America's Favorite Restaurant Chains 2022

America's Favorite Restaurant Chains 2022

There is a restaurant chain in America serving pretty much any kind of food you can think of, from pizza to tacos to sushi to smoothies. There are over 100,000 chain restaurant businesses in the country and last year total sales were about $565 billion.

While the pandemic definitely hurt (sales were down about $335 billion from pre-COVID-19 projections), Americans still like to go out to eat. With the pandemic at least appearing to recede in many places, we're getting back in the habit of doing it more often.

For the first time, Newsweek and global data firm Statista are proud to award America's Favorite Restaurant Chains in selected categories. The awards are based on the results of a survey of more than 4,000 customers and employees of restaurant chains in the U.S. This year there are 220 winners in 16 categories.

We hope you find it useful in making your own dining out choices.

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CategoryRestaurant ChainRating
ChineseBig Bowl★★★★★
ChineseDin Tai Fung★★★★★
ChineseManchu Wok★★★★
ChineseMandarin Express★★★★★
ChineseMark Pi★★★★
ChineseMr Chow★★★★
ChineseP.F. Chang's★★★★★
ChinesePanda Express★★★★
ChinesePei Wei★★★★★
ChinesePick Up Stix★★★★
ItalianAnthony's Coal Fired Pizza★★★★★
ItalianBiaggi's Ristorante Italiano★★★★
ItalianBravo! Italian Kitchen★★★★★
ItalianBuca di Beppo★★★★
ItalianCarrabba's Italian Grill★★★★★
ItalianJohnny Carino’s★★★★
ItalianLaRosa's Family Pizzeria★★★★★
ItalianMaggiano's Little Italy★★★★★
ItalianOlive Garden★★★★★
ItalianRomano’s Macaroni Grill★★★★
ItalianSpaghetti Warehouse★★★★
ItalianThe Old Spaghetti Factory★★★★
Tex-MexBaja Fresh★★★★★
Tex-MexCafe Rio★★★★
Tex-MexCalifornia Tortilla★★★★
Tex-MexCantina Laredo★★★★
Tex-MexChevys Fresh Mex★★★★
Tex-MexDel Taco★★★★
Tex-MexEl Chico★★★★★
Tex-MexFuzzy's Taco Shop★★★★★
Tex-MexMoe's Southwest Grill★★★★★
Tex-MexOn the Border★★★★★
Tex-MexPappasito's Cantina★★★★★
Tex-MexTaco Bell★★★★
Tex-MexTaco Bueno★★★★
Tex-MexTaco John's★★★★
Tex-MexTijuana Flats★★★★★
Tex-MexUncle Julio's★★★★★
BBQBill Miller★★★★
BBQDickey’s Barbecue Pit ★★★★
BBQFamous Dave's★★★★
BBQJim ’N Nick’s★★★★
BBQLucille’s Smokehouse BBQ★★★★★
BBQPappas Bar-B-Q★★★★★
BBQRudy's Real Texas Bar-B-Q★★★★★
BBQShane's Rib Shack★★★★
BBQSmokey Bones★★★★★
BBQSonny's BBQ★★★★
BBQTexas Roadhouse★★★★★
BBQTony Roma's★★★★★
BurgersBack Yard Burgers★★★★
BurgersCarl’s Jr. ★★★★
BurgersCook Out★★★★
BurgersFive Guys★★★★★
BurgersIn-N-Out Burgers★★★★★
BurgersRed Robin★★★★
BurgersShake Shack★★★★★
BurgersSonic Drive-In★★★★
BurgersSteak ‘n Shake★★★★★
BurgersTGI Fridays★★★★★
BurgersThe Habit Burger Grill★★★★
ChickenBeef O'Brady's★★★★★
ChickenBoston Market★★★★
ChickenBuffalo Wild Wings★★★★
ChickenChicken Express★★★★★
ChickenCracker Barrel★★★★★
ChickenEl Pollo Loco★★★★★
ChickenRaising Cane's★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsAtlanta Bread★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsAu Bon Pain★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsAuntie Anne's★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsBiggby Coffee★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsCaribou Coffee★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsDuck Donuts★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsDunkin' ★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsDutch Bros Coffee★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsKrispy Kreme★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsMcDonald's★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsPanera Bread★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsPeet's Coffee★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsStarbucks★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf★★★★★
Coffee & Tea / Baked GoodsTim Hortons★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtArctic Circle★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtBahama Buck's★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtBaskin-Robbins★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtBen & Jerry's★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtBraum's★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtBruster's★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtCarvel★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtCold Stone Creamery★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtCulver's★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtDairy Queen★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtDippin' Dots★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtFreddy’s★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtGraeter's★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtHäagen-Dazs★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtHandel’s Homemade Ice Cream★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtMarble Slab Creamery★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtMenchie's Frozen Yogurt★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtRita's★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtsweetFrog★★★★★
