50 Places You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday
What's better than a birthday?
Getting free stuff for your birthday!
Across the U.S., chain restaurants, sandwich shops, breakfast spots and ice-cream shops want you to celebrate your big day with them. And to entice you, they offer burgers, wings, brownies, sundaes and other decadent dishes totally free of charge.
Whether your birthday is approaching or you're still recouping from the party, be sure to bookmark this page so you don't miss out on the freebies!
Enroll in Applebee's EClub and you'll get free dessert on your birthday.
Go big or go home, we say, and try the Triple Chocolate Meltdown with fudge-filled chocolate cake, white and dark chocolate, and hot fudge, paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Au Bon Pain
Enroll in Au Bon Pain's eClub and you'll get free lunch on your birthday. The Country Grilled Cheese with four cheeses, smoked bacon and tomatoes is our pick, but you do you.
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Enroll in Baja Fresh's Club Baja and you'll get a free burrito on your birthday. Hmm. Baja Burrito, Mexicano, Burrito Ultimo or Roasted Veggie?
Enroll in Baskin-Robbins' Birthday Club and you'll get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. (Pro tip: The chain also often offers a free scoop on National Ice Cream Day, the third Sunday of every July.)
Enroll in Benihana's Chef's Table and you'll get a $30 gift certificate to use at any time during your birthday month. And seriously, who doesn't love a hibachi birthday meal?
Enroll in Bertucci's eClub and you'll get free dessert on your birthday. To quote "The Godfather," "Take the cannoli."
Enroll in Bonefish Grill's Insider program and you'll get free dessert on your birthday.
Our advice? Go for the macadamia nut brownie with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream. It's your birthday; calories don't count.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Enroll in Buffalo Wild Wings' Buffalo Circle and you'll get a free snack order of traditional or boneless wings to be used two weeks around your birthday. There are 16 different wing sauces you can choose from, like Mango Habanero, Caribbean Jerk and traditional Buffalo sauce.
California Pizza Kitchen
Enroll in California Pizza Kitchen's CPK rewards program and you'll get free dessert at any time during your birthday month. The salted-caramel pudding is, we think, particularly splurge-worthy.
You'll get free dessert on your birthday without enrolling in any program — just show up on your birthday with proof. Although after dining on melt-in-your-mouth steaks, you may not have room for dessert.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Enroll in Carrabba's Amici Club and you'll get a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month. Sweets are always a birthday favorite, but we recommend going for the hand-breaded calamari.
The Cheesecake Factory
Show the staff it's your birthday and get a free vanilla sundae with whipped cream and edible confetti, complete with birthday candle. Festive!
Enroll in Chili's e-mail rewards program and you'll get a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month. Bonus: Servers will embarrass you with a ridiculous birthday-song serenade.
Download the DQ mobile app and you'll get a BOGO Blizzard on your birthday. (If you want to eat both Blizzards, we won't judge; it's your birthday, after all.)
Show up at Denny's with proof it's your birthday and you'll receive a complimentary Grand Slam, with buttermilk pancakes, bacon strips, sausage links, hash browns or toast, and coffee and juice.
This is definitely one of the better deals on the list.
Enroll in Dunkin's DD Perks and you'll get a free beverage of your choice on your birthday.
Sign up for Firehouse Subs' Birthday Program and get a free medium sub on your birthday.
Hard Rock Cafe
This one gets points for creativity: Bring a friend to Hard Rock Cafe and, if they purchase an entree, you'll get a free entree too.
Enroll in Hooters eClub and you'll get 10 free wings on your birthday, which we hear is the reason people love Hooters.
Enroll in IHOP's Pancake Revolution program and you'll get a free full stack of pancakes on your birthday. Order the cupcake pancakes and you can have your cake and eat it too.
Enroll in Jamba Juice's My Jamba program and you'll get a free juice or smoothie on your birthday.
Sign up for Jersey Mike's e-mail club and you'll get a free drink and sub on your birthday.
Enroll in Johnny Rockets' Rocket eClub and you'll get a free burger on your birthday. They have eight to choose from, including a pretzel burger.
Become a Friend of Krispy Kreme and you'll get a free donut on your birthday. Be sure to go when the neon sign is flashing "Hot!"
Sign up for a Longhorn Account and you'll get free dessert on your birthday. May we recommend the Chocolate Peanut Butter Jar? (And extra spoons?)
Show proof of your birthday and get a free scoop of ice cream with toppings. This is not as exciting as some of the other offerings on this list, but by the time you get to dessert after all of the frozen concoctions, you may not care.
Moe's Southwestern Grill
Download Moe's mobile app and you'll get a free burrito on your birthday, along with the company's famous greeting: "Welcome to Moe's!"
Enroll in Morton's Landry's Select Club and you'll not only get free dessert on your birthday, but a $25 reward card. A classic cheesecake is anything but simple here.
Olive Garden Italian Kitchen
Enroll in Olive Garden's eClub and you'll get free dessert on your birthday. Doesn't that Warm Apple Crostata look absolutely delish?
Get free dessert on your birthday, as well as 50 percent off every fourth visit, when you enroll in Outback Steakhouse's Dine Rewards. The chain's signature Chocolate Thunder From Down Under is so popular, they even trademarked it!
Become a member of P.F. Chang's Preferred club and you'll get a free entree on your birthday, as long as you bring a friend who purchases an entree, as well.
Sign up for Panera's reward program and get a free pastry on your birthday. Bear claws, croissants, cinnamon rolls — however will you choose?
Get a Pinkberry Pinkcard and you'll get free frozen yogurt on your birthday.
Become a Planet Smoothie Birthday Club member and you'll get a free smoothie on your birthday.
Enroll in Red Robbin's Royalty program and you'll get a free burger on your birthday. Don't forget the cheese and bacon.
Rita's Ice Custard Happiness
Sign up for Rita's Birthday Club and get a free ice cream or custard treat on your birthday.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Register with Macaroni Grill and receive free dessert on your birthday. Go all-out decadent with the Decadence Chocolate Cake.
Enroll in Ruby Tuesday's So Connected club and you'll get a free burger on your birthday. You can choose from seven burgers on the menu, including an avocado turkey burger.
Become a Sbarro Slice Society member and you'll get a free slice on your birthday, as long as you buy a drink to wash it down with.
Enroll in Starbucks Rewards and you'll get a free beverage or food item on your birthday.
Steak 'n Shake
Sign up for Steak 'n Shake's email club and you'll get a free double-steak burger with cheese fries on your birthday — one of the best free-meal deals on the list.
Let the staff know it's your birthday and get a free dessert. Can't decide what to order? Try the Flight of Mini Indulgences and have a taste of seven different desserts.
Sign up for Subway's MyWay Rewards and get a free 6-inch sub and drink on your birthday.
Enroll in TCBY's myTCBY program and you'll get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday.
Get free dessert during your birthday month at TGI Fridays, as long as you purchase an entree. Be sure to save room because the Oreo Madness, made with real Oreo cookies and Oreo cookie ice cream, shouldn't be missed.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill
Enroll in Uno's Insider Club and you'll get free dessert on your birthday. Since Uno is famous for deep-dish pizza, it makes sense to try the deep-dish sundae with a giant cookie.
Enroll in Regulars Club at Waffle House and you'll get a free waffle on your birthday. (What did you expect you'd get?)
Sign up for WendyMail and you'll get a free Frosty on your birthday. Any excuse we can find for a Frosty!
Sign up for Wingstop's Club and get free French fries on your birthday.
Sign up for Zaxby's Zax Club and you'll get a free chicken sandwich on your birthday.