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Top 100
Independents

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The Restaurant Business Top 100 ranking of the largest independent restaurants returns after a one-year, pandemic-related hiatus. Restaurants on this year’s list represent a wide range of menus and price points and come in all shapes and sizes. They served 272 million meals last year and generated $1.8 billion in sales. There were also some notable newcomers. RB looks at how these restaurants adapted and evolved to meet a changing industry.

Meet the Leaders

Top 100 Independents: The Ranking

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RankRestaurantSalesAverage CheckCityStateMeals Served
1Tao Asian Bistro$47,000,000$70Las VegasNev.450,000
2Tao Downtown$38,000,000$75New York CityN.Y.200,000
3Joe's Stone Crab$36,136,486$85Miami BeachFla.345,000
4Lavo New York$31,000,000$81New York CityN.Y.221,982
5Carmine's$30,984,068$31New York CityN.Y.394,190
6Old Ebbitt Grill$28,056,008$37WashingtonD.C.960,165
7Smith & Wollensky$26,057,894$98New York CityN.Y.310,203
8Tao Uptown$24,000,000$67New York CityN.Y.203,727
9Prime 112$23,500,000$115Miami BeachFla.220,000
10Gibson Bar & Steakhouse$22,535,918$73ChicagoIll.339,804
11Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Chicago)$21,800,000*$69*ChicagoIll.411,000
12Buddakan$21,425,583$84New York CityN.Y.250,848
13Fulton’s Crab House$21,200,000*$45*Lake Buena VistaFla.423,000
14Bottega Louie$21,122,795$36Los AngelesCalif.467,667
15Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Las Vegas)$20,900,000*$75*Las VegasNev.405,000
16Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (DC)$20,500,000*$72*WashingtonD.C.280,000
17Carnevino$19,900,000*$175*Las VegasNev.155,000
18SW Steakhouse$19,300,000*$110*Las VegasNev.185,000
19David Burke Primehouse$18,480,000*$92*ChicagoIll.360,000
20The Hamilton$18,383,790$34WashingtonD.C.637,848
21Sparks Steak House$18,100,000*$89*New York CityN.Y.210,000
22St. Elmo Steakhouse$17,739,203$88IndianapolisInd.196,382
23Prime Steakhouse$17,600,000*$150*Las VegasNev.135,000
24Del Posto$17,600,000*$135*New York CityN.Y.138,000
25Bob Chinn's Crab House$17,553,828$39WheelingIll.481,220
26The Smith (Lincoln Square)$17,475,000$42New York CityN.Y.478,000
27Mon Ami Gabi$17,200,000*$65*Las VegasNev.305,000
28'21' Club$17,082,107$170New York CityN.Y.124,833
29The Slanted Door$16,900,000*$50*San FranciscoCalif.360,000
30Taste of Texas$16,895,230$55HoustonTexas371,751
31Chicago Cut Steakhouse$16,875,000*$73*ChicagoIll.409,000
32Balthazar$16,700,000*$68*New York CityN.Y.240,000
33The Source$16,700,000*$67*WashingtonD.C.280,000
34Quality Meats$16,642,234$95New York CityN.Y.173,916
35Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar$16,500,000*$41*New York CityN.Y.460,000
36Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe$16,500,000*$50*Lake Buena VistaFla.330,000
37Shaw's Crab House$16,500,000*$60*ChicagoIll.275,000
38Grand Central Oyster Bar$16,200,000*$50*New York CityN.Y.330,000
39Top of the World$16,200,000*$93*Las VegasNev.183,000
40Abe & Louie's$16,200,000*$78*BostonMass.208,000
41Le Diplomate$16,101,034$53WashingtonD.C.296,149
42Lavo Italian Restaurant$16,000,000$65Las VegasNev.270,000
43Craftsteak$16,000,000*$100*Las VegasNev.158,000
44Angus Barn$15,923,614$65RaleighN.C.245,710
45Chops Lobster Bar$15,810,500$101AtlantaGa.192,000
46Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$15,667,052$69RosemontIll.239,846
47Sky City at the Needle$15,500,000*$56*SeattleWash.270,000
48Scoma's$15,458,387$52San FranciscoCalif.301,988
49Gladstones$15,400,000*$45*Pacific PalisadesCalif.330,000
