Super comprehensive list of restaurants where kids eat FREE!

UPDATED APRIL 29, 2015 “Kids eat free” is one of my favorite phrases. Restaurants that offer these weekly events will forever receive my gratitude. And because I understand that convenience is king during busy weeknights, here’s a handy little guide to restaurants that love kids.

A word to the dining wise

PLEASE be sure to double check with your local franchise before assuming these deals apply nationwide (in nearly every case, fine print for these deals states the location can change its policies without warning).

Also, the actual day of the week and times can change without prior notice. This is why it’s always best to call ahead and confirm your local restaurant’s policy before showing up.

Using other deals or coupons

Be aware that, in most cases, “kids eat free” promotions do not permit use of a second coupon or deal at the same time.

Kids Eat Free deals by day of the week

If you find other deals not listed here, or your local franchise features “kids eat free” on a different day or time each week, please post in the comments section below so others in your area can be aware. 

SUNDAY

  • Arriba Mexican Grill: Kids under 10 eat free when dining in. One free kids meal per adult entree. Cannot be used with other coupons or offers.
  • Blue Mesa Grill: Kids ages 5 and under eat free with the purchase of adult brunch from 9AM to 3PM (may vary by location!)
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays. Kids get free ice cream daily. One free kids meal for every adult meal purchased. Dine in Only.
  • Firehouse SubsKids 12 and under eat free – day and time varies by the location.
  • Go Roma: One free kids meals for every adult entree purchased. Kids 10 and under. Dine-in customers only.
  • Hooter’s: Kids 12 and under eat free from a set kids menu – two kids per one adult for dine-in only.
  • Jason’s DeliKids eat free all day at select locations only, and for $0.99 at other locations. Be sure to call first!
  • Souper! Salad!: Kids 4 and under eat free. Kids 5-12 eat for just $2.49. May vary by location.
  • Steak n Shake: One free kids meal on Saturdays and Sundays with purchase of an adult entree of $8 or more for dine-in only.
  • White Castle: Kids eat free 4-8PM with purchase of $4 adult meal. May vary by location.
  • Salsaritas: Kids under 12 eat free on Sundays and Mondays between 3pm and 7pm with an adult who purchases a full price entrée. May vary by location!

MONDAY

  • Salsaritas: Kids under 12 eat free on Sundays and Mondays between 3pm and 7pm with an adult who purchases a full price entrée. May vary by location!
  • Buffalo Wild Wings:Kids twelve and under eat from the kids menu for either $0.99 or $1.99 when accompanied by a paying adult. Price depends on the location.
  • Gatti’s: Kids 12 and under get free kid’s buffet with the purchase of adult buffet at regular price. Limit 1 child per adult.
  • Chili’s:Get one free children’s entrees per adult meal purchase.
  • Cinzetti’s: Kids 12 and under eat free from 5-9PM Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Cody’s Original Roadhouse: Kids 10 and under eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Limit 2 free kids meals per adult entree.
  • Fuddruckers: $1.99 meal and drink for kids under 12 on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • TGI Friday’s: Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée Mondays and Tuesdays – offers vary by location.

TUESDAY

  • Applebee’s: Kids ages 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays when an adult purchases a full price entrée.
  • Backyard Burgers: Buy one adult combo meal and get a kids meal free for kids 12 and under from 4PM to close.
  • Bennigan’s: Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.
  • Black Eyed Pea: From 4pm-10pm, kids ages 12 and under eat free from the kids menu when an adult purchases a full-price entrée.
  • Bob Evans: Kids eat free with adult purchase from 4-9pm.
  • Chevy’s Fresh MexKids age 10 and under eat free – 2 kids for one adult meal purchase.
  • Chick-fil-A: Kids eat free with each adult purchase5pm to close.
  • Cinzetti’s: Kids 12 and under eat free from 5-9PM Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Cody’s Original Roadhouse: Kids 10 and under eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Limit 2 free kids meals per adult entree.
  • Culver’sKids eat free for dine-in only.
  • Denny’s: Kids eat free 4-10PM on Tuesdays.
  • Famous Dave’s:Kids eat free all day Tuesday with purchase of an adult entrée at participating locations only.
  • Fazoli’s: Kids eat for $0.99 from 5-8pm, 1 child per paying adult.
  • Fuddruckers: $1.99 meal and drink for kids under 12 on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Genghis Grill: Kids 12 and under eat free when an adult purchases a full-price bowl. May vary per location!
  • IHOP: Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 pm. One kids’ menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.
  • Ikea:Kids ages 12 and under eat free all day Tuesday, plus get free organic baby food.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse: Kids eat free all day. Two kid’s entrees with each adult entree. Not valid in Orlando, FL.
  • Marie Callender’sOne free kids’ meal with each adult purchase on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Moe’s Southwestern Grill: Kids eat free from 4-9pm with a paying adult. Call to verify for your local franchise!
  • Perkins: Kids 12 and under eat free – one freebie with purchase of adult entrée. Plus every day, kids ages 12 and under get free milk, soda, or juice, plus a free dessert with purchase of a kids meal.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse: Kids eat free from 4pm to 9pm. You can get up to 2 free kids’ meals with each adult entree purchased.
  • Ruby’s Diner:Kids 12 and under eat free from 4pm until closing.
  • Texas RoadhouseKids 12 and under eat free from 4pm until closing. Participation varies by location!
  • TGI Friday’s: Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée Mondays and Tuesdays – offers vary by location.
  • Tony Roma’s: Kids 12 and under eat free with a purchase of an adult entree.
  • Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

