Restaurants & Institutions released their yearly list of the 100 Highest Grossing Restaurants in the US recently, and while there are returning champs, a couple of new up-and-comers are raising the bar for the whole industry. For an industry reliant on speed and turning tables, these restaurants have created a culture around their patrons and always infuse a sense of excellence into every visit. Here are the top ten highest grossing restaurants.
Tao – Las Vegas
Located in the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, Tao doubles as a restaurant and nightclub and regularly serves some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Master Chefs from Asia prepare delicacies every night to insure the Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines remain authentic yet original. The decor is rounded out by century old wood, stone and waterfalls while Tao’s centerpiece, a 20-foot hand-carved Buddha, keeps a watchful eye on its patrons.
Joe’s Stone Crab – Miami
Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami first began 99 years ago as a quaint lunch counter in a very modest Miami Beach. Today it is ranked as the 2nd highest grossing restaurant and one of the most prominent places in Miami. Much of that success is due to the Stone Crab itself. Before 1921, nobody knew the local crustacean was edible, so when Joe’s struck out to boil them, they were an instant hit and the restaurant began its legacy.
Smith & Wollensky – New York City
Smith & Wollensky has an refined bar atmosphere and may surprise you at first glance that it’s included in this top ten. But upon closer inspection, the restaurant cuts no corners with quality as they are one of the few steakhouses in America to butcher and dry-age their meat on-site. The original founder picked the name out of the phone book randomly, which serves as an insight to how whimsical this restaurant can be. Smith & Wollensky’s has a bit of fame too, as their New York location can be seen in the movies The Devil Wears Prada and American Psycho.
Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington D.C.
Established in 1856 with close proximity to the White House, Old Ebbitt Grill has entertained presidents and politicians for over a century including President’s Grant, Cleveland and Roosevelt. Mahogany, Marble, Velvet and Brass display a sense of distinguished age that only a restaurant this refined could have.
Carmine’s – New York City
Located in the Theater District in Times Square, Carmine’s second location op
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