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Red Lobster Hacks That'll Save You on Seafood — App Deals and More

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Red Lobster is one of the more expensive casual sit-down restaurant chains, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get discounts and food deals on everything from lobster to shrimp.

We’ve got the skinny on how to get the best Red Lobster coupons and where you can find all the Red Lobster Specials — including weekly specials that you can grab on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and more.

So, let’s raise a claw with Clawde (the Red Lobster mascot) and save on the Red Lobster menu together.

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1. Download the Red Lobster Rewards app to earn points toward free food.

red lobster menu open on rewards page

Earn 1 point per $1 spent when you sign up for the Red Lobster Rewards program. Every time you spend $125 (for 125 points), you get freebies like:

  • Hand-Breaded Calamari (reg. $11.99)
  • Lobster & Artichoke Dip (reg. $10.99)
  • Walt’s Favorite Shrimp (reg. $6.99)
  • Vanilla Cheesecake (reg. $7.99)
  • Chocolate Wave (reg. $7.99)
  • Brownie Overload (reg. $8.99)

You’ll get your pick from two appetizers and a dessert each month, and you can only get one per redemption. That’s a little less than 1% cashback, so it’s not the best deal, but there are plenty of restaurant rewards programs that make a membership worth it.

All you have to do to get points on your account is show the server your app before you pay or enter the 12-digit code on your receipt on the app or website.

 

2. The best Red Lobster coupons are available via the Red Lobster Rewards app.

red lobster free appetizer or dessert on screen

Another big reason to join the Red Lobster Rewards program is that you get access to the best Red Lobster coupons.

Red Lobster doesn’t send coupons via email anymore, but now the best coupons can be found on the rewards app.

You’ll get like two coupons per month in the app. We’ve seen coupons that can get you free drinks, $0.25/gallon off at Shell stations when you spend $50 at Red Lobster, and free delivery through DoorDash.

 

3. On your birthday, Red Lobster Rewards will give you freebies or discounts on your meal.

a person eating a dessert in restaurant

Birthday offers vary from getting $5 off, 10% off, or free appetizers or desserts.

Just make sure to join the Red Lobster Rewards program at least ten days before your birthday to get the coupon or freebie in your Red Lobster Rewards app.

For more birthday freebies and deals, look no further than KCL for the most comprehensive list.

 

4. Red Lobster specials include Daily Deals page with meals that cost between $15-$25 each.

Full table spread at red lobster of crab, lobster steak, and biscuits

The Red Lobster specials page has all the information on current deals, and among them is the rotating “Daily Deals” page. Here’s what they’ve got for each day of the week:

  • Monday: Maine lobster tail with Garlic Shrimp Scampi for $20.
  • Tuesday: A full pound of snow crab legs with your choice of preparation and a side for $20.
  • Wednesday: Maine lobster tail paired with a 7 oz. sirloin steak and a side for $25.
  • Thursday: Grilled Sea Scallops and Shrimp skewer served over rice for $17.
  • Friday: Hand-battered, wild-caught cod with fries and coleslaw for $15.

Of course, there are plenty of other Monday restaurant deals that you should take advantage of to remedy the Monday blues.

 

5. Endless Shrimp is so popular that Red Lobster lost money on it.

schrimp being pulled off a skewer

Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp is exactly what it sounds like. Endless shrimp. For $25, you can pick different kinds of shrimp like Crispy Dragon Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp Scampi, and a Grilled Shrimp Skewer. You start with three kinds, and they’ll bring you more if you want. Plus, you get a side dish with it. Before, this deal was only $20 and available only on Mondays. Now, you can get it any day.

But get this — when the deal was $20, yhe “Ultimate Endless Shrimp” got so popular that it led to the restaurant losing $11 million in one quarter. Red Lobster said that the $20 price was designed to get more people in the door, but admitted it was underpriced. Now that they might lose $20 million in 2023, they had to raise the price to $25.

This is valid for dine-in, to-go, and delivery.

 

6. Pound of Red Lobster snow crab legs with sides for $20.

Full table spread at red lobster of crab, lobster steak, and biscuits

Tuesday’s Red Lobster deal is the Snow Crabs for $20 which will get you a pound of snow crabs, potatoes, and a side for $20. This dish usually costs $33.99, so you’ll be saving $13.99 or 41.2% on Tuesdays.

This deal is valid for dine in, to go, and delivery orders.

There are plenty more Tuesday restaurant deals that you need to know as well.

 

7. Steak and Lobster Wednesday can save you 31% at Red Lobster.

steak and lobster meal on the table at a red lobster restaurant

Red Lobster’s Wednesday deal is a wild-caught lobster tail and 7 oz. sirloin steak for $20.99. If you want to order any other day of the week, it’ll cost you $30.48, so you’ll be saving 31.1% when you order this combo on Wednesdays.

There are even more great Wednesday restaurant deals that you should be grabbing for hump day.

 

 

8. Red Lobster’s Sea Scallops and Shrimp are $15 every Thursday.

a red lobster meal on table with two people

The Sea Scallops and Shrimp is usually $21.99 on every other day of the week — except Thursday. With Red Lobster’s Thursday deal, you can get the Sea Scallops and Shrimp dish for only $15. That’s a 7.6% savings on the shrimp.

 

9. Fish Fry Fridays at Red Lobster will save you 17% on fish & chips.

fish and chips meal on the table at a red lobster restaurant

Red Lobster’s Friday deal is $11.99 for fish & chips. If you were to order any other day of the week, it would set you back $14.49, so you’ll save 17.2% when you order fish & chips on Fish Fry Fridays.

 

10. Red Lobster Lobsterfest doesn’t really save you money but offers a bigger menu.

A person standing near a table while holding a Red Lobster bag.

