Old Ebbitt Grill, Le Diplomate Rank Among The 100 Highest Grossing Independent Restaurants in America

Old Ebbitt Grill reported more than $32 million in annual sales in 2016.

The bar at Old Ebbitt Grill, which is owned by Clyde's Restaurant Group. Photo by Scott Suchman

Seven Washington-area establishments rank among the 100 highest grossing independent restaurants in the country, according to an annual list from Restaurant Business magazine.

Old Ebbitt Grill, ranked #5, brings in the most annual sales in DC: more than $32 million. That’s over $2 million more than the previous year. The downtown saloon has remained in the top six since 2014—as far as the ranking goes back. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, the Hamilton, Founding Farmers (DC and Tysons Corner), Le Diplomate, and Mike’s “American” also made the list, which is based on 2016 food and drink numbers.

The data is mostly self-reported, but if not provided, Restaurant Business makes estimates “based on public information, similar concepts and other factors.” Take a look at the full list here and DC numbers below:

Old Ebbitt Grill, #5
Annual sales: $32,662,051
Meals served: 1,072,293

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, #15
Annual sales: $23,000,000 (estimated)
Meals served: 288,000 (estimated)

The Hamilton, #16
Annual sales: $21,978,322
Meals served: 759,970

Founding Farmers DC, #37
Annual sales: $17,243,194
Meals served: 571,078

Le Diplomate, #49
Annual sales: $16,377,232
Meals served: 306,708

Mike’s “American,” Springfield, Va., #91
Annual sales: $13,500,000 (estimated)
Meals served: 460,000 (estimated)

Founding Farmers Tysons, #92
Annual sales: $13,425,130
Meals served: 400,904

This story has been updated with Virginia restaurant numbers.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.