Score Free Food on Your Birthday at These 111 Chain Restaurants

I love birthdays, and it’s not just because of the presents and parties. It’s mostly because I get to eat cake (on my birthday and for the next week) and I get free food. In the past, my parents would take me out to dinner, but now that I’m in college my parents aren’t usually there to celebrate it with me. Luckily, there are a bunch of chain restaurants all across the United States where I can get a ton of free food and drinks for my special day no matter where I am. To make it even better, some of these restaurants offer specials throughout the whole month and not just on the day of your birthday. If you want to make your special day/month even more special, check out these 111 chain restaurants that offer free food on your birthday.

#SpoonTip: Check out where to get free dessert on your birthday too, because sometimes cake is not enough. 

1. Applebee’s

Dessert’s on the house for members of the chain’s EClub. My roommate is a server at Applebee’s, and word on the street is you’ll also get a pretty cool birthday song, also on the house.

2. Arby’s

Sign up for Arby’s Extras and receive a coupon for a free curly fry and small shake on your birthday.

3. Auntie Anne’s

Signing up for Pretzel Perks gets you a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) pretzel deal on your birthday.

4. Baja Fresh

Join Club Baja and get a free taco for signing up and a free burrito on your birthday.

5. Baskin Robbins

Sign up for Baskin Robbins Birthday Club and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

6. Benihana

Sign up online and get a $30 gift certificate during the month of your birthday.

7. BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse

A free Pizzookie is coming your way on your birthday if you sign up for Premier Rewards Plus.

8. Black Angus Steakhouse

Get a free cowboy cookie with purchase of entree on your birthday.

9. Black Bear Diner

Kick off the celebrations with a free Bearthday Breakfast (pancakes or waffles, eggs, and bacon or sausage).

10. Breugger’s Bagels

Your day of birth will grant you one free bagel and your choice of cream cheese when you sign up for its email club.

11. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

If you haven’t had Bruster’s, allow me to change your life – with a $3 discount on your birthday.

12. Bubba Gump Shrimp

Party, Forrest, Party!! Celebrate with a free birthday cupcake, complete with candle and song.

13. Bucca di Beppo

Bucca lets you choose between a free colossal brownie sundae (that feeds four people!) OR double dark chocolate cake on your birthday.

Sign up for the Buffalo Circle and get free food on your birthday in the form of snack-size wings (boneless or traditional) to celebrate your big day.

15. California Pizza Kitchen

Sign up for the CPK Pizza Dough program and you will get a free dessert on your birthday, which is extra exciting because their chocolate brownie is insanely good (ask to get it warmed up).

16. Capital Grille

Another b-day gift that doesn’t require your email address! Just show up at the Capital Grille on your birthday for a complimentary dessert to end your meal.

17. Carl’s Jr.

Celebrate your birthday with a BOGO Famous Star burger with cheese.

18. Caribou Coffee

Caribou Perks members can get a free drink, any size, as long as you’ve made a purchase in the previous six months.

19. Carrabba’s

Score a free appetizer or dessert any time during the month of your birthday when you join the Amici (friend) Club.

20. Carvel

Enjoy a free small cone if you’re a Fudgie Fanatic

21. Checkers

Checkers will gift you one free small milkshake on your birthday if you’re a rewards member.

Tell your server it’s your birthday while enjoying the seemingly endless menu, and you’ll get a free treat for dessert.

Become a member of Chick-Fil-A One and receive a birthday reward from Chick-fil-A, valid for 30 days.

24. Chili’s

Channel your favorite (fictional) regional manager of a small-town paper company and become a MyChili’s Reward member to get a free dessert on your birthday.

Sign up on the Chipotle app to receive free food on your birthday. Unfortunately, guac is still extra.

26. Cici’s

In case this list doesn’t give you enough all-you-can-eat freebies, you can take advantage of a free adult pizza buffet at Cici’s and achieve more free food on your birthday.

27. Cinnabon

Club Cinnabon gives revelers a coupon for a free treat.

28. Coco’s Bakery

Forget the cake, Coco’s will celebrate your birthday with a free slice of pie. Candles may or may not be included.

I love Cold Stone, so I definitely think signing up for the Cold Stone Club to get a free ice cream creation on my birthday is worth it.

30. Corner Bakery

Join the Corner eCafe to score rewards, and a free birthday pastry.

This beloved Midwestern burger joint will give you one free sundae on your birthday if, and only if, you join its “club.”

Fans of the dessert served upside down, rejoice. Drop your birthday into the DQ mobile app to get a BOGO Blizzard offer for your big day.

33. Daphne’s California Greek

On your birthday, Daphne’s will gift you $5 off your next visit, automatically loaded onto your Pita Points Rewards Club card on your birthday.

Snag a free premium milkshake on your birthday if you join its Del Yeah! Rewards club.