50Spice Market$15,400,000*$65*New York CityN.Y.235,000
51Quality Italian$15,337,858$88New York CityN.Y.170,103
52Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House$15,317,781$64ChicagoIll.223,697
53Sequoia$15,200,000*$47*WashingtonD.C.310,000
54The Manor$15,175,000*$75*West OrangeN.J.210,000
55Blue Fin$15,100,000*$65*New York CityN.Y.255,000
56Rustic Inn Crabhouse$15,000,000*$26*Dania BeachFla.580,000
57Junior's (Brooklyn)$14,900,000*$27*New York CityN.Y.600,000
58The Lobster House$14,750,000*$36*Cape MayN.J.306,000
59The Sea Grill$14,650,000*$76*New York CityN.Y.183,000
60Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant$14,599,151$27CoalingaCalif.542,825
61Parc$14,569,655$51PhiladelphiaPa.400,892
62The Smith (Midtown)$14,452,000$43New York CityN.Y.332,075
63Blue Water Grill$14,400,000*$70*New York CityN.Y.205,000
64Coffee Shop$14,300,000*$26*New York CityN.Y.555,000
65Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse$14,300,000*$46*ChicagoIll.306,000
66Portland City Grill$14,276,415$72PortlandOre.208,000
67The Four Seasons$14,150,000*$152*New York CityN.Y.106,000
68Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth$14,102,093$14FrankenmuthMich.987,364
69Jean-Georges Steakhouse$14,100,000*$110*Las VegasNev.130,000
70Bryant Park Grill$14,000,000*$50*New York CityN.Y.268,000
71Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse$13,930,512$70Oak BrookIll.219,669
72The Milleridge Inn$13,900,000*$43*JerichoN.Y.320,000
73The Bazaar by José Andrés$13,900,000*$100*Beverly HillsCalif.138,000
74Delmonico Steakhouse$13,800,000*$85*Las VegasNev.160,000
75Rock Center Cafe$13,800,000*$56*New York CityN.Y.246,000
76N9NE Steakhouse$13,660,000*$80*Las VegasNev.167,000
77Atlanta Fish Market$13,544,500$48AtlantaGa.266,000
78Virgil's Real Barbecue$13,526,645$26New York CityN.Y.994,594
79Cliff House$13,479,570$43San FranciscoCalif.256,380
80Mike's "American"$13,400,000*$27*SpringfieldVa.458,000
81Quartino Ristorante$13,199,196$28ChicagoIll.435,888
82Boulevard$13,100,000*$75*San FranciscoCalif.173,000
83Carmine's$13,065,111$31Atlantic CityN.J.101,907
84Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth$12,993,605$16FrankenmuthMich.814,426
85Cafe Fiorello$12,900,000*$56*New York CityN.Y.230,000
86Junior's (Times Square)$12,800,000*$19*New York CityN.Y.700,000
87Keens Steakhouse$12,700,000*$78*New York CityN.Y.158,000
88Daniel$12,700,000*$170*New York CityN.Y.85,000
89Tavern on Rush$12,687,644$71ChicagoIll.338,338
90George's at the Cove$12,650,000*$85*La JollaCalif.150,000
91Spago$12,600,000*$56*Las VegasNev.230,000
92Makoto$12,437,096$60Bal HarbourFla.221,096
93Tavern on the Green$12,300,000*$50*New York CityN.Y.240,000
94Bartolotta Ristorante$12,300,000*$101*Las VegasNev.140,000
95The Southern Steak & Oyster$12,289,167$61NashvilleTenn.396,000
96Morimoto$12,118,053$100New York CityN.Y.116,137
97Phillips Seafood$12,095,816$29BaltimoreMd.417,968
98Fix$12,050,000*$75*Las VegasNev.203,000
99Alioto's Restaurant$12,039,092$45*San FranciscoCalif.270,000
100Oceana$12,000,000$85New York CityN.Y.140,000
*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. Rankings are based on gross 2021 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.

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“Over the past year we’ve added a ‘text for reservation’ option that not only cut down our call volume but gave our guests another way to interact with us directly. Adding this technology has made our team much more efficient and enables us to capture more reservations in real time.”
MOLLY CURREY, CMO, WHAT IF...SYNDICATE (NOS. 4, 12)

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