How to Score Free Birthday Meals, Appetizers, Desserts, and Discounts

Did you know that you can get free birthday meals at restaurants to help you celebrate each year?!?!!

The list below features more than 90 places across the USA that offer food birthday freebies each year. Take advantage of free breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, coffee, and more at popular restaurants from casual to fine dining.

 

Birthday Freebies at Restaurants, Cafés, and Coffee Shops

Many people I know will gladly stretch their birthday celebrations to a “birthday week” or even to a “birthday month“. Fortunately, there are also plenty of restaurants that agree with this approach and allow you to redeem your birthday freebie for weeks!

Click the restaurant name to go ahead and sign up or click “see details” to learn more about the current birthday freebies.

 

Birthday Freebies at Cafés and Coffee Shops

These locations open early to help you start your day off right. Sign up to take advantage of these free offers and start the day with great birthday deals for breakfast and lunch!

Birthday Donuts with Colorful Frosting & Sprinkles

Free Birthday Donuts with Colorful Frosting & Sprinkles

 

Birthday Freebies at Casual Dining Restaurants

Grab a few friends and enjoy an easy meal at one of these casual restaurants with birthday freebies. Enjoy free entrees, desserts, and full meals for up to a month long!

Free Birthday Meals at Restaurants

Free Birthday Meals at Restaurants

 

Birthday Freebies at Fast Food Restaurants

Grab a quick birthday bite at these fast-food restaurants and enjoy free birthday offers!

Free Birthday Gifts at Fast Food Restaurants

Free Birthday Gifts at Fast Food Restaurants

 

Birthday Freebies at Fine Dining & Steakhouses

Treat yourself to a fantastic meal for your birthday with these birthday freebies that include discounts, free desserts, free meals, or other great birthday bonus treats!

Free Birthday Meals at Fine Restaurants

Free Birthday Meals at Fine Restaurants & Steakhouses

 

Birthday Freebies at Dessert, Sweet, & Snack Shops

Indulging your sweet tooth on your birthday will feel a little less guilty with a free birthday treat!

Free Birthday Sweets Birthday Candles on Cupcakes

Free Birthday Sweets Birthday Candles on Cupcakes

 

Tips for Getting Free Birthday Meals

The locations above make it easy for you to sign up and get your free birthday gifts. However, each restaurant rewards program is unique and they will all have different redemption requirements. Follow these tips to make sure that you get the most out of your birthday offers.

 

Sign Up Early

Sign up for your freebies at least a few weeks in advance of your birthday. There are two main reasons for this:

  • The gift email lists that the restaurants make are usually prepared weeks in advance
  • Some restaurants only send gifts at the beginning of the month

 

Check Offer Details and Fine Print

Each gift is unique and retailers often change their gifts from one year to the next. Make sure to be aware of common redemption requirements including:

  • Minimum purchase amounts
  • Expiration date
  • Blackout dates
  • ID requirements
  • Account numbers
  • Printed and/or electronic coupons
  • Installed app on smart device

 

Tips for Dining Out at Restaurants

Most of these restaurants will do everything they can to make sure that you have an impressive meal that exceeds all expectations. Occasionally there may be some surprises during your visit, but planning ahead and having these types of items can make sure that you can tackle tough issues like:

 

Keep Personal Items Close

These different styles of folding hooks make sure that your bag is close by and does not need to rest on the floor.

 

Read Small Print or in Low Light

Make sure you can always read a dessert menu, no matter how dim or romantic the lighting may be.

 

Be Ready for Culinary Adventure

Feel confident in ordering the spiciest dishes — you’ll be ready with lots of tissues in case you find that your sinuses have suddenly opened up.

 

Quickly Clean Stains

These small items fit easily in your bag and will make sure that no stains will set into your clothing.

 

Freshen Your Smile

These dental tools are small and easy to travel with so that you are never caught off guard by something stuck in your teeth.

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Happy Birthday and Bon Apetit!

