List of casual dining restaurant chains

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This is a list of casual dining restaurant chains around the world, arranged in alphabetical order. A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately priced food in a casual atmosphere. Except for buffet-style restaurants and, more recently, fast casual restaurants, casual dining restaurants typically provide table service.


Name Type Location Number of locations Notes
Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant Indian India, United Arab Emirates, United States, Qatar, Canada, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore 30
Arab Udupi Indian United Arab Emirates 15 In Abu Dhabi and other locations, Udupi cuisine
Applebee's Bar & Grill Worldwide 2,010 Owned by DineEquity, based in Kansas City, Missouri[1]
Bahama Breeze Seafood United States 37 Part of the Specialty Restaurant Group of Darden Restaurants[2]
Baja Fresh Mexican United States 300 Based in Cypress, California
Bakers Square Family United States (Great Lakes, California) 46 (formerly 151) Owned by VICORP Restaurants based in Denver, Colorado
Benihana Japanese United States 80 80 teppanyaki locations, also owns Haru Sushi, RA Sushi Bar and Doraku Restaurant
Bennigan's Irish Bar & Grill United States 31 Owned by Metromedia Restaurant Group: chain filed for bankruptcy with some franchised stores still open
Bertucci's Italian United States (predominantly Northeastern) 92 Jacobsen Partners
Big Boy Family United States, Japan 382 Bob's Big Boy is also part of Big Boy chain restaurants now owned by Robert Liggett, Jr.
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery Bar & Grill United States 150 Creator of the famous Pizookie® Dessert
Black Angus Steakhouse Steakhouse United States (Western) 45 Also known as Stuart Anderson's
Black-eyed Pea Country casual United States (Colorado & Texas) 50 Includes full alcohol service and bar
Bob Evans Restaurants Family United States (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Florida) 600 Also operates Owens Restaurants in Texas; parent company sells sausage in supermarkets
Boston Market Chicken United States, Canada 500+ Owned by Sun Capital Partners
Boston Pizza Sports-themed restaurant United States, Canada, Mexico 381 Known outside of Canada as Boston's The Gourmet Pizza
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Seafood Worldwide 25
Buca di Beppo Italian United States 105
Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill United States, Canada 900
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill United States (Western) 82
Café Rouge French United Kingdom 100
Cafe Zupas Sandwich & Soup United States (Western) 29
California Pizza Kitchen Pizza United States, Asia-Pacific region, Western Asia 230
Carlos'n Charlie's Mexican Mexico, Caribbean 11 Grupo Anderson’s
Carrabba's Italian Grill Italian, Bar & Grill United States 232 Founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola
Carrows Family United States (Western) 100 Owned by Catalina Restaurant Group, Inc.
Champps Americana Bar & Grill United States 61 Traded on NASDAQ under CMPP.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill Steakhouse United States (Northeastern - New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York) 20+ The largest steakhouse chain in New Jersey, with additional locations in New York and Pennsylvania
Cheddar's Casual Café Bar & Grill United States (Predominantly Texas & Illinois; various locations Midwest) 20
Cheeseburger in Paradise Bar & Grill United States 38 Theme restaurant named for the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett; chain was a partnership of Buffett's company, Orlando, FL-based Margaritaville Holdings, LLC, and OSI Restaurant Partners
The Cheesecake Factory Pies and Cake United States 153[3] Traded on NASDAQ under CAKE
Chevys Fresh Mex Mexican United States 123 Was owned by PFS (Pepsi)
Chick-fil-A Chicken United States (42 states + Washington, D.C.) 1,900+[4]
Chicken Salad Chick Chicken United States 29
Chili's American & Tex-Mex Worldwide 1,608 Owned by Brinker Intl.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Mexican United States, Canada 950
Chiquito Mexican United Kingdom 86
Claim Jumper Steakhouse United States (Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin) 41
Coco's Bakery Family United States (Western) 115 Owned by Catalina Restaurant Group, Inc.
