63 Places Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free)

63 Places Where Kids Eat Free (Or Almost Free)
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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.

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.)

Places where kids eat free

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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.

Do you know of any restaurants that should be on this list? Add them in the comments below!