Where Do Kids Eat Free? Restaurants, Deals, and Specials for Every Day of the Week

Chloe Moore  | 

Taking care of kids is no easy job, and often it’s not a cheap job either. For single parents, the financial challenges can be even more acute. Fear not, though—there are a surprising number of restaurants where kids can eat for free. It’s simply a matter of knowing which restaurants offer free (or nearly free) food, and when those deals happen.

Here’s the really good news: we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. Below you’ll find a curated list that features kids-eat-free restaurants from every corner of the country, so that wherever you live you’ll be able to feed your family on the cheap, no matter the day of the week.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Every Day

In terms of kids being able to eat free, these restaurants are the real deal, because they offer kid’s meals at a value every day of the week. While there may be certain limitations that apply, such as limited menu items or specific hours the deal is offered, you should be able to take advantage of specials all week long.

IHOP

  • Deals: This is usually an annual promotion, falling roughly between April and May (contact your nearest location to double-check participation). All kids eat free at IHOP from 4 to 10 p.m. every, single day of the week. Pancake heaven, my friends.
  • Locations: With an IHOP in all 50 states, chances are high you’ll be able to find a location near you.
  • Hours: IHOP’s minimum hours of operation at every location are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 midnight.

O’Charleys

  • Deals: All day, every day, kids eat free at participating O’Charley’s with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only.
  • Locations: O’Charley’s boasts over 230 locations.
  • Hours: Most locations are open from 11am until 10 p.m. on weekdays, and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. during weekends.

Golden Corral

  • Deals: Every night, your child can eat for 99 cents at Golden Corral. This deal is good for kids 4-12, and begins at 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and after 11 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Locations: Are you lucky enough to be near a Golden Corral location?

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen

  • Deals: With every regularly priced adult entree, receive a child’s entree for 99 cents.
  • Locations: There are over 500 Captain D’s locations offering real good seafood, real fast, so the odds are in your favor you’ll be able to take advantage of this deal.
  • Hours: The specifics of this deal vary, so contact the Captain D’s nearest you to find out when this bargain is available in your area.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q

Frickers

  • Deals: Kids ten and under eat free each day with the purchase of a beverage and adult meal.
  • Locations: Use the Fricker’s finder to locate some wings near you.
  • Hours: Most Fricker’s are open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m.

Food Deals Today: Kids Meal Specials for Each Day of the Week

Many restaurants offer the best of their family-friendly deals on specific days of the week; and you’ll find the majority of them here so that no matter where you are in your week, you’ll be able to take advantage of a budget-friendly dinner out with your entire family.

Not all deals are 100 percent free, but in many cases are pretty close, as in you will probably be able to pay for your child’s meal with the loose change you find in the center console of your car. So take a look, and then take a break and let someone else do the cooking for once.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Monday

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

  • Deals: At Romano’s the purchase of an adult entree scores you a free kid’s meal. Kid’s meals are for youngsters 12 and under, and are available all day.
  • Locations: Romano’s locations are located from California to Texas to Virginia, you lucky pasta lover, you.
  • Hours: Virtually every location is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza

  • Deals: Every Monday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two drinks, 2 kids 12 and under eat free.
  • Locations: Gatti’s Pizza is a southwestern tradition. Enter your zip code to see if you’re near one.
  • Hours: Most locations are open from 11:30 in the morning until 9:30 in the evening.

Arooga’s

  • Deal: Kids 12 and under can receive a free meal with every purchased adult meal.
  • Locations: See if you’re near one of Arooga’s eastern locations.
  • Hours: The majority of locations open at 11 a.m., and while their kitchen closes at midnight the bar remains open until 2 a.m.

Texas Roadhouse

  • Deals: While not totally free, most Texas Roadhouse locations offer kids a 99¢ meal on Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on location, when purchased with adult entree.
  • Locations: In 49 of the 50 states, you can find a number of the over 500 Texas Roadhouse locations.
  • Hours: Most location open mid-afternoon and stay open until 11 p.m.

TGI Friday’s

  • Deals: Ironically, Tuesdays and Mondays kids can eat free at most TGI Fridays from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Locations: Given the fact that TGI Friday’s has restaurants in approximately 60 countries, chances are good you’ll be able to find a Friday’s location near you.
  • Hours: Most locations open at 11 a.m. and close between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Fuddrucker’s

  • Deals: At Fuddrucker’s, kids can eat for 99 cents every Monday.
  • Locations: Find a Fuddrucker’s near you, and find a super affordable Monday meal.
  • Hours: The majority of Fuddrucker’s open at 11 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.every day except Saturdays and Sundays when they close at 10 p.m.

