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The Best Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Any day you take a break from cooking is a good day—but when kids eat free it's a great day. These restaurants have your back.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill exterior.Shutterstock / Ken Wolter

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

You can cure a serious case of the Mondays (or Tuesdays) at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. You can get one free kids’ meal (for kiddos 12 and under) with each purchase of an adult entree. The kids’ menu includes favorites like spaghetti and mac and cheese.

At home, try one of our top 10 mac and cheese recipes.

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denny's, where kids eat free on tuesdaysKeith Srakocic/Shutterstock


Head to Denny’s on Tuesday, when kids up to 10 years old can eat for free from 4-10pm. You can get up to two free kids meals per adult entree, which is perfect for a larger family. (Before you head to your local Denny’s, though, call to make sure they offer the deal.)

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Chicago Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomato SauceShutterstock / Brent Hofacker

Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill

Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill is also a tasty free option on Tuesdays—for lunch or dinner. Kids 12 and under can get either a free kid’s meal or a gluten-free thin-crust pizza with the purchase of an adult meal all day.

Try these copycat recipes better than your local pizza joint.

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Bob EvansShutterstock/Susan Montgomery

Bob Evans

If you cooked on Monday, you can always treat yourself on Tuesday at Bob Evans. Kids 12 and under eat free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal. If you prefer a Tuesday night at home, get the down-on-the-farm feel with these biscuit recipes or even our favorite Bob Evans copycats!

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General view of Ikea store in Edmonton, North LondonDinendra Haria/Shutterstock


OK, IKEA isn’t technically a restaurant, but we love those meatballs (even if they aren’t really Swedish)! On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get up to two free children’s entrees with the purchase of an adult entree costing $4 or more from 11 a.m. until restaurant closing. There’s even free baby food available.

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TGI Fridays exterior and logo.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

TGI Fridays

You might want to TGI Fridays a little earlier in the week. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you can get a free kid’s meal with each purchase of an adult meal. For the rest on the week, check out these show-stopping burgers at home.

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Steak 'n Shake Retail Fast Casual Restaurant Chain.Shutterstock / Jonathan Weiss

Steak ‘n Shake

If you want to wait till the weekend to treat yourself and the kids, Steak ‘n Shake offers one kid’s meal (12 and under) for every adult meal purchase of $9 or more if you dine in on Saturday. Or shake things up at home and make your own shakes.

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Culver's signShutterstock/Jonathan Weiss


OK, not completely free—but no adult purchase is needed and the offer is good every day. All Culver’s kid’s meals come with tokens for a free cone or dish of frozen custard. Choose the dish option and get a free topping—sweet! Or save up 10 “Scoopie tokens” and get a free kid’s meal anytime.

We compared the most popular fast food chains’ burgers. Can you guess where Culver’s placed?

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Grilled and smoked ribs with barbeque sauce on a carving boardShutterstock / Elena Veselova

Dickey’s Barbecue

Barbeque-loving kids (12 and under) are in heaven on Sundays at Dickey’s. You can get one kid’s meal with every adult $10 purchase when you dine in. For the rest of the week, you can wow them at home with delicious ribs.

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Craft beef burger and french fries on wooden table isolated on black background.Drozhzhina Elena/Shutterstock


Shoney’s flies its free flag all day, every day of the week. Kids 4 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. If you’re still dreaming about their omelets the next day, try one of our best egg recipes at home.

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IHOP sign.Shutterstock / James R. Martin


IHOP won’t be ruled by the calendar either. Every day from 4 to 9 p.m. you can get one free kid’s meal for each adult entree purchased when you dine in.

Make these IHOP copycat recipes at home.

Cathryn Jakicic
Cathy Jakicic has written about everything from business and bacteria to beads and baking in her career —but she greatly prefers the last two. She is a baker and a crafter and loves to try new recipes for both.