78 Responses

  1. Bernard Breytenbach says:

    This is amazing. I only knew a few places that does this and some of course never provide this offer. I am certain there nyst be very strict rules in order to obtain these specials, because sadly there will always be users that lie its their birthday and try to obtain a free gift or discount. That is most likely the reason why many places do not offer these specials. But, tgank you for the share.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Bernard, Click the “see details” link next to the offer to learn more about the rules for redeeming free birthday food. A few places do require proof of your actual birthdate, but most places just let you pick any date that you want without the need for proof. In fact, the birthday offer from Wingstop makes light of the situation and says they will pretend like it’s your birthday even if it isn’t!

      I prefer that only a few companies have my actual birthdate, so I often use a different date in order to keep my personal data more secure.

  2. Lily says:

    What a fantastic list of free gift and meal venues for birthdays. I actually never thought about this but in a family household it could become a regular thing and we all have our favorite venues. I gather that these are all places in the US but I’m sure that there must be places in Australia that want to promote their venues. I will be looking around to make my own local list now that you have bought it to my attention.

    Thanks so much for all your hard work.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Lily, Thanks for checking in from Australia! This list is of free birthday food at restaurants in USA, but I would imagine if you check the websites of your favorite local restaurants, that you’ll be able to find some great free deals near you as well. 

  3. Leahrae says:

    Oh this is great information!  And my son’s and my birthday are both coming up.   I am going to click on the link and sign up for a few.  Would love to get a free birthday meal!  What a great post this is.  Benihana is first on my list.  And $25 off no less, which is awesome!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Leahrae, The Benihana birthday offer is very generous and certainly helps to celebrate the special day! Enjoy!

  4. Victor Johnson says:

    Wow, this article was really a huge shocker and an eye opener as well, I never knew that there was an opportunity like this with SO MANY FREE MEALS AND FOOD. I know many out there do not know about it as well, so I shared this with some of the huge restaurant fans that I know. I expect they are going to be very happy to learn about all of these opportunities for birthday freebies for foodies!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Victor, These companies are smart to offer a free birthday gift as an annual thanks for your business. I usually have fond memories of birthday celebrations, and those associations can often extend to feeling good about the place where the celebrations occur, usually at a great restaurant!

  5. Rich Gilbert says:

    I love getting free stuff. It was the highlight of some of our meals when my dad would pick someone in the group to be a “birthday person” Having the servers come up and sing to the individual was pretty funny when it wasn’t their birthday. The free dessert is a nice touch by some of my favorites. I never even thought about asking for birthday extras to some of these places on your list. Thanks for putting this together. I will seek out more in a few months on my next Birthday.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Rich, These free birthday meals are a nice way to let yourself be spoiled on your birthday. Most of the companies don’t require proof of your birth date, so I imagine there are a lot of folks who chose a day to celebrate that isn’t actually their birthday. Enjoy!

  6. Rachel Sopp says:

    thanks so much for compiling this list!! YOU ARE THE REAL MVP!
    How often do you update? A few of these have changed since last year. Applebees this year is only giving $5 off $25 instead of free dessert, Einstein bros is now a free bagel and shmear w/ purchase, Zaxby’s gave a free snak plate meal, and Marcos this year was a whole free small 1 topping!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Rachel, The offers generally change once a year and I try to keep up with the changes as they come through my inbox. Thanks so much for sharing the updates that you found for 2020 — I will double check on those an update the lists!

  7. Feji ben says:

    Wow, i must say i like your work on this article, Who doesn’t love dessert and one a birthday it would be one of the biggest surprises that one could give to a celebrant. i really like these ideas that you have given out i hope it works for me as i would like to try it out for my sisters birthday.

  8. David nelson says:

    Hello there, thanks for sharing this awesome article i know it would help a lot of people as it has been of great help to me.If ther is one thing i like about food is dessert and when it comes to a birthday function desserts is a must-have for me….i really like these once there is a lot to  choose from.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi David, With over 100 great offers, it’s easy to find a few that will appeal to almost everyone!! Enjoy!!

  9. Sheddy Ovb says:

    Did you just mention that there are amazing restaurant free birthday meals and gifts that are eligible to help me celebrate my birthday for each year? Wow this is amazing indeed. I am so glad am seeing this article. My birthday is very very close, I am seeing going to make use of this opportunity. Thanks for sharing.

