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12 Best Full Service Restaurants

When you think about going out for a meal, whether it is for a date, a night on the town, catching up with friends or family, or just spending time enjoying some quality food, full service restaurants are most likely what first come to your mind. Full service restaurants are extremely popular and encompass a very wide range of different types of restaurants, from bars to cafes to fine dining. However, not every place which serves food is a full service restaurant, as there are some defining requirements a restaurant needs to have in order to be classified as a “full service” restaurant.

To start, it must be a location where you are seated at a table, booth, or bar to eat your meal. Second, it must have a physical menu which you order your food from, most often with a separate lunch and dinner selection. This food will be prepared fresh in the kitchen once ordered. The third necessity a restaurant needs to have in order to be classified as a full service restaurant is that there needs to be a waitstaff member to take your order and then to bring your food out to you once it is ready.

If a restaurant location meets all of these requirements, then it qualifies as a full service restaurant. Some well-known full service restaurants include Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, The Rainforest Cafe, and even Hooters. Below, you will find that Menu Prices Today has put together a list of amazing full service restaurants for you to visit.

Full service restaurants may be everywhere, often seeming like there are several or more in every decently sized city, of which there very well could be. With so many full service restaurants readily available, it can seem challenging to choose one to visit, let alone to find one with an outstanding menu and delicious food which sets it apart from the rest.

Luckily, here at Menu Prices Today, we have put together the list above to take the guesswork and the legwork out of choosing a full service restaurant to grab a bite to eat at.

The following list is ordered by popularity.

  1. Cava


    The Cava restaurant was inspired by three health and nutrition enthusiasts, Dimitri, Ike, and Ted, who created different foods depending on their culture and origins. They have put a lot of effort into balancing satisfaction and health. They have successfully created unique foods that have sold in atleast 250 locations around us. Cava and Vo's kitchen joined forces in 2018. They share a passion for brilliant, tasty meals and amazing customer experience with various restaurants across the country.

  2. Carolina Ale House

    Carolina Ale House

    Carolina Ale House is a popular chain of sports bars and restaurants in North Carolina. Most locations have large flatscreen TVs for watching sports, dart boards and pool tables.

  3. Bob Evans Farmhouse

    Bob Evans Farmhouse

    Bob Evans Farmhouse, more commonly known as simply Bob Evans, is a wholesome restaurant that strives to serve good old-fashioned home/farmhouse cooking to the masses for a reasonable price. The menu is vast, as they have tried to include just about anything you might link to home cooking.

  4. Black Bear Diner

    Black Bear Diner

    Black Bear Diner has an obvious goal. Feed your inner bear! What that means exactly is for you to decide. Black Bear Diner excels at providing fresh food, prepared in-house, and is one of North America's premier diner franchises offering a gigantic array of breakfast items, burgers, steaks, and anything else you can think of – all under one roof.

  5. Bjs Restaurant Brewhouse

    Bjs Restaurant Brewhouse

    Though BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is a renowned place of choice that takes pride in offering high-quality food and beverages today, this was not the case 44 years ago.

  6. Bar Louie

    Bar Louie

    You might think that Bar Louie is run by someone called Louie. Well, you might be surprised to learn that Bar Louie was founded by Roger Greenfield and Ted Kashmir.

  7. Applebees


    Like many big restaurant chains, Applebees started as a small company that became very successful and was bought by investors. The company was founded by Bill and TJ Palmer in 1980 and bought by W.R. Grace and Company in 1983. The 100th restaurant opened in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989.

  8. Claim Jumper Restaurant Saloon

    Claim Jumper Restaurant Saloon

    Claim Jumper has many locations in the United States and can be found throughout California, Colorado, Washington, and Texas.

  9. Hooters


    Hooters is more known for its image of waitresses in skimpy outfits and tan stockings, but the fast-casual restaurant is actually more than its wait staff. An American restaurant chain with over 400 locations in the US and other countries, Hooters is a great place that serves American comfort food such as burgers and salads, but the bestseller on their menu is their chicken wings.

  10. Lazy Dog

    Lazy Dog

    Because of the prefix "Dog" in the name of the restaurant, many people mistakenly think that it is only for dogs. But think again! Lazy Dog is a restaurant that serves different meals for humans. Dog to say that there is also a place for your dog. You don't have to leave your sweet dog behind just because you want to go to the restaurant. 

  11. Rainforest Cafe

    Rainforest Cafe

    Rainforest Cafe, the jungle-themed restaurant chain, opened its first location in 1994, in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota at the hands of its founder Steven Schussler. With 16 locations in the US, Rainforest Cafe is currently owned by Landry’s Restaurant Inc., a company specialized in dining, among other things. With most of its income coming from local tourism, Rainforest Cafe is still, today, an unforgettable full-sensory experience for anyone, independent of your age.

  12. Tgi Fridays

    Tgi Fridays

    When you hear “TGI Friday”, you will definitely think of the word association of “Thank God it’s Friday”, but you may also think of the popular restaurant TGI Friday’s. First opened in the 1960s as a way to create a cocktail party vibe for people in their early 20s to their late 30s to mix and mingle in a social setting, TGI Friday’s has now become a common restaurant serving high-quality food in a fun social setting for people and families of all ages.

This list of full service restaurants is filled with stellar locations made up of both popular chain brands and some which are a little less well-known, but which still provide phenomenal food that leaves you with a full stomach and a smile on your face and a feeling of satisfaction from a good meal.