100 Restaurants That Offer Free Food on Your Birthday

published May 2, 2023
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Whoever said that nothing in life is free was clearly not thinking about birthdays. Perhaps the most opportune time of year to use your growing age to your advantage, a person’s date of birth has almost always been synonymous with some sort of birthday freebie at restaurants and fast food chains across the nation. And no matter what generation you may have been born in, or what part of the world you are from, if there’s one thing that everyone can overwhelmingly relate positively to, it’s free food. 

Of course, free food does not always come easily. These days, when you see the words free food, it’s basically second nature to start looking for the catch, easily assuming that there are some strings attached. And while there are plenty of fantastic deals out there, “free” almost always doesn’t mean that anymore. Still though, birthdays seem to be the major exception to the rule, and many places will generously offer you some pretty amazing rewards just for being born. 

So given that extremely useful information, the only logical thing you can do now is exploit it and take advantage of as many birthday freebies as you possibly can in one day. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants that have a little something special planned for you on your big day. Some strings may be attached, and you may need to jump through a hoop or two, but thanks to all the free food you’ll rack up, it’ll be pretty difficult to ruin the fun and prevent you from enjoying a birthday freebie on the best day, week, or month of the year. 


When you join Club Applebee’s, you’ll get a free birthday dessert. 


Members of the Arby’s loyalty program receive a free order of small curly fries and small shake with the purchase of any sandwich on their big day.

Au Bon Pain

When you join the EClub, you’ll get a free freshly brewed coffee and bakery item.

Auntie Anne’s 

Get a free pretzel on your birthday after signing up for the Auntie Anne’s app.

Baskin Robbins

Opt into the Birthday Club and earn yourself a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. 


Simply register for The Chef’s Table and receive a complimentary $30 Benihana birthday certificate during the month of your birthday. 


Have a Bennigan’s location nearby? Well, if you join the Legendary E-Club, you’ll be able to redeem a free BOGO entree worth up to $15.

BJ’s Restaurants

Dining at this popular restaurant on your birthday will earn you a free Pizookie when you sign up to become a Premier Rewards PLUS member.


Join the Bojangles E-Club and earn a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with any purchase.

Bonefish Grill

When you join Bonefish Grill’s Dine Rewards, you’ll get a complimentary order of Bang Bang Shrimp.

Boston Market 

Members of Boston Market’s Rotisserie Rewards program who provide their birthday will get a free dessert with the purchase of any item. 

Buffalo Wild Wings

Blazin’ Rewards members are eligible for six free wings during their month of birth.

California Pizza Kitchen

By joining CPK Rewards, members get a free birthday dessert, accumulate points towards other rewards, and redeem a free starter upon signing up. 


Join the Dine Rewards program and earn points with every purchase. You’ll also receive a free appetizer or dessert on your birthday.


Rewards members can redeem one free small milkshake on their big day.


By joining My Chili’s Rewards, customers will be granted free chips and salsa with every order as well as a free dessert for your birthday.

The Cheesecake Factory

Customers who celebrate their birthday by dining in at The Cheesecake Factory will receive a complimentary birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” of vanilla ice cream and fudge and a topping of whipped cream, confetti pieces, and a candle.


When you join Chick-fil-A’s tiered membership program, Chick-fil-A One, not only will you start earning points with every order, but you’ll also nab a free chocolate chunk cookie or chocolate fudge brownie for your birthday.


Customers who become a rewards member and spend at least $5 on their birthday will receive free chips and guac for the special occasion.

Chuck E. Cheese

Snag your kid (or yourself) a free sweet treat on both your birthday and half birthday when you sign up through the Check E. Cheese app


Get a free 16-ounce cold brew for your birthday when you join Cinnabon’s rewards program as well as get a free 4-count of BonBites just for signing up.

Cold Stone Creamery

When you join Cold Stone’s Club Rewards, you’ll receive a BOGO free Creation coupon added to your account to use on your day.

Corner Bakery Cafe

No matter which tier you qualify in their rewards program, every year on your birthday, you qualify for a free bakery sweet of your choice. 

Crumbl Cookies

When you sign up for the Crumbl app, you’ll receive a free cookie on your birthday.

