75 Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday
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75 Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday

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75 Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday
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Birthday Freebies? It's a Piece of Cake

If you play your cards right and sign up for a whole lot of mailing lists and rewards programs, you can easily eat your way through lots of restaurants for free on your birthday. Chain restaurants love giving incentives for email signups, so take advantage of it and see how many things you can eat for free around your birthday this year. You might even double down and pick a date where kids eat for for free too

Related: 32 Secrets for Better, Cheaper Meals at Your Favorite Chains

Applebee's
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Firehouse Subs
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Firehouse Subs

The birthday program at Firehouse Subs gives birthday-havers a free medium sub. Sign up for their Firehouse Rewards to get your coupon that is good for a week. Then plan to try a dozen new hot sauces when you redeem it.

Corner Bakery
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Corner Bakery

You've got options at Corner Bakery: You get to choose a free sweet pastry during your birthday month. Options include cookies, bars, and cake slices, depending on what your location has. Sign up for the eClub to get your coupon.

Lone Star Steakhouse
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Lone Star Steakhouse

You'll be emailed a coupon for a free appetizer for your birthday from Lone Star Steakhouse that's good for about two weeks. Join their e-club to receive your coupon.

A&W
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A&W

Relive memories of childhood stops at A&W with a free root beer float on your birthday. Just sign up for the Mug Club, which will also email you monthly offers.

Famous Dave's
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Famous Dave's

Get your barbecue on for your birthday at Famous Dave's. The freebie seems to vary by location, but has included free entrees or desserts in the past. Sign up for their Famous Nation email club to find out.

Bojangles
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Bojangles

This chain is famous for its biscuits, so naturally it's also your birthday freebie. Sign up for the restaurant's E-Club to receive a coupon for a free Bo-Berry biscuit — a sweet, icing-glazed treat — on your birthday.

Whataburger
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Arby's
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Arby's

Sign up on Arby's website to receive email coupons, and you'll get a free shake coupon emailed to you about a week before your birthday. 

Au Bon Pain
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Au Bon Pain

This French-style bakery and cafe chain will email you a coupon for a free salad or sandwich lunch good during the week of your birthday. Sign up on their website and you'll get a free travel mug, too.

Waffles
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Houlihan's
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Houlihan's

Chow down on a free entree for your birthday when you sign up for Houlihan's email list.

Auntie Anne's
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Auntie Anne's

You can get a free signature or classic pretzel during the month of your birthday at Auntie Anne's. You'll need to download their phone app and use it to join their Pretzel Perks rewards program, but those buttery pretzels are worth it.

Baja Fresh
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Baja Fresh

Grab a free burrito at Baja Fresh for your birthday. Sign up for Club Baja at least four days before your birthday and the coupon will be in your inbox just in time to celebrate with some carnitas and guacamole.

Boston Market
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Boston Market

You'll get a free treat on your birthday when you sign up for the Rotisserie Rewards club at Boston Market.

California Pizza Kitchen
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California Pizza Kitchen

You may not get a free barbecue chicken pizza, but during your birthday month, you'll get a free dessert at CPK instead. Sign up for their CPK Rewards program to get your coupon. (You'll also earn rewards every time you dine at their restaurant.)

Einstein Bagels
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Einstein Bros. Bagels

Bagel lovers who join the Shmear Society rewards program are rewarded on their birthday with a free breakfast sandwich with purchase.

Chevy's Fresh Mex
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Chevy's Fresh Mex

At Chevy's, you can get free birthday offers and a coupon for a free appetizer with the purchase of two adult entrees when you join their e-club.  

Moe's Southwest Grill
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Moe's Southwest Grill

How does a free burrito sound? You'll get one each year on your birthday from Moe's Southwest Grill. Sign up for their rewards program to get your annual coupon.

Ben & Jerry's
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Ben & Jerry's

If you're lucky enough to live near a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop, sign up for their Chunkmail newsletter. You'll get promotional coupons and one for free ice cream on your birthday.

Buca di Beppo
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Buca Di Beppo

You get a Colossal Brownie Sundae for your birthday as well as a free pasta for joining Buca di Beppo's e-club

Smashburger
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Smashburger

Get a free side or shake with any purchase for your birthday at Smashburger. Join their SmashClub and download the app to get your birthday reward, plus a free entree for joining.

Benihana
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Benihana

One of the highest value items on this list, Benihana sends you a birthday certificate for up to $30 if you join their Chef's Table email club. There are stipulations, of course: You must purchase another adult meal, you must dine for dinner Monday through Thursday, and the $30 will only be applied to the birthday person. But if you love teppanyaki, it's a great deal.

Cold Stone Creamery
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Cold Stone Creamery

The eClub of Cold Stone Creamery will send you a buy-one-get-one free coupon for ice cream on your birthday. So grab a friend and celebrate, or just plan on eating a whole lot of ice cream yourself. You'll get a coupon when you sign up, too.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
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Chili's
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Chili's

As a member of Chili's rewards program, you’ll be eligible for a free dessert on your birthday and other freebies.

