Kids Eat Free Deals: 50 Restaurants With Free Meal Deals for Children

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(Some restaurants, such as Romano's Macaroni Grill, offer free meals on more than one day. Check other days of the week for details.)

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For many parents, a kids-eat-free deal practically inspires giddiness. It combines two rare treats: a night off from cooking and a chance to save some money. So, here's our gift to exhausted parents far and wide: 50 restaurants where kids can eat free. It's always a good idea to call the restaurant to verify a deal is being offered. Some offers vary by location.

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FRICKERS | ALL WEEK


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: Free children's meal with the purchase of a kids' beverage and an adult meal. Dine-in only.
Where: Ohio-based chain with more than 20 locations, including restaurants in Michigan and Indiana. Participation varies by location.

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O'CHARLEY'S RESTAURANT + BAR | ALL WEEK


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: One free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Child's beverage not included. Dine-in only.
Where: Nashville, TN-based chain with more than 200 locations in 17 states

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CAFÉ RIO | ALL WEEK


Ages: 6 and under
The Deal: Café Rio offers free Niño Quesadillas all day, every day. No purchase necessary.
Where: All nine locations in Maryland and Virginia

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EAT'N PARK | ALL WEEK


Ages: 5 and under
The Deal: Free salad bar meal for kids accompanied by an adult who has bought a salad bar meal. Free cookie or apple after the meal. The restaurant also provides free baby food, bibs, crackers, celery, and carrot sticks upon request.
Where: Dozens of locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia

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POP'S DINER CO. | ALL WEEK


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal per $8 spent on an adult entree all day, every day. Dine-in only.
Where: Three locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, VA

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CULVER’S | ALL WEEK


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Kids’ meals come with tokens for  a free cone or dish of frozen custard, with dishes coming with a free topping.

Where: Wisconsin eatery that’s grown to more than 600 sites across 24 states.

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SHONEY’S | ALL WEEK


Ages: 4 and under
The Deal: Children eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

Where: Founded in West Virginia, this chain has locations in 17 states.

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PLANET SUB | MONDAY


Ages: Not provided
The Deal: Free kids' meal selection all day, typically with a paid adult meal.
Where: Kansas City, MO-based chain with locations in several states. Deal available only in Missouri, Kansas, and Arizona.

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GUNTHER TOODY'S DINER | MONDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: One free kids' meal with every adult meal bought between 11 a.m. and closing. Includes beverage and dessert. Not available for takeout.
Where: Denver, CO-area chain with six locations

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BRITISH BEER CO. | MONDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free kids' meal all day with the purchase of an adult entree.
Where: Massachusetts and New Hampshire

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MORETTI'S RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA | MONDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free kids' meals after 4 p.m.
Where: Participating locations in the Chicago, IL, suburbs

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FAMOUS ANTHONY'S | MONDAY AND SATURDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: From 3 p.m. until closing on Mondays and noon until closing on Saturdays, get one free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Offer excludes soups, sides, and chili combos. Dine-in only.
Where: Roanoke, VA-based chain

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CODY'S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE | MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: For each paying adult, two kids eat free from the kids' menu (regular prices up to $6).
Where: Clearwater, FL-based chain with 17 locations

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ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL | MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal with each purchase of an adult entree. Not valid with Kitchen Counter Express entrees or 3 Course Lunch.
Where: Nationwide chain with locations in at least 30 states

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RUMBI ISLAND GRILL | MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free kids' meal after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
Where: Salt Lake City, UT-based chain with restaurants in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah

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LAS MARGARITAS | MONDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meals (regularly $4.25).
Where: This Ohio chain has five locations

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BOB EVANS | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Kids eat free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
Where: Ohio-based chain with restaurants in more than 20 states

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UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meal or gluten-free thin-crust pizza with the purchase of an adult meal all day.
Where: Boston, MA-headquartered chain with restaurants in 21 states

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MANNY'S ORIGINAL CHOPHOUSE | MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: Two free kids' meals with each paying adult. Dine-in only.
Where: Central Florida chain

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RUBY TUESDAY | TUESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult meal from 5 p.m. until closing.
Where: Tennessee-based chain with restaurants in dozens of states

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RUBY'S DINER | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meals available from 4 p.m. until closing.
Where: California-based chain with more than 30 restaurants in at least five states. Check with a local Ruby's to confirm availability.

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ATLANTA BREAD CO. | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal per adult meal bought during dinner hours. Kids can choose a sandwich, a cup of soup, pizza, or pasta.
Where: Georgia-based chain with restaurants in at least eight states. Days and times vary by location, so check with your local Atlanta Bread.