Spaghetti Warehouse

  • Deals: Who doesn’t like good Italian? And at Spaghetti Warehouse — on Mondays — individuals can feed their kids for just $1.99.
  • Locations: For affordable pasta, check out these Spaghetti Warehouse locations in Texas, Ohio, and New York.
  • Times: Restaurants open at 11 in the morning and close at 10 or 11 in the evening.`

Cody’s Original Steakhouse

  • Deals: Mondays and Tuesdays kids 10 and under can eat free from the kid’s menu.
  • Locations: Unfortunately for the rest of us, Cody’s home is Florida.
  • Hours: The majority of locations open at noon, and close at 11pm

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Tuesday

Applebee’s

  • Deals: Kids eat free when adults eat an entree. That simple. That awesome.
  • Locations: While the deal sweet, it is not company wide so check your nearest Applebee’s location for details.
  • Hours: Most locations are open 11am until midnight.

Denny’s

  • Deals: Two free kid’s entrees per every adult entree and beverage purchased. This offer is good for kids 10 and under, from 4 until 10 p.m.
  • Locations: With nearly 2,000 locations, the odds are very, very good you’ll be able to find a Denny’s in your neighborhood, but because this is a location-specific offer, be sure to check your Denny’s to see the details.

TGI Friday’s

  • Deals: Kids can eat free at most TGI Fridays from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Locations: TGI Friday’s has restaurants in approximately 60 countries, find a location near you.
  • Hours: Most locations open at 11 a.m. and close between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

  • Deals: Kids get to eat free on Tuesdays at Moe’s when they’re accompanied by an adult dining-in.
  • Locations: Visit Moe’s website to see if there’s a location you can make it to for dinner. Hours: While most Moe’s are open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., but be sure to call your local location to find out when the deal is valid.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

  • Deals: At Romano’s the purchase of an adult entree scores you a free kid’s meal. Kid’s meals are for youngsters 12 and under and are available all day.
  • Locations: Romano’s locations are located are spread all across this pasta-loving country.
  • Hours: Almost every location is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Chompie’s

  • Deals: Kids 10 and under can eat for free all day, every Tuesday at Chompie’s!
  • Locations: Unfortunately for the rest of us, Chompie’s are all located in Arizona.
  • Hours: Because all locations’ hours vary slightly, check your nearest one to find out when you can take advantage of the deal!

Ruby’s Diner

  • Deals: Every Tuesday, Ruby’s guests aged 12 and under can enjoy a free kid’s meal with every adult entree purchased after 4 p.m.
  • Locations: While there are numerous Ruby’s throughout the country, this is primarily a California-located gem.
  • Hours: While you’ll have to check your location’s specific hours of operation, most offer the deal until close.

Bob Evans

  • Deals: Family night at Bob Evans means that with every purchase of an adult entree after 4 p.m., you’ll also receive a free kid’s entree
  • Locations: These country living-themed restaurants are predominantly located in the mid-atlantic, midwest, and southeast.
  • Hours: If you live near a Bob Evans it’s likely the restaurant is open from 7 in the morning until 9 in the evening.

Beef O’Brady’s

  • Deals: For every adult entree you purchase from 4 to 8 in the evening, you’ll also get a free one for your child!
  • Locations: While most of Beef O’Brady’s locations are along the southern and gulf coast, they are also finding homes in western and northern states.

Atlanta Bread Company

  • Deals: For every adult purchasing a meal, kids 12 and under are treated to a free meal after 4 p.m.
  • Locations: Locations of this sandwich, salad, and soup chain vary, is there one near you?
  • Hours: These guys open early: often at 6:30 a.m. and they stay open until 8 p.m.

Famous Dave’s Barbeque

  • Deals: The kids menu at Famous Dave’s is called “Dave’s Faves”, but since kids 8 and under can order off of it for free as long as an adult is eating as well, it’ll probably be everyone’s favorite.
  • Locations: Dave has restaurants in over 33 states, so it’s likely there’s a location near you.
  • Hours: You can nab this BBQ deal from 10 in the morning until 11 at night.

Pizza Street Buffet

  • Deal: Every Tuesday, kids from 4 to 9 can eat for free from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Now isn’t that poetic? Kids 3 and under eat free every day, and the rest of the week kids 9 and under can enjoy the buffet for just $2.99.
  • Locations: Pizza Street Buffet has eight locations throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Pizza Hut

  • Deal: Every adult that partakes of the dinner buffet Tuesday nights at Pizza Hut can treat a kid to the same for free.
  • Locations: Just when you thought the deal couldn’t get any sweeter you find out that Pizza Hut is the largest pizza restaurant with over 10,000 locations, and thus the odds are very, very good this deal is just around the corner from you, wherever you are.
  • Hours: While opening times vary between 10 and noon, most locations close at midnight.

Marie Callendar’s

  • Deal: For every dine-in adult entree, guests are allowed one free kid’s entree on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Locations: Be sure to call ahead to make sure your local location offers the deal.
  • Hours: The famed-pie maker is usually open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fazoli’s

Ruby Tuesday

  • Deals: Of course kids eat free on Tuesday’s at Ruby’s! This deal starts at 5 and lasts until close, for those who also purchase an adult entree.
  • Locations: In the words of the restaurant itself, “More than 540 locations and counting, find one near you.”

