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The best restaurant chains to visit in America

23 March 2015

Though it is common to shy away from chain restaurants when on holiday, our friends across the Atlantic have made an art of great quality, familiar dining.

Woman drinking red wine in a restaurant
Woman drinking red wine in a restaurant

We’ve broken down some of the best restaurants you can find anywhere in the USA, so that you have some good, solid options when you start to feel those hunger pangs.

The Cheesecake Factory

The famous Cheesecake Factory has a menu that incoming staff spend two weeks learning. More than 250 tempting items await, and everything is good! 

From juicy burgers and steaks to seafood, pizza, pasta and delectable cuisines from other countries like France, Italy and Mexico, the Cheesecake Factory has a little of everything. 

The portions are huge, but you can order takeaway bags to finish your delicious leftovers, because you will want to save room for dessert. 

With almost 40 different varieties of cheesecake including red velvet, peanut butter, banana cream as well as all the classics, your sweet tooth will not go untested.

Red Lobster

First started back in 1968 in Florida, Red Lobster has grown to become the prominent staple restaurant that specialises in seafood, and most especially, lobster. 

If you can’t wait to get a taste of the sea on the American coast, this is the place to start; with crab, lobster, shrimp and plenty of varieties of fish that will impress any seafood lover. 

Red Lobster is light on vegetarian options, but for the patron who isn’t so keen on fish, there are plenty of other dining options, for example, steak and chicken.

P.F. Chang’s

The brainchild of an American-Chinese partnership, P.F. Chang’s has become synonymous with mid-range, tasty Asian-American cuisine. 

The brand has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with locations opening all over the USA, and it’s easy to see why. 

With plenty of vegetarian options, this restaurant blends dishes such as pad thai, and lo mein with new fusion cuisine. 

A great option for either big or small groups, with inexpensive lunchtime deals.

Morton’s Steakhouse

For upscale dining, look to Morton’s Steakhouse, predominant in the States as the go-to restaurant for a good steak straight from the grill, combined with a sophisticated glass of red from the bar. 

Their specialities are of course their perfectly cooked cuts, such as the Porterhouse, the centre-cut filet mignon, or the New York strip. 

For those looking to eat less heavy fare, the restaurant offers plenty of poultry and seafood dishes. Dress up rather than down in this restaurant; t-shirts, shorts and sandals are not recommended. 

Vegetarians beware, there isn’t anything on the menu that would suit.


Another Asian-influenced restaurant, Benihana is famous for its entertaining presentation of Teppanyaki. Your own private chef will cook your food on a steel griddle in front of you and perform tricks while they work. 

Founded by the notorious Hiroaki ‘Rocky’ Aoki, a championship wrestler, showman and restaurateur, this last dining brand on our list is probably the most fun. 

There is plenty to love on the menu for sushi enthusiasts, but don’t worry if the thought of raw fish doesn’t appeal, as Benihana is primarily a steak house and most food is cooked – and delicious. 

Eating at Benihana is a real experience and worth doing if you fancy fresh and fun dining.

Discover these wonderful restaurants in this expansive and beautiful country, by finding out more about Saga's holidays to the USA

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