WEDNESDAY

  • Luby’s Cafeteria: Kids ages 10 and under eat for free with purchase of an adult meal on Wednesday after 4:30pm and all day on Saturdays.
  • Rainforest CafeKids ages 12 and under eat for $2.99 from 5pm to closing when an adult purchases a full price meal.
  • Skyline Chili: Kids eat free from 4-9 pm. 

THURSDAY

  • Carrows: Some locations offer kids eat free every day – call first to verify.
  • CB & Potts: Kids ages 12 and under eat for $1 with an adult purchasing an entrée.
  • Fire Mountain: Kids eat for $1.99 every Thursday from 5-8pm for Family Night. Kids also get fun VeggieTales freebies, including cotton candy, coloring games, and masks.
  • Hometown BuffetKids ages 11 and under eat for $0.99 – 2 kids for each adult dinner purchase.
  • Old Country Buffet: Kids eat for $1.99 every Thursday from 5-8pm for Family Night. Kids also get fun VeggieTales freebies, including cotton candy, coloring games, and masks.
  • Picadilly: Kids ages 12 and under eat for $1.99 all day on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm for dine-in only. Limit 2 kids meals at $1.99 for every one adult purchase.
  • Ryan’s: Kids eat for $1.99 every Thursday from 5-8pm for Family Night. Kids also get fun VeggieTales freebies, including cotton candy, coloring games, and masks.

FRIDAY

  • No confirmed kids eat free specials.

SATURDAY

  •  Baja Fresh:Kids ages 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal and beverage (day kids eat free may vary by location!). Not valid with any other coupon or offer.
  • Luby’s Cafeteria: Kids ages 10 and under eat for free with purchase of an adult meal on Wednesday after 4:30pm and all day on Saturdays.
  • Marie Callender’sOne free kids’ meal with each adult purchase on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Picadilly: Kids ages 12 and under eat for $1.99 all day on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm for dine-in only. Limit 2 kids meals at $1.99 for every one adult purchase.
  • Quiznos:Free kid’s entree with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Steak n Shake: One free kids meal on Saturdays and Sundays with purchase of an adult entree of $8 or more for dine-in only. 

EVERY DAY!

  • Cafe RioKids ages 6 and under get a free quesadilla and a free strawberry for dine-in with paying adult.
  • Ci Ci’s PizzaKids under 3 eat free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery: Kids 10 and under eat free every day.
  • Country BuffetKids ages 2 and under eat free with adult meal purchase.
  • Golden Corral: Kids under age 3 eat free with purchase of adult entrée every day.
  • Holiday Inn: Kids eat free all day every day from the kids menu – two kids per one adult (paying for a full-price entrée).
  • Quaker Steak & Lube: Free cheddar goldfish for toddlers every day.
  • Tucanos Brazilian GrillKids ages 6 and under eat free every day.

 

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65 thoughts on “A Comprehensive Guide to Kids Eat Free Restaurants”

Kids eat free at Arirang on Monday and Tuesday.

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Kids eat free at Shari’s on Tuesday’s 4pm-8pm

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Capriottis Concord CA has kids eat free on Tues.

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kids dont eat free at applebees on tuesdays, only on certian holidays. worked there for a year

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They only do reduced pricing on Tuesdays….at least in Philly they do. Tuesday is Family night.

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I work for Red Robin and we no longer offer a “kids eat free” night. Sorry.

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I just called 2 locations of Texas Road House in AZ and they both said no

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Steak ‘n Shake is all weekend, not just Saturday.

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WEnt to Texas Roadhouse tonight because I saw this list and they Do Not do free kids meals!!

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We need a list like this for UK too!

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Holiday has kids eat free everyday, not just on Fridays.

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Pizzahut does NOT do kids eat free. The info on here is not true.

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Zaxby’s kids eat free on Wednesday.

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Some locations have it on Tuesdays. And it’s up to two .99 cent kid meals per one adult meal. We go several times a month!

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Evos, free kid’s meal with each adult’s on Sundays. At least ours.

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Red robin is not doing the kids eat free on Mondays. Or any day. :(

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Sonny’s BBQ Restaurant ( Fl) has kids eat free on Saturdays.

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I went to Dennys yesterday and they had kids eat free after 4pm. I had a coupon that i wanted to use but the guy said i could only use the one promotion but not both. Who knows if that is correct.

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Ugh, I did the same…either kids eat free, or we get to use our 20% off coupon but only one promotion at a time… bullsh*t. Lol

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Half of these are wrong for my area…

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Okay so no one thinks it’s weird Hooters has kids eat free? Lol. Also Tilted Kilt? These are like strip clubs for beginners

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Perkins also has clown nite on Wed nites @ Philly for the kids :-) Different times & days for clown at different locations @ Perkins. :-)

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Not all IHOPS’s do kids eat free call ahead.