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PLUCKERS | TUESDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: Two free kids' meals with the purchase of each adult meal.
Where: Austin, TX-based chain with restaurants in Louisiana, as well

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K&W CAFETERIA | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Up to two kids' meals per paying adult. Meal includes entree, vegetable, bread, beverage, and dessert. Dine-in only.
Where: North Carolina-based chain with more than 30 restaurants in four states

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IKEA | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Up to two free children's entrees (regularly $2.50) with the purchase of an adult entree costing $4 or more from 11 a.m. until restaurant closing. Food options include chicken meatballs, vegetable balls, penne pasta, chicken tenders, and grilled chicken breast.
Where: Stores across the United States

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LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL | TUESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meals 5 to 9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
Where: At least seven locations in Florida and one in Texas

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TGI FRIDAY'S | TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free children's meal with each purchase of an adult meal.

Where: Texas-based chain with more than 900 restaurants in 60-plus countries.

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BONEFISH MAC'S | TUESDAY OR THURSDAY


Ages: Not Specified
The Deal: Kids eat free all day Tuesday at the Coral Springs, Port St. Lucie, and Wellington, Florida, locations. The deal is available on Thursdays at the Lighthouse Point location.
Where: South Florida chain

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MARIE CALLENDER'S | TUESDAY AND SATURDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meal with each adult entree purchased, with the lower-priced kids' meal off when there are more than. Dine-in only. Not available on holidays -- and Saturday deals are available at only some locations .
Where: More than 60 restaurants in California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah

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MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL | WEDNESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult entree.
Where: Nationwide chain based in Atlanta, GA

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COLTER'S | WEDNESDAY


Ages: Not provided
The Deal: Free kids' meal with the purchase of a full-price adult meal ($7 and up).
Where: Dallas, TX-area chain with three locations

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DUFFY'S SPORTS GRILL | WEDNESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: One free kids' meal with each adult entree bought at any time of day.
Where: Florida chain with more than 30 locations

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PENNE POMODORO | WEDNESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Kids can choose any item from the children's menu for free. Limit two kids per adult meal bought.
Where: Dallas, TX-area chain with three locations

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ZARDA | WEDNESDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Free kids' meal with the purchase of an $11 adult meal.
Where: Lenexa, KS, and Blue Springs, MO

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HOBEE'S | WEDNESDAY


Ages: Under 10
The Deal: One free kids' entree per adult after 4 or 5 p.m., depending on location 
Where: Palo Alto, CA-based chain with six locations

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SERRANOS | WEDNESDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: One free kids' meal per adult meal.
Where: Austin, TX-based chain with four locations

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LUBY'S | WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal per adult meal bought from 11 a.m. until closing. Dine-in only.
Where: Houston, TX-based chain with nearly 100 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi

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NEW YORK PIZZA DEPT. | WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal with the purchase of a small pizza, pasta entree, hero, or large salad -- or two free kids' meals with a medium, large, or Sicilian pizza -- after 4 p.m. Children's meal options (regularly up to $5) include Fiori's Famous Pizza Bites, spaghetti and meatballs, cheese ravioli, and mac and cheese. The meals come with a beverage and ice cream sundae. Dine-in only.
Where: Phoenix, AZ-based chain with 12 restaurants in Arizona

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STEAK 'N SHAKE | SATURDAY AND SUNDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: With every $9 adult meal, get one free kids' plate. Dine-in only.
Where: Indianapolis, IN-based chain with more than 500 locations nationwide

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DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT | SUNDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal costing at least $10.
Where: More than 530 locations in 43 states

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THE PASTA HOUSE | SUNDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Free kids' meals available all day.
Where: St. Louis, MO-based chain with at least 16 locations

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ARRIBA MEXICAN GRILL | SUNDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: Kids eat free all day.
Where: Phoenix, AZ-area chain with six locations

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BLUE MESA SOUTHWEST GRILL | SUNDAY


Ages: 5 and under
The Deal: Free brunch buffet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. when an adult gets a paid buffet. Some locations have a similar deal for Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Dallas, TX-area chain with five locations

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D'AMICO & SONS | SUNDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal with each adult purchase of a meal. Dine-in only. 
Where: Seven locations in Minnesota; one in Naples, FL

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SAM & LOUIE'S | SUNDAY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: One free kids' meal for every $12 spent.
Where: Nebraska-based chain with locations in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, and Wisconsin

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ZEBB'S | SUNDAY


Ages: Under 10
The Deal: Free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Beverage not included.
Where: Five locations in upstate New York

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TUMBLEWEED TEX MEX GRILL | SUNDAY


Ages: 10 and under
The Deal: One free meal from the kids' menu with every adult entree. Dine-in only.
Where: Louisville, KY-based chain with locations in Indiana and Ohio

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J.B. DAWSON'S | SUNDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: One free child's meal per entree ordered.
Where: Pennsylvania-based chain with four locations

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THE CLADDAGH | SUNDAY


Ages: Not specified
The Deal: From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.
Where: Ohio-based chain with 10 locations, including restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania

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CHILI'S | ONE TIME ONLY


Ages: 12 and under
The Deal: Chili's offers coupons via email for a free kids' meal with the purchase of one adult meal. To sign up, visit https://www.chilis.com/rewards. (Some locations have been known to offer weekly deals.)
Where: Nationwide chain with locations in every state

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