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 usually provide table service.


Name Type Location(s) Number of locations Notes
Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant Chettinad South Indian cuisine Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, USA 30 Privately owned Indian restaurant chain.
Applebee's Bar & grill United States, Worldwide 2,016
Arab Udupi Indian United Arab Emirates 15 In Abu Dhabi and other locations; Udupi cuisine
Azzip Pizza Pizza Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky 5 Expanding in the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area
Bahama Breeze Seafood United States 37 Part of the Specialty Restaurant Group of Darden Restaurants[1]
Baja Fresh Tex-Mex United States, Asia 162
Bakers Square Family United States (Great Lakes, California) 46 (formerly 151) Owned by VICORP Restaurants based in Denver, Colorado
Barbeque Nation Indian barbecue India 63 In Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Panjin, Chandigarh, Mysore, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Raipur, Nagpur, Nashik, Baroda, Surat, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Mohali, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ludhiana & Amritsar
Bertucci's Italian United States (predominantly Northeastern) 92 Jacobsen Partners
Big Boy Family and some casual United States (primarily Michigan) 73 To replace an ongoing loss of company and franchised restaurants Big Boy Restaurants International is franchising a new fast casual chain restaurant called Big Boy's Burgers and Shakes.
BJ's Restaurants American United States 192 Pizza, grill, microbrewery
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
Blaze Pizza Pizza United States, Canada 222 Customer-designed pizza made within 3 minutes.
Bob's Big Boy Family, casual, and drive in Southern California 5 The original Big Boy chain founded by Bob Wian in 1936. Marriott and JB's Restaurants once used the Bob's name in other areas of the US including toll roads. Many Howard Johnson's restaurants were converted to Bob's.
Bob Evans American United States 600 Specializing in country-style cooking.
Boston Pizza Bar & grill United States, Canada, Mexico 381 Known outside Canada as Boston's The Gourmet Pizza
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Seafood Worldwide 25
Buca di Beppo Italian United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates 100+
Buffalo Wild Wings American United States, North America, Asia 1238 American casual dining restaurant and sports bar
Burger Fuel Burgers New Zealand, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, United States 88
Cabalen Filipino Philippines, United States 18 Buffet restaurant chain specializing in exotic delicacies as betuteng tugak (stuffed frog), kamaru (crickets), adobong pugo (quail) and balut (developing bird embryo).
Cafe Rio Mexican grill United States (western) 82
Café Rouge French United Kingdom 100
California Pizza Kitchen Pizza United States, Mexico, Asia-Pacific region, Western Asia 230
Cantina Mariachi Mexican Spain, Portugal, United States, United Arab Emirates 119
Carlos'n Charlie's Mexican Mexico, Caribbean 11 Grupo Anderson's
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 (NortheasternNew Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York) 20+ The largest steakhouse chain in New Jersey, with additional locations in New York and Pennsylvania
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, Florida-based Margaritaville Holdings, LLC, and OSI Restaurant Partners
The Cheesecake Factory American United States 208 Mostly known for its cheesecake
Chevys Fresh Mex Mexican United States 123 Was owned by PFS (Pepsi)
Chi-Chi's Mexican Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and formerly United States 12 At one time, it was the largest Mexican restaurant chain in the United States with 130 locations before bankruptcy forced sale of U.S. locations to Outback Steakhouse. Approximately 12 locations remain in Europe and Asia.
Chicken Salad Chick Chicken United States 29
Chick-fil-A Chicken United States, Canada 2,200
Chickie's & Pete's Bar & grill United States (Delaware Valley) 15
Chili's American, Tex-Mex United States, Worldwide 1,606
China Coast American Chinese United States 51 (at its peak) Defunct chain formerly owned by General Mills and later Darden
Chipotle Mexican Grill Mexican United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France 2,250
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 10
Cora Breakfast and lunch Canada 120
Così Breakfast and lunch United States 144+
Cotton Patch Café Country casual United States (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico) 41
Dave & Buster's Family, entertainment, arcade United States, Canada 57
Dencio's Bar & grill Philippines 30 Owned by Pancake House Incorporation
Denny's Family United States, and 14 other countries 1,700
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Barbecue United States 436
Din Tai Fung Chinese Taiwan, Asia, North America, Australia 60
Dindigul Thalappakatti Restaurant Chettinad South Indian cuisine India, Dubai, France 31
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, Ohio, and West Virginia) 69 A Big Boy franchise until 1974
Eatsa Quinoa bowls United States (California) 2 Automat-style self-serve ordering process; owned by Keenwawa
El Fenix Tex-Mex United States (Texas and Oklahoma) 22
El Torito Mexican United States (California and Oregon) 69
FATZ Family United States (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia) 47
Five Guys Fast casual burgers United States, Canada, Europe, Asia 1,000
Flunch Family France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Russia 290
Frankie & Benny's Italian-American United Kingdom 260+
Friendly's Family United States (Eastern) 380
Frisch's Big Boy Family United States (Indiana, Kentucky, most of Ohio and Tennessee) 121 No longer affiliated with Big Boy Restaurants International, Frisch's owns the Big Boy trademark in its exclusive territory. Purchased by NRD Holdings in 2015.
