Looking for a way to enjoy a nice family dinner out without overpaying for things your kids may or may not eat? We’ve got you covered! Here are some great restaurants where kids eat free!
Eating out with kids comes with its challenges and costs. Spending extra money restaurant dining with kids who may not finish their meal, stay seated, or contribute to the grown-up expectations of “eating out” feels risky and sometimes not worth an adult meal.
But eating out can also be a break from routine and home chores as well as a way to mark special occasions and shared experiences (and go home with everyone fed.)
Kids Eat Free in Hampton Roads
Often restaurants choose a night to provide free kids meals, hoping to bring families out during the week when the restaurants are not as busy.
Here’s a shortlist of local Hampton Roads eateries providing families with the restaurant experience at less cost and the benefit of a delicious adult entrée, regardless.
Kids Eat Free on Sundays
Ready to grab lunch after church or a family-friendly dinner before beginning the weekly routine? Both Moe’s Southwest Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe promise free kids meals in-store for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult meal.
In fact, stop by Moe’s Southwest Grill on a Sunday afternoon and you will see a crowd of families as well as the occasional clown or balloon artist. The word has spread about free kids’ meals at Moe’s. Come for the free kid meal and stay for the good times.
Looking to avoid the mob scene? Qdoba advertises a free meal from the kids’ menu for kids 12 and under on Sundays with the adult entrée purchase of enchiladas. Steak n’ Shake also offers a free kids plate on Sundays for every 9$ spent on an adult purchase.
Free Monday (and Almost Free Monday) Meals for Kids
Applebees awards free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree on Mondays. Fuddruckers offers $1.99 kid’s meals with the purchase of an adult entree from 4 pm to close. Which-Wich promotes a $0.99 kids meal with the purchase of a 7″ sandwich on Mondays.
Plaza Azteca, with multiple locations in Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Williamsburg, has a great dine-in deal for children on Mondays AND Tuesday. Kids 12 and under eat kid’s meals for just $1.99 all day Monday and Tuesday with an adult entrée purchased.
Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays
Free Tuesday is the Bonanza of Free Kids Meals for ages 12 and under. So congratulate yourself for cooking on Monday night and head out for Tuesday dinner! Ruby Tuesday celebrates its name with a free kid-friendly meal with an adult purchase after 5 pm. TGI Fridays offers a free kids meal and drink with each adult entreé purchase.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill allows each child a free kid meal between 4 and 8 pm with the purchase of a full-price adult entree. Johnny Rocket’s offers a dine-in kids meal for kids age 12 and under with a drink and adult meal purchased. If you prefer your burgers at Red Robin, they offer a free kids menu meal with an adult meal purchase.
On Tuesdays at Pizza Hut, kids 10 and under eat free with an adult purchase of an adult meal at the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Kids Eat Free (and Almost Free) Wednesdays
On Wednesdays, Firehouse Subs offers a free kids meal with any adult combo meal purchase. Qdoba provides kids 12 and under with a free kids meal if an adult enchilada entreé was bought.
Dine-in on Wednesdays at Buffalo Wild Wings mean $1.99 kids meals for kids 12 and under with a regular entrée purchase.
Thursday Kids Nights
Hope you like burgers because on Thursdays Steak n’ Shake is back with its family-friendly deal of one kids’ menu meal for every $9 spent and Johnny Rockets again offers its free kid meal with an adult entrée. Bakers Crust offers $6 pizzas for kids on Thursday nights.
Free Kids Meals (and Almost Free) Any Day of the Week
Cici’s Pizza welcomes families Monday-Thursday and on the weekends with kids age 3 and under eat free with an adult purchase, and kids 10 and under eating at the pizza buffet for just $4.99.
Golden Corral runs a similar deal, with children ages 12 and under eating for $0.99 with an adult meal. Golden Corral offers a free kid meal to any kids age three and under with an adult meal.
Chili’s offers free kids meals to its Rewards Member. If you love the Tex-Mex Grille with the passion of Michael Scott, it might be worth joining their program to enjoy an occasional free kid meal along with other offers.
On the Road and Throughout the Year
If you are traveling to Richmond or beyond, O’Charley’s is famous for offering a free kid meal per adult entrée. This applies to kids 10 and under, every day of the week.
Out of town, up north, on a Wednesday? Friendly’s offers a free meal for kids with an adult entrée purchase from 4-10 pm.
Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A is set for this July 14. Dress like a cow and receive a free kid meal or adult entree, for every “cow” you herd in-store or through the drive-through. Yes, this offer is a win because it has no dine-in requirement for a free meal! (They might actually prefer all the cows not staying on location.)
Eat Together for Less
Whether you are eating out to celebrate or to lighten the workload at home, knowing it will cost less helps. Restaurants offering deals for kids and families are also saying “Come on in, We want you here”. They also often have menus and crayons or small games on the tables. Going out this week? Enjoy yourselves and time together, even over cheeseburgers and that-never-denied-side of fries.