At $25.6 million, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse once again grossed more money than any independent restaurant in Chicago. Overall, the restaurant ranked No. 8 in the country on Restaurant Business Online’s annual rankings of top-grossing independent restaurants with no more than five U.S. locations. Gibsons rose two spots, climbing back to No. 8, the same slot the Gold Coast steakhouse occupied in 2014.
The rankings are calculated using restaurant 2015 sales data taken from surveys. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab placed No. 14 nationally and second among Chicago restaurants with $22.3 million. Seven Chicago restaurants and three suburban restaurants—including Gibsons locations in Oak Brook (68) and Rosemont (43)—cracked the list of 100. Those three added with Hugo’s Frog Bar (69) and Quartino (87) gave Gibsons Restaurant Group five members on the list. David Burke’s Primehouse (23), Shaw’s Crab House (34), Chicago Cut Steakhouse (36), Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse (63) and Tavern on Rush (89) are among the other Chicago eateries which appeared. It wasn’t all steak and seafood, as Greektown favorite Greek Islands ranked No. 99 with $12.2 million.
Overall, U.S. restaurants grossed about $1.8 billion this past year, according to Restaurant Business. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas had the most-expensive check at $180 per table. The highest-grossing restaurant also resides in Sin City: Tao Asian Bistro again sits at the top spot with $47.9 million in annual sales. That’s an impressive number given that Tao also ranked dead last with the fewest meals served on the list with 22,704.