Finding a dinner spot on a budget can be difficult, especially with kids in tow. We assembled a list of delicious restaurants where kids eat for free! Early week (Monday-Wednesday) is a popular time for free kids meals, so pack up the crew and be sure to check out some of our recommended local San Diego eats.

Big Kahuna’s – Looking for the comfort of American cuisine with a little island flavor? Big Kahuna’s totes their signature cheesy, garlic-y and buttery “Kahuna Balls” as the perfect appetizer. Come by Tuesdays after 4:00 pm for a free kid’s meal after ordering a juicy burger or teriyaki chicken for yourself.

3780 Ingraham Street
(between Moorland Drive & La Playa Avenue)
San Diego, Ca 92109
858-270-9200

Bangin’ Burgers – Abandon everything you thought you knew about burgers, because Bangin’ Burgers promotes a bizarre “peanut butter and bacon” burger that is deceptively delicious. Regardless of your burger palate, the Beer Battered Onion Rings, Mozzarella Bites, Cajun and Sweet Potato Fries are sure to compliment any choice on the menu. Kids eat for free on Tuesdays.

7070 Miramar Road (at Carroll Road)
San Diego, Ca 92121
858-578-8000

Borelli’s – Like most family-run Italian restaurants, Borelli’s offers a comprehensive menu that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Pastas, pizzas and sandwiches are all served in generous portions, so nobody leaves hungry. Visit Borelli’s on a Monday, when kids eat for free.

285 N El Camino Real (between Encinitas Boulevard & Via Molena)
Ste 106
Encinitas, Ca 92024
760-436-1501

Ruby’s Diner – Ruby’s offers classic diner food in a nostalgic atmosphere. Kids are sure to love the red vinyl booths and creamy shakes. Faithful followers and visiting tourists often crowd the diner. Tuesdays after 4:00 pm kids can enjoy their meals for free.

5630 Paseo Del Norte (between Car Country Drive & Palomar Airport Road)
Carlsbad, Ca 92008
760-931-7829

El Ranchero – San Diego hosts some of the most delicious and authentic Mexican food around and El Ranchero is no exception. Upon arriving, expect to be greeted by the owner, Narcizo, before sitting down to enjoy a juicy carne asada burrito and a hearty bowl of menudo soup. Kids meals are free on Mondays and Wednesdays.

1565 N Santa Fe Avenue
Vista, Ca 92084
760-941-0749

Extreme Pita –Need quick and healthy food to go? Visit Extreme Pita on a Tuesday for their “Kids eat free” deal. The Kebob Pita and Falafel are recommended favorites, so if you’re in the mood for Mediterranean munchies bring the family by Extreme Pita.

8250 Mira Mesa Boulevard (between Camino Ruiz & Target Driveway)
San Diego, Ca 92126
858-271-7482

Know of any other restaurants to add to the list? Feel free to comment below on your favorite “kids eat free” spot in San Diego!

-Scott Wardell