IKEA

  • Deals: With every adult entree purchase of $3.99 or more receive two free kids meals!
  • Locations: 45 IKEA locations grace the United States. Find yours.
  • Hours: Get your meatball fix from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.!

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Wednesday

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

  • Deals: Kids 12 and under eat for just a buck at Chevy’s on Wednesdays when an adult orders as well. And to make the deal even sweeter: They get a tortilla dough ball to keep ‘em busy and a pit to take home so they can grow their own avocado tree.
  • Locations: While mostly located in California, there are 38 Chevy’s in total.
  • Hours: This deal is good from 11 in the morning until midnight when the restaurant closes.

Luby’s

  • Deals: This special rocks because of all the options available on the kid’s menu! Kids at Luby’s eat for free when aged 10 and under.
  • Locations: Luby’s may just be the king of free eating for kids in Texas.
  • Hours: Check your local location for specific times and available meal choices.

Red Robin

  • Deals: For a limited time, every adult that eats at Red Robin on a Wednesday can treat kids 10 and under to a meal for $1.99.
  • Locations: With over 500 locations, you’ll likely be able to find a location near you.
  • Hours: For a 10 out of 10 burger, visit from 10 to 10.

East Coast Wings

  • Deals: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. until close a child eats free with the purchase of adult entree.
  • Locations: These southern wing hotspots are located in the south, primarily in the eastern part of the country.

Firehouse Subs

  • Deals: Kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesdays for every adult combo meal purchased.
  • Locations: There are over 1,100 locations!
  • Hours: 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., in most cases.

Logan’s Roadhouse

  • Deals: Kids who are younger than 11 can eat free at Logan’s on Wednesdays as long as they each have an adult also dining.
  • Locations: While you’re likely to find a Logan’s near you, it’s important to note this offer is not valid at CA, NC, SC, or Augusta, GA locations.
  • Hours: The perfectly grilled steaks at Logan’s can be consumed between 11 in the morning and 10 at night.

Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Deal: Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult dining-in can receive a meal for $1.99.
  • Location: B-Dubs boasts over 1,200 locations. Find yours, and find the wings.
  • Hours: While the majority of restaurants offer this deal from 4 until 10 p.m., be sure to call and verify the hours your local restaurant offers the deal.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Thursday

Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet

  • Deals: Because these restaurants are in the same family, they all offer the same deal! From 4 p.m. until close two kids aged 4-11 can enjoy the buffet for $1.99 each when accompanied by an adult who is also dining.
  • Locations: Here is an interactive map of the locations of all restaurants in the Hometown Buffet family.

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Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Friday

Shoney’s

  • Deals: Kids under 4 can eat for free all day when accompanied by an adult diner.
  • Locations: They say it best, “Shoney’s spans the United States. Find the store closest to you and let’s eat.
  • Hours: While most open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m., be sure to check your local Shoney’s for specifics.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Saturday

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Luby’s

  • Deals: This deal is made even better by all of the options available on the kid’s menu! Kids at Luby’s eat for free when aged 10 and under.
  • Locations: Luby’s may just be the king of free eating for kids in Texas.
  • Hours: Check your local location for specific times and available meal choices.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Sunday

Steak ‘n Shake

  • Deals: For every $9 spent, receive a free kid’s meal for those 12 and under (That’s right, this deal is good all weekend long.).
  • Locations: There are 717 locations, visit the homepage to see if one is near you.
  • Hours: 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. are the hours often observed.

Johnny Rocket’s

  • Deal: At Johnny Rockets, you can receive a free kid’s meal with every adult meal and drink purchase.
  • Locations: Given the fact this is a location-specific offer, be sure to give your location a call ahead of time to verify offer availability.
  • Hours: 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. for the burger of your (and your child’s) retro dreams.

Dickey’s Barbeque

  • Deals: Kids eat free all day, every Sunday at Dickey’s with every purchase of at least $10 made by an accompanying adult.
  • Locations: Every, single Dickey’s honors this deal, find yours.
  • Hours: Head to Dickey’s from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. — at most locations — to take advantage of this offer.

Baja Fresh

  • Deals: On Sundays a purchase of an adult entree and beverage will score you a free kid’s meal!
  • Locations: Their restaurant locator option on their homepage will ensure you find the one nearest you.
  • Hours: 11ish until 9:30 p.m.

Arriba Mexican Grill

  • Deal: Every Sunday kids get to eat free! This deal is good for kids 10 and under and must be ordered along with an adult meal.
  • Locations: Locations grace the southwest.
  • Hours: 10:45 until 11 p.m.

There you have it, folks. The best that this nation has to offer in free meals for kids. Of course, if you are looking to dine out on your birthday (or treat the kids to a special birthday meal), there is a whole other set of birthday specials and freebies for you to consider.

It’s important to note that unless otherwise noted, most deals are for those dining-in and are dependent upon adults purchasing some grub. Also, all locations are subject to their own hours of operation and deal availability. But even at that, there are so many deals available you and your family have the opportunity to dine like kings, on a peasant’s budget, for as long as you’d like.


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This post was updated September 4, 2018. It was originally published September 4, 2018.