Fuddruckers American, family, grill United States, Canada, Italy, Chile, Poland, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico 185
Gator's Dockside American, sports bar & grill United States (Florida) 26
Gerry's Grill Filipino grill Philippines 75
Golden Corral Buffet and grill United States 200
Ground Round Family United States 30 Franchisee cooperative (formerly owned by Howard Johnson's)[2]
Happy Chef Family United States (Midwestern) 14 Sal Frederick, founder
Harvester Family United Kingdom 200
Hippopotamus Family France 160
Hell Pizza Pizza New Zealand 64 Formerly had international locations in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, and South Korea.
Hoss's Steak and Sea House Steakhouse, seafood United States (Pennsylvania and West Virginia) 40 Americana ambiance
Hot Head Burritos Mexican Eastern United States, mainly Ohio 74
Hotel Saravana Bhavan Vegetarian South Indian cuisine Worldwide 82 Hotel Saravana Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world.
Houlihan's Bar & grill United States 79
Houston's Restaurant American United States 51
Howard Johnson's Family United States (northeastern; formerly nationwide) 1 One of the first restaurant chains. At one time, had over 1,000 locations across the U.S. Only one location remains: Lake George, New York.[3]
Huddle House Family United States (21 states, but mainly in the south) 430
HuHot Mongolian Grill Asian United States 65 Create your own stir fry chain
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries Diner United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates 109
International House of Pancakes Pancake house United States, worldwide 1,650
Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks Burgers United States (western) 60+
JB's Restaurants Family United States 15 A Big Boy franchise until 1987, JB's once had over 100 locations. One restaurant in the current chain is named "Galaxy Diner".
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 B. Good[4] Music themed bar/restaurant Argentina, Paraguay 14 In Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Rosario, Mendoza; coming soon to Asuncion, Paraguay
Johnny Rockets Family Worldwide 367 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
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill Tex-Mex United States 98 Not to be confused with Australia-based Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Bar & grill United States (California) 18[5]
Leeann Chin American Chinese United States 50
Legal Sea Foods Seafood East Coast of the United States 35[6]
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Steakhouse United States 152
LongHorn Steakhouse Steakhouse United States, Asia 491
Lum's Family United States 273 (at its peak) Defunct family restaurant chain.
Maggiano's Little Italy Italian United States 44
Manchu Wok Canadian Chinese Canada, United States 194
Mandarin Restaurant Canadian Chinese Canada 27
Marie Callender's Family United States (western, southwestern) 139 Home cooking ambiance
Miami Subs Grill Sandwiches, grill International 40
Mikes Italian United States, Canada 115
Milestones Grill and Bar Bar & grill Canada 38 Owned by Cara Operations
Miller's Ale House Bar & grill United States 75 Owned by Roark Capital Group
Mimi's Cafe French Café, New Orleans, and American United States 144 Owned by Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
MOD Pizza Pizza United States 70+
Moe's Southwest Grill Mexican United States 680+
Montana's Cookhouse Steakhouse Canada 80 Owned by Cara Operations
Nando's Grilled chicken Worldwide (founded in South Africa) 850 Portuguese/Mozambican theme
Noodles & Company Fast-casual restaurant United States 510 Fast-casual restaurant that specializes in American and international noodle dishes.
O'Charley's American United States 230
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 United States, worldwide 844
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina Mexican Worldwide
The Original Pancake House Breakfast United States 100
Outback Steakhouse Steakhouse, Australian Worldwide (predominantly United States) 978
Panda Express American Chinese cuisine United States, North America, Asia 1,900+ Largest fast casual restaurant chain specializing in American Chinese cuisine.
Panda Inn American Chinese cuisine Metropolitan Los Angeles 4 Older sibling of Panda Express, but has table service. Had more locations before Panda Express opened.
