Feed & Seed$17,604,313$19NashvilleTenn.951,584
46‘21’ Club$17,550,313$195New YorkN.Y.114,570
47Tavern on the Green$17,500,000*$74*New YorkN.Y.262,000
48Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,400,000*$88*ChicagoIll.211,000
49Shaw's Crab House$17,350,000*$68*ChicagoIll.270,000
50Quality Italian$16,805,000$93New YorkN.Y.175,301
51Aria Cafe$16,700,000*$27*Las VegasNev.690,000
52Prime Steakhouse$16,700,000*$160*Las VegasNev.113,000
53Beauty & Essex (New York City)$16,665,500*$88*New YorkN.Y.195,717
54Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,650,000*$60*New YorkN.Y.308,000
55Lavo Italian Restaurant & Lounge $16,512,000*$88*Las VegasNev.139,000
56Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$16,502,654$28CoalingaCalif.593,803
57Chops Lobster Bar$16,300,000*$104*AtlantaGa.196,000
58Taste of Texas$16,222,119$55HoustonTexas363,650
59Keens Steakhouse$16,200,000*$93*New YorkN.Y.180,000
60Top of the World$16,150,000*$99*Las VegasNev.175,000
61La Sirena$16,100,000*$83*New YorkN.Y.225,000
62Morimoto Asia$16,050,000*$68*Orlando (Disney Springs)Fla.499,000
63Delmonico Steakhouse$16,000,000*$95*Las VegasNev.148,000
64Zehnder's of Frankenmuth$15,902,244$17FrankenmuthMich.965,039
65Junior's Restaurant (49th Street)$15,498,945$19New YorkN.Y.797,270
66Swift & Sons$15,125,746$98*ChicagoIll.153,693
67The Lobster House$15,000,000*$41*Cape MayN.J.320,000
68Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House$14,982,768$77ChicagoIll.187,768
69Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$14,979,373$18FrankenmuthMich.848,141
70Makoto$14,969,539$63*Bal HarbourFla.228,000
71Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse$14,900,000*$55*ChicagoIll.295,000
72Franciscan Crab Restaurant$14,875,522$59San FranciscoCalif.280,000
73Paradise Cove Beach Cafe$14,767,831$43MalibuCalif.410,000
74Portland City Grill$14,640,607$75PortlandOre.304,884
75Jean-Georges Steakhouse$14,600,000*$112*Las VegasNev.127,000
76The Southern Steak & Oyster$14,576,128$75NashvilleTenn.352,813
77Prime & Provisions$14,540,000*$95*ChicagoIll.147,000
78The Bazaar by Jose Andres$14,500,000*$96*Beverly HillsCalif.152,000
7915th Street Fisheries$14,400,000*$63*Fort LauderdaleFla.352,000
80Scoma's$14,316,074$60*San FranciscoCalif.335,000
81Junior's (Brooklyn)$14,240,043$23New YorkN.Y.615,386
82Coffee Shop$14,200,000*$45*New YorkN.Y.312,000
83Cliff House$14,130,000*$48*San FranciscoCalif.286,000
84The Rustic Inn$14,113,000*$29*Dania BeachFla.510,000
85Atlanta Fish Market$14,100,000*$51*AtlantaGa.27,300
86Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar$14,081,385$31ChicagoIll.423,892
87Carmine's (Atlantic City)$13,871,386$33Atlantic CityN.J.131,416
88Virgil's Real Barbecue$13,815,036$30New YorkN.Y.209,650
89Tavern on Rush$13,721,225$75ChicagoIll.350,000
90Rock Center Cafe$13,500,000*$60*New York CityN.Y.320,000
91Timberline Steaks and Grille$13,415,751$19DenverColo.994,442
92Founding Farmers (McLean, Va.)$13,244,450$38McLeanVa.404,015
93Mike's "American"$13,100,000*$33*SpringfieldVa.470,000
94Le Coucou$12,959,000$125*New YorkN.Y.154,000
95George's at the Cove$12,900,000*$85*La JollaCalif.265,000
96BOA Steakhouse $12,718,968$106West HollywoodCalif.102,122
97Cafe Fiorello$12,700,000*$59*New YorkN.Y.238,000
98Boulevard$12,500,000*$100*San FranciscoCalif.122,000
99Beauty & Essex (Las Vegas)$12,430,000*$88*Las VegasNev.142,500
100Farmers, Fishers, Bakers$12,420,373$36WashingtonD.C.383,238
*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 2016 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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