They only come once per year, and if you’re like us, the older you get, the more you feel thankful this is the case. Nevertheless, growing another year older doesn’t have to be completely without perks. In fact, it can be downright rewarding.
To that end, check out these Top 15 Best Birthday Restaurant Freebies and see which ones are available in your area today! These rewards may be just what you are need to get the most out of your very special day, and do it with style!
1. Cattlemen’s Restaurants
The Goods: Free dessert and cowboy hat.
The late great Pete Gillham, Sr., was the catalyst behind Cattlemen’s Restaurants, a chain of eight California-style steakhouses in the Gold Rush state. Besides offering your choice of fresh fish, prime beef, and a healthy selection of spirits, this facility also honors the members of its e-club by giving a free dessert and a cowboy hat to those who attend on their birthday. We suggest “The Outlaw Cake” – a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, chocolate icing and chocolate chips. Yum!
2. Chevy’s Restaurants
The Goods: Free dessert and sombrero.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex features cool traditional desserts (like Flan, Sopapillas, Deep Fried Ice Cream), along with two special concoctions: the Chiquita or Ooey-Gooey-Chewy Sundaes. The Chiquita features vanilla ice cream on a cinnamon “boat,” chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Once you’ve decided, the only thing left to worry about is hat size. The combination of zesty main course selections, sweet dessert treats and sombrero-wearing satisfaction make Chevy’s a great choice for birthday time, whether you’re in California, Florida, or all points in between.
3. Krispy Kreme
The Goods: Free dozen donuts and coffee travel mug.
Because we can’t think of any better way to spend our work commute than guzzling coffee from a travel mug and shoving donut after donut down our gullets, the Krispy Kreme birthday deal makes quite a bit of sense, though some of you with kids may tend to disagree. Talk about sugar rush! First, check to see which Krispy Kreme franchises in your area participate. Then, visit Friends of Krispy Kreme on the official site for more information.
4. Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
The Goods: Free birthday meal + 1.
There are lots of restaurants willing to give you a free meal or dessert on your birthday, but very few willing to indulge a +1 as well. Until recently Lombardi’s flagship restaurant, which operated out of Seattle, Washington, for 23 years, was what came to mind when people thought of the chain. That location has since changed names and ownership, but the same great spirit of Lombardi’s can be enjoyed in its Issaquah and Everett Marina locations. You’ll just need to register first.
5. Free Ice Cream Treats
The Goods: Free ice cream!
Do we really have to explain why free ice cream is awesome? All over the country, locations such as Friendly’s, Baskin-Robbins and Carvel gladly give away free scoops on your birthday provided that you register for their birthday clubs. Red Robin, the popular chain of burger joints, has also been known to get in on the mix given that you meet the same criteria. Except at Red Robin, you don’t just get a free sundae but a free burger of your choice, too.
6. BD’s Mongolian BBQ
The Goods: Free Stir Fry!
You haven’t lived, friends, until you’ve tried Mongolian BBQ. Start with a bowl. Pile in as many proteins, veggies, spices, and seasonings as you can. Pick your special sauce and starch, and then hand it off to the grill-masters at BD’s Mongolian BBQ restaurant. The result is a delicious entrée of sinus clearing goodness that you’ll swear came from some kind of Utopian civilization and not from an ordinary grill. Join BD’s Birthday Club, and don’t pay a cent. What better way to spend the holiday?
7. Memphis Championship BBQ
The Goods: Free rack of ribs.
If you find yourself in the mood for barbecue on your birthday, there is no better place on earth than Memphis, Tennessee. And when it comes to barbecue, a rack of ribs is the way to go, though it is usually the most expensive item on the menu. That’s where Memphis Championship BBQ comes to the rescue, giving you a free rack on your birthday. Goes great with the Beale Street Music Festival held every year at Memphis in May!
8. Fast Food Freebies
The Goods: Usually free food of some kind.
McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Sonic Drive-In have mixed it up with some special birthday offers of their own. Sonic offers children a free Wacky Pack during birthday week as long as they’re a part of the Wacky Pack Kid’s Birthday Club. McDonald’s chains give away a free Happy Meal. Not to be outdone, participating Taco Bell stores will cook up a free combo meal of your choice, and you don’t even have to be a child to get it. Call your local fast food chains. See what they offer to commemorate the birth of you!
9. Desserts and Serenades
The Goods: Meal plus song.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill gives you a free dessert and a unique (to say the least) opera-inspired birthday performance. Goes well with the Apple Crostata or Ricotta Cheesecake (which is way better than it sounds)! Other restaurants such as TGIFriday’s, Applebee’s, and Logan’s Roadhouse, borrow from Macaroni Grill’s formula by serving up dessert and a standard birthday performance from wait staff. While you may not like the attention, you’ve got to dig the sentiment behind it. And everyone can use a little free chocolate in their lives!
10. Steakhouse Steaks
The Goods: Free steak!
The “meal is on us” thing means a little more when you’re talking about steak! Such is the case at New Jersey-based Charlie Brown Restaurants. Register first as a member of the “Handshake Club.” Ernie’s Steakhouse is another free steak hotspot for birthday boys (and girls) everywhere. Ernie’s, Columbia, Missouri’s finest source for steaks, has had tourists and locals fighting over tables for more than 75 years. Other steakhouses you know about that provide the same offer? By all means, let us know!
Funny Bone Comedy Club
The Goods: Free cake + stand-up comedy.
Load up four friends, prepare to meet the two-drink minimum, and you could soon be taking advantage of hilarious Pittsburgh, PA-based comedy at Funny Bone Comedy Club, while indulging in a free slice of cake! Different from the other free dessert offers on this list because there aren’t many food hubs where you get a belly full of laughs to go along with everything else. Pittsburgh’s finest comedians, as well as famous talents from all over the land, combine forces to make this club a premier attraction for laughs.
12. Buca di Beppo
The Goods: Free appetizer, dessert, and mystery anniversary offer with yearly discounts of $150 per year.
The Buca di Beppo eClub gives you a birthday appetizer, which includes fried mozzarella and calamari, to go with your meal. Joining also gets you a free dessert, and throughout the year, enjoy an additional $150 in discounts that BdB sends to your inbox. Couples also get a mystery anniversary offer as members. While many restaurants have eClubs that keep you apprised of the latest happenings and the occasional discount, BdB is one of few that allow you to add friends and family to your account.
13. Oasis Nightclub
The Goods: The Works!
Oasis Nightclub is a quiet venue for alternative lifestyles and those accepting of them in the Upland, California, area. As an Oasis Birthday Club member, enjoy a free extra-large pizza, free birthday cake, free entry for you and your entire party, 50-cent drink tickets (again, for you and your party), and a bevy of hats, candy, and noise-makers. While most options presented here are for the entire family, you do have to be 21 years or older to benefit from Oasis.
14. Country Kitchen
The Goods: Free entree.
Featuring bacon cheeseburger and eggs skillet, an Aztec quesadilla burger, and chicken fried chicken, Country Kitchen is a delicious birthday destination. Top off with some chocolate molten madness or a handmade shake, and you’ve got a celebration that’s hard to top. Since Country Kitchen is kind enough to give you a free meal, you’ll need a license showing proof of age. Once you do, dig in! While you’re at it, join the eClub to become qualified for additional “birthday surprises” and special discounts throughout the year.
15. International House of Pancakes (IHOP)
The Goods: Free meals galore.
Apparently, IHOP doesn’t want you to pay for your food. The pancake aficionados, who also whip up some pretty mean non-pancake-related breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, are willing to give you three free meals for joining the Pancake Revolution eClub. That’s one free meal for joining, one free meal on your birthday, and one free meal on the anniversary of your signup date. That’s a lot of pancakes!
(Or waffles, or omelets, or burgers, or you get the point…)