It’s finally the weekend! Whether you’re celebrating all that you accomplished over the last five days or you’re just grateful that the week is over, you might be looking to take the kids out to eat. Although Friday is one of the most difficult days to find free kid’s meals, we have done the research to create this list of restaurants where kids eat free on Fridays, as well as places where kids eat free every day. While we have tried to make this guide as comprehensive as possible, it’s a good idea to check with your local restaurant to make sure that the same deals are available at your location.

In This Article:

  • Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free on Fridays

  • Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Every Day

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free on Fridays

McAlister’s Deli

  • The deal: Kids eat for free or for a discounted price (typically around $1.50). The exact details of this promotion are set by the restaurant owner and can vary by location; call your local McAlister’s Deli to find out about the available promotions at that restaurant.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: The deal is typically offered on Fridays; times may vary by location.
  • Restrictions: Age restrictions and purchase requirements vary by location.
  • See the McAlister’s Deli menu. (Note that specific menu options vary by location.)
  • Find a McAlister’s Deli near you.
  • Additional information: Not all McAlister’s offer free meals for kids on Friday and deals may vary. One McAlister’s Deli in Huntsville, AL, for example, offers a $1.50 kid’s meal when customers dine in on Friday. The deal depends on the location and is based on the discretion of the owner. Although not specified on the McAlister’s website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Firehouse Subs

  • The deal: At some Firehouse Subs locations, kids eat free on Fridays with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: The deal is typically offered on Fridays; times may vary by location.
  • Restrictions: Age restrictions and purchase requirements vary by location. Contact your local Firehouse Subs for details.
  • See the Firehouse Subs menu.
  • Find a Firehouse Subs near you.
  • Additional information: Not all Firehouse Subs offer free meals for kids on Friday and deals may vary. One Firehouse Subs in Germantown, TN, for example, offers a Friday and Saturday deal after 4 PM where two kids eat free with each adult meal, chips, and drink purchase. The deal depends on the location and is determined by the franchise owner. We contacted a Firehouse Subs customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Every Day

Café Rio

  • The deal: Free kid’s quesadilla for dine-in orders.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day.
  • Restrictions: Only for kids six and under; the only food option available for the deal is the cheese quesadilla.
  • See the Cafe Rio menu.
  • Find a Café Rio near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Café Rio website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Cici’s Pizza

  • The deal: Kids under three eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day.
  • Restrictions: Kids must be three and under. This promotion is only available with the purchase of an adult buffet. Some local franchises will also run specials where kids older than three can eat for free; check with your local Cici’s restaurant for more information.
  • See the Cici’s Pizza menu.
  • Find a Cici’s Pizza near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Cici’s website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

IHOP

  • The deal: Get one free item from the kid’s menu with purchase of an adult entree.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day from 4 PM – 10 PM.
  • Restrictions: This promotion is only available at certain locations — check with your local IHOP for more information.
  • See the IHOP menu.
  • Find an IHOP near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the IHOP website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que

  • The deal: At some locations, kids eat free. The promotion varies by location.
  • Days, times, and locations the deal is valid:
    • Bangor, ME: Free kid’s meal when dining in with every adult meal.
    • Hoover, Vestavia, and Trussville locations in Birmingham, AL: Kids under 10 eat free after 5 PM with purchase of an adult meal.
    • Eagle, CO: Free kid’s meal when dining in with every adult meal.
    • Hendersonville, NC: Kids under 10 eat for free after 4 PM.
    • South Portland, ME: Free kid’s meal for kids under 12 with every adult meal when dining in.
  • See the Moe’s Original Bar B Que menu.
  • Find a Moe’s Original Bar B Que near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Moe’s Bar B Que website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Quizno’s

  • The deal: Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: All day, every day (at participating locations).
  • Restrictions: Only available at some locations. Please contact your local Quizno’s for more information.
  • See the Quizno’s menu.
  • Find a Quizno’s near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Quizno’s website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Golden Corral

  • The deal: Kids under three eat free.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day.
  • Restrictions: The deal only applies to kids under three years old; check with your server for other restrictions at your local restaurant.
  • See the Golden Corral menu.
  • Find a Golden Corral near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Golden Corral website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Shoney’s

  • The deal: Kids under four eat free.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: All day, every day.
  • Restrictions: The deal is valid with purchase of an adult entree.
  • See the Shoney’s menu.
  • Find a Shoney’s near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the Shoney’s website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

On the Border Mexican Grill

  • The deal: Children receive a free sundae or mini sopapillas with kid’s meal purchase.
  • Days and times the deal is valid: Every day.
  • Restrictions: The deal is available for kids 12 and younger. Free dessert comes with purchase of a kid’s meal (the beverage may or may not be included, depending on the location).
  • See the On the Border menu.
  • Find an On the Border near you.
  • Additional information: Although not specified on the On the Border website, we contacted a customer service representative who confirmed this information.

Holiday Inn

  • The deal: Up to four kids ages 12 and under eat free in any Holiday Inn onsite restaurant (valid for registered guests only).
  • Days and times the deal is valid: All day, every day.
  • Restrictions: The deal is available only for registered guests staying at a Holiday Inn hotel; does not apply to room service.
  • The menu for Holiday Inn onsite restaurants varies by location.
  • Find a Holiday Inn near you.
  • See more about the kid’s specials on the Holiday Inn website.

In Summary

So there you have it — the list of places where your kids eat for free on Fridays, or any other day of the week. If you want to go out to eat with the family and still save money, these places should do the trick. Whether you’re planning for Friday night dinner or another time during the week, finding a restaurant that offers free kid’s meals is always a welcome opportunity to enjoy time with your family without worrying about the bill.