17 Places Where Kids Can Eat for Free (or Almost Free) Across the Country

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Head to IKEA on a Tuesday and score up to two free kids meals with the purchase of one adult entree. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

I think we can all agree there’s nothing better than free food.

To give you — or rather, your kids — the gift of free food, I scouted nationwide restaurant chains to figure out where kids can eat for free.

Here are 17 restaurants where kids eat free (or almost free).

Disclaimer: Always call your local restaurant before going to make sure they offer the same deal. I contacted my local restaurants to confirm some deals, but not every location will have the same offers.

14 Places Where Kids Eat Free

Kids eat 100% free at these 14 restaurants. Deals vary by location. Many have age restrictions and happen only on certain days of the week.

1. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

I couldn’t find any mention on its official site, but I reached out to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Facebook. The chain informed me that many of its restaurants have kids-eat-free nights on Tuesdays, although participation varies by location.

2. Bennigan’s

On Mondays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree at Bennigan’s. I called a local restaurant to confirm this; make sure to double-check with your location.  

3. Bertucci’s

Kids eat free every Wednesday at Bertucci’s with the purchase of an adult entree of $10.99 or more. Kids menu choices include pizza, pasta and even a healthy grilled chicken salad.

4. Bob Evans

My local Bob Evans confirmed that kids eat free Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree. Bob Evans’ kids menu is also pretty adorable, as it features pancakes arranged to look like a cute little pig, Little Piggy Hotcakes.

5. Cody’s Original Roadhouse

On Mondays and Tuesdays, kids 10 and under eat free at Cody’s Original Roadhouse with the purchase of an adult entree. The limit is two kids per adult entree. Choices include a cheeseburger, chicken tenders, a pulled pork sandwich or pepperoni pizza, plus a side of fries.  

6. Denny’s

Kids eat free at Denny’s every Tuesday from 4-10 p.m. Your kid can choose anything from pancakes to spaghetti for their free Tuesday night meal. Denny’s has a pretty generous kids menu — options range from dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets to a Jr. French Toast meal.

7. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

At Dickey’s Barbecue, get one free kids meal Sundays with a $10 purchase per adult. You guys know about the free soft serve at this place, right?

8. East Coast Wings and Grill

Every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to close, kids eat free at East Coast Wings and Grill. You get one free kids meal per adult entree.  

9. Genghis Grill  

On Tuesdays, kids eat free at Genghis Grill. Menu choices include teriyaki fried rice and a Future Warrior Bowl. I called my local franchise to confirm this.

10. IKEA

OK, hear me out on this one: IKEA has delicious food. So why not get free food for your kids while dealing with the labyrinth that is the IKEA showroom? Head to IKEA on a Tuesday and score up to two free kids meals with the purchase of one adult entree.

11. Moe’s Southwest Grill

On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of a $5 adult entree at Moe’s. Kids meals include mini burritos and quesadillas, and they come with a small drink and cookie.     

12. Quaker Steak and Lube

At locations in South Dakota and New York, kids 8 and under eat free all day on Mondays. All Quaker Steak locations provide free goldfish for toddlers upon request.  

13. Ruby Tuesday

Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close, kids eat free at Ruby Tuesday. This deal is limited to one free kid entree per adult entree purchase. They can enjoy the garden bar or choose from one of the kids meals, such as tomato-basil pasta or mini cheeseburgers.   

14. Steak ‘n Shake

Kids 12 and under eat free all weekend at Steak ‘n Shake. Get one dine-in kids plate for every $9 you spend. Let the kiddos enjoy a free steakburger or chicken fingers while you savor a classic milkshake.

3 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Almost Free

These three restaurants don’t offer complete free food for kids, but it’s pretty darn close. With deals ranging from just 99 cents to $1.99, here’s where kids can almost eat free.

15. Applebee’s

My local Applebee’s confirmed that kids eat for 99 cents on Tuesdays from 4-9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree.

16. Fazoli’s

Tuesday night at Fazoli’s is kids night, which means you can score a kids meal for only 99 cents with the purchase of an adult entree from 5-8 p.m. This cheap kids meal includes a pizza or pasta with a breadstick and drink.

17. Golden Corral

My local Golden Corral confirmed that kids eat for just $1.99 on Wednesday nights.

Jacquelyn Pica is a junior writer and SEO specialist at The Penny Hoarder.