Leading U.S. fast-casual restaurant chains in 2017

This statistic shows the leading fast-casual restaurant chains in the United States in 2017. The third largest fast-casual restaurant was Panda Express with estimated sales of approximately 3.11 billion U.S. dollars.

Fast casual restaurants – additional information

Fast-casual restaurants are a type of quick service restaurant. In comparison with traditional fast food, fast casual restaurants serve a higher quality of food which is their distinguishing factor. With sales of 4.8 billion U.S. dollars, Panera Bread was the leading fast-casual restaurant in the United States in 2015. Founded in 1987, the bakery-café sells a range of hot and cold options including baguettes, soups, sandwiches and salads. The revenue of the fast-casual chain has grown annually since 2009 reaching 2.68 million U.S. dollars in 2015. The company owns just less than half of the total number of restaurants, with 901 company owned venues and 1,071 franchise operated in 2015.

The second largest fast-casual chain was Chipotle Mexican Grill in 2015. The restaurant chain, which is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is named after the Mexican smoked jalapeno the chipotle. The U.S. based restaurant now operates in several international locations including Germany and the United Kingdom. The worldwide revenue of Chipotle has grown annually since 2006 and reached 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.

One of Chipotle’s largest competitors is also ranked in the top fast-casual restaurants. Qdoba Mexican Eats, which like Chipotle is headquartered in Colorado, ranked as the eighth largest fast-casual restaurant in 2015, with sales of around 740 million U.S. dollars. As of March 2016, Chipotle and Qdoba were the second and third favorite Mexican restaurant chains respectively in the U.S. as ranked by composite loyalty score. This was calculated by averaging consumer satisfaction ratings of their most recent dining experience and their likelihood to recommend that brand. Tex-Mex style restaurant Taco Bueno received the highest score at 57 percent, although Chipotle and Qdoba followed closely behind with scores of 53 percent and 51 percent.

Sales of the leading fast-casual restaurant chains in the United States in 2017

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Release date

September 2018


United States

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