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IHOP's National Pancake Day Means a FREE Short Stack of Pancakes

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Get ready: IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day early this year, offering dine-in guests a free Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. local time today, Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Consider it an early Valentine's Day food deal!).

Here's everything to know about IHOP's National Pancake Day freebie and how you can get free IHOP pancakes on Pancake Day 2024.

National Pancake Day is a daylong event where IHOP offers a free short stack of pancakes.

For 12 hours one day a year — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — all participating IHOP locations offer a short stack (3-count) of pancakes for free (regularly $7.99). The deal is dine-in only.

KCL predicts the next National Pancake Day will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2025.


IHOP hasn’t officially announced the next date for their National Pancake Day, but based on what they've done in recent years, we here at KCL predict that it’ll take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2025. 

How do we make our prediction?

It’s tricky to pin down a date for IHOP’s National Pancake Day festivities, except for the fact that they’ve been held on a Tuesday every year since 2018. The event has bounced around February and March over the years, and had its earliest-ever date in 2024 (Feb. 13). We don’t think they’ll stay go even earlier in 2025, so we anticipate a Tuesday Pancake Day that’s just past the month’s halfway mark — Tuesday, Feb. 18.

On IHOP's National Pancake Day you can get free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For 12 hours on National Pancake Day — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — all participating IHOP locations will offer a short stack (3-count) of pancakes for free (regularly $7.99). The deal is dine-in only.

IHOP does this as part of their IHOP "Month of Giving," which is all February long. IHOP partners with the Feeding America charity, where guests will be invited to add $1, $2, or $3 or more onto their checks in restaurant or when ordering online. According to the IHOP press release, for every $1 donated to the campaign during the entire month of February, 10 meals will be provided to people facing hunger through local partner food banks.

(In New York and New Jersey, diners will need to donate $1 to get their free short stack.) The IHOP franchisees in the New York and New Jersey areas are particularly passionate about this cause and the $1 donation supports their goal to better serve their local communities.

You'll also get two free pancakes with an entrée purchase at Denny's.

IHOP competitor Denny's has their own National Pancake Day deal. From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., participating Denny's locations will be serving up a free pancake short stack (2-count, regularly $3.49) free with any entrée purchase. Just mention this deal within the same 12-hour time period to get your free pancakes.

Look out for all-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP in March or August.

ihop pancakes on table

One of the best deals at IHOP is all-you-can-eat pancakes. With this promotion, you get an unlimited supply of short stack pancakes when you either purchase a specific menu item or pay a set price for the promotion.

This promotion generally runs in the first three months of the year. However, IHOP surprised everyone with their latest all-you-can-eat pancakes promotion in August 2023 for their 65th birthday. Even with this surprise promotion in 2023, we still expect next year’s promotion to take place again some time during the winter months. Here’s when they ran the promotion in the past:

  • August 2 – 27, 2023: AYCE Pancakes for $5

  • January 13, 2022: AYCE Pancakes for $5.99

  • March 16, 2021: AYCE Pancakes with the purchase of a combo

  • January 2, 2020: AYCE Pancakes with the purchase of a combo

  • March 1, 2019: AYCE Pancakes with the purchase of an omelet

  • January 3, 2019: AYCE Pancakes with the purchase of a combo

  • January 2, 2018: AYCE Pancakes for $3.99

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