Charlotte Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

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(Some restaurants offer free meals on more than one day. Check the restaurant's details to see which other days of the week kids eat free.)

Family eating together at a cafe outside
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FULL AND FRUGAL BELLIES

On those downright exhausting days when you struggle to find time to feed yourself, the idea of cooking dinner for the family may seem like a nightmare. Fortunately, you can take a break at one of the many restaurants in the Charlotte area where kids eat free. Check out our list of the top spots in Charlotte to take the family for a free or discounted meal. Be sure to check with the restaurant first to verify the promotion, and be mindful of age, time, and menu restrictions. If you're looking for more options beyond Charlotte, see our nationwide list of 50 places where kids eat free.  

Skip ahead to check out the restaurants nearest you:

Little boy eating pancakes at IHOP
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IHOP

Many locations in the Charlotte area.

When:Every day 4-8 p.m.
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Children can choose from a variety of kids' menu items including pancakes, grilled cheese, and more. The meal is free with purchase of an adult entree.

The Randazzos' Grid Iron
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THE RANDAZZOS' GRID IRON

13105 S Tryon St.
Charlotte, 28278
(704) 588-1130

When:Every Day
Ages: 10 & under
Details: Purchase one adult entree and one kid eats free for lunch and dinner at Randazzos' Grid Iron. All kids' meals includes a juice box, and dinner includes a dessert.

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse Mooresville
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DUCKWORTH'S GRILL & TAPHOUSE MOORESVILLE

560 River Hwy
Mooresville, 28117
(704) 799-2881

When:Monday and Sunday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Known for their award-winning Philly cheesesteaks, Duckworth's is a staple in the Charlotte area. Head to the Mooresville location on Mondays and Sundays and get one free kid's meal per $12 adult purchase. 

Hawthorne's NY Pizza & Bar
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HAWTHORNE'S NEW YORK PIZZA & BAR

Many locations in the Charlotte area.

When:Tuesday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: With every $7.50 an adult spends, you get one free kid's meal at Hawthorne's. Options include pizza, grilled chicken, ravioli, and more. 

Salsarita's Fresh Mexican Grill
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SALSARITA'S FRESH MEXICAN GRILL

Many locations in the Charlotte area.

When:Tuesday and Sunday night
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Get your fresh Mexican fix with Salsarita's extensive menu featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls, and more. Kids eat for free on Tuesday and Sunday nights at participating locations. 

The Pizza Peel Cotswold
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THE PIZZA PEEL

4422 Colwick Rd.
Charlotte, 28211
(704) 714-8808

1600 Central Ave
Charlotte, 28205
(704) 790-7335

110 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, 28105
(704) 814-0231

When:Tuesday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Who said pizza night has to be on the weekend? Head to The Pizza Peel on Tuesday for a one-of-a-kind pie and to take advantage of 'Kids Eat Free' night. Purchase one adult meal and receive up to two kids' meals for free. 
Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Ballantyne
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DUCKWORTH'S GRILL & TAPHOUSE BALLANTYNE

14015 Conlan Circle
Charlotte, 28277
(704) 752-7284

When:Tuesday and Thursday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Known for their award-winning Philly cheesesteaks, Duckworth's is a staple in the Charlotte area. Head to the Ballantyne location on Tuesdays and Thursdays and get one free kid's meal per $12 adult purchase. 

JJ's Red Hots
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JJ'S RED HOTS

1514 East Blvd.
Charlotte, 28203
(980) 225-8880

When:Wednesday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Stop by JJ's Red Hots on Wednesday for a free kid's meal and delicious dogs for the whole family. Kids' menu items include a side and drink. 

Pure Pizza - Central Avenue
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PURE PIZZA

224 E 7th St.
Charlotte, 28202
(980) 207-0037

1911 Central Ave
Charlotte, 28205
(980) 430-1701

When:Thursday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Pure Pizza isn't your average spot to grab a greasy slice. They focus on healthier pizza using farm-fresh, local ingredients, making it a great option for the kids. Stop by on Thursdays when kids eat free. 
Big Tiny's BBQ
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BIG TINY'S BBQ

179 N Main St.
Mooresville, 28115
(704) 658-1409

When:Thursday after 4 p.m.
Ages: 10 and under
Details: Get a free kid's combo on Thursdays after 4 p.m. at Big Tiny's BBQ. Options include hot dogs, chicken tenders, or choice of barbecue meat plus a side. 

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse Huntersville
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DUCKWORTH'S GRILL & TAPHOUSE HUNTERSVILLE

16609 Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, 28078
(704) 237-4387

When:Thursday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Known for their award-winning Philly cheesesteaks, Duckworth's is a staple in the Charlotte area. Head to the Huntersville location on Thursday and get one free kid's meal per $12 adult purchase. 

Steak 'n Shake
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STEAK 'N SHAKE

Many locations in the Charlotte area.

When:Saturday and Sunday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Kids eat free all weekend at participating Steak 'N Shake locations. Get one free kids' plate for every $9 you spend (dine-in only).

Libretto's Pizzeria Charlotte
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LIBRETTO'S PIZZERIA

1600 E Woodlawn Rd.
Charlotte, 28209
(704) 877-7702

When:Sunday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Kids eat for free on Sundays at the Parktowne location of Libretto's Pizzeria. Plus, adults can take advantage of $4 mimosas, $5 bloody marys, $4 house wine, and $4 well drinks. 

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