Dairy Queen 

Simply just downloading and signing up within the DQ app will grant you an annual birthday coupon — like a Blizzard BOGO — along with tons of other quality discounts.

Del Taco

Along with other scorching hot perks, signing up for Del Taco’s Del Yeah! Rewards  will deliver a free milkshake for your birthday. A bonus perk is also getting free coffee with any purchase before 11 a.m. 


Perhaps the MVP of the entire list, walk in on your day of birth and Denny’s will grant you one free Birthday Slam. Additionally, plenty of other perks await if you sign up for their rewards program online.


Join the Dunkin’ Rewards program and get three times the points on any purchases made the day before, the day of, or the day after your birthday.

Edible Arrangements

When you sign up of the Edible Rewards program, you’ll be eligible to receive a free 12-count chocolate-dipped fruit box.

El Pollo Loco

Earn points using the Loco Rewards app and claim either a $5 or $10 reward on your birthday. 

Firehouse Subs

Free medium sub on your birthday as long as you sign up Firehouse Rewards before the big day.

Hard Rock Cafe

Simply set a dine-in reservation during your birthday month and show your ID when at the table to secure yourself a free Hard Rock Birthday Brownie, a Hard Rock-style birthday celebration, free framed photo of the special moment, and 20 percent off your entire bill (with a minimum spend of $40).

Hoot’s Wings

This fast growing offshoot of the Hooters franchise offers 10 free boneless wings with any sauce, rub, and dressing of your choice. Simply sign up for the Hoot Scoop Rewards app and start cashing in on all of the delicious perks. 


As an exclusive member of the International Bank of Pancakes, one of the best perks is a free stack of birthday pancakes.

Jersey Mike’s

A birthday freebie with some substance, MyMike’s rewards members are guaranteed a free birthday sub each year on their big day. 

Krispy Kreme

Simply sign up to be a Rewards Member and earn yourself a free birthday surprise every year. It’s rumored that this year, the reward is a dozen Original Glazed donuts on the house. 

Legal Seafoods

Starting on the first day of your birth month, Legal Net Rewards members are eligible for a one-time free dessert in celebration of your birthday. 

Longhorn Steakhouse

Though it varies from year to year, members of the Longhorn Steakhouse eClub can expect special offers and coupons every year on their birthday. 

Macaroni Grill

Get a free dessert with the purchase of an entree when you join Macaroni Grill’s EClub.

Marco’s Pizza

Join the brand’s email club and receive a free small, one-topping pizza.

Medieval Times

Join the Birthday Fellowship and receive a coupon each year for what they call the “best offer of the year.”

Mellow Mushroom

Get a free order of pretzel bites when you join Mellow Mushroom’s E-Club.


Sign up for the McDonald’s app and secure yourself a free order of medium fries on your birthday, courtesy of Ronald himself.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Nothing beats a free burrito and joining the Moe Rewards will have you counting down the days till the special day to redeem yours.

Noodles & Company

Earn either a free dessert, small or regular entrée depending on your membership tier with Noodles Rewards.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Members of the EClub receive a free bundtlet on every birthday.


Enjoy a “delicious birthday gift” each year with your O’Club membership.

Olive Garden

Not only do they offer unlimited breadsticks, but you also get a free dessert on your birthday.    

On the Border

Customers who are either a Silver or Gold member of the Border Rewards receive a free “birthday surprise” for their big day.

Orange Leaf

Receive a $5 birthday reward to go towards your purchase with the Orange Leaf Rewards program.     

Outback Steakhouse

Get a free Bloomin’ Onion when you join Outback’s Dine Rewards

Panera Bread

Receive one free treat with registration on MyPanera

P.F. Changs

Earn a complimentary dessert with membership to either P.F Changs Gold or Platinum Rewards. 

Papa Gino’s

On your birthday, receive an entire pizza when you sign up for the Papa Gino’s Rewards program.

Papa John’s

What goes great with pizza? Dessert! And, you get a free one for your birthday by registering for Papa Johns Rewards.     

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Enjoy a complimentary 25 points as well as any baked good or drink when you join the Peetnik Rewards.    


