123 Restaurants That Give You Free Food on Your Birthday

You deserve to celebrate, and there's a whole lot of celebrating available.

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What's the best way to wake up on your birthday? Some friends thinking of you and blowing up your phone with birthday GIFs? A hand-drawn picture from your children, who can't imagine anyone in the world being better than you? Or a multi-national corporation saying, 'Hey, dude, this one's on us'?

No one says you can't have all three, but clearly, a free order of salty fries is taking top honors here. Surprisingly, you can get that and a whole lot more because tons of restaurants around the country offer free food when it's your birthday. But who wants to waste the special day wandering around for those deals? Well, here is your cheat sheet, loaded with birthday freebies from Applebee's, Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and many others. 

A&W All American Food

Sign up for the Mug Club to get a free root beer float on your birthday.

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Carrs, Pavillions, and Star Market

The family of grocery stores offers a somewhat vague gift on your birthday. It's worth up to $10, and you'll only find out what it is if you sign up for Albertsons for U.


Dessert's on the house for members of the chain's EClub.


Sign up for Arby's Extras and repeatedly refresh your inbox for a free curly fry and small shake on your birthday. The birthday coupon is sent a week before your big day.

Au Bon Pain

Lunch is free on your birthday when you join the eClub. Maybe this'll be the year you learn how to pronounce Au Bon Pain.

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Auntie Anne's

Signing up for Pretzel Perks gets you a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) pretzel deal on your birthday, so bring a friend! Just kidding. Go alone and get two pretzels.


B.come a B.GOOD Rewards member and you'll land a free meal on your birthday. No questions asked. Except, you know, they might ask if it's your birthday.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

Birthdays are super filling at Club Baja, where you get a free burrito if you're a rewards member.


Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream from the chain's creatively named Birthday Club. You'll get a coupon on your birthday for a 2.5-ounce scoop.

Bd's Mongolian Grill

Bd's promises a free meal on your birthday when you join its eclub.

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Membership to the Chef's Table grants you a $30 gift certificate to be used anytime in your entire birthday month. If there's any time to get filet mignon hibachi, that time is now. 


You'll get one free dessert when you sign up for the brick-oven pizza chain's email club.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

A free Pizzookie is coming your way on your birthday if you sign up for Premier Rewards Plus. It's a confusing portmanteau, but, you know, it's like a pizza... wookie? No, wait. It's just a huge cookie.

Black Angus Steakhouse

If you join their Prime Club, you'll get a free steak dinner on your birthday. The catch is, you can only use the deal once in your lifetime. But you also get a free dessert just for joining the club anyway, so it kind of balances out.


You have to join the E-Club and make a purchase to get a "free" Bo-Berry biscuit, but c'mon... have you tried those biscuits?

Bonefish Grill

You're in for free dessert on your birthday as a Bonefish Grill Insider.

Boston Market

You can get vague "special birthday perks" as a member of the rotisserie chain's Rotisserie Rewards program.

Bruegger'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.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

Snag a spot in the Buffalo Circle to enjoy a free snack-size order of traditional or boneless wings with your choice of sauce during a two-week window around your birthday. That's up to an $11.49 value... wild!  

California Pizza Kitchen

Save your birthday dough as a member of the CPK rewards program and enjoy a free treat during your birthday month.

Capital Grille

Finally, a birthday gift that doesn't require your email address! Show up at the Capital Grille on your birthday for a complimentary dessert to cap off your meal. Free, free of spam emails, and fancy.


Score a free appetizer or dessert any time during the month of your birthday when you join the Amici Club. It sounds like a secret society out of a Dan Brown novel, but it's actually just a rewards program.


Enjoy a free small cone if you're a Fudgie Fanatic. Look, we don't name these things.


The ever-benevolent Checkers will grant you one free small milkshake on your birthday if you're a rewards member.

Cheesecake Factory

Tell your server it's your birthday (you gotta prove it, too), and you'll get a free treat (and a song!). You're welcome (and sorry).

Chevys Fresh Mex

It offers a free meal on your birthday, plus a free appetizer right away when you sign up for the email list.


If you're a My Chili's Reward member like Michael Scott, you'll get a free dessert on your birthday. It's so great it almost makes you want to sing parody versions of popular songs.


