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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
1Joe's Stone Crab$38,400,000$87Miami BeachFla.325,530
2Carmine's (Times Square)$36,889,370$37New YorkN.Y.437,566
3The Boathouse$35,499,910$43Orlando (Disney Springs)Fla.831,375
4Old Ebbitt Grill$33,291,280$40WashingtonD.C.1,013,433
5Lavo Italian Restaurant & Nightclub$27,521,650*$90*New YorkN.Y.203,000
6Smith & Wollensky$25,474,000$104New YorkN.Y.268,583
7Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$25,167,986$78ChicagoIll.350,495
8Balthazar$25,100,000*$87*New YorkN.Y.530,280
9Bryant Park Grill & Cafe$24,700,000$75New YorkN.Y.403,429
10Junior's$23,661,885$22New YorkN.Y.914,513
11Prime 112$23,600,000$130Miami BeachFla.204,100
12Maple & Ash$23,597,660$85ChicagoIll.241,756
13Vandal$23,537,850*$84*New YorkN.Y.209,480
14Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,860,000*$83*WashingtonD.C.286,440
15Angus Barn$22,787,000*$72*RaleighN.C.313,910
16Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,642,000*$89*ChicagoIll.253,760
17Komodo$22,500,000$97MiamiFla.245,000
18Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab$22,264,200*$77*Las VegasNev.260,000
19The Hamilton$21,898,952$38WashingtonD.C.639,759
20Buddakan$21,240,726$98New YorkN.Y.223,497
21Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres$20,827,800*$114*Las VegasNev.189,500
22RPM Steak$20,655,000*$100*ChicagoIll.204,000
23SW Steakhouse$20,622,500*$142*Las VegasNev.148,350
24Gibsons Italia$20,407,587$94ChicagoIll.229,887
25Paddlefish$19,988,000*$46*Orlando Fla.420,025
26St. Elmo Steak House$19,969,050$93IndianapolisInd.220,000
27Bottega Louie$19,316,031$37Los AngelesCalif.384,843
28Quality Meats$19,247,000$110New YorkN.Y.168,730
29Del Posto$18,775,235$194New YorkN.Y.97,000
30Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$18,712,935$78Oak BrookIll.269,345
31Taste of Texas$18,678,593$52HoustonTexas369,819
32Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$18,656,075$77RosemontIll.258,323
33Bob Chinn's Crab House$18,495,904$45WheelingIll.587,078
34Parc$18,440,615$59PhiladelphiaPa.446,080
35Abe & Louie's$18,312,207$118BostonMass.174,130
36Sparks Steak House$18,230,000*$100*New YorkN.Y.206,220
37Founding Farmers$18,218,145$36WashingtonD.C.596,348
38Mon Ami Gabi$18,110,000*$72*Las VegasNev.307,440
39Shooters Waterfront$17,950,286$56Ft. LauderdaleFla.407,925
40Quality Italian$17,754,366$97New YorkN.Y.172,366
41Chicago Cut Steakhouse$17,750,000*$92*ChicagoIll.206,000
42Shaw's Crab House$17,700,000*$70*ChicagoIll.266,700
43Tavern on the Green$17,600,000*$76*New YorkN.Y.255,700
44Le Diplomate$17,397,600$51WashingtonD.C.339,601
45Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$17,349,238$28CoalingaCalif.530,000
46Chops Lobster Bar$17,264,000$104AtlantaGa.166,000
47Prime Steakhouse$17,134,300*$168*Las VegasNev.110,300
48Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn$16,979,767$18FrankenmuthMich.919,390
49Rusty Pelican$16,918,800$64MiamiFla.152,351
50Swift & Sons$16,756,886$115ChicagoIll.189,654
51Beauty & Essex $16,732,162*$90*New YorkN.Y.192,200
52Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,671,660*$62*New YorkN.Y.302,500
53Junior's$16,634,171$22New YorkN.Y.745,041
54Lavo Italian Restaurant & Lounge$16,594,100*$92*Las VegasNev.135,664
55Original Joe's Westlake$16,568,217$37Daly CityCalif.457,341
56Portland City Grill$16,505,175$79*PortlandOre.373,327
57Morimoto Asia$16,451,250*$68*Orlando (Disney Springs)Fla.511,475
58Delmonico Steakhouse$16,400,000*$100*Las VegasNev.144,448
59Keens Steakhouse$16,264,000*$96*New YorkN.Y.175,680
60Acme Feed & Seed$16,112,545$18NashvilleTenn.678,664
61Makoto$16,066,385$65Bal HarbourFla.247,450
62The Rustic Inn$16,008,134$70Ft. LauderdaleFla.370,000
63Zehnder's of Frankenmuth$15,797,151$16FrankenmuthMich.940,513
64Prime & Provisions$15,300,000$110ChicagoIll.140,000
65The Lobster House$15,300,000*$42*Cape MayN.J.320,000
66Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse$15,200,000*$57*ChicagoIll.287,900
67Jean-Georges Steakhouse$15,000,000*$118*Las VegasNev.124,000
6815th Street Fisheries$14,976,000*$67*Fort LauderdaleFla.341,500
69Timberline Steaks and Grille$14,678,671$22*DenverColo.642,836
70The Bazaar by Jose Andres$14,558,000*$100*Beverly HillsCalif.145,312
71Atlanta Fish Market$14,508,000$55AtlantaGa.273,000
72Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar$14,473,893$31ChicagoIll.426,274
73Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House$14,437,627$72ChicagoIll.189,491
74Carmine's$14,354,617$36Atlantic CityN.J.137,331
75Cliff House$14,321,561$63San FranciscoCalif.274,809
76Junior's$14,178,055$22New YorkN.Y.365,990
77Virgil's Real Barbecue$13,878,512$31New YorkN.Y.210,113
78Tavern on Rush$13,847,233$75*ChicagoIll.364,000
79Franciscan Crab Restaurant$13,737,593$59San FranciscoCalif.260,000
80Castaway Burbank$13,707,300$50BurbankCalif.175,170
81Rock Center Cafe$13,554,000*$61*New York CityN.Y.314,000
82Paradise Cove Beach Cafe$13,541,974$37MalibuCalif.357,122
83Founding Farmers $13,338,268$38McLeanVa.392,353
84BOA Steakhouse $13,228,646$105West HollywoodCalif.159,544
85Matt's El Rancho$13,114,712$25AustinTexas524,588
86George's at the Cove$13,000,000*$87*La JollaCalif.258,000
87Farmers Fishers Bakers$12,881,800$37WashingtonD.C.378,342
88The Southern Steak & Oyster$12,832,681$42NashvilleTenn.361,756
89Beauty & Essex$12,753,180*$92*Las VegasNev.139,100
90Le Coucou$12,732,236$126New YorkN.Y.96,606
91Girl & the Goat$12,704,138$80ChicagoIll.182,500
92Carmine's$12,676,686$41Las VegasNev.128,385
93Scoma's$12,523,000*$60*San FranciscoCalif.292,000
94 Carmine's $12,187,102$36WashingtonD.C.147,748
95Farmers & Distillers$11,890,409$38WashingtonD.C.359,605
96Harry & Izzy's Circle Centre$11,844,109$65IndianapolisInd.110,000
97Original Joe's$11,841,187$47San FranciscoCalif.252,180
98Whiskey Joe's Tampa$11,770,200$40TampaFla.270,766
99Founding Farmers$11,636,784$35King of PrussiaPa.394,297
100Urban Farmer$11,600,000$79PortlandOre.146,282
*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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