IHOP
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IHOP

Breakfast lovers take note: IHOP gives you free pancakes for your birthday. You also get a free stack right away when you sign up for their rewards program.

Bonefish Grill
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Bonefish Grill

You have options for your birthday freebie at Bonefish Grill: either a Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer or a dessert. Sign up on their website to be a Bonefish Grill Insider and your coupon will be emailed to you.

Hooters
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Hooters

If you're so inclined to head to Hooters for your birthday, you can get 10 free wings. Join the restaurant's eClub and you'll get the coupon by email.

Culver's
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Culver's

If a free frozen custard sundae or value basket sounds like a great way to end a birthday, just sign up for Culver's eClub and you'll get the coupon mailed to you before your birthday. (You'll also get a buy-one-get-one free value basket coupon just for signing up, too.)

Sbarro
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Sbarro

Head to the mall food court for a free slice of pizza from Sbarro. Valid for about two weeks, you'll receive the coupon by email when you sign up for their Slice Society club (and you'll get a free slice for joining, too).

Bruegger's Bagels
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Bruegger's Bagels

A free bagel and cream cheese will be all yours on your birthday if you sign up for Bruegger's Bagels eClub. Bonus: You get a free bagel and schmear just for signing up, too.

Del Taco
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Del Taco

Grab a free shake on your birthday from Del Taco. You get to choose from chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. Join their eClub to get your coupon.

Zaxby's
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Zaxby's

Zaxby's does things via text and also the old fashioned way by sending you a postcard coupon on your birthday. Get a free Nibbler postcard or text as well as a free sandwich meal when you sign up for their club.

Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouses
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Ponderosa / Bonanza

It’s hard to top a steak dinner for a birthday reward, but that’s what diners can expect when they join Ponderosa’s eClub. They can also choose to enjoy a buffet dinner. In either case, the offers requires the purchase of regularly priced meal, as well. Same is true for Bonanza.

Fuddrucker's
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Fuddruckers

This chain known for its burgers and toppings bar will give you a BOGO burger offer for your birthday. Sign up for Fuddruckers eClub and they'll send you a coupon around your birthday.

Jack in the Box
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Jack in the Box

You'll get two free tacos with any other purchase during the week of your birthday at Jack in the Box. Just show your ID and the coupon you get by email when you sign up for their emails and enjoy your tacos.

Carrabba's Italian Grill
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Carrabba's Italian Grill

Carrabba's offers the birthday person a free dessert during the month of their birthday. Join their Dine Rewards program and you'll receive an email the month of your birthday.

P.F. Chang's
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P.F. Chang's

You have options when it comes to your birthday freebie at P.F. Chang's. When you sign up for their rewards program, you'll get an email coupon for your choice of a free appetizer or dessert.

Noodles & Company
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Noodles & Company

After a big bowl of mac and cheese, you can get a free crispy — better known as a Rice Krispies treat — for your birthday. Sign up for their NoodlesREWARDS to get the coupon emailed to you. It's valid for two weeks.

Caribou Coffee Birthday Special
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Caribou Coffee

Members of the Caribou Perks program can receive a free beverage in any size. You will have up to seven days to redeem the offer.

Carvel
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Carvel

Who doesn't love ice cream, especially on their birthday? Join Carvel's Fudgie Fanatics email program and you'll get a free scoop on your birthday.

Red Lobster
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Red Lobster

Red Lobster keeps their birthday freebie a secret, so likely it's based on location or randomly doled out. Sign up for My Lobster Rewards to get your mystery coupon around your birthday. Diners have reported getting coupons for free desserts or apps, and discounts.

LongHorn Steakhouse Birthday Rewards
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LongHorn Steakhouse

Birthdays come with free dessert for members of LongHorn’s rewards club. You’ll also get member-exclusive promotions and $5 for your next visit after completing your first transaction.

Friendly's
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Friendly's

Friendly's offers a free sundae on your birthday for you and your kids. Join their BFF Club to get your coupon by email.

Outback Steakhouse
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Outback Steakhouse

Get a free small sundae or dessert at Outback Steakhouse when you sign up for their Dine Rewards program.

Panera
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Panera

You get a free pastry or sweet from the bakery at Panera for your birthday. Sign up for the My Panera rewards program to get your coupon by email.

Cheesecake Factory
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Cheesecake Factory

If you somehow have room after a giant meal at Cheesecake Factory, you'll get a free ice cream sundae on your birthday. Sign up for their email newsletter to get your coupon. It'll go great with that slab of Oreo cheesecake.

The Melting Pot
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The Melting Pot

This fondue chain restaurant gives you a free half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries for your birthday and for signing up for their Club Fondue emails.

Johnny Rockets
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Johnny Rockets

Grab yourself a free hamburger when you purchase another entree and drink at Johnny Rockets on your birthday. Get the coupon through email when you sign up for the Rocket E-club.