Panera Sandwiches United States, Canada 2,000+
Pei Wei Asian Diner Asian United States 190 Affiliated with P. F. Chang's
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Asian United States 204
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Family United States, Canada 400+
Phở Hòa Vietnamese Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, United States 72
Piccadilly Pub Bar & grill United States (Massachusetts) 13 (at its peak) Defunct
Pick Up Stix Fresh Asian Kitchen Chinese United States (California) 70+ Owned by Lorne Goldberg, the owner of Leeann Chin and Mandarin Express
Planet Hollywood Bar & grill Worldwide 16 Owned by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ponderosa Steakhouse Steakhouse United States 60 Also known as Bonanza in some states
Potbelly Sandwich Works United States 413
Qdoba Mexican Eats Mexican United States 541
Quaker Steak & Lube Steakhouse United States (eastern) 27 Vehicle garage theme
Red Hot & Blue Barbecue United States 24
Red Lobster Seafood United States, worldwide 705
Red Robin American food United States 538
Romano's Macaroni Grill Italian Worldwide 98 Owned by Ignite Restaurant Group
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles Soul food United States (Southern California) 7
Round Table Pizza Pizza United States (western, Hawaii, Alaska) 500+ Founded in 1959
Ruby Tuesday American food and drink United States, Worldwide 599[7] Acquired by NRD Capital in 2017[7]
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern American food and drink United States 20 Founded in 2002 in Columbus, Ohio
Ruth's Chris Steak House Steakhouse United States 130+ Owned by Ruth's Hospitality Group
Saizeriya Italian Asia (predominantly Japan) 1,000+
Salisbury House Family Canada 17
Salsa's Fresh Mex Grill Tex-Mex Australia 50 Not to be confused with US-based La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill.
Sam Woo Hong Kong-style Chinese United States, Canada 16
Sambo's Family United States 1,117 (at its peak) Former chain restaurant that failed because many African-Americans viewed the name as derogatory which caused many Americans regardless of ethnic backgrounds to boycott.
Scores Rotisserie Canada 45+
Señor Frog's Mexican bar United States, Mexico, Caribbean, South America 12 Grupo Anderson's
Serrano Nordic Tex-Mex Iceland, Sweden 10
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
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen Asian United States 15 (at its peak) A defunct restaurant chain that was owned by Chipotle and Chipotle's attempt into the Asian Fast casual restaurant industry.
Sizzler International steakhouse Australia, Asia 86 Company owns the Sizzler trademark outside the United States.
Sizzler USA steakhouse United States 270 Company owns the Sizzler trademark inside the United States.
Smitty's Family Restaurants Family Canada 115
Smokey Bones Barbecue United States (eastern, central) 126
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse Barbecue Dallas Metroplex 7 A favorite of celebrities that included Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Dean Fearing, George W. Bush, Larry Hagman, Chuck Norris, and Jimmy Buffett.
St-Hubert Rôtisserie Ontario, Québec and New-Brunswick, but mainly in Québec 100+
Steak and Ale steakhouse United States 280 (at its peak) Defunct steakhouse in the process of being revived.
Steak 'n Shake Family United States, Europe, Middle East 544 Known for hamburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes that was favored by David Letterman and Roger Ebert.
Swiss Chalet Family United States, Canada 200 Owned by Cara Operations
Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse United States, Asia 450 Texas-themed steakhouse. Willie Nelson used to be their spokesman.
The Brothers Three Pizza Wisconsin 3 Founded in 1972. Has had up to seven locations.
TGI Fridays American United States, Worldwide 992 Founded in 1965. Known for big ribs, burgers and mixed drinks.
Thaï Express Thai Canada, United Kingdom 50 Not related to Singapore-based Thai Express
Thai Express Thai Singapore, Asia 69 Not related to Montreal-based Thaï Express
Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex United States 130
Tony Roma's Barbecue Worldwide 260 Ribs
Tumbleweed Southwest Grill Mexican United States (Kentucky and four Midwestern states) 26
Vapiano Italian Germany and 26 other countries 97
Victoria Station Steakhouse, BBQ United States (northeastern) 100 (at its peak) Defunct
Village Inn Family United States 222
VIP's Family United States (western) 53 (at its peak) 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 south) 2,100+[8]
Western Sizzlin' Steakhouse United States 54
Wingstop Chicken
Wienerwald Chicken Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Hungary, United Arab Emirates and Romania 55
York Steak House Steakhouse United States (Central) 1
Zankou Chicken Armenian Mediterranean United States 12

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