If you show your ID to prove it’s your birthday, you get a free grand slam, no sign up needed.

36. Dickey’s BBQ Pit

Join Yellow Cup Rewards and celebrate your special day with free food on your birthday with their barbecue classic sandwich.

37. Dippin’ Dots

The “ice cream of the future” is weirdly nostalgic, just like birthdays. Relive your childhood and join the Dot Crazy! Email Club to celebrate with free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday.

Sign up for the Dunkin’ Donuts rewards program and get a free drink (of any size) during the month of your birthday.

39. Einstein Bros Bagel

Get a free Egg Sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the Einstein Bro’s E-Club.

40. El Pollo Loco

When you sign up for the chain’s rewards program, you’ll get free chips and guac on your birthday. Hmm…that is loco.

41. El Torito

Sign up for ET’s E-Club for a free birthday entree, up to $15.

42. Farmer Boys

The burger hub’s VIF club — that’s Very Important Farmer, though you don’t have to be a farmer to be a VIF — will give you a delightfully vague “birthday surprise.” Plus, if you’re signing up for the first time, you’ll get a $5 reward on top of the birthday surprise.

43. Firehouse Subs

Join Firehouse Rewards to get set up with a free medium sub on your big, big day.

44. Friendly’s

Among the many rewards for joining the BFF club, the ever-friendly Friendly’s will set you up with a free medium sundae during your birthday month.

45. Fuddruckers

Join the Fudds Club for a BOGO 1/3 pound birthday burger.

46. Genghis Grill

Rewards members can get a free appetizer or dessert (less than three visits) or one free regular bowl (3+ visits), depending on how many times you visit Genghis Grill.

47. Godfather’s Pizza

Members of Godfather’s Loyalty Club get a free medium one-topping pizza on your birthday.


Sign up for the GODIVA rewards program and get a free birthday offer that varies month to month.

49. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Free 16″ one-topping pizza (valued up to $17) for rewards members, so long as you make one purchase per year.

50. Hard Rock Café

Rock out with a free BOGO entrée on your birthday.

51. Hooters

Get 10 free wings on your birthday when you sign up for the Hooters eClub

52. Hot Dog on a Stick

Rewards members can get free Funnel Cake Sticks, up to $3.49, on their special day.

53. IHOP

Sign up for IHOP’s reward program and get a free stack of pancakes on your birthday, anniversary, and right when you sign up.

54. Islands

Join Island’s Tiki Link and get a free dessert to celebrate the rest of your bounty of free food on your birthday.

55. Jack In The Box

Flash this coupon like the birthday boss you are for two free tacos. Because nothing says “it’s my birthday” like tacos from The Box.

56. Jamba Juice

As a Jamba Insider Rewards member, you will get a free birthday smoothie or juice.

57. Jersey Mike’s

Sign up and get a free sub and drink on your day of birth.

58. Jimmy John’s

Let’s hope for the best, here: If you join Freaky Fast Rewards, Jimmy John’s says “We may even surprise you on your birthday (wink, wink).”

59. Joe’s Crab Shack

You’ll catch one free appetizer on your birthday if you sign up for the delightfully named “Joe’s Catch” newsletter.

60. Johnny Rockets

Stop into Johnny Rockets the week of your birthday and grab a free burger with the purchase of an entree and drink as a member of the Rocket eClub.

61. Junior’s Cheesecake

Join Junior’s Birthday Club to get a free slice of cheesecake with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entrée. And if you’re stuffed from the other birthday offerings, you have seven dats before and after your birthday to claim your prize.

62. Krispy Kreme

You can get a free donut and drink on your birthday if you’re a Krispy Kreme Rewards member.

63. Longhorn Steakhouse

Not only will you get a free appetizer when you sign up for a Longhorn Account, you’ll also get a free dessert on your birthday.

64. Macaroni Grill

Get a free dessert with entree purchase on your birthday.

65. Marie Callender’s

Save $5 off two entrees and get two free slices of pie on your birthday.

66. McDonald’s

You can pick up a free Happy Meal on your birthday if you sign up for McDonald’s email newsletter. Oh, and also, you have to be a kid to qualify. So, maybe save this one for your kid’s birthday.

67. Melting Pot

Melting Pot offers free chocolate-covered strawberries when you sign up for its online club. Just make sure you fondue it (sorry) before your birthday so the free treat arrives in time.

68. Menchie’s

Get a $5 store credit for frozen yogurt on your birthday by joining the mySmileage program.

69. Mimi’s Cafe

After you’ve stuffed yourself with free food on your birthday from everywhere else, Mimi’s offers a free Mixed Berry Muffin Sundae for dessert if you’re an EClub member.

70. Moe’s Southwestern Grill

Download the Moe’s mobile app to get a free burrito. Oh, and you get a free order of nachos just for joining the loyalty program.