Receive a free frozen yogurt on your big day with the registration of your Pink Card.

Pita Pit

Receive a free birthday pita plus a monetary credit depending on your Pita Pit Rewards tier.

Pizza Hut

Enjoy complimentary breadsticks or cinnamon sticks on your birthday when placing an order online through The Hut.

Planet Smoothie

Earn a $6 credit toward the purchase of your smoothie with this reward from Planet Smoothie


Get a free regular side, small drink, or apple pie when you sign up for the Popeyes rewards program.


As their gift to you, enjoy a BOGO 8-inch sub after registering for Quiznos Loyalty program.

Rainforest Cafe

Join the Landry’s Select Club and reap the benefits of some wild perks, including a $25 birthday reward.

Red Lobster

Gold and Platinum members of the Red Lobster Rewards program receive an unspecified birthday reward on their special day.

Red Robin

Red Robin is giving customers a free birthday burger in return for joining their Red Robin Royalty program.

Rita’s Italian Ice

Earn a free birthday treat when you join the Birthday Club with Rita’s Rewards.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Earn a “special birthday treat” as a gift from Rubio’s when you sign up for Rubio’s Rewards.

Ruby Tuesday

Earn a free dessert or trip to the garden bar on your birthday with rewards from Ruby Tuesday.    

Seasons 52

Get rewarded with a free mini-indulgence dessert if you dine with Seasons 52 on your birthday.


Celebrate your birthday the Smashburger way and receive a free reward with a SmashRewards account.

Smoothie King

Enjoy a free bonus birthday smoothie when you sign up to the Smoothie King Healthy Rewards Club.

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar

Receive a free order of Snuffer’s cheddar fries on your birthday when you join the Snuffer’s Rewards program.

Sonic’s Drive-In

Sign up for the Sonic’s Drive-In app and receive a free small classic shake on your birthday. 

Sonny’s BBQ

Join the Q’Crew and get a free Big Deal Combo for your birthday. Now this is a perk!

Spaghetti Warehouse

Join the Warehouse eClub and receive a free special birthday meal!

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Get one free cupcake when you become a member of the Vanilla Tier of the Sprinkles Perks program. One cupcake not enough? Get up to 13 if you make it to the infamous Red Velvet Tier.


With a Starbucks Rewards membership, you receive either one free hand-crafted beverage or a complimentary food item on your birthday.

Steak ‘n Shake

Receive a free milkshake after downloading and registering for Steak ‘n Shake Rewards.


Receive a free Subway sandwich after signing up for the Subway MyWay Rewards program.      

Taco Bell

Your birthday just got cooler. Get a free Mountain Dew Baja Blast when you join Taco Bell Rewards


Receive a free TCBY treat on your birthday, but only after achieving Silver status with the TCBY Loyalty program.

TGI Fridays

Receive a free dessert during your birth month after a minimum $5 purchase and registering with TGI Fridays Rewards.

Tony Roma’s

Get a free birthday entrée when you celebrate the day at Tony Roma’s and sign up for their eRewards.


As a member of ClubTucanos, you receive a free birthday meal during your birth month.


Uberrito is another restaurant giving you a free “birthday surprise” as a reward for joining their Uberrito Loyalty program.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join Uno’s Insider’s Club and receive a free dessert on your birthday.

Waffle House

The good people at Waffle House are making you a free classic birthday waffle in return for joining their Waffle House Regulars program. 


On your birthday, get a free Wendy’s Frosty when signing up and purchasing through the Wendy’s App.   

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Join Wetzel Rewards and receive a free Original or Sinful Cinnamon Pretzel on your birthday.  


Receive a free Whataburger after signing up for Whataburger Rewards.

Which Wich

Get one free birthday Wich on your big day after your first purchase and registration to the Which Wich Vibe Club.


Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club and receive free food on your birthday.


You don’t have to join the Wingstop Club for this reward, just enter your date of birth (DOB) online and receive your free gift.

Yard House

Celebrate your birthday at Yard House and receive a dessert on the house.


Join Yogurtland’s Real Rewards program and earn a free birthday treat. 


Receive a free Big Zax Snak meal after signing up for Zax Rewardz.