101+ Restaurants with Free Food on Your Birthday

We all know that restaurants will give us free stuff on our birthday – but who gives the BEST free stuff? We list 101+ places that will give you something good to eat on your birthday.

We've all been there. We're sitting at a restaurant and suddenly all the servers start clapping and singing one version or another of Happy Birthday as they walk to a single table to deliver a treat. It's the ole birthday shuffle!

Most restaurants, if you tell them it's your birthday, will give you a little something just for dining with them.

Some restaurants will do a lot more. Some will give you an entire entree, a full dessert, or more — but you have to do a little extra work. Loyalty programs have been popping up all over the places as restaurants learn that loyalty cards work. Email works too. You are the beneficiary.

Your birthday comes once a year, so take advantage of it! Look at the list of 101+ restaurants below and sign up for the email newsletter or eclub of your favorites. Then, on your birthday, look for a congratulatory email for making it another year and what your present will be.

The key is signing up early. Some places, like Noodles and Company, will only send you the coupon for a free Birthday crispy (rice crispy treat) if you've been in the club for 60 days. Others take a little extra time to get to you (their systems take a while to process it seems, like 24-48 hours) so you can't sign up the day of and expect a birthday treat in some cases.

Free Food on Your Birthday

Here's our full list of goodies, with more being added as we learn of them:

A&W

Free A&W Root Beer Float (Join Mug Club)

Applebees

Free dessert (Join email)

Arby's

Free milkshake (Join email)

Au Bon Pain

Get a free salad/sandwich (Join eClub)

Auntie Anne's

Free pretzel (Download their Pretzel Perks app)

Baja Fresh

Free burrito (Join Club Baja)

Baskin Robbins

Free ice cream! (Join email)

Beef ‘O' Brady's

Free appetizer with entree purchase (Join Team ‘O' Brady's)

Ben & Jerry's

Free ice cream (Join Chunkmail)

Benihana

$30 gift certificate (Join The Chef's Table)

Bertucci's

Free dessert (Join by filling in the email at the top right)

BGR The Burger Joint

Free burger (join VIP)

Black Angus Steakhouse

Free steak dinner with the purchase of any dinner entree on your first birthday after you join the Prime Club Email program

Blimpie

Free 6″ sub (join BlimpiEClub)

Bob Evans

Free kids' meal for your kids (Join Kids' Times Birthday club)

Bojangles

Free Bo-Berry biscuit with purchase (join e-club)

Bonefish Grill

Free dessert when you join BFG Insider

Boston Market

Free dessert with meal purchase (Join VIP Club)

Bruegger's Bagels

Free bagel with any cream cheese (Join email)

Buca di Beppo

$20 gift (Join Buca E-Club)

Buffalo Wild Wings

Free snack-size wings (Join Buffalo Circle)

California Pizza Kitchen

Free kid's meal, join CPKids Birthday Club

Caribou Coffee

Free drink (Join email)

Carraba's Italian Grill

Free dessert with entree (Join Amici Club)

Carvel

Free cup/cone (Join Fudgie Fanatic)

Checkers

Free large fry on signup (Join The Flavorhood)

The Cheesecake Factory

Small cup of ice cream, just tell your server

Chili's

Free dessert (Join Chili's Rewards)

Cinnabon

Free gift (Join Club Cinnabon) – Click the Sign up button at the top right

Cold Stone Creamery

Buy 1 Get 1 Free (Join My Cold Stone Club)

Corner Baker Cafe

Free baked goodie (Join email)

Cracker Barrel

Free dessert, just tell your server!

Dairy Queen

Buy 1 Blizzard, get one free (Join Blizzard Fan Club)

Del Taco

Free shake (Join fan club)

Denny's

Free Grand Slam breakfast, just show your server and show ID

Dippin' Dots

Free Dippin' Dots (Join Dot Crazy)

Dunkin' Donuts

Free drink (Join DDPerks, but you need to fund it with at least $2 to start)

Eat'n Park

Free birthday coupons (join email)

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Free egg sandwich with purchase (Join SChmear Society)

Famous Dave's

Free food (Join P.I.G. Club)

Firehouse Subs

Free medium sub (Join Firehouse Rewards)

Friendly's

Free sundae (Join BFF Club)

Fuddruckers

Free burger with purchase (Join Fudds Club)

Gordon Biersch

Free entree with purchase (Join email)

Great American Cookies

free cookie on signup (join CookiE-mail)

Houlihan's

Free entree (join email)

IHOP

Free meal (Join MyHop)

Jamba Juice

Free juice/smoothie (Join Jamba Insider Rewards)

