10 Biggest Restaurant Companies In World


The top 10 restaurant companies in the world are primarily chain operations with a major international presence. Despite the discretionary nature of restaurant spending, some companies have positioned themselves to weather economic cycles by maintaining consistent, profitable growth over the long term. In many cases, the world's top restaurant companies by market capitalization are holding companies that control a variety of subsidiary chains.

1. Starbucks Corp. (SBUX)

Our story begins in 1971 along the cobblestone streets of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. It was here where Starbucks opened its first store, offering fresh-roasted coffee beans, tea and spices from around the world for our customers to take home. Our name was inspired by the classic tale, “Moby-Dick,” evoking the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.

Ten years later, a young New Yorker named Howard Schultz would walk through these doors and become captivated with Starbucks coffee from his first sip. After joining the company in 1982, a different cobblestone road would lead him to another discovery. It was on a trip to Milan in 1983 that Howard first experienced Italy’s coffeehouses, and he returned to Seattle inspired to bring the warmth and artistry of its coffee culture to Starbucks. By 1987, we swapped our brown aprons for green ones and embarked on our next chapter as a coffeehouse.

  • Revenue (TTM): $24.1 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $1.3 billion
  • Market Cap: $88.3 billion
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Starbucks Corp. (SBUX)

2. McDonald's Corp. (MCD)

McDonald's is the world's leading food service organization. We generate more than $40 billion in Systemwide sales. We operate over 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries on six continents. We have the benefits that come with scale and a strong financial position. We own one of the world's most recognized and respected brands. We have an unparalleled global infrastructure and competencies in restaurant operations, real estate, retailing, marketing and franchising. We are a leader in the area of social responsibility. We actively share our knowledge and expertise in food safety and are committed to protecting the environment for future generations. Yet, we have not achieved our growth expectations for the past several years. So, our challenge is to leverage our strengths to profitably serve more customers more ways more often.

  • Revenue (TTM): $19.3 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $4.8 billion
  • Market Cap: $144.6 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

McDonald's Corp. (MCD)

3. Yum China Holdings, Inc. (YUMC)

Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “ Company ” or “ Yum China ” ) (NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987) is China’s largest restaurant company with a purpose of making every life taste beautiful. From a single restaurant in 1987, the Company now operates over 12,000 restaurants in over 1,700 cities and towns spanning every province and autonomous region across mainland China.

Yum China became an independent publicly traded company on November 1, 2016 on the NYSE, and was secondary-listed on the HKEX on September 10, 2020. Following our separation from Yum! Brands, we now have the exclusive right to operate and sub-license the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands in China, and we own the Little Sheep, Huang Ji Huang and COFFii & JOY concepts outright. We also partner with Lavazza to explore and develop the Lavazza coffee shop concept in China.

  • Revenue (TTM): $8.0 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $0.5 billion
  • Market Cap: $19.7 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Yum China Holdings, Inc. (YUMC)

4. Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI)

Darden’s family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining — Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. We own and operate more than 1,850 restaurants and are proud to employ 180,000 team members, making us one of the 50 largest private employers in America. Together, we create memorable experiences for more than 400 million guests annually in hundreds of communities across North America.

  • Revenue (TTM): $7.8 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): -$0.1 million
  • Market Cap: $9.7 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI)

5. Autogrill SpA (ATGSF)

Autogrill is the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for travellers.
The Group is present in 30 countries on 4 continents, operates in about 805 locations managing  about 2,800 points of sale  with more than 34.000 employees and is present in 139 airports.

  • Revenue (TTM): $6.0 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $0.2 billion
  • Market Cap: $1.4 billion
  • Exchange: OTC

Autogrill SpA (ATGSF)

6. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG)

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of restaurants in the US, UK, Canada, and France specializing in burritos and tacos. The company uses raw ingredients, classic cooking methods, and distinctive interior design--features that are more frequently found in the world of fine dining.

Chipotle Mexican Grill was established in 1993 and is headquartered

in Denver, Colorado, United States.

  • Revenue (TTM): $5.6 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $0.3 billion
  • Market Cap: $32.1 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG)

7. Restaurant Brands International, Inc. (QSR)

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $35 billion in annual system-wide sales and over 29,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. RBI owns four of the world's most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, POPEYES® and FIREHOUSE SUBS®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for decades. Through its Restaurant Brands for Good framework, RBI is improving sustainable outcomes related to its food, the planet, and people and communities.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is committed to growing the TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, POPEYES® and FIREHOUSE SUBS® brands by leveraging their respective core values, employee and franchisee relationships, and long track records of community support. The brands benefit from the global scale and shared best practices that come through common ownership under Restaurant Brands International Inc.

  • Revenue (TTM): $5.6 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $0.7 billion
  • Market Cap: $16.9 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Restaurant Brands International, Inc. (QSR)

8. Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM)

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 54,000 restaurants in more than 155 countries and territories primarily operating the company’s restaurant brands – KFCPizza Hut and Taco Bell – global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. The Company’s family of brands also includes The Habit Burger Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in made-to-order chargrilled burgers, sandwiches and more. In 2021, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and was ranked on Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies.

  • Revenue (TTM): $5.5 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $1.0 billion
  • Market Cap: $27.4 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM)

9. Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ)

Domino’s is a purpose-inspired and performance-driven company with exceptional people who are committed to feeding the power of possible, one pizza at a time. At the heart of our brand is a set of values that define our core beliefs on how we run our business, treat our people, support our franchisees and serve our customers.

  • Revenue (TTM): $3.7 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $0.4 billion
  • Market Cap: $15.2 billion
  • 1-Year Trailing Total Return: 59.6%
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ)

10. Bloomin' Brands, Inc. (BLMN)

Bloomin’ Brands is one of the world’s largest casual dining companies with approximately 82,000 Team Members and more than 1,450 restaurants throughout 47 states, Guam, and 17 countries.

  • Revenue (TTM): $3.6 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): -$0.1 billion
  • Market Cap: $1.0 billion
  • Exchange: NASDAQ

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. (BLMN)