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Top 100
Independents

A tight labor market, mandated wage hikes and markets flooded with new competitors have wreaked havoc on many restaurants' bottom lines. Despite all that, operators ranked in this year's Top 100 Independents still managed to bring in a combined $1.8 billion in 2018 while generally figuring out how to beat last year's numbers, fill staffing gaps and even branch out and grow.

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Top 100 Independents: The Ranking

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RankRestaurantSalesAverage CheckCityStateMeals Served
1Komodo$41,000,000$115MiamiFla.285,000
2The Boathouse Orlando$39,863,628$44OrlandoFla.921,785
3Swan$31,000,000$85MiamiFla.185,000
4Maple & Ash (Chicago)$30,285,684$106ChicagoIll.285,714
5Mila$27,350,000$134Miami BeachFla.203,990
6Alinea$27,072,500*$650*ChicagoIll.41,650
7Top of the World$25,672,308$133Las VegasNev.218,586
8Shooters Waterfront$25,025,370$68Fort LauderdaleFla.419,972
9Prime 112$24,750,000$155Miami BeachFla.210,000
10Paddlefish$23,795,000*$52*OrlandoFla.485,000
11Capa$23,547,000*$121*OrlandoFla.197,000
12Maple & Ash (Scottsdale)$23,487,122$95ScottsdaleAriz.247,232
13Commander's Palace$23,184,000*$89*New OrleansLa.264,000
14Taste of Texas$23,180,522$64HoustonTexas356,894
15Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Washington, D.C.)$22,477,000*$94*Washington255,000
16Gibsons Italia$22,342,704$116ChicagoIll.209,788
17Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Chicago)$22,292,000*$99*ChicagoIll.210,000
18Papi Steak$22,000,000$240Miami BeachFla.91,667
19Marion$21,989,000*$85*MiamiFla.255,000
20Buddakan (NYC)$21,800,593$91New YorkN.Y.177,000
21LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub$21,532,000*$95*New YorkN.Y.175,000
22Parc$21,528,659$74PhiladelphiaPa.383,392
23Le Diplomate$21,477,955$75WashingtonD.C.347,263
24Gibsons Bar Steakhouse (Oak Brook)$20,774,202$89Oak BrookIll.252,326
25Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Las Vegas)$20,573,000*$99*Las VegasNev.242,632
26Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Chicago)$20,493,301$77ChicagoIll.269,777
27RPM Steak$20,227,000*$105*ChicagoIll.193,000
28Rusty Pelican Miami$20,130,324$84MiamiFla.185,222
29Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$19,963,000*$139*Las VegasNev.160,528
30Pastis$19,735,732$75New YorkN.Y.268,216
31Balthazar$19,638,000*$98*New YorkN.Y.389,250
32SW Steakhouse$19,371,000*$163*Las VegasNev.110,000
33Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$18,848,657$29CoalingaCalif.641,337
34Makoto$18,572,987$78Miami BeachFla.233,039
35Castaway Burbank$18,387,832$135BurbankCalif.174,183
36Morimoto Asia$18,159,000*$76*Orlando (Disney Springs)Fla.520,000
37Sharky's on the Pier$18,159,000*$45*VeniceFla.450,000
38Original Joe's Westlake$18,123,824$48San FranciscoCalif.334,604
39Rustic Inn$17,900,000$58Fort LauderdaleFla.315,000
40BOA Steakhouse$17,670,519$135West HollywoodCalif.142,000
41Abe & Louie's$17,549,249$83BostonMass.210,000
42Shaw's Crab House$17,426,000*$82*ChicagoIll.221,520
43St. Elmo Steak House$17,335,304$109IndianapolisInd.154,575
44Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,211,000*$102*ChicagoIll.198,564
45Swift & Sons$17,108,000*$123*ChicagoIll.184,000
46Zehnder's of Frankenmuth$17,027,211$19FrankenmuthMich.908,951
47Hell's Kitchen (Las Vegas)$16,899,000*$135*Las VegasNev.120,000
