With weekly (if not daily) birthday dinners and celebrationary expenses abound your whole birthday month, sometimes it feels great to get freebies on your birthday for a change. These restaurants will give you a free treat or an entire meal on your birthday, enough for you to enjoy different freebies to last the entirety of your special day.
Tip: If you’re looking at this days or weeks prior to your actual birthday, it’s good to sign-up to below lists in advance to make sure you get your free birthday food – as you know, some birthday promos require you to be a member for some number of days before you can get your free food, some email lists take time before you can get your birthday voucher through your email, and some restaurants will actually give you awesome deals and free food just for signing up for the first time, so plan ahead. Also make sure to call ahead and confirm your freebie before going to avoid any disappointments and avoid wasting not even one single moment of your special day on a non-existent treat.
Here are our top cheapnik picks for the restaurants that give free food on your birthday
A&W All American Food
Celebrate your birthday with a free root beer float when you sign up for A&W’s Mug Club.
Get a free birthday dessert on the house when you sign up for Applebee’s Eclub.
Sign up at Arby’s and get a free shake coupon sent to your mailbox a week before your birthday.
Au Bon Pain
Join Au Bon Pain’s Eclub and your lunch is free on your birthday.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Sign up for My Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks and you’ll get a free pretzel or a special treat on your big day.
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Club Baja members get a free burrito on their birthday. You must be signed up at least 4 days prior to your birthday, otherwise you will receive your treat the next applicable year.
Membership to the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club earns you a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.
Ben & Jerry’s
Sign up for Ben & Jerry’s Chunkmail to get a free creamy ice cream on your big day – if you’re lucky enough to live near a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop, that is.
Become a Chef’s Table member to get a $30 Birthday Certificate emailed to you for use towards your Benihana party for the entirety of your birthday month.
Black Angus Steakhouse
Sign up for their Prime Club to get a free steak dinner on your birthday (you can only avail of this once in your lifetime, though). Your free dinner will be sent seven days prior to your big day.
Get a free 6″ sub coupon just for being born when you sign up for Blimpie’s eClub.
Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
Get a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with purchase every year on your birthday when you sign up for Bojangles’ E-Club.
Get a free birthday dessert when you sign up as a Bonefish Grill Insider.
Get a free birthday dessert at Boston Market when you sign up for their VIP Club.
Get a free bagel with your choice of cream cheese for your birthday at Bruegger’s Bagels when you join their Inner Circle.
Buca di Beppo
Join their eClub to get a free birthday treat when you dine in.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Make sure you are signed up for the Blazin’ Rewards program to get your free boneless or traditional snack size buffalo wings within the two-week window around your birthday.
California Pizza Kitchen
Become a CPK Pizza Dough rewards program member to get your free dessert during your birthday month.
Just show up at Capital Grille on your birthday (bring an ID for good measure) and get a free dessert to go with your meal – no email sign up required!
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Join their offer program and get a free appetizer or dessert on your birth month.
Carvel Ice Cream
Your free birthday ice cream cone is on the house when you become a Fudgie Fanatic.
Get a free small milkshake on your birthday as a member of Checkers’ Flavorhood program.
Get a free serving of ice cream (plus be ready for a “Happy Birthday” song) – just tell your server that it’s your birthday and show them that ID just to be sure.
Chevys Fresh Mex
Join Chevys’ eClub and you’ll get a random birthday coupon on your special day, plus, a free appetizer with two adult entrées, just for signing up!
Sign up for My Chili’s Rewards and get a free dessert on your big day!
Cinnabon emails out a “special present” to birthday celebrants who are members of Club Cinnabon – the treat varies, but for sure it is something good enough to eat!
Cold Stone Creamery
Become a My Cold Stone Club Rewards member and get a Buy One, Get One Free Creation coupon loaded to your account as a special gift for your birthday.
Corner Bakery Cafe
Get a free birthday pastry on your special day just by joining the Corner Bakery eClub.
Celebrants get a free dessert and a free Happy Birthday song on their big day!
Get a free sundae on your birthday when you sign up for MyCulver’s.
Members of the DQ Blizzard Fan Club receive a BOGO coupon on their special day.
Get a free premium milkshake (regular size) just for being born when you sign up to their Raving Fan eClub.
Get a free Grand Slam on your birthday. Just show up with a valid ID and you’ll automatically get this free treat – no email sign-up or membership necessary.
Sign up for their Dot Crazy! Email Club and just like that, you get free Dippin’ Dots on your awesome special day!
Sign-up for their DD Perks rewards program and get a beverage of your choice (any size) for free on your birthday.
Birthday celebrants who are signed up to their Edible Rewards get a birthday gift consisting of an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruits.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
You get a free egg sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for Einstein Bros. Bagels’ Shmear Society.
El Pollo Loco
Join Loco Rewards and get a free “birthday reward” (most likely a free chips and guacamole) on your special day.
Join El Torito’s e-Club to get a free entree coupon for your birthday, as well as a free appetizer with two adult entrées, just for signing up!
Join Firehouse Subs’ Birthday Rewards and you’ll land a free medium sub valid once on your birthday or within the following 6 days (no ID required).
Join their BFF circle to receive a $3 off ice cream cakes coupon on your special day.
Get a BOGO deal on a 1/3 pound birthday burger when you join The Fudds Club.
Just sign up for the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club and get a free fancy birthday gift (varies) on your special day – who doesn’t love luxe surprises on your birthday?
Gold Star Chili
Sign up to their eClub and they’ll give you a free meal coupon, just for being born!
Hooters e-club members get 10 free wings on their special day.
