National Top 25 Restaurants: November 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.

These restaurant kings and queens are all hard-hitters, but which ones reigned supreme? Without further ado, clap your hands for No. 1 on our list, Starbucks — especially because this is the first time this coffee comeback kid has topped the ranking in two years! Whether it was due to the brand's rising earnings, employee raises, or mobile growth this year, Starbucks is making strides and it'll be interesting to see what its future holds.

In a surprising drop, Wendy's, which led the ranking in Q1 2016, fell 16 spots and is now out of the Top 10, landing at No. 17. Could it have been because of the credit card hack that hit 1,000 of its locations back in July? Who knows. But this brand is still well-loved to make it onto the National Top 25 and is on its way to recovery. 

There were plenty of familiar faces in this round. Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, Arby's, Sonic Drive-In, and Buffalo Wild Wings were among others that returned to the Top 25, but new ones have entered the ranking. Congratulations to MOD Pizza, Zoës Kitchen, Freshii, Smashburger, Lemonade, Yard House, and Wow Bao! Where did your favorite brands fall on the count? Check out the full list below!

Toasty on the inside, toasty on the outside. #ChestnutPralineLatte

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When you need an extra hand to hold all that #deliciousness. [📷]: @myfitcanvas

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How do you Chick-fil-A? One way is with the #ChickfilAKeyboard, and another is coming June 1. Link in bio.

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November 2016: Top 25 Overall Social Restaurant Brands

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