The restaurants on the list all make above 19 million dollars per year. These famous destinations separate themselves from the pack by offering unique experiences to their patrons.
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse
1028 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois
Last year sales: $19,9 million +
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse is the only restaurant group in the nation to possess its own USDA certification for its meat. The black angus steaks are the main draw of the restaurant and attracts visitors from around the world. At this same location during the 1950’s and 60’s Sinatra took the stage and performed.
75 9th Avenue, New York City, New York
Last year sales: $20.1 million +
Located in the lively SoHo district of Manhattan, Buddakan exhibits sophisticated Chinese cuisine complimented with modern flare. The interior of the restaurant is perhaps the most exciting part of the whole experience. The main dining halls features 2-story oak-covered walls, oversized chandeliers, and just a general design flow unparalleled by most restaurants.
Tao Asian Bistro
42 East 58th Street, New York City, New York
Last year sales: $20.7 million +
Based on the same restaurant concept as Tao Las Vegas Restaurant and Bistro, Tao Asian Bistro brings the same experience to New York City. In a city with so many restaurant choices Tao clearly makes a name for itself.
Lavo Italian Restaurant and Nighclub
3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada
Last year sales: $22.0 million +
Created by the same team that inspired Tao, Lavo offers some of the best Italian cuisine around. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very energetic, lively, and modern.
200 West 44th Street, New York City, New York
Last year sales: $24.0 million +
Located in New York’s Times Square, Carmine’s always receives distinguished reviews and awards. The restaurant originally established a name for itself by offering large portions and delicious Italian cuisine. The restaurants ability to adapt over time has kept Carmine’s on the list of top grossing restaurants for several years.
Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Last year sales: $24.5 million +
Old Ebbitt Grill is located walking distance from the White House and was originally established in 1856. Old Ebbitt Grill has for over a century hosted and entertained countless presidents, senators, and congressman.
Smith and Wollensky
201 East 49th Street, New York City, New York
Last year sales: $25.0 million +
Smith and Wollensky has an onsite butcher who dry-ages all the meat on-site. At first glance it may be confusing to how it is one of the top restaurants in the country, but with a closer inspection it is clear that no details are left to the imagination. The story about the name of the restaurant is quite interesting. The original owner couldn’t decide on a name, so he opened up a phonebook and randomly put his finger on two names and used those names to name the restaurant. It has also been featured in a number of movies too, and can be seen in The Devil Wears Prada and American Psycho.
Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
Last year sales: $26.3 million +
Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami is over 100 years old. Originally the restaurant was nothing more than a lunch counter on Miami Beach. Today it is the second highest grossing restaurant in the United States and a very prominent restaurant in Miami.
Tavern on the Green
West 67th Street and Central Park West, New York, New York
Last year sales: $27.0 million +
The Tavern on the Green has more than 50,000 visitors per year. Interestingly the restaurant is owned and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The restaurant has several uniquely designed dining rooms with the most famous being the Crystal Room. The restaurant also has one of the best wine menus in the country and has received numerous awards and accolades.
Tao Las Vegas Restaurant and Bistro
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada
Last year sales: $59.3 million +
Tao, located in Las Vegas, nearly made double the next highest restaurant on this list. The restaurant features a 20 foot tall Buddha statue that watches over patrons, an infinity pool with koi, eight private dining rooms decked out with their own minibars, a 40 foot terrace with views of the Las Vegas strip, and two dance rooms with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems. The menu features a variety of both traditional and contemporary Asian plates. Founders, Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg strive to create an immersive dining and nightlife experience and succeed in every facet.
Source: Huffington Post