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50 Highest Grossing Restaurants in America

Source: SW Steakhouse / Yelp

25. SW Steakhouse
> Location: Las Vegas, NV
> Annual sales: $19,900,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $130 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 151,000

This waterside meat emporium, which offers views of the nightly Wynn Hotel’s Lake of Dreams shows — featuring music, lights, holographics, and puppetry — is the preserve of chef David Walzog, a veteran of several New York City steakhouses.

In addition to a caviar service, several salads, and a good choice of aged steaks and other entrees, the menu lists seven varieties of high-quality wagyu beef, six of them from Japan, topping out at $220 for a 4-ounce portion of Hyogo Prefecture Kobe tenderloin, New York strip, ribeye, or rib cap.

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24. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
> Location: Las Vegas, NV
> Annual sales: $20,200,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $105 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 192,000

José Andrés is a phenomenon, a tireless champion of Spanish food, both traditional and avant-garde, and a globe-trotting food activist who has spearheaded hunger relief efforts in places like Haiti and Puerto Rico and was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people for 2018. He is also a showman, well-suited to Las Vegas, where this carnivore’s paradise offers an array of tartares, carpaccios, and cured meats; steaks galore, including Japanese Kobe; roast suckling pig (by special order); and, just for variety, caviar tasting flights and what the menu calls “meats from the sea” like whole turbot and grilled Maine lobster.

Source: Photo by Michael L. via Yelp

23. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse
> Location: Las Vegas, NV
> Annual sales: $20,400,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $182 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 112,000

Carnevino was part of the mostly-Italian restaurant group founded by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. It was known for its wide range of pastas and its veal, beef, lamb, and pork dishes. Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Batali earlier this year, Batali separated from the organization, and the group announced that it was closing its three Las Vegas restaurants this month, including this one. Carnevino shut down on July 23.

Source: Photo by Connie L. via Yelp

22. Angus Barn
> Location: Raleigh, NC
> Annual sales: $20,402,068
> Avg. check: $68
> Meals served annually: 298,960

This family-owned meat mecca in a huge barn-like building near the Raleigh-Durham airport opened in 1960. The structure burned in 1964 but was rebuilt and reopened the following year. Aged steaks, in various cuts and sizes, are a specialty — the restaurant claims to serve an average of 22,000 of them a month — but seafood, seafood-and-meat combinations, and even a char-grilled vegetable plate are also available.

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21. Buddakan
> Location: New York, NY
> Annual sales: $20,555,460
> Avg. check: $84
> Meals served annually: 250,416

Another establishment owned by Philadelphia’s Starr Group, which has 36 eating places around America as well as one in Paris, Buddakan has been hailed as one of the most beautifully designed restaurants in New York City. The main dining room is illuminated with chandeliers that one critic described as being “as big as Volkswagens” hung from a ceiling and another called “as high as the Himalayas.”

The menu is Asian-inspired, with a selection of dumplings and other dim sum, a Peking duck salad with sherry vinaigrette, Mongolian lamb chops, kung pao monkfish, and Dungeness crab sticky rice with Chinese broccoli among the choices.