Kids Eat For Free

When my girls were younger, tracking down restaurants who offered kids eat free (or almost free) promotions was an important part of my restaurant food strategy.  Unfortunately, we’ve outgrown that phase of our lives, but many of you can still benefit from these promotions.

While many chains offer days or evenings where kids eat free, this can be very local or regional.  I recommend you make a quick cheat sheet and spend 15 or 20 minutes verifying what is available in your area.  I used to do this when we’d travel, since that was when we did the majority of our restaurant eating. You can do an interest search on “name of restaurant location and kids eat free,” check their Facebook page, or give them a call. Also, include local restaurants that you enjoy!

Don’t forget that there ALWAYS exceptions to these deals, so check ahead if your budget truly depends on the child(ren) eating free.

Restaurants that often have kids eat free or kids eat cheap deals:

Atlanta Bread Company
Applebees
Backyard Burgers
Baja Fresh
Beef O’Brady’s
Bennigans
Black Eyed Pea
Blue Mesa Grill
Bob Evans
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wings and Rings
Cafe Rio
Chevy’s Fresh Mex
Chick-fil-A
Chili’s
CiCi’s Pizza
Coco’s Restaurant
Country Buffet
Culver’s
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Denny’s
Double Dave’s Pizza
Famous Daves
Fazoli
Firehouse Subs
Fire Mountain
Friendly’s
Fuddruckers
Gatti Town
Golden Corral
Hometown Buffet
IHOP
Ikea
Jason’s Deli
Johnny Rockets
Lone Star Steakhouse
Maggiano’s
Marie Callendars
McAllister’s Dli
Moes Southwest Grill
Old Country Buffet
On The Border
Perkins
Piccadilly
Pizza Hut
Ponderosa
Qdobo Mexican Grill
Rainforest Cafe
Red Robin
Ruby’s Diner
Ryans
Shari’s Cafe
Shells
Souper! Salad!
Spaghetti Warehouse
Steak n’ Shake
Texas Roadhouse
TGIFridays
Tony Roma’s
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tucanos Brazilian Grill
Quiznos
UNO Chicago Grill

Many fast food chains also offer kids promotions various nights of the week.

Might as well take advantage of every offer while you can! Soon enough, your kids will be ordering off the adult menu and then eating in a restaurant will take on a whole new dimension. Enjoy!

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.