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Restaurant stocks

Ready to invest in the dining industry? Consider these 15 stocks.

The best restaurant stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals — while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.

15 restaurant stocks to watch

We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the dining industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.

  1. Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)
  2. Darden Restaurants (DRI)
  3. McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)
  4. Brinker International (EAT)
  5. The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE)
  6. Texas Roadhouse (TXRH)
  7. Wingstop (WING)
  8. Domino’s Pizza (DPZ)
  9. Jack In The Box (JACK)
  10. Shake Shack (SHAK)
  11. Aramark (ARMK)
  12. Restaurant Brands International (QSR)
  13. Papa Johns International (PZZA)
  14. Yum! Brands (YUM)
  15. Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

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Take a deeper dive into restaurant stocks

If you're interested in investing in the dining industry, take a closer look at what companies in this industry do and how the stocks have historically performed. Keep in mind that positive past performance doesn't guarantee that a stock will continue to rise in the future.

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. As of February 15, 2022, it owned and operated approximately 3,000 restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and rest of Europe.

Chipotle Mexican Grill stock opened the day at $1,292.00 after a previous close of $1,288.87. The latest price was $1,288.20 (25-minute delay). Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD7.8 billion and employs 100,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $37,162,590,208
  • P/E ratio: 55.2676
  • PEG ratio: 1.265

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2. Darden Restaurants (DRI)

Darden Restaurants, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada. As of May 30, 2021, it owned and operated 1,834 restaurants, which included 875 under the Olive Garden, 533 under the LongHorn Steakhouse, 170 under the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, 81 under the Yard House, 63 under The Capital Grille, 44 under the Seasons 52, 42 under the Bahama Breeze, and 26 under the Eddie V's Prime Seafood brands.

Darden Restaurants stock opened the day at $150.63 after a previous close of $149.50. The latest price was $151.81 (25-minute delay). Darden Restaurants is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$9.3 billion and employs 156,883 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $15,208,816,640
  • P/E ratio: 15.3313
  • PEG ratio: 1.1009

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3. McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and nuggets, wraps, fries, salads, oatmeal, shakes, desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, bakery items, soft drinks, coffee, and beverages and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu, including biscuit and bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hotcakes, and other sandwiches. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated 40,031 restaurants.

McDonald’s Corporation stock opened the day at $246.14 after a previous close of $242.83. The latest price was $247.65 (25-minute delay). McDonald’s Corporation is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$23.8 billion and employs 100,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $183,333,699,584
  • P/E ratio: 26.1774
  • PEG ratio: 3.6948

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4. Brinker International (EAT)

Brinker International, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership, development, operation, and franchising of casual dining restaurants in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Chili's and Maggiano's.

Brinker International stock opened the day at $35.79 after a previous close of $35.69. The latest price was $35.20 (25-minute delay). Brinker International is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.8 billion and employs 59,491 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $1,035,965,184
  • P/E ratio: 7.1846
  • PEG ratio: 1.11

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5. The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE)

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated operates restaurants. It operates two bakeries that produces cheesecakes and other baked products for its restaurants, international licensees, third-party bakery customers, external foodservice operators, retailers, and distributors. The company owns and operates 306 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada under brands, including 208 The Cheesecake Factory and 29 North Italia; and a collection of Fox Restaurant Concepts, as well as 29 The Cheesecake Factory restaurants under licensing agreements internationally.

The Cheesecake Factory stock opened the day at $41.58 after a previous close of $42.09. The latest price was $41.50 (25-minute delay). The Cheesecake Factory is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.1 billion and employs 45,800 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $1,453,209,600
  • P/E ratio: 18.8046
  • PEG ratio: 1.8917

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6. Texas Roadhouse (TXRH)

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, operates casual dining restaurants in the United States and internationally. The company operates and franchises restaurants under the Texas Roadhouse, Bubba's 33, and Jaggers names.

Texas Roadhouse stock opened the day at $94.21 after a previous close of $93.32. The latest price was $96.56 (25-minute delay). Texas Roadhouse is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.7 billion and employs 73,300 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $5,017,846,272
  • P/E ratio: 19.8946
  • PEG ratio: 1.802

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7. Wingstop (WING)

Wingstop Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Wingstop brand name. Its restaurants offer classic wings, boneless wings, and tenders that are cooked-to-order, and hand-sauced-and-tossed in various flavors.

Wingstop stock opened the day at $148.00 after a previous close of $148.87. The latest price was $147.91 (25-minute delay). Wingstop is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$288 million and employs 240 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $2,497,103,104
  • P/E ratio: 65.811
  • PEG ratio: 4.1788

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8. Domino’s Pizza (DPZ)

Domino's Pizza, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, operates as a pizza company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: U. S.

