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

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q3 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 127 million social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 15,000 restaurant brands indexed in over 430,000 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 Q3’s top players:

#1 Chick-fil-A

#1 Chick-fil-A

#4 Shake Shack

#4 Shake Shack

#2 Panera Bread

#2 Panera Bread

#5 Wendy's

#5 Wendy's

#3 Buffalo Wild Wings

#3 Buffalo Wild Wings

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Chick-fil-A 453.98  
2 Panera Bread 450.55  
3 Buffalo Wild Wings 446.11  
4 Shake Shack 444.28  
5 Wendy's 443.86  
6 Sonic Drive-In 441.17  
7 Taco Bell 440.11  
8 Starbucks 435.45  
9 Firehouse Subs 430.52  
10 In-N-Out Burger 429.15  
11 Chipotle 428.58  
12 Tender Greens 427.40 Play Video
13 McAlister's Deli 425.39  
14 Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop 423.94  
15 Dunkin' Donuts 421.66  
16 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 417.33 Play Video
17 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 417.09  
18 Raising Cane's 415.75 Play Video
19 Arby's 414.72  
20 Modern Market 411.45 Play Video
21 Hard Rock Cafe 411.23  
22 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 409.91  
23 Jersey Mike's Subs 409.10  
24 Jimmy John's 408.97  
25 Specialty’s Café & Bakery 406.73  

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q2 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 127 million social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 15,000 restaurant brands indexed in over 430,000 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 Q2’s top players:

#1 Chick-fil-A

#1 Chick-fil-A

#4 Panera Bread

#4 Panera Bread

#2 Sonic Drive-In

#2 Sonic Drive-In

#5 Wendy's

#5 Wendy's

#3 Chipotle

#3 Chipotle

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Chick-fil-A 449.09  
2 Sonic Drive-in 446.74  
3 Chipotle 446.11  
4 Panera Bread 444.86  
5 Wendy's 439.27  
6 Taco Bell 438.79  
7 Buffalo Wild Wings 430.69  
8 Firehouse Subs 430.41  
9 Shake Shack 429.28  
10 In-N-Out Burger 425.98  
11 Starbucks 422.02  
12 Tender Greens 419.54  
13 Raising Cane's 417.56  
14 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 411.85  
15 Green Leaf 411.45 Play Video
16 McAlister's Deli 410.23  
17 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 410.17  
18 Dunkin' Donuts 409.29  
19 Noodles & Company 402.65  
20 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 400.92 Play Video
21 Modmarket 399.53  
22 Hard Rock Cafe 397.01  
23 Jason's Deli 395.76  
24 Jimmy John's 395.46  
25 Wow Bao 392.58 Play Video

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q1 2015

While our monthly Foodable Top 25 Restaurant rankings focus on local markets — and therefore, pulls out hidden gems and less big brands — 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 127 million social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 15,000 restaurant brands indexed in over 430,000 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 Q1 2015’s top players. (Stay tuned for Q2’s rankings, coming soon!)

#1 Panera

#1 Panera

#2 Chick-fil-A

#2 Chick-fil-A

#3 Sonic Drive-In

#3 Sonic Drive-In

#4 Wendy's

#4 Wendy's

#5 Shake Shack

#5 Shake Shack

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Panera Bread 446.57  
2 Chick-fil-A 445.23  
3 Sonic Drive-In 444.95  
4 Wendy's 437.61  
5 Shake Shack 437.02 Play Video
6 Buffalo Wild Wings 436.71  
7 Chipotle 435.43  
8 Firehouse Subs 435.14  
9 Taco Bell 428.14  
10 In-N-Out Burger 421.22  
11 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 416.66  
12 Tender Greens 414.96 Play Video
13 Green Leaf 409.72  
14 McAlister's Deli 409.70  
15 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 408.88  
16 Starbucks 405.39  
17 Raising Cane's 403.92  
18 Subway 401.45  
19 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 399.84 Play Video
20 Hard Rock Cafe 399.58  
21 Dunkin' Donuts 398.05  
22 Jason's Deli 397.93  
23 Noodles & Company 396.97  
24 Jimmy John's 396.36  
25 Applebee's 392.17