Chipotle Rewards promises it "won’t forget you on your birthday." Rewards members get a free order of chips and guac when they spend at least $5 on their birthday.


Club Cinnabon gives revelers a coupon for a free treat. Word on the street is that the treat varies throughout the year.

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Cold Stone

What's better than ice cream with a friend on your birthday? A deal for your ice cream and your friend's ice cream on your birthday -- because you joined the My Cold Stone Club and collected your BOGO offer.

Cotton Patch Cafe

If you're a Club member, you'll snag a free dessert on the day of your birth.

Corner Bakery Cafe

Join the Corner eCafe and treat yo'self to a free birthday pastry.

Cracker Barrel

This probably isn't your top choice for a meal on your birthday, but what if we told you it'd give you both a free dessert and a song? It's your birthday. You do you. 


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

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Dairy Queen

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. 

Del Taco

Snag a free premium milkshake on your birthday if you join its Del Yeah! Rewards club. If you're not pairing tacos with milkshakes on your birthday, you're doing it wrong.


Score a free Grand Slam -- just for being born. You don't have to hand over your email address.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

There's a promise of a free reward on your birthday and the anniversary of the date you sign up for the rewards program at Dickey's.

Dippin' Dots

The "ice cream of the future" is weirdly nostalgic, just like birthdays. Head down memory lane as a member of the Dot Crazy! Email Club with free Dippin' Dots on your special day.

Duck Donuts

Use the Duck Donuts Rewards program app to get a free donut on your birthday. 

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Sip on a free beverageof choice on your birthday as a member of DD Perks. We don't know what the second D stands for now that it's just Dunkin', but we'd like to think it stands for "dank."

Edible Arrangements

Everyone's favorite fallback for when you don't know what else to get someone has an Edible Rewards program that'll send you an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit for your birthday. It's not just a clever name, they're literally edible rewards. 

Einstein Bros. Bagels

You get a free egg sandwich on your birthday when you join Einstein's e-club. You'll also get a free bagel just for joining, congrats! You earned it!

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.

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 surprise. Surprise!

Firehouse Subs

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


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


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

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On other occasions, you're probably the one giving the fancy chocolate. But on your birthday, you should be receiving the chocolate. Sign up for the GODIVA rewards program and get a free birthday offer that varies month to month. Surprises are fun!

The Halal Guys

The gyro maestro's will offering you a "special treat" on your birthday when you're part of The Halal Guys Rewards.

Halo Burger

Join Halo Rewards to snag an unspecific perk when your birthday rolls around. It's like you've been blessed by a ground beef angel.


Hit up the birthday party dream destination of many a 13-year-old boy for 10 free wings as a member of the Hooters e-club.

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The International Bank of Pancakes rewards program is a weird play on Bitcoin, kind of. It's confusing. Not confusing? That's the part where you get free pancakes on your birthday. 

Jack in the Box

Flash this coupon like the birthday boss you are for two free tacos.

Jamba Juice

Break down and become an insider so you can sip a free juice or smoothie on your birthday.

Jersey Mike's

You'll get a free sub and a drink when you sign up for the sub chain's email club.

Jimmy John's

You'll have to trust them on this one because it's a bit vague. If you join Freaky Fast Rewards, Jimmy John's says "we may even surprise you on your birthday (wink, wink)."

Joella's Hot Chicken

The Hot Rewards program promises to dish up a free dessert for you on your birthday.

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.

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.

Junior's Cheesecake

Join the simply-named Birthday Club to get a free slice of cheesecake with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entrée. You have seven days before and after your birthday to claim your prize. 

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Krispy Kreme

As a friend of Krispy Kreme, you get a free donut on your birthday. If you're lucky, the donut shop will have its birthday cake donut on hand. 

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.


At Jimmy Buffett's Jimmy Buffett-themed restaurant, you'll get a free scoop of ice cream (plus toppings) just for showing up. It's every Parrot Head's dream, aside from living in Margaritaville

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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.

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. 

Mimi's Cafe

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

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.

Morton's Steakhouse

Sign up for Landry's Select Club to score a free dessert and $25 reward card on your birthday. We're not sure who Landry is, but they seem awfully nice. 

Noodles & Company 

If you become part of the Noodles Family, you get a free bowl of noodles on your cake day. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Join the email list to get a free Bundtlet as a birthday deal. It's an individually packaged miniature Bundt Cake.