Starbucks
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Starbucks

Starbucks is generous with their birthday rewards: They let you choose a free beverage or food item. Sign up for their rewards program and the free item will be automatically added to your account.

Cinnabon
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Cinnabon

Joining Club Cinnabon will get you a free birthday treat. What you get appears to be random, or perhaps based on your location. It may be a drink or a cinnamon roll, for instance. But you do get a coupon for a free Minibon when you sign up, so might as well take your chances.

Baker's Square
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Baker's Square

Who needs birthday cake when you can have pie? Join the Baker's Square eClub and get a coupon for a free slice of pie for your birthday. Plus, you'll get a coupon for 20% off when you sign up as well.

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Denny's

Denny's has one of the most well-known birthday rewards deals: a free Grand Slam breakfast meal.

Jersey Mike's
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Jersey Mike's

The East Coast sub chain gives you a free regular size sub for your birthday. Join their email club and they'll send you a coupon, which is good for an entire year.

Bubba Gump Shrimp
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Bubba Gump Shrimp

This seafood chain, based on characters from the movie "Forrest Gump," gives you a free $25 certificate to use during the month of your birthday. Sign up for their email club to get yours.

Cracker Barrel
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Cracker Barrel

Some Cracker Barrel locations will give you a free dessert (and song!) on your birthday without having to sign up for any programs. It's up to the franchisor though, so call ahead and see if they participate in this promotion before going.

Dairy Queen
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Dairy Queen

You'll get a BOGO coupon for a free Blizzard for your birthday at Dairy Queen. Sign up for the Fan Club to receive it.

Quiznos
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Quiznos

When you sign up for the Quiznos' QClub app, you'll get a coupon for a free 4-inch sub. You also get 10 bonus Toasty Points on your birthday.

Steak 'n Shake
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Steak 'n Shake

You'll definitely want to sign up for Steak 'n Shake's eClub. They send you a coupon for a free double steak burger and cheese fries when they sign up and a free milkshake on their birthday.

Dunkin' Donuts
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Ruby Tuesday
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Ruby Tuesday

Join Ruby Tuesday's So Connected club and get a coupon for a free burger for your birthday.

Jamba Juice
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Jamba Juice

At Jamba Juice, you'll get a free juice or smoothie for your birthday. Sign up for the Jamba Insider Rewards to get your coupon automatically around your birthday.

Pinkberry
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Pinkberry

You'll get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday at Pinkberry. Sign up for their Pinkcard loyalty program and download the app to get your coupon. (You'll also get a free frozen yogurt after you buy 10.)

Church's Chicken
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Church's Chicken

Pick from a free leg, thigh, or tender strip of chicken for your birthday at Church's Chicken. Get your coupon delivered to your inbox by signing up for their email club.

Joe's Crab Shack
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Joe's Crab Shack

Sign up for Joe's Catch E-club and you'll be emailed a coupon for a free treat around your birthday. You'll also get a free appetizer coupon just for signing up.

Krispy Kreme
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Krispy Kreme

At Krispy Kreme, you get a fresh, warm glazed donut free on your birthday, though participation may vary. Join the Friends of Krispy Kreme E-club and you'll get a free donut just for signing up.

McDonald's
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McDonald's

McDonald's sometimes gives out free Happy Meals for birthdays, but only to kids. It's also location dependent, so you may want to ask if they participate next time you're in the restaurant. Sign up for their email newsletter for more information.

Related: Why McDonald's Fries Used to Taste Better

Pizza Hut
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Pizza Hut

Sign up for the Hut Rewards program and get a coupon for a free order of cinnamon sticks. The only catch is that you must place your order online to redeem the offer.

Red Robin
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Red Robin

The chain known for burgers gives away — surprise! — a burger for birthdays. Join the Red Robin Royalty rewards program to get a free burger coupon that's good for the entire month of your birthday.

Old Country Buffet
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Old Country Buffet

Buffet fans will love the birthday freebie from Old Country Buffet. You'll get BOGO buffet meals for your birthday and just for signing up for their Crave Connection email club, too.

On the Border
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On the Border

Join On the Border's Club Cantina and receive a coupon for free queso on your birthday. You'll also get a coupon for free queso or sopapillas right away.

Rodizio Grill
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Rodizio Grill

If there's still room in your stomach after all that meat, you'll get a free dessert at Rodizio Grill for your birthday. Join Club Rodizio to get your offer by email that will be sent five days prior to your birthday.

Spaghetti Warehouse
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Spaghetti Warehouse

Spaghetti Warehouse has one of the most generous rewards programs. Join the Warehouse Club and get a free meal on your birthday.

TGI Fridays
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TGI Fridays

Sign up for TGI Friday's rewards program and you'll get a coupon for a free dessert. It's good for the entire month of your birthday, so you have plenty of time to use it.