    The tips for enjoying restaurant meals are cool, i pretty love smilling but am sure going to work on the other tips.

  10. Fabian says:

    It is great to learn of so many places where I can do a quick online sign up and get so many free birthday things to eat (or drink). I like that I can enjoy some of them on my actual birthday, but that so many of the birthday food offers are good for a birthday week, two, or for my full birthday month. This really gives me even more reason to stretch out the birthday celebrations. I love to celebrate, and this really does give me an excuse to enjoy my birthday for a full month. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Fabian, I’m glad you’re going to be able to enjoy a handful of these great birthday food offers! There are a lot of really tasty options to choose from!!

  11. JRandZen says:

    Thank you for sharing this information about so many programs that one can take advantage of and get free birthday food. Your list is truly impressive!

    It is amazing that even fine dining restaurants and steakhouses offer birthday discounts, free meals and other birthday treats and surprises. 

    We fully agree that these programs are too good to be missed. Once everything goes back to pre-COVID days, we will surely take advantage of these.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi, I’m not sure when your birthday is, but go ahead and sign up for these great birthday offers. Many places are honoring their birthday offers for their customers who are currently ordering takeout and delivery.

  12. Marthagirl says:

    Wow thanks for this lovely article….thanks for compiling this article about some free birthday meal place where we can go and have a good treat. most  time I don’t  tell anyone about my birthday . sometimes it’s because I don’t have the money to celebrate it.but I never knew that we can get a free treat for birthday.It is so amazing  and this post will help alot of persons just like me.

    • Alyce says:

      I can understand that sometimes you just want to lay low and let those birthdays sneak on by… but when you can get FREE food and treats for your birthday, you have an easy way to enjoy the day without feeling too guilty about a splurge!

  13. Alexy says:

    Great article

    Birthdays are awesome and memorable event, i love and enjoy birthdays especially that of family member, birthdays are one of the great event celebrated and birthday meals are exceptional, it is really nice putting up those option, and with all these option the birthday will be memorable.. Thanks for sharing, i will certainly make one choice

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Alexy, I hope you have a wonderful birthday with at least a couple of freebies from your favorite local restaurants! Cheers!!

  14. John says:

    Um, yeah I’m going to have to bookmark this page haha.  As someone who goes out to eat ALOT…this was a treasure trove! I probably eat at panera bread twice a week during work so definitely just signed up for that one, and I think I would be hard pressed to find a chain restaurant that you didn’t have already listed here.  Benihanas and California Pizza Kitchens are both some of my casual dining faves, so yeah keeping my eye on this page!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks John, I’m glad to hear the list is helpful and can probably save you some money in the future!

  15. Ron Mendoza says:

    Now I know where to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on my birthday lol.  I think it’s going to be a whole day of eating out with your page as a guide.  I like Black Angus Steakhouse deal the most because one entree gets you a free steak dinner.  Thanks, Alyce!

  16. Willy says:

    Wow !this is really amazing. Now no birthday can be boring anymore with all these offers birthdays just get better. This is a very much lost of shops and cafes and there is no reason why I shouldn’t try one of these gift offers for my next birthday. These offers are much and would waste if I don’t inform my friends about it too. Thanks for this great informative review. I hope to see more interesting post.

  17. Nazmun Nahar says:

    Wow, Excellent post about some free birthday meal place where we can go and treated. Most of the time I avoided to tell everyone about my birthday or sometime intentionally show them I forget my birthday only to save money. But I never knew this that we can get a free treat for Birthday? It is amazing and you know this post will help millions of people who are like me. I will find out if I can find out any place near me. Otherwise, I am definitely gonna share this with my friends and family. Thanks a lot for these wonderful resources.

  18. Sondra M says:

    I wish that I would have stumbled across this list last week.  My birthday had been last week.     I had no idea that there was this many people offering free birthday meals and desserts.       Even though I missed my chance, this list will be very helpful in deciding where to go to treat a friend or family member on their birthday.   

