25 Restaurants That Will Feed You For Free On Your Birthday

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I love birthdays! I love celebrating the fact that I've made it through an entire year alive (trust me, it's a miracle), and apparently so does everyone else that cares about me.

For 24 hours, everyone spoils you with gifts, sings your praises, and reminds you of how awesome you are.  

But the best part of the day, at least to me, is that you get to indulge in all of your favorite foods without anyone judging you. In fact, many of the places that carry these treats will offer it to you for free on your birthday.

Here are 25 places that will give you free food so you can eat and drink all day without spending a dime of your own.

1. Applebee's

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert of your choice on the restaurant. You will have to sign up for the chain's EClub to qualify.

2. Denny's

Start your birthday with a free hearty Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's. All you have to do is show them your I.D. to prove that it's your special day.

3. Arby's

Sign up for Arby's Deals, then grab a friend and head to the nearest location to enjoy a free sandwich with a purchase of another one.

You'll also get a free Beef 'N Cheddar sandwich just for joining!


Hop over to the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) and celebrate your special day with a free stack of pancakes. You'll have to sign up here first to receive the coupon.

IHOP will also treat you to a free stack when you sign up and again on the anniversary of your joining.

5. Waffle House

If you prefer waffles over pancakes, you can get them for free on your birthday at Waffle House, as long as you are part of the Regulars Club.

If you aren't, you can sign up here before your birthday.

6. Baskin Robbins

Are you a part of the Baskin Robbins Club 31? If you aren't, sign up now before your birthday rolls around, so you can enjoy a free scoop of ice cream, coupons, and sneak peeks at upcoming flavors.

7. Dairy Queen

Ice cream is great, but sometimes the only thing that can hit the spot is soft-serve. Treat your taste buds to a free Dairy Queen blizzard on your birthday.

To take advantage of this sweet deal, join the DQ Blizzard Fan Club.

8. Ruby Tuesday

Stay connected with Ruby Tuesday to enjoy a free burger or Garden bar entree on your birthday.

9. Zaxby's

Nibble on Zaxby's chicken slider sandwich paired with their famous sauce on the house! Join the Zax Mail Club and you'll be eligible for this free meal on your birthday.

10. Qdoba Mexican Grill

For a fiesta of flavors on your birthday, head over to Qdoba Mexican Grill for a free burrito. Of course, you'll have to join the Rewards Club first in order to get your free coupon.

11. Olive Garden

If you're a member of the Olive Garden eClub, you'll get to enjoy a free dessert (up to a value of $10) on your birthday. Just make sure to enter your birth date and a valid email address when you sign up so you can receive your coupon.

12. Sprinkles

Get a free treat from the "world's first cupcake shop" on your special day once you register for the bakery's reward program.

Depending on the number of visits you make per year, you can level up and get up to a dozen free cupcakes, as well as a freebie on your half birthday.

13. Starbucks

Member of the popular coffee chain's reward club will get a free drink (any size) on their birthday. If you're Gold member, you have a choice between the drink and a food item.

14. Red Robin

Once you're considered Red Robin Royalty, you will be rewarded with a free burger on your birthday.

The best part? The freebie is automatically loaded to your account so you don't have to wait around for a coupon.

15. Joe's Crab Shack

Visit Joe's Crab Shack for a free appetizer on your birthday. Just remember to sign up for Joe's Catch e-Club to in order to take full advantage of this deal.

16. Noodles & Company

Become a part of the Noodles & Company eClub to receive a coupon for a complimentary bowl of noodles on your birthday.

17. Dunkin' Donuts

There are lots of perks that come with being a part of the donut chain's mailing list, including a free medium beverage of your choice on your birthday.

18. Hooters

Register for Hooter's eClub so you can enjoy 10 free wings up to seven days after your special day.

19. Pinkberry

You can never have too many cool treats, especially if your birthday falls in the summer. Grab a Pinkberry loyalty card in store or sign up online to get free froyo.

20. Krispy Kreme

Forget the cake, and have a Krispy Kreme doughnut instead. It's free on your birthday if you sign up for the rewards program. You'll also get a free original glazed doughnut just for joining.

21. Firehouse Subs

There are no complicated sign-ups required to claim a free sandwich at Firehouse Subs on your birthday. All you need to do is show them a piece of I.D for proof.

22. Moe's Southwest Grill

Every year on your birthday, you can count on Moe's Southwest Grill to help you celebrate with a free burrito. All you need to do is sign up for the Rockin' Rewards program.

The only catch? In their own words: "Just please don't wear your birthday suit when trying to redeem."

23. Texas Roadhouse

You can enjoy a free appetizer as well as a birthday surprise from Texas Roadhouse when you sign up on the restaurant's website.

24. Cracker Barrel

This deal is unfortunately not available at all locations, but if it doesn't hurt to ask your server. If the freebie is available, you'll be treated to a free dessert and birthday song.

25. Jersey Mike's

Join Jersey Mike's email club and you will receive a coupon for a free sub and drink combo.

Which freebies will you be claiming on your birthday? Let us know!

Blair isn't a bestselling author, but she has a knack for beautiful prose. When she isn't writing for Shared, she enjoys listening to podcasts.