Domino’s Pizza stock opened the day at $476.25 after a previous close of $474.55. The latest price was $477.56 (25-minute delay). Domino’s Pizza is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.4 billion and employs 7,400 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $14,293,323,776
  • P/E ratio: 30.4095
  • PEG ratio: 2.7656

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9. Jack In The Box (JACK)

Jack in the Box Inc. operates and franchises Jack in the Box quick-service restaurants. As of November 23, 2021, it operated and franchised approximately 2,200 Jack in the Box quick-service restaurants in 21 states and Guam.

Jack In The Box stock opened the day at $109.00 after a previous close of $110.05. The latest price was $108.86 (25-minute delay). Jack In The Box is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.2 billion and employs 2,605 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $1,241,293,056
  • P/E ratio: 10.169
  • PEG ratio: 0.4829

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10. Shake Shack (SHAK)

Shake Shack Inc. owns, operates, and licenses Shake Shack restaurants (Shacks) in the United States and internationally. Its Shacks offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, crinkle cut fries, shakes, frozen custard, beer, wine, and other products.

Shake Shack stock opened the day at $105.36 after a previous close of $104.37. The latest price was $106.06 (25-minute delay). Shake Shack is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$788 million and employs 9,695 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $1,730,716,928
  • PEG ratio: 2.55

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11. Aramark (ARMK)

Aramark provides food, facilities, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Food and Support Services United States, Food and Support Services International, and Uniform and Career Apparel. The company offers food-related managed services, including dining, catering, food service management, and convenience-oriented retail services; non-clinical support services, such as patient food and nutrition, retail food, and procurement services; and plant operations and maintenance, custodial/housekeeping, energy management, grounds keeping, and capital project management services.

Aramark stock opened the day at $35.26 after a previous close of $34.77. The latest price was $35.92 (25-minute delay). Aramark is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$14.3 billion and employs 248,300 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $7,585,262,592
  • P/E ratio: 51.9014
  • PEG ratio: 1.57

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12. Restaurant Brands International (QSR)

Restaurant Brands International Inc. operates as quick service restaurant company in Canada and internationally. It operates through four segments: Tim Hortons (TH), Burger King (BK), Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLK), and Firehouse Subs (FHS).

Restaurant Brands International stock opened the day at $64.27 after a previous close of $63.75. The latest price was $64.32 (25-minute delay). Restaurant Brands International is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.9 billion and employs 5,700 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $22,038,792,192
  • P/E ratio: 18.0185
  • PEG ratio: 2.388

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13. Papa Johns International (PZZA)

Papa John's International, Inc. operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the Papa John's trademark in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Domestic Company-Owned Restaurants, North America Commissaries, North America Franchising, and International Operations.

Papa Johns International stock opened the day at $103.00 after a previous close of $103.08. The latest price was $104.45 (25-minute delay). Papa Johns International is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.1 billion and employs 14,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $2,993,169,664
  • PEG ratio: 1.6074

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14. Yum! Brands (YUM)

YUM! Brands, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates through four segments: the KFC Division, the Taco Bell Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Habit Burger Grill Division.

Yum! Brands stock opened the day at $116.43 after a previous close of $116.01. The latest price was $116.95 (25-minute delay). Yum! Brands is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$6.6 billion and employs 36,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $32,032,473,088
  • P/E ratio: 20.4125
  • PEG ratio: 2.1485

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15. Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

Starbucks Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Channel Development. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, roasted whole beans and ground coffees, single serve products, and ready-to-drink beverages; and various food products, such as pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items.

Starbucks Corporation stock opened the day at $76.21 after a previous close of $76.34. The latest price was $76.43 (25-minute delay). Starbucks Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$31.3 billion and employs 383,000 staff.

  • Market capitalization: $89,091,186,688
  • P/E ratio: 20.7202
  • PEG ratio: 1.8448

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How to buy restaurant stocks

Sign up with an online broker or platform to invest in one or more of these restaurant stocks.

  1. Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to narrow down top brokers by fees and bonuses.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. You’ll need personal and financial details, like your contact and bank information.
  3. Search for the stock you're interested in. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol, like CMG or DRI.
  4. Decide on how many to buy. Some brokers will allow you to purchase fractional shares, while others require you to purchase whole shares.
  5. Choose an order type. Invest in the restaurant stocks now with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches your desired price.
  6. Buy the stock. Tap or click the Buy button on your brokerage account. Once you’ve invested in the dining industry, track how your stock performs to decide when it’s time to sell.

The value of any investment can go up or down depending on news, trends and market conditions. We are not investment advisers, so do your own due diligence to understand the risks before you invest.

Bottom line

While it’s possible to turn a profit investing in restaurant stocks, keep in mind that — like any investment — restaurant stocks are not immune to risk. These stocks are subject to fluctuating conditions — both in the market and in the dining industry, so carefully vet your picks before you invest. And if you’re new to investing, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a critical look at your investing accounts, compare brokers to make sure you’re getting the best features in your trading account.

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