Let’s be real. There are some days when you just don’t feel like cooking (or cleaning up afterward). But the thought of going out with the entire brood has you gripping your wallet for dear life. There’s a solution! From dependable diners to jazzier joints where parents can happily grab a much-needed cocktail, we’ve got you covered with the best free meals for kids all over the country.
This Irish-themed eatery features a mix of American favorites and Irish classics.
Only select locations participate in kids eat free nights, dolling out everything from cheesy pizza to chicken tacos.
This BBQ joint keeps it simple for kids with three equally delish options—chicken nuggets, a sandwich plate, or a meat plate.
Breakfast for dinner any day of the week? Yes, please! This deal comes and goes throughout the year, so just double check before you go.
Kids eat free every Tues. from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., making dinner easy.
At select locations, score one kids’ meal per each adult entrée purchased.
When: Tues. & Sat.
Head to your local IKEA for a free meal for kids 12 & under. Kids can get a freebie when an adult purchases a meal.
Steak ‘n Shake
Kids (aged 12 & under) get one free plate for every $9 you spend —dine-in only.
In the New York City area...
Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Kids 10 and under eat free any time and any day of the week. They’ll select from a kids’ menu featuring chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, hot dogs and a kids burger.
Scottadito Osteria Toscana
Kids get to select from a kids’ menu featuring pesto pasta and spaghetti with fresh plum tomatoes and meatballs. Yum!
Kids can go for the tried and true pizza, chicken fingers with fries, or spaghetti and meatballs, or branch out with options like chicken parmigiana or Milanese.
Kids 10 and under eat a hearty (free) meal featuring soup or salad, white rice, hibachi shrimp, chicken, steak or chicken fingers plus ice cream for dessert.
Kids 10 & under get one free kids’ meal, which includes interesting choices such as sliced steak with fries, at this neighborhood fave with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
Dine here, and your kids will eat free from 4 p.m. to closing. The only caveats: Kids have to be 12 & under and, natch, have to be accompanied by adults.
In the San Diego area...
Barra Barra Saloon
You'll gobble up chips and salsa, enchiladas and quesadillas here. Come anytime, and kids 10 & under eat free with a paying adult.
Voted best Italian restaurant by several different local magazines and foodie blogs, kids eat free Sunday evening after 5 p.m.
Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen
The ten and under crowd can choose one little chef’s meal with each adult entrée purchased.
Rockin Baja Lobster
While you have the lobster you half-pint ten-and-under can chow down a burger or mac n cheese with orange wedges (or fries) for free!
When: Sun. & Mon.
The Kebab Shop
Veggie skewers, a lamb doner, and saffron rice will get eaten up at this local hot spot. Kids 12 & under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree and drink.
When: Sat. & Sun.
Casa De Reyes
This popular Mexican restaurant in Old Town has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Hacienda Casa Blanca
Little eaters will enjoy the colorful decor, music and free meal on Mon. for kids 10 & under with paying adult.
Polish of an adult order of chow mein noodles (or another entree) and receive a free kid's meal that includes a drink.
Plenty of choices from a lobster roll and poke tacos to seared salmon and sweet and spicy bacon.
Down an order of Huevos Rancheros with a little hot sauce and your little sidekick can eat their eggs for free.
Hooley's Irish Pub
Kids 12 & under eat free with a paying adult.
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In the Seattle area...
You'll drink to this all-day deal! For each Ramune Soda purchase, one kid eats free, and this special includes a kid's drink, too!
Sand Point Grill
On Sun., Mon. and Tues., two kids eat free from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée.
Receive one free kid's meal with every full-priced entrée purchased to start your week off right!
Lucia: Italian Kitchen + Bar
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Big Fish Grill
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée from the regular menu. Psst! The seared wild salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies is popular with petite diners.