Congo Grille Filipino, Grill Philippines 30
Cora Breakfast, Lunch Canada 120
Così Breakfast, Lunch United States 144+
Costa Vida Mexican Grill United States (Western) 66
Cotton Patch Café Country casual United States (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico) 41
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Family, Old Time ambiance United States (Nationwide except west coast) 566
Dave & Buster's Family, entertainment, arcade United States, Canada 57
Dencio's Bar & Grill Philippines 30 Owned by Pancake House Incorporation
Denny's Family Worldwide 1500
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Barbecue United States 436
Don Pablo's Tex-Mex United States 41 Owned by Rita Restaurant Corp.
Earls Kitchen & Bar United States, Canada 65
East Side Mario's Italian United States, Canada 103 Prime Restaurants
Eat'n Park Family United States (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio) 75+
El Torito Mexican United States (California and Oregon) 69
Famous Dave's Barbecue United States 191
FATZ Family United States (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia) 47
Flunch Family France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Russia 290
Frankie & Bennys Italian-American United Kingdom 260+
Friendly's Family United States (Eastern) 380
Frisch's Big Boy Family United States (Kentucky, Indiana, most of Ohio and Tennessee) 121 Once a Big Boy franchisee, now an independent owner of the Big Boy trademark.
Fuddruckers American, Family, Grill United States, Canada, Italy, Chile, Poland, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico 185
Gerry's Grill Filipino, Grill Philippines 32
Golden Corral Buffet United States Buffet style dining.
Ground Round Family United States 30 Franchisee cooperative (formerly owned by Howard Johnson's)[5]
Happy Chef Family United States (Midwestern) 14 Sal Frederick, founder
Hard Rock Cafe Bar & Grill Worldwide (founded in England) 140 Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, Founders
Harvester Family United Kingdom 200
Hippopotamus Family France 160
Hooters Bar & Grill Worldwide 435
Hoss's Steak and Sea House Steakhouse, Seafood United States (Pennsylvania and West Virginia) 40 Americana ambiance
Houlihan's Bar & Grill United States 79
Howard Johnson's Family United States (Northeastern; formerly nationwide) 2 One of the first restaurant chains. At one time, had over 1,000 locations across the U.S. Only two locations remain: Bangor, Maine, and Lake Placid, New York.[6]
Huddle House Family United States (21 states, but mainly in the Southern United States) 430
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries Diner United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates 109
IHOP Family United States, Canada, Mexico, Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates 1328 Owned by DineEquity
Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks Burgers United States (Western) 60+
Jensen's Bøfhus Steakhouse/Family Denmark, Sweden, Germany 40–45
Jerry's J-Boy Restaurants Family United States (Kentucky, Indiana) 15 Was much larger, but sold most locations to Denny's in 1980s; was also parent company of Long John Silver's.
Jim's Restaurants Family United States (Texas) 20 Owned by Frontier Enterprises, which also owns Magic Time Machine restaurants.
Joe's Crab Shack Seafood United States (28 states) 120 Owned by Ignite Restaurant Group
Johnny Rockets Family Worldwide 1950s style diner
Kelsey's Neighbourhood Bar & Grill Bar & Grill Canada 700 Owned by Cara Operations
Kings Family Restaurants Family United States (Pennsylvania and Ohio) 34
Landry's Restaurants Various United States 300 Owns 30+ casual dining restaurant chains
Logan's Roadhouse Steakhouse United States 135
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Steakhouse United States
LongHorn Steakhouse Steakhouse United States (Midwest, Southwest, Eastern) 340 Owned by Darden Restaurants[2]
Maggiano's Little Italy Italian United States 44
Marie Callender's Family United States (West, Southwest) 139 Home cooking ambiance
Mikes Italian United States, Canada 115
Milestones Grill and Bar Bar & Grill Canada 38 Owned by Cara Operations.
Mimi's Cafe French Café, New Orleans, and American United States 144 Owned by Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
MOD Pizza Pizza United States 70+
Montana's Cookhouse Steakhouse Canada 80 Owned by Cara Operations.