The Red Lobster Lobsterfest occurs every year in February, and there are tons of lobster dishes that aren’t available the rest of the year:

  • Lobster Lover’s Dream (reg. $42.99): roaster rock lobster tail, Maine lobster tail, lobster & shrimp linguini. Two sides included.
  • Seafarer’s Feast (reg. $32.99): Maine lobster tail, grilled scallops, garlic shrimp, and Walt’s favorite shrimp. Two sides included.
  • Lobster-Topped Stuffed Flounder (reg. $18.99): flounder roasted with seafood stuffing and topped with Maine and langostino lobster. One side included.
  • Bar Harbor Lobster Bake (reg. $31.49): Maine lobster tail split and roasted with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and tomatoes. Served over linguini.
  • Lobster, Shrimp, and Salmon (reg. $31.49): Maine lobster tail, shrimp skewer, and Atlantic salmon. Two sides included.
  • Date Night Feast for Two (reg. $69.99): Two Maine lobster tails, two sirloins, two shrimp skewers, and bacon mac and cheese. One side included.

 

11. Pay with a discounted Red Lobster gift card using your Target RedCard to get 5% off your meal.

red lobster gift cards against a background of other gift cards

The Target RedCard is a branded debit card that gets you 5% off anything purchased at Target, including gift cards. That means you can get Red Lobster gift cards at a 5% discount. Always and forever. It’s just one of the many perks of having a Target RedCard.

If you don’t have a Target RedCard, you can get a 3% discount on Red Lobster gift cards when you order from Raise.com.

 

12. The best value is the Red Lobster lunch menu where you can get a meal for $7.99 — up to 30% savings.

red lobster fish tacos on plate next to menu

From Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can get the Red Lobster lunch menu. Everything on the menu is $7.99, includes a side, and you can even add lobster to them for an additional $3 charge:

  • Classic Caesar Salad (reg. $9.99): 20% savings (substitute for salmon for an extra $2)
  • Cup of Soup and Grilled Shrimp Salad (reg. $11.53): 30.7% savings (substitute for Lobster Bisque for $1)
  • Bacon Cheddar Chicken Club Sandwich (reg. $9.29): 13.9% savings
  • Wood-Grilled Taco with Chicken, Tilapia, or Shrimp (reg. $8.99): 11.1% savings

 

13. Get $3 beer and $4 wine during the Red Lobster Happy Hour.

glasses of drinks being held together in red lobster

Every weekday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., take advantage of $3 draft beers (reg. $5.99), $4 house wines (reg. $6.99), and $5 premium well drinks (reg. $6.99). Plus grab $5 appetizers.

 

14. Order your Red Lobster delivery with Uber Eats, but you’ll only get the full menu with DoorDash.

a person waering an uber eats cooler backpack

In my area, Uber Eats is the cheapest delivery from Red Lobster, but because Red Lobster has partnered with DoorDash, you’ll only get the full Red Lobster menu when you order Red Lobster delivery from DoorDash. So if you can’t find the item you want from Uber Eats, you’ll find it on DoorDash.

We have all the tips you need to know before you order from DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.

 

 

15. Ordering Red Lobster delivery through third-party delivery apps will cost 2% more.

A man delivering food in a doordash bag.

DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub increase their prices by around 2.1% for each Red Lobster menu item. One of the smallest price hikes that we’ve seen from third-party delivery apps.

 

16. Ask for extra Red Lobster biscuits — they’re bottomless.

woman holding up a biscuit at red lobster restaurant

The Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits are like the Olive Garden breadsticks. You’ll always get an endless supply of them, so if you want to fill up on the Red Lobster biscuits, just ask for more when you’ve eaten them all.

The Red Lobster biscuits are endless as long as you order at least one entree. The cheapest entree is the Lobster Bisque for $6.49.

TIP: You can ask for the Red Lobster biscuits to go as long as you have some at your table at the end of your meal. Depending on your Red Lobster, you might be asked to cover a $4 take-home fee, though.

 

17. Make your own Cheddar Bay Biscuits at home — you can get a mix from Walmart.

woman holding homemade biscuits from red lobster

There are two ways to make Cheddar Bay Biscuits at home. First, you can get the mix at Walmart for only $1.78 for 10 biscuits. Only 27.4% of the price you’d pay in restaurant, but it won’t be endless.

TIP: Or you can make them yourself by using a recipe. You probably have all the ingredients except for the buttermilk and powdered milk.

 

18. Kids eat free every Tuesday at Red Lobster when you use the code LOBSTER91.

red lobster kids meal popcorn shrimp on a plate

Tuesdays are the best days to take your kids to Red Lobster since they offer a kids eat free deal with the purchase of an adult entree every Tuesday. If you’re ordering online, you’ll have to enter the code LOBSTER91 to be eligible for the deal. You can even use this deal in person if you mention that you’re there for the deal.

And that’s just one of the many places where kids eat free.

 

19. Make a Red Lobster secret menu Po Boy when you order popcorn shrimp.

red lobster cheddar bay biscuits and popcorn shrimp making the po boy secret menu item

The Red Lobster secret menu isn’t massive, but if you’re looking to change up your order, try out the secret Red Lobster Po Boy. All you need to do is order the popcorn shrimp ($6.99) from the kids’ menu and stuff a Cheddar Bay Biscuit with the shrimp.

If you’re a fast-food fanatic, we know all the secret menu items you need to know.

 

20. Ask the cook to use olive oil instead of butter to cook your seafood to cut calories.

a bowl of garlic butter shrimp scampi

If you’re looking to cut calories on your Red Lobster order, you can ask that your food be cooked with olive oil instead of butter. That way, you can eat more Cheddar Bay Biscuits and Endless Shrimp.

TIP: You can also ask for your lobster to be grilled instead of boiled to get a charred flavor.

 

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