    Thanks!
     

  19. Nate MC says:

    There’s so many restaurants I’m familiar with on this list, but had no idea they gave food away or deep discounts when it’s a person’s birthday. I have a few friends who have birthdays coming up; I might just recommend them going to one of these joints! Thanks for writing this up.

  20. Nicki V says:

    That was a really awesome and extensive list of free gifts you can get on your birthday.  I didn’t realize there were so many places you can go on your birthday in the US for free stuff.  About a week before my birthday (in April), I found a Canadian list that was similar but not as long.  There are a lot of places that allow you to use the coupon for your entire birthday week as well.  I may have to travel down to the US one year for my special day to take advantage of all the better offers lol

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Nicki, some of these restaurants will have locations in Canada, but the list is tailored to a US audience. If you do expect to be in the Unites States near your birthday, then keep in mind that although some offers are only valid on your birthday, many of the free birthday meal offers are valid for an entire month! Enjoy!!

    • charles j says:

      I appreciate the hard work it took to compile this, and understand that there are different establishment in different areas, but don’t feel left out. I live in the most populous area of the country, and hardly any of these are anywhere near me. Actually 4, 2 free cones, a free pretzel, and a free dessert with meal purchase are, without traveling an hour or more. I’d say 80% of these, including the entire Fast Food Restaurants category, I’ve either never heard of, or thought they went out of business 20 or 30 years ago. That was a, ‘wow’ though. Dairy Queen, which I liked when I was 5 years old, and haven’t seem since, still exists, BoJangles still exists, and still has that name, Sizzler still exists, Hardee’s still exists, ect.. Oh yeah. There is a Ruby Tuesday that I can get to in about an hour and a quarter, and might be near sometimes anyway. It sends out a coupon for a free birthday coupon which states at the bottom that it specifically excludes that location. Kind of like the ‘unvitation’ Eileen received on Seinfeld, a disincentive to go there again.

  21. crownwole says:

    Amazing! Incredible information for birthday present. I was astounded by the measure of choices to have a blessing or a free dinner at cafés or spots to eat. I think I found a couple of spots here to take up on their offer. It is a decent route for eateries to keep in the psyches of clients likewise I truly like giving somebody a card since they can impart it to others which upgrades the chance. A debt of gratitude is in order for such an extraordinary thought

    • Alyce says:

      We all like feeling special on our birthdays, and personally, I think that a free birthday bonus is always going to be welcome!!

  22. Barbara says:

    Thanks a lot for this super extensive list of foods that I could apply in my next birthday. My birthday is in a couple of months so when the time comes I will be doing some of those desserts that were shown. I will share with my friends so they can check something they might like.

  23. sid says:

    To be honest, my initial reaction after reading the post was “Say What?” lol, sorry, because I didn’t know that there were so many options out there (*so so many options*), and the best part, even IF I visit a place a day for a party, It still would not cover every other place.

    Maybe next time, when my friends wanna hang out, I’ll save a lot of money for them, of course, in a manner that would benefit me as well. Thanks for getting the word out.

    Sid

    • Alyce says:

      haha… you are right Sid… there are so many of these options that you might be able to get a free bonus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and still not be able to take advantage of them all. 🙂

      With all that free food, keep in mind that there are also places that offer free fitness events & classes… helpful when you’re indulging but still want to keep that youthful figure! 😉

  24. Pentrental says:

    Wow great resource for birthday gifts! Honestly I had no idea that there were so many gifts out there. 130+ is pretty amazing. To me the Hall of Fame food option would be Fogo de Chao. I’ve been there once before and it was exceptional. I’ll try and make sure that I don’t eat for a few days ahead of time this time. Other deals that catch my fancy are Hard Rock Cafe, Maggiano’s and Godiva. I’ll keep your post saved for when I run into a birthday or two. Thanks for the great recommendations!

  25. Cris says:

    Wow. Just what I was looking for today. Was hoping to find some ideas to make a special birthday year even more special, and I think I found a few places here to take up on their offer. IKEA being on the list gave me a chuckle. I would have never thought of IKEA! My mom’s a big fan. Going to share, as it will make her day! Thanks for the great list.

