Boston Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

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

Little boy eating a burger
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DINNER MADE EASY

Kids are expensive, and getting the family together for an affordable meal can be difficult. Luckily, there are many restaurants in the Boston area where kids eat free or cheap, from burger and pizza joints to fine dining establishments. Check out our list of the top spots to grab a bite in Boston with kids in tow each day of the week. Be sure to check with the restaurant first to verify the promotion, and also be mindful of age, time, and menu restrictions. If you're looking for options beyond the Boston area, see our nationwide list of 50 places where kids eat free.

Skip ahead to check out the restaurants nearest you:

Happy face pancake from IHOP in Brighton, MA
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IHOP

1850 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, 02135

16 Eliot St. #18
Cambridge, 02138

(617) 354-0999

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.

Mac and cheese from the Frogmore
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THE FROGMORE

365 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, 02130

(857) 203-9462

When:Every day 5-6:30 p.m.
Ages: Not specified
Details: Kids eat free off the kids' menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Frogmore. Any other time of day, kids' menu items are $6. Classic options include a green salad, chicken tenders, glazed carrots, a cheeseburger, or mac and cheese.

Beef teriyaki from Samba Steak and Sushi
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SAMBA STEAK & SUSHI

1138 Worcester Road (Route 9E)
Framingham, 01702

(508) 628-0288

When:Sunday during lunch or dinner
Ages: 10 and under
Details: For "Family Sundays," kids get a free lunch or dinner, as well as free cotton candy. There's also a house magician from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kids menu chicken with fries and carrots
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THE KIRKLAND TAP & TROTTER

425 Washington St.
Somerville, 02143

(857) 259-6585

When:Sunday to Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: Not specified
Details: Kids eat free from the kids' menu at The Kirkland when accompanied by an adult. Options include a beef burger, fish and chips, spaghetti, and more. Ask about the special kids' sundae, too.

Interior of Dockside restaurant in Wakefield
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DOCKSIDE

229 Centre St.
Malden, 02148
(781) 321-3000

1099 Main St.
Wakefield, 01880
(781) 245-0200

When:Sunday to Thursday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Kids eat free at Dockside with purchase of an adult entree. All kids' meals include a choice of soft drink or 1 percent milk, and an ice cream bar for dessert. Bonus: The Malden location has arcade games, a pool table, and air hockey.

Hale Street Tavern sign close up
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HALE STREET TAVERN

717 Hale St.
Beverly, 01915
(978) 922-9232

When:Sunday
Ages: Not specified
Details: Corn dogs, pasta, even sushi rolls -- all are free from the kids' menu with purchase of an adult entree (one kids' meal per entree).

Steak tavern special at John Brewers Tavern in Malden, MA
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JOHN BREWERS TAVERN, MALDEN

7 Highland Ave.
Malden, 02148

(781) 324-8800

When:Monday 5-10:30 p.m.
Ages: 12 and under
Details: When you order one dinner salad or Tavern Specialties menu item, you get two kids' meals for free.

Chicken salad from John Brewer's Tavern in Waltham, MA
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JOHN BREWERS TAVERN, WALTHAM

39 Main St.
Waltham, 02453

(781) 894-9700

When:Monday 5-11 p.m.
Ages: 12 and under
Details: When you order one dinner salad or Tavern Specialties menu item, you get two kids' meals free.

Chicken tenders and fries from Farm Bar & Grille
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FARM BAR & GRILLE

233 Western Ave.
Essex, 01929
(978) 768-0000

When:Monday all day
Ages: Not specified
Details: Get two free kids' meals for every one adult entree purchase of $15 or more at Farm Bar & Grille on Mondays. Kids can choose any item, excluding ribs, from the children's menu. All meals come with choice of fries or veggies.

Two kids sipping on drinks at Friendly's
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FRIENDLY'S

560 Arsenal St.
Watertown, 02472

(617) 924-3068

1111 Lexington St.
Waltham, 02452

(781) 899-5887

When:Monday to Wednesday 4 p.m. to close
Ages: Not specified
Details: All kids' meals are half price with the purchase of any adult entree at Friendly's. Each kids' meal comes with an entree, beverage, and ice cream. That's sure to make the kids happy.

Pepperoni pizza from Polcari's Woburn
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POLCARI'S, WOBURN

309 Montvale Ave.
Woburn, 01801
(781) 938-1900

When:Tuesday 5-8:30 p.m.
Ages: Not specified
Details: Although not exactly free, a kids' meal at Polcari's is just $1 on Tuesdays. Plus, there's a live magician for entertainment. Dinner and a show for $1? Sounds like a deal.

Swedish meatballs from Ikea
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IKEA

1 Ikea Way
Stoughton, 02072
(888) 888-4532

When:Tuesday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Get two free kids' meals at Ikea with the purchase of one adult entree. Go with the classic Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and vegetables for a true Ikea experience.

View of outdoor seating at Tides Restaurant in Nahant
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TIDES RESTAURANT & PUB

2 Wilson Road
Nahant, 01908
(781) 593-7500

When:Tuesday 4-9 p.m.
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Head to the beach and let the kids eat free with purchase of an adult entree at Tides. There's also a live magician on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Village Manor
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THE VILLAGE MANOR

427 Sprague St.
Dedham, 02026
(781) 407-9191

When:Tuesday
Ages: 12 and under
Details: Get one kids' meal for each adult entree at The Village Manor. On Thursdays, take the whole family and get half off pizzas until 7 p.m.

Ruby Tuesday in Wrentham
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RUBY TUESDAY

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
1 Outlet Blvd #800
Wrentham, 02093
(508) 384-5213

When:Tuesday 5 p.m. to close
Ages: Not specified
Details: Get one free kids' entree per adult entree purchased every Tuesday at Ruby Tuesday. Choose from pizza, pasta, popcorn shrimp, and more.

Chef preparing food on the hibachi
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OSAKA JAPANESE SUSHI & STEAK HOUSE

14 Green St.
Brookline, 02446
(617) 732-0088

When:Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 3-5:30 p.m.
Ages: 12 and under
Details: At Osaka, kids can receive a children's size hibachi meal free when accompanied by an adult. The choices are chicken, steak, shrimp, and scallop.

Fried shrimp with fries and corn
Photo credit: Joanna S./yelp.com

99 RESTAURANT & PUB

Many locations in the Boston area.

When:The day after a Red Sox win
Ages: 10 and under
Details: When the Red Sox win, kids ages 10 and under can receive a free meal from the kids' menu with the purchase of adult entree. Child must be present to redeem the offer, and only one free meal is allowed per adult entree. Not valid in New York and Stratford or Danbury, Connecticut.

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