Restaurants where kids eat free (or nearly free)

Restaurants where kids eat free (or nearly free)
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Kids can be expensive, so isn’t it nice to catch a break every once in a while? If you want to take your family out to dinner tonight without busting the budget, here are some restaurants where kids eat free (or close to it) broken down by day of the week.

Offers may vary by location, so make sure to check with your local establishment for the details.

Kids eat free any day of the week


Not only has IHOP brought back its all-you-can-eat pancakes deal, it also offers kids-eat-free deals every day from 4 to 9 p.m. The offer is available at different times at participating locations, so check with your local IHOP ahead of time.


The popular sitdown chain offers one free kids meal (for those 10 and younger) with the purchase of an adult entree all day every day! Find a location near you.

Kids eat free on Sunday

Freebirds World Burrito

The Austin, Texas-based restaurant with eateries in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah offers a kids eat free meal on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree. Locate the nearest Freebirds World Burrito.

Steak ‘n Shake

If you’re looking for a deal on the weekend, Steak ‘n Shake offers a free kids meal with every $9 purchase on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dickie’s Barbecue Pit

The famous BBQ restaurant lets kids eat free on Sundays with a $10 purchase from an adult. The offer is good for dine-in only and children must be age 12 and under. Find a Dickie’s Barbecue Pit near you.

Kids eat (almost) free on Monday


Good news: On Mondays from 4 to 9 p.m., kids 12 and under eat for just 99 cents. So not exactly free, but still really cheap! Find a location near you.

Kids eat free on Tuesday


Enjoy breakfast for dinner or a variety of other meals at Denny’s and if you want to get the best bang for your buck, head there on a Tuesday between 4 and 10 p.m., when your kids eat free! Find a Denny’s in your area here.

Ruby Tuesday

Well, this one makes sense: Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close, Ruby Tuesday offers free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree. Find one in your area here.

TGI Fridays

Kids eat free on Tuesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. at participating locations! Find a location near you. (Note that this deal is not available in Ohio.)


The Arizona-based deli, bakery and catering service offers a kids-eat-free deal every Tuesday. Find a location near you.

Kids eat free on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

See the “Kids eat free any day of the week” list above or check with restaurants on the “Various days” list below.

Kids eat free on Saturday

Steak ‘n Shake

As mentioned above, Steak ‘n Shake offers a free kids meal with every $9 purchase on Saturdays, too!

Kids eat free or nearly free on various days of the week – check with your local store


Each Applebee’s franchise determines the details of its kid-friendly discounts and offers — with some offering free kids meals with the purchase of an entree by an adult, while others offer kids menu items for under $1.99. Check your local listings for details and find an Applebee’s near you here.

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen

Not free, but nearly: At Captain D’s if you buy a regular-priced dinner, children can eat for 99 cents. Here’s the closest Captain D’s to you.

Firehouse Subs

Firehouse offers a wide variety of hot subs, cold subs, calorie-conscious subs, salads and more. On top of supporting first responders, the sub shop offers kids a free drink and Rice Krispy Treat! Check your local location for details.


Welcome to Moe’s! Each location of this Tex-Mex restaurant offers a kids-eat-free deal on a day of its choosing. Find a Moe’s near you here.

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