Nando's Grilled Chicken Worldwide (founded in South Africa) 850 Portuguese/Mozambican Theme
O'Charley's Bar & Grill United States (South, Midwest) 270
Old Country Buffet Buffet United States 168 Also known as HomeTown Buffet in some markets
The Old Spaghetti Factory Italian United States, Canada, Japan 37
Olive Garden Italian-American United States 730+ Owned by Darden Restaurants[2]
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina Mexican Worldwide
The Original Pancake House Breakfast United States 100
Outback Steakhouse Steakhouse Worldwide 900 Australian ambiance
Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe United States, Canada 1,900+
PDQ Chicken United States 38
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Chinese United States 141 Also owns Pei Wei Asian Diner.
Pei Wei Asian Diner Asian United States Affiliated with P. F. Chang's.
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Family United States, Canada 500
Piccadilly Pub Bar & Grill United States (Massachusetts) 13 Defunct
Pick Up Stix Fresh Asian Kitchen Chinese United States (California) 70+ Owned by Lorne Goldberg, the owner of Leeann Chin and Mandarin Express.
PizzaRev Pizza United States 26
Planet Hollywood Bar & Grill Worldwide 16 Owned by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ponderosa Steakhouse Steakhouse United States 700 Also known as Bonanza in some states
Qdoba Mexican Grill Mexican United States 541
Quaker Steak & Lube Steakhouse United States (Eastern) 27 Vehicle garage theme.
Rainforest Cafe Family Theme Worldwide 35 Jungle ambiance, Landry's Restaurants.
Red Hot & Blue Barbecue United States 24
Red Lobster Seafood United States, Canada, Japan 670 Owned by Darden Restaurants[2]
Red Robin Burgers United States, Canada 450
Romano's Macaroni Grill Italian Worldwide 235 Owned by Ignite Restaurant Group
Round Table Pizza Pizza United States (Western, Hawaii, Alaska) 500+ Founded in 1959.
Ruby Tuesday Bar & Grill United States and 15 other countries 846 Owned by Ruby Tuesday Inc., based in Maryville, Tennessee.[7]
Salisbury House Family Canada 17
Scores Rotisserie Canada 45+
Señor Frog's Mexican Bar United States, Mexico, Caribbean, South America 12 Grupo Anderson's
Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill Canada 40
Shoney's Family United States (Southeast, lower Midwest) 318 Once affiliated with Big Boy Restaurants; dropped in 1980s so company could expand beyond territorial restrictions.
Sizzler Steak and seafood United States
Smitty's Family Restaurants Family Canada 115
Smokey Bones Barbecue United States (Eastern, Central) 126
Steak 'n Shake Diner United States (Midwestern, Southern) 490
St-Hubert Rôtisserie Ontario, Québec and New-Brunswick, but mainly in Québec. 100+
Swiss Chalet Family United States, Canada 200 Owned by Cara Operations.
Taziki's Mediterranean Café Family United States 40
Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse United States 235
T.G.I. Friday's Bar & Grill Worldwide 915[8] Also includes Friday's Sports Grill and Friday's American Bar. Owned by Carlson Restaurants.
Tony Roma's Barbecue Worldwide 260 Ribs
Tumbleweed Southwest Grill Mexican United States (Kentucky and 4 Midwestern States)
Uno Chicago Grill Bar & Grill United States 200 Formerly known as Pizzeria Uno
Vapiano Italian Germany and 26 other countries 97
Victoria Station Steakhouse, BBQ United States (Northeastern) 100[citation needed] Defunct
Village Inn Family United States 222
VIP's Family United States (Western) 53 Defunct Oregon-based chain that operated in five western states; not to be confused with a chain of the same name (but without an apostrophe) in Mexico operated by Walmart de México y Centroamérica.
Waffle House Family United States (25 states, but mainly in the Southern United States) 1,600+[9]
York Steak House Steakhouse United States (Central) Defunct
Zaxby's Chicken United States (Southeast) 500+

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  1. ^ "Form 10-Q". DineEquity, Inc. 3 November 2011. pp. 11–12. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Darden Restaurants Reports First Quarter Diluted Net Earnings Per Share of 78 Cents; Declares a Quarterly Dividend of 43 Cents Per Share". Darden Restaurants. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cheesecake Factory Locations". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
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  6. ^ "And Then There Were Two....". Chicago Tribune (HoJoLand). 4 June 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Restaurant Unit Count" (PDF). Ruby Tuesday Inc. May 31, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
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  9. ^ Waffle House History