40+ places to get free food on your birthday

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get free birthday food on your birthday at these restaurants and shops
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If your birthday is coming up, what better way to enjoy it than with free food?

Tons of restaurants offer free birthday meals. This article covers the places where you can get free food on your birthday all around the United States — hopefully you can find one of your favorites near you!

Where to eat for free on your birthday

Most of the restaurants listed below require you to preregister for their free birthday meal promotion. To avoid spam, you may opt to use an alternate email address when you sign up, rather than your primary one.

Also, make sure to verify with the restaurant in your area that they honor the birthday deal before you head out!

Here are some of the most popular national chains that offer free birthday meals, followed by a more exhaustive list of other national and regional chains that do the same:

Top national restaurants that offer free birthday meals with email sign-up

Restaurant Freebie/Deal
California Pizza Kitchen Free CPKids meal all month if you are age 12 or under
Chili’s Free dessert
Denny’s Free Grand Slam breakfast
Firehouse Subs Free medium sub
Fuddruckers Buy one burger get one free
Hard Rock Cafe Buy one entree get one free
IHOP Free full stack of pancakes

Alfy’s PIzza

Register first – Free personal one-topping pizza

Applebee’s

Register first – Free dessert

Bakers Square

Register first – Free pie

Baskin Robbins

Register first – Free ice cream scoop

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Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant

Register first with The Chef’s Table to receive a complimentary $30 birthday certificate during your birth month

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Bennigans

Register first – Free birthday brownie with ice cream

Bob’s Big Boy

Register first – Free hot fudge ice cream

Bruster’s 

Register first – Free waffle cone on your birthday (age limits may apply)

California Pizza Kitchen

Register first – Free meal during birth month for kids 12 and under

Captain D’s Birthday Club

Register first – One free dessert or appetizer with sign-up, plus free birthday dinner

Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

Register first – get a $10 voucher on your birthday if your Handshake Club account has been activated at least 30 days

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Register first – Free dessert on your birthday, plus get a free appetizer with two adult entrées just for signing up

Chili’s

Register first – Free dessert on your birthday, plus free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic drink with sign up

Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon

Free slice of Motherlode Cake on your birthday with valid ID and purchase of adult entrée (no registration necessary)

Denny’s 

Free Grand Slam with valid ID (no registration necessary!)

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El Chicos

Register first – Free dessert

Firehouse Subs

Register first – Free medium sub (must sign up for birthday club)

Fuddruckers

Register first – One free burger with similar purchase

Hana Japanese Steakhouse

Birthday guests with three to five guests get 50% off their bill. With six or more guests, birthday guests eat free (no registration necessary)

Hard Rock Café

Register first – Annual birthday offer, including free dessert

Houlihan’s Restaurant

Register first – Free entrée on your birthday and $10 off coupon for joining

IHOP

Register first – Free pancakes for signing up, on your birthday and the anniversary of your sign-up

Macaroni Grill

Register first – Free dessert

Maggiano’s

Register first – Complimentary cookies and $10 off next purchase following email sign-up

Marie Callender’s

Register first – “Marie’s Magnificient Six” free pancakes (available all day) or a slice of pie

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Max And Erma’s

Join the Good Neighbor program and get free dessert on your birthday

Old Spaghetti Warehouse

Register first – Free appetizer with sign up and Special Birthday Meal on your big day

Moe’s Southwest Grill

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Regiser first –  When you do you’ll get free nachos with a purchase of a large drink or more. On your birthday, get a free burrito.

Outback Steakhouse

Register first – Free dessert and get 50% off every fourth visit with Dine Rewards (good for Carrabba’s, Bonefish and Fleming’s, too)

Panera

Register first — Get free pastry or other sweet for joining, plus a free reward on your birthday

Pappa’s Restaurants

Register first – Free dessert with purchase of a single entree

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Register first – 20% off when you sign up, plus you and family members you sign up can all get free birthday gifts

P.F. Chang’s

Register first – Birthday reward as well as a 1,000-point bonus to get you halfway to your first free entrée

Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant

Free sweet accompanied by staff serenading the Mexican traditional birthday song, “Las Mananitas” (no registration required)

Provino’s Italian Restaurant

Get any pasta specialty dinner for free, plus salad, garlic rolls and a birthday dessert with valid ID (no registration required)

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Red Robin

Register first – Free gourmet burger, plus you get every tenth item free, and $20 toward purchase when you visit five times in the first five weeks

Rock Bottom

Register first – Free birthday entree for Rock Reward members

Ruby Tuesday

Register first – Free burger, appetizer or Garden Bar entree

Ryan’s

Register first – Free BOGO birthday buffet during your birth month if you join the Crave Connection

Shula’s

Register first – Free entrée during your birth month if you join the E-Team

Steak-N-Shake

Register first – Free Double ’n Cheese ’n Fries when you join and a free specialty milkshake on your birthday

TGI Fridays

Register first – Free appetizer or dessert

The Palm

Register first – One complimentary entrée – up to a three-pound lobster – on your birthday (if you’ve made a qualifying purchase within the last year)

Tony Roma’s

Register first – Complimentary dessert on your birthday as well as a free appetizer when you join the Roma Rib Expert Club

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Zio’s

Register first – Free birthday entree and free appetizer upon sign-up

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Enjoy your free birthday meal(s)!!!

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