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The big list of restaurant birthday freebies

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Happy birthday freebiesMy birthday is coming up, and while I don’t make a huge deal of my birthday, I do like to go out and enjoy a nice steak dinner. But what’s even better than a steak dinner? A free steak dinner!

There are plenty of restaurants willing to provide you with something free on your birthday. Why? For most companies, it’s a small thing to offer you a free dessert or a special discount because now you are on their list, and they can send targeted emails and other communications to you.

If you don’t mind trading in a little privacy, you can clean up on your birthday. Here’s a list of some of the restaurants that offer freebies for your birthday. Don’t just go national; ask local establishments if they have birthday freebies, too:

  • Abuelos: You can get anniversary offers on top of birthday freebies.
  • Applebees: Free dessert.
  • Arby’s: Free 12 oz. milkshake when you make a purchase.
  • Au Bon Pain: Choose a free sandwich or a free salad.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Receive a BOGO coupon for a pretzel item.
  • Backyard Burger: Free burger on your birthday.
  • Baker’s Square: Birthday freebies include free entree with certain purchases, and a free slice of pie with certain purchases.
  • Baskin Robins: Free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream.
  • Benihana: This is one of the best freebies — a $30 gift certificate for your birthday.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse: Free meal on your birthday.
  • Boston Market: Buy a Create Your Plate meal and get a free dessert.
  • Bruegger’s: Free bagel with cream cheese when you purchase a drink.
  • Bucca Di Beppo: Enjoy a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert for your anniversary. Plus, just for signing up, you get a free appetizer.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Free dessert.
  • Carrabba’s: Birthday special offer, plus complimentary menu items throughout the year.
  • Champps: Free cheeseburger or dessert.
  • Chili’s: Free brownie sundae.
  • Country Buffett: Birthday coupon for $3 off adult dinner.
  • Cracker Barrel: Free dessert.
  • Dairy Queen: Special birthday surprise.
  • Del Taco: Free premium shake.
  • Denny’s: Free Grand Slam.
  • Dunkin Donuts: Free medium beverage.
  • Famous Dave’s: Free birthday gift.
  • Fazoli’s: Free dessert.
  • Friendly’s: Free three-scoop sundae plus other birthday offers
  • Fuddruckers: Free birthday surprise
  • Hometown Buffett: Free entree
  • HuHot Mongolian Grill: Free grill meal (my son would love this).
  • IHOP: Free meal on your birthday.
  • Jack In The Box: Show your I.D. for a free dessert.
  • Jamba Juice: Get a 16 oz smoothie for $2.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack: Free appetizer with entree purchase.
  • Johnny Carino’s: Birthday surprise.
  • Krispy Kreme: Free donut, plus a free small drink (coffee or fountain).
  • Lofthouse Cookies: Get a coupon for a free package of cookies.
  • Lonestar Steakhouse: Special gift on your birthday.
  • Marie Callender’s: Birthday and wedding anniversary coupons.
  • Melting Pot: Make certain purchases, and get a box of chocolate-covered strawberries.
  • Memphis BBQ: Free entree, up to $20 value.
  • Noodles & Company: Free bowl on your birthday.
  • Old Country Buffett: BOGO adult dinner.
  • On The Border: Choose a dip trio or a brownie sundae on your birthday.
  • Orange Julius: BOGO drink.
  • Outback Steakhouse: A special birthday surprise.
  • Panera Bread: If you have a loyalty card, you get a surprise perk loaded on.
  • Papa Murphy’s: Buy a pizza and get free cookie dough.
  • Perkins: Special birthday offer.
  • Quiznos: Free cookie.
  • Red Lobster: Special birthday gift.
  • Red Robin: Free burger plus bottomless fries.
  • Rodizio Grill: Special promotion.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Slice of chocolate cake.
  • Schlotzky’s Deli: Free small sandwich.
  • Sonic: Choose from free medium tots, medium drink, or regular creamslush.
  • Starbucks: Choose from free beverage (hand-crafted) or food item.
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Free double shakeburger with cheese ‘n fries.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s: Special treat on your birthday.
  • Tony Roma’s: Free entree.
  • Uno Chicago Grill: Free birthday treat.
  • Village Inn: Free birthday treat, plus a slice of pie for signing up.
  • Waffle House: What else? A free waffle.
  • Wienerschnitzel: Free corndog.
  • Zaxby’s: Free Nibbler.
  • Z’ Tejas: $10 coupon.

What do you think? Any good birthday freebies we forgot? Please share them in the comments section!
(Photo: Flickr user Will Clayton)

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7 Responses to “The big list of restaurant birthday freebies”

  1. Mmmmm I love me some free food! Thanks for putting this together!

  2. Melissa says:

    If you sing up on Aveda’s website, they mail you a voucher for $25 worth of a product.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I called the local Hometown Buffet and the lady said they don’t have that.

  4. Valerie Rind says:

    Try asking for the “birthday discount” or freebie everywhere you go, not just at restaurants!

    For example … the car wash.

    If you are traveling, ask for a free upgrade on your flight, rental car, hotel. The worst that happens = they say no!

  5. melissa says:

    Husband was excited for this post. today is his bday and he went for the “◾Dunkin Donuts: Free medium beverage.”
    They said they don’t honor it.
    : (

  6. Rob says:

    Landry’s Select Club gives a $25 birthday certificate on the 1st day of your birth month for use at any of their restaurants till the 15th of the next month. The $25 to join gets you a $25 certificate.

  7. Meg says:

    It’s not a restaurant, but World Market Club members get a $10 gift certificate the month of their birthday. It’s not good towards alcohol, but there’s plenty of food you can buy if you want!

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