63 Places Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free)

63 Places Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free)

Raise your hand if you remember being a kid, misbehaving at restaurant - it probably involved clanging silverware or stacking sugar packets - and hearing this from your parents: "Knock it off or we're never coming back here!"

Am I the only one raising my hand? Oh, in that case, give me a minute while I call my parents and apologize.

Places where kids eat free

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Either way, it's a fact that parents have a much better time taking their kids out to eat when the meal is free. The old cliché "there's no such thing as a free lunch" isn't true, as it turns out. Below is our comprehensive, updated list on where and how to score a free meal for your kids. (NOTE: Participation may depend on the location, so your mileage may vary. Be sure to check with your local restaurant ahead of time.)

The National Chains

Participation may vary, so be sure to call ahead and check with your local chain.

  • Applebee's: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
  • Arriba Mexican Grill: Kids eat free all day on Sundays. One free kids' meal per paying adult.
  • Bennigan's: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
  • Back Yard BurgersKids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult combo meal.
  • Bob EvansKids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Brewzzi: Kids 12 and under eat free on Mondays; up to to kids eat free for each adult meal of at least $12.
  • Carrows: Kids 10 and under eat free after 4 p.m. One free kids' meal for each paying adult.
  • C.B. & Potts: Kids eat free all day on Thursdays.
  • Captain D's Seafood Kitchen: Kids eat free here on Thursdays. Up to two kids get a free meal for each paying adult.
  • The Chartroose Caboose: Kids eat free all day on Thursdays with purchase of an adult meal of at least $8.
  • Chevy's Fresh Mex: Kids eat free all day on Tuesday. One free kids' meal for each paying adult.
  • Chick-fil-A: Kids eat free on Tuesdays between 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the purchase of an adult combo meal. NOTE: some locations charge $0.99 per kids meal.
  • Chicken Out Rotisserie: Kids eat free all day on Friday with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Cici's Pizza: Kids under 3 eat free every day.
  • Cinzetti's: Kids under 12 eat free between 5-9 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Cody's Original RoadhouseKids eat free at Cody's on Tuesdays. Limited to kids 10 and under; two kids eat free for each paying adult.
  • Culver'sKids 12 and under get a free frozen custard with the purchase of a meal (valid daily).
  • Damon's Grill: Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One kids' meal per paying adult.
  • Denny's: Kids eat free at Denny's on Tuesdays from 4-10 p.m. (at some locations, Saturdays, too). Up to two kids get a free meal for every paying adult.
  • Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Kids eat free all day on Sundays; drinks included.
  • Famous Dave's: Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Tuesdays. NOTE: Some locations may charge $0.99 for kids meals, and some may use Mondays as their kids eat free day
  • Firehouse Subs: Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids' meal for each adult combo meal purchased.
  • FudruckersKids eat free on Mondays between 5-9 p.m.
  • Go Roma: Kids eat free all day on Sundays. Two free kids' meals per paying adult.
  • Golden Corral: Kids 10 and under eat free on Mondays from 5-9 p.m. Two free kids' meals per paying adult.
  • HootersKids eat free from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
  • IHOPKids eat free on Mondays from 4-8 p.m. One free kids' meal for each paying adult; drinks not included.
  • IKEA: At some IKEA locations, kids eat free at the food court on Tuesdays. There are also some specials throughout the year.
  • Jason's DeliKids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids' meal per paying adult.
  • Jeffery's Sports Grill: Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids meal per paying adult.
  • The Locker Room: Kids eat free on Thursdays from 4-9 p.m.
  • Lone Star SteakhouseKids eat free all day on Tuesdays. Two free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Little Bitty Burger Barn: Kids under 10 eat free all day on Wednesdays. Two free kids' meals for each paying adult (with drink purchase).
  • Maggiano's Little Italy: Kids under 5 eat free all day on Saturday.
  • Moe's Southwest Grill: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One free kids' meal per paying adult.
  • Norms: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One kids' meal per paying adult, drinks not included.
  • On The Border: Kids receive a free sundae with meal purchase (valid daily).
  • Perkins: Kids eat free on Wednesdays. One free kids' meal for each paying adult.
  • Piccadilly: Kids under 6 eat free all day on Fridays.
  • Pizza Hut: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays.
  • Pizza Street: Kids under 10 eat free on Tuesdays. One free kids meal per paying adult; offer limited to cheese pizza only.
  • Planet Sub: Kids eat free all day on Sundays. One free kids' meal for each paying adult.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse: Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. Two free kids' meals for each adult meal purchased.
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: Kids eat free on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Red Brick Pizza: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One free kids' meal per paying adult.
  • Red Robin: Kids 10 and under eat free on Mondays.
  • Salsarita's Fresh Cantina: Kids eat free all day on Thursdays with a paying adult.
  • Shari's: Kids eat free from 4-9 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Shoney's: Kids under 4 eat free all day on Fridays (with paying adult).
  • Steak 'n Shake: Kids eat free on Sundays. One free kids' plate for every $9 adult purchase. Dine-in only.
  • Texas Land & Cattle Steak House: Kids eat free from 11-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Two free kids' meals per paying adult.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
  • TGIFriday'sKids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • UNO Chicago Grill: Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • White Castle: Kids eat free on Sundays from 4-8 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal over $4.

Kids Eat Almost Free

The following restaurants aren't quite free, but they're close enough to warrant inclusion.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings: On Mondays, the kids' menu is $0.99 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Fazoli'sOn Tuesdays, kids' meals are $0.99 each from 5-8 p.m. Offer valid for up to two kids meals per adult entree.
  • Fire MountainOn Thursdays, get kids' buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids' buffets per adult buffet.
  • Luby's Cafeteria: On Wednesdays, kids under 10 eat for $2. Offer valid after 2 p.m.
  • McAlister's Deli: Kids' meals are $0.99 everyday at select locations.
  • Old Country BuffetOn Thursdays, get kids' buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids' buffets per adult buffet. Offer also valid at some HomeTown Buffet locations.
  • Ryan'sOn Thursdays, get kids' buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids' buffets per adult buffet.
  • WhichWich Superior Sandwiches: On Mondays and Saturdays, kids' meals are $0.99 with the purchase of a 7" Wich. Offer valid for kids 12 and under.

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