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Tilted Kilt kids eat free on Saturdays. We love it there. Bonus for kids eating free.

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You take your kids and husband to the tilted kilt? What’s next, taking gramps to a burlesque show? geez

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Cici’s Pizza one is wrong. My son was 9 months old and they charged us $3 for him, needless to say never been back after that trip!

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Cici’s in our area was free for under 3. You need to call ahead.

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This is great info.. with 7 kids and us 2 adults, eating out gets to be very expensive and our budget can’t stretch real far.. I DO NOT do McDs, so to be able to splurge a lil on our budget and them still get a good meal is great. Even if we just get half of them free, that’s still a good deal, cause these kids can eat!!

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People always look at me craze when I say my son has never had mcds so glad Im not aloan

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Hu hot Mongolian grill kids 3 and under get free grill meal everyday!

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Kids eat free on Sundays at McAlisters. I would still check your local resturant.

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At Dixie cafe on Saturdays kids eat for $1.99 (plus get a free sundae) with the purchase of an adult meal.

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Hickory, NC …Wild Wok, kids eat .99 on Mondays and 50% off each order of sushi from 3pm-6:30pm 7days a week. But now I’m gonna have to add chili’s on the list Bc now I can get 2 of my kids to eat for free. Yay me!♡

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The Red Robin I work at does not offer free meals for kids, you should probably make sure that the location closest to you does offer this deal.

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I was just going to say the same thing. I don’t believe any red robin does

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Our Red Robin in Metro Atlanta (Lawrenceville, GA) lets 1 child eat free with the purchase of 1 adult entree.

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Buffalo wild wings is 1.99 kids meals on Monday from 5 to 8

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Qdoba in Michigan said it’s a local promotion only…there is no corporate Qdoba kids-eat-free promo on any days… (sad!)

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Not all Chick-fil-As offer the free kid’s meals. Please check your current location to see if this is a promotion they offer. Every CFA is privately owned and operated and makes their own decisions on which promotions they offer.

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Thanks for the info!

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Also kids eat free everyday at Denny’s from 4 pm to 9 pm.

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My applebees is sunday $.99

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Thanks for the info! Many of these offers do seem to vary slightly from region to region!

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The Texas Roadhouse has free meals for kids on Mondays :) We went last Monday for our Anniversary….and yes, we wanted to take our kid :) He gets to celebrate this happy union, too!!!!

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Awe! What good parents! I added Texas Roadhouse to the list! And now I’ve got a craving for buttery rolls!

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roadhouse here has Kid nights, where they have a sundae bar and coloring, chalk for floors but kids meals are $ 4 and up! each..
no freebies

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Denny’s is both Tuesdays and Saturday but some Franchise Denny’s does it everyday of the week. A couple of them by my place in salt lake city, Utah does have them free

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Thank you!

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Fazoli’s has family day on Tuesdays… Kids eat free on dine in from 3-9pm, 1 per adult. They also have a balloon guy, coloring station, and awesome servers… Not sure if it’s regional or not, but in Indiana, this is what we do!

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Sweet! I added Fazoli’s to the list. We’ll see if anyone else can confirm it as a national offer!

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The Friendlys near me has $1.99 stage 1 kids meals on Wednesdays.  Not quite free but still a great deal for drink, meal, and ice cream.  

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Nice!

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Dennys is on Tuesday AND Saturday. Quaker Steak & Lube is Sunday 11am-3pm, 1 Kids meal per Adult entree

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Thank you! I just added that info to the list!

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UNO Chicago Grill has kid’s eat free every Tuesday per adult entree AND on Snow Days!

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I was wondering if you can use theses deals in the drive-thru at places like Tropical Smoothie and Chik-fil-a? It would be nice to pick it up and carry to the park for a picnic…if it ever warms up that is!   ; )

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Usually these offers are for dine-in only.

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Dickeys BBQ has Kids Eat Free on Sunday.  I think it may be limited to 2 kids per paying adult.

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Qdoba must be regional, they don’t do this in the Denver metro area.

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Thanks for this post. Sometimes I just want to go eat out, but the thought of how much money we spend on a family of six makes you chose your mind.

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Oops change.

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Lol, I thought that it was supposed to be "makes you lose your mind". Depending on how young your kids are, many restaurants won’t really care if you bring extra food for the kids. For instance, if I go out for pizza, I bring along some carrot sticks and apple slices, which I have my son eat before the pizza is ready. I often pack a bottle of water or juice for him too. To some people, that sounds way too "cheapo". But aside from saving on money, I think it’s always best that he eats CLEAN fresh food from home. By fresh food, I mean cut up fruit and veggies that are not cooked. If you know anyone in the restaurant industry, just ask them how they handle salads.  

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maybe he really meant change and lose :) lol

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I know exactly what you mean. A family of 6 is too expensive anyway, let alone when eating out! My kids eat me out of house and home as it is so there is rarely any money to enjoy eating out, even when today is your birthday.

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