Restaurant chains in North America

A step up from fast food outlets but not as original a menu offering as individual restaurants and diners. Chain restaurants provide a sit-down service, offering predictable meals at a reasonable price in surroundings many people find comfortable.


This is a very popular form of eating out in the USA as an informal meeting place for friends, family and work colleagues.

Generally known as casual dining, the restaurant style can range from a basic diner to a reasonable mid to high range restaurant.

Unlike more formal or individual restaurants reservation of a table is generally not possible or practical, however as with other restaurants in North America generally you are expected to wait and be taken to a table.

Service at tables is generally quick and efficient although they can be very popular at peak periods, so waiting for a table can take some time.

With the exception of the breakfast chains and family restaurants, alcoholic drinks (with the usual North American restrictions) are available. A few of these chains include a bar (or a sports bar) inside the restaurants.

Well-known chains







Steak houses


Breakfast foods

See also

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