Ice Cream & Frozen YoghurtYogurtland★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesBahama Buck's★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesCamille’s Sidewalk Cafe★★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesCaribou Coffee★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesJamba★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesJuice It Up!★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesNékter Juice Bar★★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesOrange Julius★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesPlanet Smoothie★★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesSmoothie King ★★★★★
Juice & SmoothiesTropical Smoothie Cafe★★★★★
Noodles & RamenBig Bowl★★★★★
Noodles & RamenGyu-Kaku★★★★
Noodles & RamenHuHot Mongolian Grill★★★★★
Noodles & RamenJINYA Ramen Bar★★★★
Noodles & RamenMark Pi★★★★★
Noodles & RamenNoodles & Company★★★★
Noodles & RamenP.F. Chang's★★★★
Noodles & RamenPei Wei★★★★★
Noodles & RamenTeriyaki Madness★★★★★
Noodles & RamenThai Express★★★★
PizzaAnthony's Coal Fired Pizza★★★★★
PizzaBlaze Pizza★★★★★
PizzaCalifornia Pizza Kitchen★★★★★
PizzaCicis Pizza★★★★
PizzaDonatos Pizza★★★★
PizzaGodfather’s Pizza★★★★
PizzaJet's Pizza★★★★★
PizzaMarco's Pizza★★★★★
PizzaMellow Mushroom★★★★
PizzaPapa John's Pizza★★★★★
PizzaPapa Murphy's★★★★★
PizzaPizza Hut★★★★
PizzaPizza Inn★★★★
PizzaRound Table Pizza★★★★★
SandwichesAtlanta Bread★★★★
SandwichesBruegger's Bagels★★★★★
SandwichesCapriotti's Sandwich Shop★★★★
SandwichesFirehouse Subs★★★★★
SandwichesJason's Deli★★★★
SandwichesJersey Mike's Subs★★★★★
SandwichesJimmy John's★★★★
SandwichesMcAlister's Deli★★★★★
SandwichesPanera Bread★★★★★
SandwichesPenn Station East Coast Subs★★★★★
SandwichesWhich Wich?★★★★
SeafoodBahama Breeze★★★★
SeafoodBonefish Grill★★★★★
SeafoodChart House★★★★★
SeafoodJoe's Crab Shack★★★★
SeafoodLandry's Seafood House★★★★
SeafoodLegal Sea Foods★★★★
SeafoodMcCormick & Schmick's★★★★★
SeafoodPappadeaux Seafood Kitchen★★★★★
SoupAtlanta Bread★★★★★
SoupAu Bon Pain★★★★
SoupJason's Deli★★★★
SoupMcAlister's Deli★★★★★
SoupPanera Bread★★★★
SteakDel Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse★★★★
SteakFleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar★★★★★
SteakFogo de Chão★★★★
SteakJ. Alexander's★★★★★
SteakLogan's Roadhouse★★★★★
SteakLongHorn Steakhouse★★★★
SteakMorton's The Steakhouse★★★★★
SteakOutback Steakhouse★★★★
SteakRuth's Chris Steak House★★★★★
SteakSaltgrass Steak House★★★★
SteakTexas de Brazil★★★★★
SteakTexas Roadhouse★★★★
SteakThe Capital Grille★★★★★
SteakWestern Sizzlin'★★★★
SushiGenki Sushi★★★★★
SushiKona Grill★★★★
SushiOcean Prime★★★★★
SushiSarku Japan★★★★
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The 2022 ranking was compiled based on the results of an independent survey of customers and employees of restaurant chains in the United States. The survey ran from August to September 2021.
Survey respondents were asked to indicate which restaurant chains they would recommend for one of 16 different dishes/ ethnic cuisines. They were also asked to share their experiences by rating the restaurant chains regarding 10 assessment criteria (e.g., taste of food, service, accessibility). All ratings were then transformed into a score value and aggregated toward a final score.
To receive an award, a restaurant chain needed to receive a minimum number of recommendations and an overall score of at least 7 out of 10. In addition, a restaurant chain was required to have at least three locations across different cities within at least one U.S. state.
The survey was conducted using online access panels providing a representative sample of more than 4,000 American restaurant customers and employees. Each survey respondent provided evaluations for one or several restaurants. In total, more than 35,000 evaluations were collected.

The assessment criteria were:
1. Taste of Food
2. Cleanliness: e.g., clean eating and dining areas, restrooms and kitchen.
3. Hygiene: safe food handling procedures are applied e.g., employees are regularly washing their hands.
4. Transparency about ingredients: e.g., a list of ingredients and allergen statements are offered.
5. Location: e.g., easy reachability by foot, public transport or car.
6. COVID-19: safe behaviors such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing are encouraged.
7. Dealing with environmental issues: e.g., the use of recycled, sustainable or reduced packaging is promoted.
8. Accessibility: e.g., accessibility by wheelchair or baby carriage.
9. Service Quality: e.g., friendliness, responsiveness, reliability and speed of staff.
10. Treatment of employees: e.g., the chain treats its employees with respect and shows them appreciation.

The top lists were created through an elaborate process: Participants' responses as well as the final selection of restaurant chains in each category were carefully reviewed. Statista makes no statement about the quality of restaurant chains that are not included in the lists and their reputation is not disputed.

For the full methodology, download this file.