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Sit Down Casual Restaurants
Casual dinner restaurants might seem like fine dining at first glance, since the restaurant may have a similar menu and a pleasant setting, but you will not have to make a reservation. Casual American clothing will do, including jeans, though most restaurants insist on shirts and shoes. Some restaurants serve a general American menu, while others have specialized, often ethnic, themes.
Casual dinner restaurants almost always serve alcoholic beverages from a prominent bar area, and offer both lunch and dinner items in the $15 to $25 range. Some have televisions located strategically throughout the restaurant, especially at the bar, commonly showing sports events.
Large national chains comprise the bulk of casual dining restaurants in the United States. The largest is the general-menu Applebee’s chain. Other prominent chains include:
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