Sign-up for their Pancake Revolution rewards program and get a full stack of pancakes for free on your birthday (as well as right after you initially sign up, and every anniversary of signing up thereafter).
Jack in the Box
Just enter your email or mobile number and flash this coupon to the counter on your one special day to get two free tacos, just like that!
Become a Jamba Juice Insider to get a free juice or smoothie on your birthday.
You’ll get a free sub sandwich and a 22 oz. fountain drink on your birthday – just sign up for Jersey Mike’s email club and they’ll give you a coupon for it on your birthday which you can redeem at any time for a year.
Joe’s Crab Shack
Easily sign up for the “Joe’s Catch” newsletter and you’ll get a free appetizer on your big day.
Join the Johnny Rockets eClub and get a free burger with any entree and drink purchase on your birthday.
Receive a free doughnut on your birthday when you sign up for Krispy Kreme’s rewards program.
Get a free dessert of your choice on your special day just by signing up for their newsletter.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Get a $10 off coupon on your birthday and immediately when you join their eClub.
Just show up and let them know it’s your birthday like the boss you are and they’ll happily give you your free scoop of ice cream!
Now this only works if you’re a kid (not a kid at heart): get your free birthday Happy Meal at McDonald’s when you sign up for their newsletter.
Moe’s Southwestern Grill
They’ll give you a free burrito on your cake day every year – just download their mobile app and sign up to register.
Join the Landry’s Select Club program which features Morton’s Steakhouse and many other restaurants, and get a free dessert and a $25 reward card on your big day.
Noodles & Company
Get a free birthday noodles on your cake day as a member of the Noodles Family.
Sign-up for Olive Garden’s eClub to get a free dessert on your birthday.
Just announce to the waitstaff that it’s your big day and they’ll happily give you a free sundae dessert.
Get a BOGO coupon on your birthday when you sign up for the Julius League.
Join Ounce Back Rewards and you’ll get $3 off on frozen yogurts on your birthday.
Get a free pastry on your birthday just by becoming a MyPanera member.
Join P.F. Chang’s rewards program to get a free small plate, dimsum, or dessert of your choice on your birthday.
Sign up for Pinkberry’s Pinkcard and get a free yogurt on your birthday (plus enjoy a free yogurt after every 10 purchases with the card, birthday or not).
Just have an online ordering account at Pizza Hut and they’ll email you a coupon for a free hot n fresh cinnamon sticks on your special day.
Join Planet Smoothie’s eClub and get slurp a free smoothie on your big day!
Join their eClub and you’ll get on your birthday a coupon for a free steak dinner with purchase of another steak dinner.
Get a free slice of Portillo’s famous chocolate cake on your birthday when you join their Birthday Club.
Join Qdoba Rewards and you’ll score a BOGO deal on burritos on your birthday.
Get your free birthday cookie at Quiznos when you become a Q-Club member.
Birthday celebrants who are My Red Lobster Rewards members get a surprise random birthday freebie! IMPT: you must join at least 10 days prior to your birthday to receive a birthday coupon.
Get $5 off your purchase on your birthday when you join Club Mango.
Rita’s Italian Ice
Get a free scoop of ice cream, Italian ice or custard, when you celebrate your birthday at Rita’s.
Get a free burger on your birthday month just by signing up to the Red Robin Royalty program.
Sign up to their So Connected email newsletter to get a free burger sent straight to your email on your birthday.
Join the Slice Society and you’ll land a free slice of pizza with drink purchase on your birthday.
MySonic members get a random treat on their birthday.
Score a free Malibu Chicken on the house just because it’s your birthday – just make sure you join the Real Deal eClub first.
Just tell them that it’s your big cupcake day and they’ll throw a free cupcake just to help you celebrate this momentous day.
Become a Starbucks Rewards member at least 30 days prior to your cake day to get a free birthday beverage or treat of your choice.
Steak n’ Shake
eClub members get a free specialty milkshake on their birthday!
Sign up for Subway’s Eat Fresh Club and get a free six-inch sub and drink on your special day.
Join the Club Buenohead and you’re in for a free “something delicious” surprise coupon sent straight to your inbox on your birthday.
Get a free cini-sopapilla bites sampler for your birthday when you join their email list.
Subscribe to their email list and get a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert on your cake day.
Join TCBY Insiders to score a free frozen yogurt on your birthday.
Fridays Rewards members get a free dessert during their birth month.
The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant
Join Club Fondue and get six of their signature chocolate-covered strawberries for free on your birthday.
Tony Roma’s Steakhouse Restaurant
Join Tony Roma’s email club and get a free birthday coupon sent to your email on your birthday. Make sure to sign up a few days/weeks before your birthday to get the coupon on time.
Waffle House Regulars Club members get a free birthday waffle.
Get a free Justaburger on your birthday when you sign up here.
Join WendyMail and birthday celebrants get a free Frosty on their special day!
Get a free Wich on your birthday when you join Vibe Club Rewards.
Become a member of their “Wiener Lovers’ Club” and you’ll get a free coupon sent straight to your email on your birthday, on top of the free Chili Dog coupon upon signing up as well as a free Corn Dog with any purchase when you text HOTDOG to 21333. How cool is this?
Get your free Wingstop fries on your birthday when you sign up to their Wingstop Club in advance.
Join Yogurtland’s Real Rewards program and you’ll get a free 3-ounce frozen yogurt just by signing up, and get another one on your special birthday. How sweet is that?
Join the Zax Email Club and get a free Nibbler (chicken sandwich) on your birthday, on top of the free sandwich meal you get right after signing up!