40+ places to get free food on your birthday

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If your birthday is coming up, what better what 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/Food 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

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French. Silk. Pie. #heavenonaplate #bakersquare #thebest #nonecompare

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Baskin Robbins

Register first – Free ice cream scoop

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The best part of the season is brownies. That’s why we made Brownie Bar Mashup our Flavor of the Month.

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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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If you crave it, it will come. Order Benihana online.

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Bennigans

Register first – Free birthday brownie with ice cream and  a song

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Bob’s Big Boy

Register first – Free hot fudge ice cream

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#badboysundae #icecream #yum

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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 upon sign-up & 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 desert on your birthday and get free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic drink for signing up

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Swoon to the spoon, our Chocolate Molten Cake beckons you.

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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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Start your day off with a delicious, and colorful, spread like @max_bufanda

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El Chicos

Register first – Free dessert

Firehouse Subs

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

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@wenfromneverland, thanks for the weekend grub inspo. #NomNom

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Fuddruckers

Register first – One free burger with similar purchase

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Hana Japanese Steakhouse

Birthday guests with 3-5 guests get 50% off their bill. With 6 or more guests, birthday guests eat free (no registration necessary)

Hard Rock Café

Register first – Annual birthday offer, including free dessert

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Scoops of sweetness to end the week. ?: @biswastapan22 #thisishardrock

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Houlihan’s Restaurant

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

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Dinner is ready. . ? @aryckavona . . . #Houlihans #HouFaves

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IHOP

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

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????? Buy a combo meal and we’ll All-You-Can-Eat pancake the deal.??? ???

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Macaroni Grill

Register first – Free dessert

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Maggiano’s

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

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These are totally ice cream sandwichable! Happy National #IceCreamSandwichDay

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Marie Callender’s

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

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The only tough part of #nationalpieday? Choosing your favorite kind. ?

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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 just for signing up and Special Birthday Meal on your big day

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Grab a spoon, its National Spumoni Day!

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Outback Steakhouse

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

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Don’t make us choose between cocktails and dessert.

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Panera

Register first — Get free pastry or other sweet for joining +a free reward on birthday

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Pappa’s Restaurants

Register first – Free dessert with purchase of a single entree

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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, also get every 10th item free and $20 toward purchase when you visit 5 times in the first 5 weeks

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The only thing better than this picture of a #burger is actually eating this burger. #MyRedRobin | ?: @chiimmy

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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

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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 3-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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A mouthful of deliciousness.

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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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