National Top 25 Restaurants: Mid-Year 2017

While our monthly city-level Top 25 Restaurant rankings highlight the local stars of each regional market, Foodable's National Top 25 Restaurants features the social rankings of the industry's bigger players: the widespread, recognizable brands and chains consumers know and love. 

Check out the full list below!

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Mid-Year 2017: Top 25 Overall Social Restaurant Brands

 
  1. Starbucks | VIDEO | 483.30
  2. Panera Bread | 481.76 
  3. Chick-fil-A | VIDEO | 479.83
  4. Arby's | VIDEO | 479.08
  5. Sonic Drive-In | 477.08 
  6. Taco Bell | 475.59 
  7. Dunkin' Donuts | 474.42 
  8. MOD Pizza | 474.00 
  9. Shake Shack | VIDEO | 473.64
  10. Tender Greens | VIDEO | 470.75
  11. Zoës Kitchen | 466.52 
  12. Jersey Mike's Subs | VIDEO | 465.97
  13. Sweetgreen | VIDEO | 464.94
  14. Freshii | VIDEO | 464.58
  15. McAlister's Deli | VIDEO | 462.47
  16. Buffalo Wild Wings | 460.73 
  17. Wendy's | 459.42
  18. Veggie Grill | VIDEO | 456.13
  19. Smashburger | VIDEO | 454.52
  20. Modern Market | 452.03 
  21. Lemonade | 449.74 
  22. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers | VIDEO | 448.47
  23. Yard House | 447.37 
  24. Wow Bao | VIDEO | 446.82
  25. Noodles & Company | VIDEO | 446.17

National Top 25 Restaurants: End of 2016

While our monthly city-level Top 25 Restaurant rankings highlight the local stars of each regional market, Foodable's National Top 25 Restaurants features the social rankings of the industry's bigger players: the widespread, recognizable brands and chains consumers know and love. 

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Check out the full list below!

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Panera Bread 481.92  
2 Starbucks 479.04  
3 Shake Shack 477.65 Play Video
4 Arby's 476.83  
5 MOD Pizza 476.02 Play Video
6 Tender Greens 474.99 Play Video
7 Freshii 474.55 Play Video
8 Chick-fil-A 473.47  
9 Dunkin' Donuts 473.01  
10 Sonic Drive-In 472.38  
11 Zoës Kitchen 470.76  
12 Taco Bell 470.62  
13 Jersey Mike's Subs 469.49  
14 Sweetgreen 469.39  
15 In-N-Out Burger 466.78  
16 Lemonade 465.55  
17 McAlister's Deli 465.26
18 Buffalo Wild Wings 464.11  
19 Corelife Eatery 463.90  
20 Veggie Grill 462.45 Play Video
21 Mendocino Farms 461.22 Play Video
22 Matchbox 456.90  
23 Nando's Peri Peri USA 456.13  
24 Modern Market 455.40  
25 Wendy's 455.02  

National Top 25 Restaurants: Mid Year 2016

While our monthly city-level Top 25 Restaurant rankings highlight the local stars of each regional market, Foodable's National Top 25 Restaurants features the social rankings of the industry's bigger players: the widespread, recognizable brands and chains consumers know and love. 

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Check out the full list below!

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Taco Bell 480.02  
2 Chick-fil-A 475.96  
3 Starbucks 474.63  
4 Shake Shack 473.83 Play Video
5 Panera Bread 472.40  
6 Wendy's 471.87  
7 Arby's 471.80  
8 Sonic Drive-In 468.28  
9 Buffalo Wild Wings 466.05  
10 Dunkin' Donuts 465.16  
11 Tender Greens 462.76 Play Video
12 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 455.81  
13 McAlister's Deli 453.78  
14 Jersey Mike's Subs 453.55  
15 MOD Pizza 453.08 Play Video
16 Sweetgreen 449.17  
17 Noodles & Company 447.01
18 Zoës Kitchen 445.20  
19 In-N-Out Burger 444.32  
20 Jimmy John's 441.90  
21 Smashburger 437.05 Play Video
22 Veggie Grill 435.79 Play Video
23 Raising Cane's 435.56  
24 Modern Market 433.89  
25 Wow Bao 433.86  

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q1 2016

While our monthly city-level Top 25 Restaurant rankings focus on local markets, our National Top 25, pulled quarterly, has always reflected the social rankings of bigger guys in the game — the more recognizable and usually more widespread "chains.” We use that term loosely because it seems to have a stigma surrounding big business, which isn’t necessarily the case — at least, not anymore.

