10 High-End Restaurants You Didn't Know Were Chains

We don’t typically associate high-end restaurants with chains. When you go to a place where there’s fine dining, or exceptionally high-quality food, or price tags that are above average, you might expect that establishment to be an independent restaurant. But you can definitely get high-end chains. The country is full of them, and most people don’t even realize it!

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Keep reading to find out which 10 high-end restaurants are actually chains. They serve all kinds of cuisines, from Mexican to Italian to American to Asian, and offer all kinds of dining experiences that fall under the high-end umbrella.

10 Grand Lux Café

With locations in Las Vegas and other destinations across the United States, the Grand Lux Café is definitely a chain restaurant (although it doesn’t seem like it!). Owned by the Cheesecake Factory, the Grand Lux Café is known for its distinctive décor. Although it’s an elegant dining experience, there is still a relaxed, family vibe.

The best thing about eating at Grand Lux is the variety of food that you can have. They offer everything from Asian to Italian to desserts and more! This is the ultimate place for the foodie who wants to try everything.

9 Buca Di Beppo

If you like Italian food, then you should eat at Buca di Beppo. Though some might not realize it, this high-end restaurant is actually a chain with around 88 locations across the United States. Owned by Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo specializes in Italian fare that’s prepared in the traditional family style. This is the place to come if you like pizza, pasta, and everything in between.

The name roughly translates to “Joe’s Hole” and definitely adds to the Italian vibe. Here, you can dine in, order out, or have your events catered.

8 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

You might have thought that P.F. Chang’s was a unique high-end Asian restaurant, but they actually have 305 locations around the globe. Though P.F. Chang’s is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, they can be found right across America, as well as other nations.

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The food that is served at P.F. Chang’s is truly authentic, but the dining experience is still casual. Called P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, the chain actually serves food from several Asian cuisines, including Malaysia and Japan. All the food is made in-house, and you’ll never be disappointed with the quality.

7 On The Border Mexican Grill And Cantina

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina is another restaurant that seems like it’s not part of a chain, but the brand has establishments in various locations throughout the United States. You will also find On the Border in South Korea!

The quality of the Tex-Mex food served at On the Border pushes it into the higher-end category, even though the dining experience is casual. You can find all your favorite Mexican classics here, including fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and tacos. They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as a decadent dessert menu!

6 Bennigan’s

They say that Bennigan’s serves American food with Irish hospitality. It is one of the best places to go if you’re after burgers, steaks, or any other classic American dish that’s prepared by quality chefs. Despite the unique décor and theme, Bennigan’s is actually a chain of restaurants with locations all over the United States.

Some of the states that you’ll find Bennigan’s in include Oklahoma, Michigan, Idaho, Texas, North Dakota, and Iowa. Elsewhere, Bennigan’s is located in Mexico, El Salvador, and Cyprus, to name a few. There are even restaurants in the Middle East, with locations in Dubai and Qatar.

5 The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is the original fondue restaurant and has captured the hearts of cheese and chocolate lovers all over North America. At the end of 2018, there were 167 Melting Pot locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company is based in Tampa, Florida.

A restaurant that is totally based on fondue is quite unique as far as business ideas go, which explains why the chain has done so well. They also have gluten-free options so they can be more inclusive of all their customers.

4 Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is a jack of all trades, though it’s not fair to say that this chain of high-end restaurants is a master of none. Rather, they have a reputation for delivering quality in all of their dishes. Today, there are more than 490 Ruby Tuesday locations that you can visit.

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This is a perfect establishment for anybody who loves an extensive and diverse menu. They serve everything from pasta and mozzarella sticks to burgers, chicken, steaks, salads, sides, and dessert. You’d be hard-pressed to not be able to find something you like on this menu!

3 The Capital Grille

Those who are looking for a fine-dining experience should not look past The Capital Grille. With around 60 locations across 20 US states and the District of Columbia, this chain of upscale steakhouses has earned many loyal customers over the years.

It comes as no surprise that the chefs at The Capital Grille are experts in steaks. But you can also get delicious seafood at the restaurant, as well as soup and salad. It’s the perfect place to go when you’re trying to impress a date—provided that they’re not a vegan!

2 Seasons 52

Those who are interested in fresh, seasonal, and light dishes will fall in love with Seasons 52 (if they haven’t already). The grill and wine bar has been running since 2003 and now has more than 40 locations across the United States. You can find Seasons 52 in such states as California, Alabama, New York, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, and New Mexico.

They boast an eclectic bar menu as well as lunch, dinner, and desserts. Their specialties include dishes made with fresh lobster, as well as their delicious spinach and artichoke dip. Yum!

1 Carrabba’s Italian Grill

If you love Italian food, you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of Italian chain restaurants, even if you want a higher-end establishment. One of the most popular is Carrabba’s Italian Grill, which has more than 250 locations around the country. The chain is based in Tampa, Florida, and owned by Bloomin’ Brands.

You can get all the usual Italian classics here, such as meatballs, pasta, bruschetta, and wood-fired pizza. Being a grill, they also serve quality steaks. There are always specials on during the week, and Carrabba’s also provides a kids’ menu and a gluten-free menu.

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