The birthday freebie here is delightfully vague, but you'll get something on your big day from the O'Club

Olive Garden

Unlimited breadsticks and a free dessert on your birthday? That is surely worth tolerating annoying promotional emails.

On the Border

Reward members who stop by on their birthday get "a special surprise, on the house." A representative tells Thrillist you can grab that perk within a few days of your birthday. Though, the details on what you're getting are on the border of being specific.

Outback Steakhouse

"Let's go Outback tonight," is what you should say if it's your birthday. Not really, but you might want to since it'll give you a free kids-sized vanilla sundae. You'll have Of Montreal stuck in your head all day, too. 

Orange Leaf

The Orange Leaf Rewards program serves up $3 off frozen yogurt for your birthday.

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P.F. Chang's

On your birthday, you can choose any entree for free with the purchase of another entree, which is great for birthday dates. Or when you want to celebrate by eating twice. The choice is yours as a member of P.F. Chang's Preferred


As if you need another treat at this point, the double bread bowl maker will throw you a free pastry if you're a MyPanera member.

Papa Gino's

When you sign up for the pizza shop's rewards program, you're signing up for a free pizza on your birthday. It's hard to argue with that.

Peet's Coffee & Tea

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


Sign up for a Pinkcard to get free frozenyogurt on your big day.

Pizza Hut

All you have to do is have an online ordering account with Pizza Hut to get delivered free hot and fresh cinnamon sticks on your birthday.

Planet Smoothie

Slurp a free smoothie as a Birthday Club member, and with a name like that, who wouldn't want to be a Birthday Club member.

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Prepare to be so full on your birthday. Qdoba Rewards members get a BOGO birthday burrito deal.


Q-Club members can stick a candle in a free cookie. Or just eat it. Yeah, don't bother with the candle. 

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.

Red Mango

Join Club Mango for $5 off your birthday purchase.

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

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Red Robin

Feel like cheeseburger chain Royalty with a free burger during your birthday month.

Rubio's Coastal Grill

Rubio's rewards program's birthday deal is a surprise. Everyone loves a surprise.

Ruby Tuesday

So Connected sometimes sounds like what we'd like not to be, but signing up for the club lands you a free burger on your name day.

Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

Agree to let the Rusty Bucket send you emails to get a free dessert on your birthday. (Though, it can really be used anytime during your birthday month.)


Slice Society members get a free slice with a drink purchase on their birthdays.

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My Sonic rewards get you a free birthday treat, which -- beware -- is typically chosen at random.

Sonny's BBQ

As a member of the Turbo Team, err, I mean Q' Crew, you'll get a free Big Deal Combo on your birthday. Bring your own birthday bib.


Join the chain's club, get a free Malibu chicken. It's so simple, you'll have plenty of time to hit a bunch of other places for free birthday food. 

Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar

Use the Cheddar Fries Rewards app to -- drumroll -- get a free order of Cheddar Fries for your birthday.


Every cupcake shop should plop a free cupcake in your hand on your birthday. Thankfully, that's exactly what happens at Sprinkles. Huzzah!

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Starbucks Rewards members get a free food item or beverage of their choice on their birthday. 

Steak 'n Shake

You should certainly sign up for Steak 'n Shake's email list before your birthday because you'll be gifted a double-steak burger with cheese fries

Taco Cabana

There's a promise of a "birthday surprise" when you join My TC


Join myTCBY for free frozen yogurt on your birthday. 

TGI Fridays

Even a lame Wednesday birthday will feel like a Friday, thanks to the free dessert you'll get with the purchase of an entree during your birthday month.


The burrito shop's loyalty program doesn't say what you're getting. It does, however, promise "a birthday surprise" when your big day rolls around.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join Uno's Insider Club to get uno free dessert on your birthday.

Waffle House

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

Wetzel's Pretzels

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


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

Which Wich

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


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 a free meal on your birthday.


Sign up for the creatively named The Club to get a free order of fries.


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.


By joining Zaxby's email club, you'll not only secure a free sandwich meal deal, you also get a free Nibbler (a chicken slider sandwich) on your birthday.

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebies, and holiday gift card deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. He only discovered birthdays exist when he turned about 10 or so. Follow him @dlukenelson.