As the food industry evolves, we are seeing more ingredient-forward, eco-conscious, and even chef-driven concepts climb up the rankings. Last quarter, Panera Bread ranked No. 1, most likely because of its “Food As It Should Be” movement.

In Q1 2016, however, Panera tumbled to No. 3, with Wendy’s taking the top spot. There are probably multiple reasons why Wendy’s jumped from No. 4 to No. 1, but it could have something to do with the brand's Twitter “feud” with Burger King after Wendy’s tweeted its new “4 for $4 deal,” a speculated play off of BK’s “5 for $4 deal.” Burger King subtweeted a post that read, “5 for $4, because 5 is better than 4.” When a customer tweeted Wendy’s asking, “What are you firing back?," the Wendy's team replied, “edible food.” Some would say these are fighting words, but the tweet received more love than they might’ve imagined, with over 35K likes and and more than 26K retweets.

How It Works

Through Foodable Labs, in partnership with our sister company DigitalCoCo’s proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), we track sentiment, engagement, influence, mobile, and location-based actions from more than 151M U.S. social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 21K restaurant brands indexed in over 500K locations. 

While quarterly sales are obviously important, the core of everything in the restaurant & hospitality industry comes down to what consumers are saying — and whether they're taking action — in relation to your brand.

What other brands made Q1’s rankings? Check below for the full list! 

#1 Wendy's

#1 Wendy's

#4 Starbucks

#4 Starbucks

#2 Chick-fil-A

#2 Chick-fil-A

#5 Shake Shack

#5 Shake Shack

#3 Panera Bread

#3 Panera Bread

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Wendy's 472.54  
2 Chick-fil-A 466.64 Play Video
3 Panera Bread 465.46  
4 Starbucks 464.41 Play Video
5 Shake Shack 459.43 Play Video
6 Taco Bell 457.32  
7 Sonic Drive-In 454.41  
8 Dunkin' Donuts 446.84  
9 Arby's 445.56  
10 Tender Greens 444.72 Play Video
11 Buffalo Wild Wings 444.54  
12 In-N-Out Burger 442.76  
13 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 437.52  
14 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 432.87 Play Video
15 Firehouse Subs 432.68 Play Video
16 McAlister's Deli 431.49 Play Video
17 Jersey Mike's Subs 430.33 Play Video
18 Sweetgreen 430.12 Play Video
19 Noodles & Company 429.25  
20 Jimmy John's 429.19  
21 Habit Burger Grill 425.94 Play Video
22 Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop 425.30 Play Video
23 Veggie Grill 424.47 Play Video
24 Modern Market 422.55 Play Video
25 Pizza Hut 422.35  

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q4 2015

While our monthly Foodable Top 25 Restaurant rankings focus on local markets, our National Top 25, pulled quarterly, reflects the social rankings of the big guys in the game.

Through Foodable Labs, in partnership with our sister company DigitalCoCo’s proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), we track sentiment, engagement, influence, and location-based actions from more than 137 million social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 17,900 restaurant brands indexed in over 441,000 locations. 

While quarterly sales are obviously important, the core of everything in the restaurant & hospitality industry comes down to what consumers are saying — and whether they're taking action — in relation to your brand.

So, without further ado, here are Q4’s top players:

#1 Panera Bread

#1 Panera Bread

#4 Wendy's

#4 Wendy's

#2 Chick-fil-A

#2 Chick-fil-A

#5 Shake Shack

#5 Shake Shack

#3 Starbucks

#3 Starbucks

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Panera Bread 462.61  
2 Chick-fil-A 460.13  
3 Starbucks 459.84  
4 Wendy's 453.89  
5 Shake Shack 453.76 Play Video
6 Sonic Drive-In 448.10  
7 Buffalo Wild Wings 446.22  
8 In-N-Out Burger 439.41  
9 Dunkin' Donuts 436.41  
10 Taco Bell 435.49  
11 Tender Greens 434.17 Play Video
12 Firehouse Subs 432.47 Play Video
13 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 431.99  
14 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 429.82  
15 Arby's 428.67  
16 Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop 426.70 Play Video
17 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 420.35 Play Video
18 Jimmy John's 419.98  
19 Noodles & Company 418.31  
20 Pizza Hut 417.14  
21 Hard Rock Cafe 414.46  
22 Jersey Mike's Subs 414.04  
23 Yard House 412.52  
24 Modern Market 411.96 Play Video
25 Veggie Grill 411.70 Play Video