Cheesecake Factory, you came so close. 

By Maria Yagoda
Updated: May 23, 2019

Another year, another slew of lists, ranking everything from fast-casual chain restaurants to cheese trends. This December, we learned that Americans' love for Chick-Fil-A has grown even more intense, and that everybody loves Portillo's. And now, a new TripAdvisor study has determined the top restaurant chains in the country, based on user data.

The top restaurant chain, at least in the "Large" category? Ruth's Steak House. In the "Medium" category? The Capitale Grille. And in the "Small" category? Eddie V's Prime Seafood.

A note on methodology: Rankings were determined using an algorithm that factored in quality, quantity, and recency of reviews (from all of the chain’s locations) over the past year. The rankings were separated into three categories: chains with over 100 locations, chains with 10 to 50 locations, and chains with 51 to 100 locations.

“Chain restaurants are integral to the American dining experience as they offer consumers convenient and satisfying meals for all occasions, ”said Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants, in a statement. “For the first time, TripAdvisor is ranking restaurant chains that provide exemplary food, service, and value to diners."

Below, find the full ranking.

Top 10 Large Chains (101+ locations)

  1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  2. The Cheesecake Factory
  3. Bonefish Grill
  4. Texas Roadhouse
  5. Mellow Mushroom
  6. In-N-Out Burger
  7. First Watch The Daytime Cafe
  8. Jason’s Deli
  9. Corner Bakery Cafe
  10. Blaze Pizza

Top 10 Small Chains (10-50 locations)

  1. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
  2. Seasons 52
  3. Houston’s
  4. Ocean Prime
  5. J. Alexander’s
  6. Fogo de Chão
  7. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
  8. Half Shell Oyster House
  9. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
  10. Maggiano’s Little Italy

Top 10 Medium Chains (51-100 locations)

  1. The Capital Grille
  2. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
  3. Texas de Brazil
  4. Yard House
  5. BRIO Tuscan Grille
  6. Portillo’s
  7. Morton’s The Steakhouse
  8. The Melting Pot
  9. Sweet Tomatoes
  10. Another Broken Egg Cafe
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