    • Alyce says:

      Awesome! I hope your Mom enjoys the free birthday meal and the coupon to get herself a neat gift in the IKEA store!!

  26. Antonio says:

    Hi

    Who does not  like a treat for their birthday especially if it free, which is my language. All that are on offer, seems to be amazing and more than expected. Makes you wish you have a birthday every day but not too much cake, as you have to watch my figure. I never knew that there was so many!

    Thanks for the info.

    Antonio

  27. Henderson says:

    Wow. I I think I found this post right on time. I didn’t know this restaurants actually have birthday specials. This kind of things really do give celebrants a special kind of feeling. I think I’d try on this with my friend whose birthday is next week and be back to give a

  28. Mariana says:

    Hi!
    I was surprised by the amount of options to have a gift or a free meal at restaurants or places to eat. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get any of these gifts because they aren’t in my country. The only one I could go to is Hard Rock Café and I will check if they also have a free entree with purchase of entree. 

    Best, 

    Mariana

  29. Babsie Wagner says:

    I can’t believe the amount of work you put into this article.  I’m really impressed, I have to say.  I’ve actually bookmarked the article and sent it to my kids.  None of us have immediate birthdays coming up, but what I really liked about a lot of these offers is they’re not just for the actual date itself, but they give you like a week to use the coupon.  You could make a whole fun birthday week of it.  How cool is that?

    • Alyce says:

      Actually, many of these give you 4 full weeks to use the birthday discount… so go ahead and sign up in advance so that you can celebrate in grand fashion when the birthdays arrive!

  30. Henry says:

    Happy Birthday! I found your post just on time! I can’t make up my mind which reward program to pick! But I’ll have to pick one! I think we’ll go with Maggiano’s Little Italy. A $10 coupon is a good discount. And I also like the fact that it’s valid for 1 month! Buongiorno Italia! 🙂

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Henry, Don’t feel limited to pick just one… Go ahead and sign up for all of the ones that you like! As many of the freebies are valid for weeks or even all month, you will have a lot of opportunities to use the free restaurant birthday gifts!

  31. Clarence Forech says:

    Love this sight. I am a penny pincer. I thoroughly enjoyed the detail as pertaining to the specific site and detail of the location and savings available. Gifts or other. Knowing what savings are available and where are truly helpful.

    Just make sure your information is correct and up to date.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Clarence, I have received all of these offers in the past month, so they are currently correct… but as each restaurant is in charge of their own birthday free gift programs, the offers could change at any time. Information will absolutely be corrected and updated as needed!

  32. Jose G. says:

    Wow, I didn’t even know half these places had birthday specials (even Ikea!). I’m assuming there’s even more out there that didn’t make the list. I haven’t heard of a lot of these places, but to the ones I have, they sound pretty promising. But Alyce, based on your opinion, which birthday deals are your favorite? Or at least, which ones sound like too much a steal not to miss out on?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Jose, my favorites are Fogo de Chao, Benihana, and IKEA. Fogo and Benihana are fantastic meals, but they aren’t cheap, so it’s very nice to get a discount. The IKEA freebie includes a $15 gift certificate to use in their store, and I can always find useful things for the house there. 

      There are certainly more birthday freebies at restaurants than I have listed – I know that I personally get a couple more from restaurants that are only located in my city. However, if you know of any additional restaurants that you’d like to see added, just let me know!

  33. daniel bhagwandas says:

    Hey! Your content is pretty cool and very informative. I personally didn’t know that you can get birthday gifts at some restaurants. Your content is quite ‘out of the box’ which is a really good thing. I know some places you can get free desert after dining at there place but I didn’t know that there was so much more you can get. This information seems quite useful for people who are willing to celebrate their birthdays at restaurants and stuff and they would be able to get a gift with it ! Great work!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Daniel, I always enjoy dining out at great restaurants and it’s even more fun to get a free bonus to help celebrate!!