Jason's Deli

 $5 coupon (Join email)

Jersey Mike's

Free sub & drink coupon (Join email club)

Joe's Crab Shack

Free app (Join Joe's Catch E-club)

Johnny Rockets

Free burger (Join Rocket eClub)

Krispy Kreme

free doughnut (Join Krispy Kreme Rewards)

Lone Star Steakhouse

Free appetizer on signup (Join email)

Longhorn Steakhouse

dessert on signup (join Longhorn)

la Madeleine

free pastry (join eClub)

Maggiano's

$10 off (join E-Club)

Maggie Moo's

Free ice cream (Join Slab Happy Rewards)

Marie Callender's

Free slice of pie and $5 off an entree (Join e-Club)

Melting Pot

box of 6 chocolate covered strawberries with $60 purchase (join Club Fondue)

Mimi's

Free slice of Crepe cake or free 2-pk muffins/croissants (join e-club)

Moe's Southwest Grill

Free burrito (Join Moe's Rewards), plus free queso when you sign up!

Noodles & Company

Free crispy treat (Join Noodles Rewards)

Not Your Average Joe's

Free entree & dessert (Join email)

Olive Garden

Free appetizer with 2 entrees (Join eClub)

Orange Julius

Free drink (Join Julius League)

Outback

Free dessert with entree purchase (Join email offers)

Panera Bread

Free gift (Join MyPanera, link in the top right)

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Free dessert, just tell the server (doesn't hurt to join eClub)

P.F. Chang's

Free dessert (Join club)

Pinkberry

Free yogurt (Join loyalty program)

Planet Smoothie

Free smoothie (Join eClub)

Ponderosa Steakhouse

Free steak dinner (Join eClub)

Pretzelmaker

Free order of Birthday Bites (join email)

Qdoba

Free treat (Join Qdoba Rewards)

Quiznos

Birthday burrito (Join QClub)

Rita's Italian Ice

Free birthday treat! (join Birthday Club)

Red Lobster

Free gift (Join Fresh Catch Club)

Red Robin

Free burger (Join RedRobin Royalty)

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Free dessert (Join email)

Ruby Tuesday

Free burger (Join So Connected)

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion

Free dessert and photo, just tell your server

Rubo's

Free taco (Join Beach Club)

Sbarro

Free XL NY Slice (join Slice Society)

Schlotzky's

Free sandwich (Join Bun and Fun eClub)

Seasons 52

Free dessert (Join their rewards program)

Sizzler

Free Malibu chicken or other birthday treat (Join eclub)

Smashburger

Free flavored shake (Join smashclub rewards)

Smokeybones

Free dessert (join The Bones Club)

Sonic

Free Creamslush, Tater Tots, or Drink (Join My Sonic)

Sprinkles

Free cupcake! (join Perks)

Starbucks

Free drink (Join My Starbucks Rewards)

Steak ‘n Shake

Free double steakburger (Join eClub)

Subway

Free 6″ sub & drink (join email)

TCBY

Free yogurt (Join eClub)

Texas Roadhouse

Free app (Join email)

TGI Fridays

Free dessert with entree purchase (Join Fridays Rewards)

Tony Roma's

Free entree (Join email)

Village Inn

Free slice of Pie (Join eCLUB)

Waffle House

Free waffle (Join Regulars Club)

Wendy's

$1 off a combo (Join WendyMail)

Yogurtland

Free 3 oz. treat (Join Real Rewards)

Zoës Kitchen

Free birthday entree (Join email)

There's more to food when it comes to your birthday, here are a few other places that will give you free stuff on your birthday:

Aveda

Free gift (Join email)

CVS

$3 in CVS ExtraBucks (Join ExtraCare Beauty Club)

DSW

$5 gift certificate (Join DSW Rewards)

Famous Footwear

Free gift (Join rewards program)

Redbox

Free 1-night rental (Join Redbox Play Pass)

Sephora

Free gift (Join Beauty Insider) – here are a few other ways to get cheap beauty products!

Smashbox

Free gift with $35 purchase (Join Pretty Points)

ULTA 

Free gift (Join email)

World Market

$10 or 10% off coupon (join Explorer Rewards)

Zaxby's

Free Big Zax Snak (join Zax Club)

If you know someone who is celebrating a birthday soon, be sure to share this with them so they don't miss out!

If you like free food, you might want to review our post on hotels that offer free breakfast.

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  1. David Bodendoerfer says

    The owner of The Train Shop in Santa Clara, CA. gave me 20 dollars off my purchase because it is my birthday today.

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