48Old Mill Restaurant$16,702,024$17Pigeon ForgeTenn.966,849
49LAVO Italian Restaurant & Lounge$16,547,000*$111*Las VegasNev.110,231
50Prime Steakhouse$16,423,000*$195*Las VegasNev.101,145
51Mike's "American"$16,380,000*$42*SpringfieldVa.390,000
52Mon Ami Gabi$16,297,000*$96*Las VegasNev.296,324
53Big Texan Steak Ranch$16,256,000*$32*AmarilloTexas451,265
54Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (Rosemont)$16,089,179$89RosemontIll.196,231
55Matt's El Rancho$15,835,297$29AustinTexas546,044
5615th Street Fisheries$15,826,203$72Fort LauderdaleFla.385,000
57Knife & Fork Inn$15,800,000*$75*Atlantic CityN.J.225,000
58Bottega Louie$15,742,000*$43*Los AngelesCalif.302,574
59Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$15,738,122$25FrankenmuthMich.636,526
60Franklin Barbecue$15,599,000*$54*AustinTexas.300,000
61Tavern on Rush$15,432,000$77ChicagoIll.240,000
62The Precinct by Jeff Ruby$15,341,000*$92*CincinnatiOhio189,000
63Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse$15,209,000*$64*ChicagoIll.279,000
64Lambert's Cafe (Sikeston)$14,941,000*$18*SikestonMo.832,000
65Bob Chinn's Crab House$14,869,222$56WheelingIll.265,522
66Chops Lobster Bar$14,715,614$120AtlantaGa.109,866
67The Lobster House$14,677,000*$55*Cape MayN.J.298,000
68Bryant Park Grill & Cafe$14,600,000$60New YorkN.Y.250,000
69Delmonico Steakhouse$14,538,000*$126*Las VegasNev.112,453
70Sparks Steak House$14,015,000*$105*New YorkN.Y.176,327
71Paradise Cove Beach Cafe$13,987,695$54MalibuCalif.259,031
72Prime & Provisions$13,900,000$125ChicagoIll.111,200
73Tavern on the Green$13,770,000*$87*New YorkN.Y.236,124
74Bar Siena$13,750,000$68ChicagoIll.202,200
75The Hampton Social (Nashville)$13,430,746$42NashvilleTenn.319,779
76Whiskey Joe's Tampa$13,143,520$34TampaFla.267,988
77Beauty & Essex (New York City)$13,091,000*$97*New YorkN.Y.175,648
78Grand Central Oyster Bar$13,043,000*$71*New YorkN.Y.264,328
79Casa Tua Miami$13,009,000*$55*Miami BeachFla.235,000
80Beauty & Essex (Las Vegas)$12,717,000*$124*Las VegasNev.124,321
81Girl & the Goat$12,507,000*$95*ChicagoIll.175,623
82China Live$12,504,518$54San FranciscoCalif.87,882
83Keens Steakhouse$12,503,000*$105*New YorkN.Y.143,698
84On Swann$12,483,000*$76*TampaFla.164,250
85Pancake Pantry$12,350,000*$16*GatlinburgTenn.745,000
86Bistro 31$12,315,724$85DallasTexas123,854
87Atlanta Fish Market$12,193,856$56AtlantaGa.193,439
88Original Joe's North Beach$11,976,922$53San FranciscoCalif.215,492
89Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse$11,894,000*$104*Oklahoma CityOkla.110,000
90Gladstones$11,784,000*$50*Pacific PalisadesCalif.240,000
91Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House$11,704,132$79ChicagoIll.146,319
92The Spot$11,695,800$20GalvestonTexas585,000
93Steak 954$11,545,321$108Fort LauderdaleFla.134,741
94Siena Tavern$11,500,000$65ChicagoIll.176,900
95El Vez Philadelphia$11,472,765$49PhiladelphiaPa.257,639
96George's at the Cove$11,218,000*$93*La JollaCalif.221,671
97Stubborn Seed$11,158,000*$124*Miami BeachFla.89,986
98Toulouse Cafe & Bar Houston$11,074,759$78HoustonTexas113,609
99L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami$11,063,000*$195*MiamiFla.54,215
100Mélisse$11,050,000*$425*Santa MonicaCalif.26,000
*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, such as Smith & Wollensky in New York City). Rankings are based on gross 2018 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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