  34. AmDetermined says:

    hi, reading your post of list of rewards for free restaurant that gives meal and drinks on birthday is very helpful and it makes birthday celebrant to feel special, thank you for your research on the list of rewards it is helpful, sharing this post will be the best birthday gift i will give to friends.

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much for sharing. Keep in mind that most of the birthday gifts require advance signup, so be sure to share this with your friends at least a month before their birthday!

  35. Wayne says:

    Hi, Alyce and, WHO KNEW!! that there were so many benefits/perks to having a birthday/anniversary or ? and ways to save money.  I find this a bit mind-blowing.  I knew that some eateries did this sort of thing but I had no idea that there were so many.

    My wife and I were just down in Washington State last June and went to a restaurant called Bob’s Burgers and Brews for my last Birthday.  I received a Free dessert of my choice.

    We have some of these restaurants where I live in Canada so I will definitely be checking them out when I get to my next B-day to see if they have some of the same deals. Some places don’t even require a purchase?  I like that too.

    The best thing is that the restaurants don’t really lose when a group comes in for a celebration dinner (and they usually are groups) which makes these freebies a real business booster.  Even if it’s just a couple, there is still a benefit.

    Thanks again for this list.  We’ll be checking around here for some of those cool perks in September, (Anniversary).

    Wayne

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Wayne, You are absolutely right, there is certainly a benefit to the restaurant to offer these birthday freebies. People rarely celebrate a birthday alone, which means a large group of diners will be dining at the restaurant (and maybe a few who are new customers — which is invaluable to a restaurant!).

      Be sure to let your servers know when you’re celebrating your anniversary as well… you may be surprised at just how many will offer you a free dessert to help you celebrate. This goodwill and nice gesture is something that people remember!

  36. Tom says:

    Hi Alyce,

    This is a really comprehensive breakdown of what is available out there. I wan’t aware that all these restaurants had these gifts. It is a good way for restaurants to keep in the minds of customers (for good reasons). This way they will keep going back for more birthdays. Kids love this kind of thing.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Tom, There are definitely a lot of these options available nationally… and I didn’t even cover the options that are available at your local area restaurants too! I highly recommend that you sign up for any programs at your local favorites (in addition to the national chain restaurants). You may as well be rewarded for your loyalty to places that you frequent and let them treat you on your birthday!

  37. Stella says:

    This is a fantastic treat for birthday celebration. This appears to be an amazing opportunity to explore sweet meals for free or at cheaper rate. If I have this opportunity I would love to have a taste again on how the taste of american dessert or sweet look like in those shops while celebrating any of my next birthday in America. But how can that be possible when am not one of their customers? I need to ask my aunty if she knows about this reward programs for birthdays. This is a great opportunity.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Stella, Yes, these programs are for restaurants in the United States, but you don’t have to live here permanently (or be a current customer) to get the rewards. If you plan to be in the states within a month of your birthday, go ahead and use your email to sign up for your favorites… Then collect your free birthday food during your visit!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  38. TimMoto says:

    What a great idea. There seems to be an endless opportunity to reward someone with these cards  I really like the idea of giving someone a card because they can share it with others which enhances the opportunity.  These can be given to family member, employees, church members, and all sorts of people out there who deserve recognition.

    Rewarding or recognizing someone with a gift like this can say so much about their value to the company.  I think even surprising a friend with a gift card can be a wonderful experience.  It seems so easy to do!

    Thanks for such a great idea.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi TimMoto, Gift cards are a great way to give a gift that allows the giftee to choose what they want, but these offers are about the free birthday gifts that you would sign your self up for. Take another look and sign up for the ones that appeal most to YOU!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  39. angelce903 says:

    Hello, I love this idea of restaurant birthday gifts! It’s a blessing for people like me who enjoy eating nice food in a nice restaurant. I had this tremendous experience in Beni Hana and I must say that it was fabulous! The only thing I regret is that the gifts only lasts one month, which is a shame – less long than beauty gifts! I also liked the fact that you presented many options according to everyone’s food tastes – that’s a good job you did here.

    • Alyce says:

      Yes, it’s true that these offers only last a month (or less), but if you can get additional family members or friends to sign up, you can have discounts throughout the year!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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