Complete Guide to Kids Eating Free (and Adults Eating Cheap) at Your Favorite Restaurants
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We created a complete guide to eating out and saving money. It’s shows which of your favorite restaurants let kids eat for free and other ways to save when dining out. Happy eating!
How To Eat For Cheap and Fill The Kids Up For Free at Your Favorite Restaurants (Transcript)
Many people consider eating out to be a special treat. This is certainly true if you’re watching your wallet: Restaurants=$$$
Did you know you can take the family out…on a budget? Sometimes almost for free! Here’s our tips to enjoy a meal out…at a price you’ll also savor.
Let’s face it: The littlest ones in your family can tip a family meal from reasonable to crazy expensive. Feeding a few hungry little mouths can really add a wallop to your bill. Try some of these ideas to fill the kids up cheaply!
Where Do Kids Eat for Free? We’ve Got the List!
First, go for the good stuff: Discounted and even totally free kids’ meals
Check out your fave chains for “Kids eat free” specials
These are often arranged by days of the week and usually require one paid adult meal per free child meal.
Take a look at this helpful guide for a day-by-day schedule of just a few popular chains that offer kid freebies for children under 12.
- Brewzii: Kids under 12 eat free, up to two kids’ meals per $12 adult meal.
- Cinzetti’s: Kids under 12 eat free from 5-9 p.m.
- Fuddruckers: Kids under 12 eat free from 5-9 p.m.
- Golden Corral: Kids under 10 eat free from 5 to 9 p.m. Two kids per paying adult.
- IHOP: Kids under 12 eat free 4-8 p.m. One kid per paying adult. Drink not included.
- Islands: Kids eat free all day.
- Quaker Steak & Lube: Kids eat free with paying adult from 5-10 p.m.
- Backyard Burgers: Kids eat free with purchase of adult combo meal.
- Captain D’s Seafood: Kids eat free all day. Up to two kids per paying adult.
- Chevys: Kids eat free all day. One kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Denny’s: Kids eat free 4-10 p.m.
- Marie Callender’s: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult
- Norm’s: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult, drink not included.
- Pizza Hut: Kids eat free all day.
- Pizza Street: Kids aged 4-9 eat free 5-8 p.m.
- Red Brick Pizza: Kids under 10 get a free kids’ cheese pizza per paying adult.
- Rockyard American Grill: Kids eat free all day. One kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Salty Iguana: Kids eat free all day off kids’ menu.
- Tony Roma’s: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Damon’s Grill: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Firehouse Subs: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per adult combo meal.
- Gatti Town Buffet: Kids under 10 get one kids’ buffet per paid adult buffet.
- Gardunos: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Jason’s Deli: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Jeffrey’s Sports Grill: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Little Bitty Burger Barn: Kids under 10 eat free all day, up to two kids per paying adult with drink purchase.
- Perkins: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- CB And Potts: Kids eat free all day.
- Carrows: Kids under 10 eat free after 4 p.m., one kid per paying adult.
- Chartroose Caboose: Kids eat free all day with each $8 adult purchase
- Salsaritas: Kids eat free all day with paying adult.
- The Locker Room: Kids eat free from 4-9 p.m.
- Chicken Out Rotisserie: Kids eat free all day with purchase of adult meal.
- Holiday Inn: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Piccadilly’s: Kids under 6 eat free all day.
- Shoney’s: Kids under 4 eat free with paying adult.
- El Torito: Kids eat free before 3 p.m. with paying adult.
- Maggianos: Kids under 5 eat free all day.
- Shari’s Restaurant: Kids eat free from 4-9 p.m.
- Texas Land & Cattle: Kids eat free from 11-4 p.m. Up to two kids per paying adult.
- Arriba Mexican Grill: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Dickey’s Barbecue: Kids eat free all day, and a drink is included!
- Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant: Kids eat free all day. Up to two kids per paying adult.
- Go Romas: Kids eat free all day from kids’ menu. Up to two kids per paying adult.
- Hooters: Kids eat free 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Planet Sub: Kids eat free all day, one kid’s meal per paying adult.
- Steak N’ Shake: Kids eat free, one kid’s meal per $9 adult purchase.
- White Castle: Kids eat free 4-8 p.m. with purchase of $4 adult meal.
Get Creative a Have Kids Share Large Portions
Sometimes you can feed a family off one single order!
Case Study: Red Lobster offers a “create your own” combo dinner
- Some of the combo items are pretty big!
- The “Shrimp linguine” item easily offers enough food for two small children
- Mom and Dad can split the other items…which come with a side dish, plus soup or salad!
- Fill in the cracks with unlimited (addictive) cheese biscuits
- And ask to bring some biscuits home! Breakfast’s in the bag
No Kids? No Problem: Here’s More Ways To Save When Dining Out
Take Advantage of Restaurant Promotions and Use Coupons
Certainly you know to clip coupons, but keeping your eye out for special promotions can really take a chomp out of your check.
- Familiarize yourself with all the major restaurant chains in your area. Find out what days they offer special incentives.
- Look for particularly hefty values, such as 2-for-1 dining, or buy one entrée and get a second at a low cost
- Don’t throw out the junk mail: Scour your local flyers and magazines for deals at smaller family-owned restaurants
- Try searching for your favorite local restaurants via our restaurant coupon finder
- Sign up online at all your favorite restaurants’ websites, opt in for all promotional emails. You really never know what you might come across. For example: Red Robin offered “Jim Day” to promote its Jim Beam Burger. You’re a Jim, James, or Jamie? Show your ID and that burger’s on the house! Special dietary concerns? (Gluten-free? Vegetarian?) Just ask if you can have a substitute item as part of the promotion. The answer is often yes
Subscribe to Frequent Diners Clubs
Eat a lot at certain chains? It may pay to become a member of their exclusive club.
- Many chains or conglomerates offer frequent dining clubs
- To become a member should be free—don’t pay to join
- If there’s an enrollment fee, look for a reimbursement clause
- Then, simply accumulate points for each visit
- You can use the points for free meals, money toward your next visit, or other fun rewards
- Check for clubs that allow you to enroll several credit cards under one account
- Then your whole family can work toward earning maximum returns
How to Have a Hot Date at a Cool Price
Ready for date night? You can have a lovely dinner out at a guilt-free cost.
- Consider the early bird specials: Great deals, and who says it needs to be night to be romantic?
- Buy an inexpensive bottle of wine at the store (or at Wine.com with our coupons) and seek restaurants with free corkage
- You can also bring your own small dessert, such as chocolates or cupcake. Note: Some places charge to slice and serve your dessert – ask first!
- Explore your neighborhood for “hidden gems”. Many family-owned restaurants offer specials, free corkage, and will remember you next time you come. Maybe even throw in a free drink or something special for your repeat patronage!
Ready to start planning for Saturday night out? Get ready, get set, and get going…guilt free!