Summertime feeding schedules for kids can be totally bananas. The endless snacking and three square meals a day add up to a ton of meal prep, not to mention a lot of dough. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there are plenty of restaurants in San Diego where kids can eat for free (or super cheap)! We’ve done the footwork and found 23 yummy places for you to take your hungry crew. So turn off your stovetop and scroll through our slideshow to see where there really IS such thing as a free lunch (or breakfast, or dinner).


You can customize your burger on a fresh-baked bun at this self-serve restaurant. After 4 p.m. on Mondays, this joint gets packed with little ones with the buy one adult meal, get a kid’s meal for 99 cents. Kid’s meal includes an entrée, side, kid’s drink, and a cookie for dessert.

Mira Mesa Shopping Center
8285 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92126

Mission Valley
891 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, Ca 92108

La Mesa
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, Ca 91942

Chula Vista
340 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, Ca 91910

Borelli’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Got a spaghetti-loving crew? This local’s spot serves up a good-sized free kid’s meal with each adult entrée all day on Mondays. Good to know that drinks are additional, and run about $2 each.

285 N. El Camino Real
Ste. 106
Encinitas, CA 92024

Casa De Reyes
This popular Mexican restaurant in Old Town has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Go on Mondays and kids 10 and under eat free with a paying adult. Stroll the sights after dinner.

2754 Calhoun St.
San Diego, Ca 92110

Hacienda Casa Blanca
Little eaters will enjoy the colorful decor, music and free meal on Mondays for kids 10 and under with paying adult.

700 North Johnson Ave.
El Cajon, Ca 92020

photo: Fuddruckers


Do you know of a kids eat free (or almost free) deal? Tell us about it in the comments below.

––Nikki Walsh