Where Can Kids Eat Free?

Where Can Kids Eat 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.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Participation varies by location. Before you head out for a free kids’ meal, be sure to call and check with your local restaurant to make sure they are offering the listed promotion. 

Places where kids eat free

65 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free and Almost Free

The National Chains

Participation may vary, so be sure to call ahead and check with your local chain. To score a discount your own plate, consider picking up discounted gift cards from CardCash or Raise.

  • Applebee’s: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
  • Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Kids 12 and under get to eat free every Monday with each adult entree purchase.
  • 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.
  • Carrows: Kids 10 and under eat free on Tuesdays from 11am-close. Up to two kids meals per paid adult meal.
  • 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.
  • Cinzetti’s: Kids under 12 eat free between 5-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Cody’s Original RoadhouseKids eat free at Cody’s on Monday and 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).
  • Denny’s: Kids eat free at Denny’s. (Days and participation vary by location). 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.
  • East Coast Wings: Kids eat free every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to close, one per adult entree.
  • 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.
  • Golden Corral: Kids 10 and under eat free Mondays from 5-9 p.m.
  • Holiday Inn: Up to four kids 12 and under eat free any time of the day in any Holiday Inn on-site restaurant.
  • IHOPIHOP often offers a kids eat free promotion with the purchase of an adult entree. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page to catch these deals when they come out.
  • IKEA: At some IKEA locations, kids eat free at the food court on Tuesdays. There are also some specials throughout the year.
  • Jason’s DeliJason’s Deli has a Kid’s Cash program where they reward students for good grades, good efforts or good deeds with free food.
  • Jeffery’s Sports Grill: Kids eat free from 5pm-9pm 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 5-8pm on Wednesdays. One kids’ meals for each adult meal.
  • Luby’s CafeteriaOn Wednesdays and Saturdays, kids under 10 eat for free. (At participating locations).
  • 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 from noon – 10pm on Monday. One kids’ meal per paying adult.
  • On The Border: Kids receive a free sundae with meal purchase (valid daily).
  • 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 Mondays. 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 under 10 get a free cheese pizza with a paying adult.
  • Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina: Kids eat free with a paying adult. Day of the week varies by location.
  • Shari’s: Kids eat free from 10am-11pm on Tuesdays. 2 free kids meals per adult meal.
  • Shoney’s: Kids under 4 eat free all day on Fridays (with paying adult).
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Kids eat free on Saturday and Sundays. One free kids’ plate for every $9 adult purchase. Dine-in only.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
  • T.G.I.Friday’s: Kids eat free 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 Wednesdays, the kids’ menu is $1.99 with purchase of an adult entree.
  • 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.
  • FuddruckersKids eat for $1.99 (with adult purchase) on Mondays after 4 p.m.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Kids’ meals are $0.99 everyday at select locations.
  • Piccadilly: Kids under 12 get a kids meal for $1.99 on Thursdays all day and Saturdays from 11am-4pm with purchase of adult meal.
  • Red Robin: Kids 10 and under eat for $1.99 on Thursdays.
  • Ryan’sOn Thursdays, get kids’ buffets for $1.99. 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!