All Publicly Traded U.S. Restaurant Chains

Complete List With Stock Symbols

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Even though it seems like the dominate the retail restaurant niche, only about 30 percent of America's restaurants are part of a multi-unit chain, and only a fraction of those restaurant chains are publicly traded restaurant companies. Of those, most of the largest multi-unit restaurant companies in the U.S. are publicly traded on U.S. stock exchanges, not privately owned.

Publicly Traded U.S. Restaurant Chains and Stock Exchange Symbols

Large-Cap Restaurant Stocks

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR): Brands include Tim Hortons and Burger King

Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM): Brands include KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Mid-Cap Restaurant Stocks

Bloomin Brands, Inc. (BLMN): Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Brinker International, Inc. (EAT): Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG)

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL)

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI): LongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden

Domino’s Pizza Inc. (DPZ)

Dunkin Brands Group, Inc. (DNKN): Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins

Jack In The Box Inc. (JACK): Jack in the Box and Qdoba Mexican Grill

Papa John’s International, Inc. (PZZA)

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (TXRH): Casual dining steakhouses

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (CAKE): Upscale casual restaurants

Wendy’s Company (WEN): Hamburger chain with over 6,500 company-owned restaurants and franchise locations

Small-Cap Restaurant Stocks

Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (ARCO): From Argentina, one of the largest franchisees of McDonald’s restaurants

Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH): Holdings include Maxim magazine and Steak and Shake fast food restaurants

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (BJRI): BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse; deep-dish pizza

Bojangles’ Inc. (BOJA): Southeastern regional chain of chicken and biscuit restaurants

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST): Burger King franchises

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (CHUY): Tex-Mex food

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (PLAY): Entertainment and dining restaurants

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (DFRG): Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak house, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (TACO): Quick service Mexican

Denny’s Corporation (DENN): Full-service restaurant chain

DineEquity, Inc. (DIN): Applebee’s and IHOP

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (LOCO): Fast-casual restaurants

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (FRGI): Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana

Potbelly Corporation (PBPB): Sandwich Shops

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (RRGB): Gourmet burgers

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (RUTH): Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Shake Shack, Inc. (SHAK): Burgers, fries, etc.

Sonic Corp. (SONC): Drive-in restaurants

The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (HABT): Hamburgers and specialty sandwiches

Wingstop Inc. (WING): Chicken wing restaurants

Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. (ZOES): Mediterranean dishes

Micro-Cap Restaurant Stocks

Ark Restaurants Corp. (ARKR): Restaurants, bars, and fast food restaurants

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (BURG): Hooters franchises

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (SAUC): Bagger Dave’s Burger Taverns; Buffalo Wild Wing franchises

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (DAVE): Barbeque

FAT Brands Inc. (FAT): Fatburger, Buffalo’s Café, Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. (BDL): Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill

Good Times Restaurants Inc. (GTIM): Good Times Burger and Frozen Custard and Bid Daddy’s Burger Bar

Kona Grill, Inc. (KONA): Full service bar, patio and sushi bar

J Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. (JAX): J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, and Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill

Jamba, Inc. (JMBA): Juice and smoothie retailer

Luby’s, Inc. (LUB): Luby’s Cafeterias and Fuddruckers

Nathan’s Famous, Inc. (NATH): Restaurant outlets that can be found in malls, campuses and other tourism and entertainment locations; hot dogs, French fries and associated items

Noodles & Company (NDLS): Fast casual restaurants

Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (FRSH): Pizza over 1,400 locations

Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. (RAVE): Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza; over 500 locations

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (STKS): Upscale restaurants and lounges