Join the email list to get a free Bundtlet, aka an absolutely delicious, individually packaged miniature bundt cake.

Sign up on the Olive Garden website and get a free appetizer or dessert on your birthday.

73. Outback Steakhouse

Head to the Down Under for free kids-sized vanilla sundae on your birthday.

Signing up to receive emails from Panda Express means that you’ll get an exclusive offer on your birthday. I hope it includes orange chicken.

Join the Panera rewards program and get a free pastry on your birthday.

76. Peet’s Coffee

Sign up for Peetnik rewards (get it? eh?) and get a free coffee on your birthday.

77. PF Chang’s

As part of the P.F. Chang’s reward program, you can get a free small plate, dim sum, or dessert on your birthday. I highly recommend the great wall of chocolate.

78. Pei Wei

To celebrate your birthday, Pei Wei Rewards Members can enjoy a free small plate of crab wontons, edamame, vegetable spring rolls, or a pork egg roll.

79. Pick Up Stix

Rewards members get free 6-piece cream cheese wontons on their birthday.

80. Pieology

Join the PieLife for a free BOGO pizza or entree salad

81. Pinkberry

As a Pinkberry loyalist, you will receive a free yogurt on your birthday and a free yogurt after every 10 purchases you make regardless of the day.

82. Pizza Hut

When you make a Pizza Hut online account, they will email you a coupon for free cinnamon sticks on your birthday.

83. Planet Smoothie

Birthday Club members can get their fruits and veggies in with a free smoothie.

84. Popeye’s

Rewards members get a free apple pie dessert on their birthday.

85. Qdoba

Qdoba Rewards members get a BOGO birthday burrito deal. We recommend sticking to regular birthday candles, though.

86. Quizno’s

Q-Club members can enjoy a free cookie with their birthday sub sandwich.

87. Raising Canes

Join the Caniac Club and receive a free drink on your birthday, along with food rewards on your Caniac Club anniversary and other special holidays.

88. Red Lobster

Fresh Catch Clubbers get a birthday freebie chosen at random. Honestly, we’d be happy if it’s just an order of Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

89. Rita’s Italian Ice

Head over to Rita’s on your day of birth, and it’ll reward you with a free scoop of ice cream, Italian ice, or custard.

90. Red Robin

Red Robin Royalty can enjoy a free burger during your birthday month. Birthday burger…YUM

91. Rubio’s Coastal Grille

Rubio’s rewards program’s birthday deal is a surprise. Who doesn’t love a surprise?

92. Ruby Tuesday

You may not want to be So Connected, but signing up for the club means you score a free burger on your name day.

93. Sbarro

Keep channeling your inner Michael Scott with a stop at his favorite authentic New York pizza joint: Slice Society members get a free slice with a drink purchase on their birthdays.

94. Seasons 52

Just let your waiter know it’s your birthday and you will get any dessert you want for free.

95. Smashburger

SmashClub members get a free side and/or classic smash burger to ring in their new year.

96. Sonic

My Sonic rewards get you a free birthday treat when you drive-up, but be warned: the treat is typically chosen at random.

97. Sprinkles

Enjoy a free cupcake from Sprinkles on your birthday.

Sign up for the Starbucks Rewards program at least 30 days before your birthday and get a free drink or treat and 15% off

99. Subway

When you sign up for Subway’s Eat Fresh Club, you will get a free six-inch sub and drink on your birthday.

100. Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen will celebrate your birthday with a $10 credit that is valid for up to 30 days. To receive the birthday reward, you must add your birthday to your profile on the Sweetgreen website or app at least 14 days prior.

101. The Habit Burger Grill

Members of the CharClub get a free Charburger with cheese on their birthday.

102. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Enjoy a $2 credit (aka a discounted smoothie) on your birthday.

103. Vitality Bowls

Members of the loyalty program get a free birthday acai bowl.

104. Waffle House

The Waffle House Regulars Club rewards members a free birthday waffle.

105. Wetzel’s Pretzels

Use the app to get a free pretzel for your birthday.

106. Whataburger

On your birthday, get one free Justaburger just by signing up for the loyalty program.

107. Which Wich

Join Vibe Club Rewards to get a free seven-inch sandwich on your birthday.

108. Wienerschnitzel

The house of hot dogs doesn’t give away the game. It’s not clear what you’re getting on your birthday if you sign up for the suggestively titled Wiener Lovers’ Club, but it does promise free food on your birthday.

109. Wingstop

Get free fries on your birthday and also when you sign up for the Wingstop Club.

110. Yard House

E-club members get a free mini birthday dessert.

111. Yogurtland

When you join Yogurtland’s

When you join Yogurtland’s Real Rewards program, you’ll get a three-ounce frozen yogurt right away, and another on your birthday. It’s a real double-whammy, but the good kind.

We wish you a happy trip around the sun as you celebrate with all this free food on your birthday!