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July 13, 2009

olivegarden1When it comes to getting the most bang for a buck at sit-down restaurants, Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, Applebee’s and Chili’s get top marks, according to 5,000 diners recently polled online by┬áBrandIndex.

Brands with the worst perceived value were Ground Round, Benihana, Bahama Breeze, Landry’s Seafood House and Hooter’s.

Sit-down restaurants have been discounting heavily as consumers cook more meals at home and “trade down” to lower-priced fast-food chains to save money amid a long recession that has sent U.S. unemployment to a 26-year high.

BrandIndex is owned by market research company YouGov.

Here is the full list of results:

(A score can range from 100 to -100 and is compiled by subtracting negative feedback from positive. A zero score means equal positive and negative feedback.)


Oliver Garden: 56.80
Cracker Barrel: 55.61
Golden Corral: 54.85
Applebee’s: 47.24
Chili’s: 46.14
Famous Dave’s: 44.28
TGI Friday’s: 41.43
Red Robin: 41.28
Ruby Tuesday: 40.70
Hometown Buffet: 34.64
Fuddrucker’s: 32.31
Macaroni Grill: 30.58
Pei Wei Asian Dinner: 29.40
Carrabba’s: 26.24
California Pizza Kitchen: 24.70
Buffalo Wild Wings: 22.50
Sizzler: 22.27
Luby’s: 18.25
Red Lobster: 17.68
On The Border: 16.42
Houlihan’s: 3.62
Ground Round: 0.00
Benihana: -7.66
Bahama Breeze: -11.63
Landry’s Seafood House: -12.26
Hooter’s: -41.98


Interesting numbers. Seeing the difference in the 3 Darden Restaurants listed, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Bahama Breeze. It makes you wonder what they are doing differently in their own concepts.


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