Catering, Restaurants and Leisure 2023

America's Best Customer Service 2023

Good customer service is a big part of why we're happy to shop at some places and not at others. Being treated respectfully, cheerfully and helpfully is just as important as finding the right item at the right price. This year, Newsweek has again partnered with respected global data research firm Statista to identify the stores that consistently provide the best customer service. Whether it's an easy-to-use website, a generous returns policy or just a friendly voice, these companies put the customer first.

This year, the ranking encompasses 676 total awards for 656 unique brands (a brand can be awarded in more than one category). Those brands are in a total of 166 categories ranging from brick-and-mortar retailers like grocery stores to insurance services, banking services, restaurants, movie theaters and more. Publix, Southwest Airlines and Chick-fil-A are some of the notable brands that have been awarded in every edition since the inaugural list in 2019. This year, we found insurance brands were among those with the highest overall customer service scores.

We hope our rankings of the Best Customer Service 2023 brands will help make your shopping an easier, more efficient and more pleasant experience.

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Parent CategoryCategoryRankBrandScore
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBagel and Sandwich Chains1Schlotzsky’s8.74
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBagel and Sandwich Chains2Potbelly Sandwich Shop8.65
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBagel and Sandwich Chains3Jersey Mike's Subs8.60
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBagel and Sandwich Chains4Jason's Deli8.51
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBagel and Sandwich Chains5Bruegger's8.45
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBuffet Restaurants1Cicis8.37
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBuffet Restaurants2Western Sizzlin8.23
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBuffet Restaurants3Sirloin Stockade8.13
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBuffet Restaurants4Pizza Ranch8.08
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureBuffet Restaurants5Hoss's Steak and Sea House8.04
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCasual Dining Restaurant Chains1Texas Roadhouse8.92
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCasual Dining Restaurant Chains2Seasons 528.91
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCasual Dining Restaurant Chains3LongHorn Steakhouse8.85
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCasual Dining Restaurant Chains4First Watch8.81
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCasual Dining Restaurant Chains5Bonefish Grill8.79
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCoffeehouse Chains1Starbucks8.53
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCoffeehouse Chains2Peet’s Coffee8.51
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCoffeehouse Chains3Dutch Bros8.50
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCoffeehouse Chains4Caribou Coffee8.39
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureCoffeehouse Chains5Dunkin' Donuts8.35
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureDoughnut Chains1Shipley Do-Nuts8.84
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureDoughnut Chains2Voodoo Doughnut8.75
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureDoughnut Chains3Daylight Donuts8.74
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureDoughnut Chains4Hurts Donut8.65
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureDoughnut Chains5Krispy Kreme8.64
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Casual Restaurant Chains1Wingstop8.81
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Casual Restaurant Chains2The Habit Burger Grill8.78
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Casual Restaurant Chains3Shake Shack8.72
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Casual Restaurant Chains4McAlister's Deli8.70
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Casual Restaurant Chains5Firehouse Subs8.60
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Food Restaurant Chains1Wendy’s9.37
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Food Restaurant Chains2Chick-fil-A9.09
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Food Restaurant Chains3In-N-Out Burger8.95
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Food Restaurant Chains4Zaxby's8.88
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureFast-Food Restaurant Chains5Culver's8.83
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureIce Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stores1Bruster’s Real Ice Cream8.70
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureIce Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stores2sweetFrog8.69
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureIce Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stores3Yogurtland8.66
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureIce Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stores4Cold Stone Creamery8.64
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureIce Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stores5Ben & Jerry's8.54
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureMovie Theaters1Alamo Drafthouse Cinema9.40
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureMovie Theaters2CMX Cinemas9.04
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureMovie Theaters3Harkins Theatres8.99
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureMovie Theaters4Cinemark8.55
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureMovie Theaters5B&B Theatres8.48
Catering, Restaurants and LeisurePizza Chains1Mellow Mushroom8.82
Catering, Restaurants and LeisurePizza Chains2Marco's8.80
Catering, Restaurants and LeisurePizza Chains3Papa Murphy's8.77
Catering, Restaurants and LeisurePizza Chains4Blaze Pizzeria8.71
Catering, Restaurants and LeisurePizza Chains5Uno Pizzeria & Grill8.64
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureUpscale Chain Restaurants1Nobu9.95
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureUpscale Chain Restaurants2The Capital Grille9.10
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureUpscale Chain Restaurants3Ruth's Chris Steak House8.95
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureUpscale Chain Restaurants4Fogo de Chão8.94
Catering, Restaurants and LeisureUpscale Chain Restaurants5Morton's The Steakhouse8.92
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METHODOLOGY
The 2023 America's Best Customer Service rankings were identified from the results of an independent survey of more than 30,000 U.S. customers who have either made purchases, used services, or gathered information about products or services in the past three years. Customers evaluated several brands: in total over 200,000 evaluations were collected. The awarded brands each received on average 100 evaluations from customers.
The survey was conducted on retailers and service providers from 166 categories, providing results for a broad-spectrum of customer experiences in traditional retail, online and service segments. For each category, the most relevant brands were included in the scope of the survey according to reputation, turnover or market share.
In the brick and-mortar categories, only retailers and service providers present in at least two census regions have been included in the list. In the online categories, only retailers and service providers present mainly online have been included in the list. For retailers and service providers with an online presence and store networks, only the core business was considered. In total ,the survey took an average of 9-11 minutes to complete. The survey period ran from May to July 2022. The final assessment and rankings were based on:
▸Likelihood of recommendation (50% of the final score)
▸Five weighted evaluation criteria (50% of the final score)

EVALUATION CRITERIA
1_QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION: measures whether the contact (via e-mail, telephone or face to face) was friendly or polite. (20.2 percent of evaluation score)
2_PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE: measures the quality of information received and whether questions were answered correctly and in sufficient detail. (19.7 percent of evaluation score)
3_RANGE OF SERVICES: measures the variety of solutions available to fulfill one's personal expectations. (18.9 percent of evaluation score)
4_CUSTOMER FOCUS: measures whether the customer feels acknowledged and important. (20.4 percent of evaluation score)
5_ACCESSIBILITY: measures the availability of customer service in a shop or on a helpline. (20.8 percent of evaluation score)

The top 3-5 brands based on category size receiving the highest scores in each category were awarded as America's Best Customer Service 2023.
The survey was conducted using online access panels, providing a representative sample of more than 30,000 American customers who made a purchase, used a service or gathered information about a prod-uct or service in the last three years. Each of them gave an evaluation of several brands: in total 200,000 evaluations have been collected. An online access panel is a sample group set up by a survey company and available for custom-built surveys. People register and agree to take part in online surveys.

The rankings are composed exclusively of brands that are eligible regarding the scope described here. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, reflects the last three calendar years. Furthermore, events following June 31, 2022, and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated with the brands were not included in the metrics. The results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of information for future deliberations. The information provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about the brands. The quality of brands that are not included in the rankings is not disputed.


You can download the full methodology here.