Hermann's Diner (Cattins Family Dining)
Located next to the main entrance at the Washington State Fairgrounds and Expo Center, this awesome restaurant offers two free kids meals per each adult entrée purchased.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Sink your teeth into this beginning of the week deal—on Mon., Tues. and Wed., kids receive a free kid's combo meal with the purchase of two adult combo meals.
Wedgewood Alehouse & Cafe
One kid eats free with the purchase of an adult or kid's entrée at regular price.
When: Mon. & Tues.
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
Kids eat free all day with their paying folks. Kids meals include carrots, a breadstick, cookie and beverage.
Whistle Stop Ale House
At this family owned and operated restaurant, one kid eats free from 4 p.m.-close with an adult purchase.
Spring Kitchen Restaurant
Two kids ages 10 & under eat free with a paying adult at this family-friendly restaurant serving fresh Vietnamese and Asian foods.
Kids receive one free kid’s meal for every adult entrée purchased. Plus, deals on beer for parents!
This is sort of a two-fer deal. Kids eat free from 5 p.m.–8 p.m with the purchase of an adult meal. And there's a play area in the back to keep the tykes busy while they wait for their food!
Lunchbox Laboratory: On Wed., from 5 p.m.-close, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult burger. All kids meals come with a choice of milk or soda. Choose from a cheeseburger, grilled cheese or corn dogs with tots.
Zippy’s Giant Burgers
Kids get a free Zippy the Yum Yum Burger Boy's Wacky Meal during Wed. Happy Hour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. One per purchase of a regular burger, side and drink.
Blue Star Cafe & Pub
Kids eat free from the kid’s menu from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Limited to two kids’ entrées for each adult entrée purchased.
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In the Los Angeles area...
The Fields LA
This indoor food hall offers must-eat grub from chicken and waffles to pizza (and everything in between). Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult order.
Taste at the Palisades
All day on Sun., kids can gobble up a free kid-sized pizza with each purchase of one full-sized pizza. Mangia!
Dad will love catching the Dodgers on the widescreen TVs, mom will dig the fab wine selection, and everyone will like the fact that kids (12 & under) eat free on Sun. and Mon. evenings.
When: Sun. & Mon.
Every week, Café 50’s hosts “Pee-Wee Wednesdays,” where littles get a free meal from the under 10-menu with every adult entrée purchased.
Kids (aged 10 and under) eat free from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. from the kids’ menu with each adult entrée purchased.
El Segundo Fish Company
Pint-sized pescatarians will dig Wednesdays at El Segundo Fish Company when kids eat free with each order of a regular entrée.
The Small Café:
If you’re in Long Beach on a Wed., snag one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased.
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In the San Francisco area...
Squat & Gobble
Free child’s entree with the purchase of an adult meal.
Celia’s by the Beach
Kids eat free at Familia Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. ’till closing.
One child entree free per purchase of an adult meal.
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack
One child’s pasta dish per adult entree.
When: Mon. & Tues.
High Tech Burrito
Free children’s meal per adult meal purchase.
Between 5 p.m.-9 p.m., score a kids meal free with the purchase of one adult entree.
Kids 12 & under eat free with the purchase of any adult entree.
Goodies Good Eats
Get your nom on here where kids 10 & under receive one free meal per paid adult entree.
Black Bear Diner
Kids bring in their teddy bears for Teddy Bear Tuesdays and eat free.
Kids eat free (4 p.m.-close) with purchase of an adult meal. 4 p.m.–close.
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In the D.C. metro area....
The Kids’ Club for kids 12 & under comes with perks such as a free kid-size shake with dinner on Kids’ Night and a free meal on your birthday.
When: Tues. and birthdays
At this craft beer-, sustainability-focused restaurant, kids eat free all day Tues., and entrees are usually $8.
Children ages 10 & younger get a free item from the kid’s menu for each traditional or house specialty pizza ordered.
Whitlow’s on Wilson
Part bar, part dance club, part Sunday brunch spot, Whitlow’s offers one child 10 or younger a free meal with the purchase of an adult meal.