I remember when Denny's used to give away a free meal on your birthday. I used to go there every year on August 4 for a delicious big breakfast on them. They ran that promotion for a number of years but eventually, like all good things, it came to an end. I was sad.

Recently I found out there are actually quite a few restaurants that give you a free "something" on your birthday and after doing a little searching, even Denny's is back on that list. I'm happy again.

A Blogger named Jim (not me) listed 101+ Restaurants With Free Food On Your Birthday on WalletHacks.com, but most of of those are not located near us. So using that as a starting point I have compiled a list of restaurants with birthday freebies that exist in our area. Keep in mind that some (most) of these restaurants require you to join their frequent eaters mailing list or some kind of club to be eligible for the free stuff.

  • Applebees – Free Dessert, join email.
  • Arby’s – Free Milkshake, join email.
  • Auntie Anne’s – Free Pretzel
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Free Snack-sized wings, join Buffalo Circle.
  • Chili's - Free Dessert if you join Chili's Rewards
  • Cold Stone Creamery - Buy 1 Get 1 Free if you join My Stone Cold Club.
  • Cracker Barrel – Free dessert
  • Dairy Queen - Free Blizzard if you buy one, must join Blizzard Fan Club.
  • Denny's - Free Grand Slam Breakfast, just show server ID.
  • Firehouse Subs - Free medium sub, must join Firehouse Rewards.
  • Golden Palace - Free buffet with proof it's your birthday.
  • IHOP - Free Meal, must join Pancake Revolution.
  • Jason's Deli - $5 Coupon, if you join their email.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse - Free dessert when you join Longhorn.
  • Olive Garden - Free appetizer when buy 2 entrees, join e-club.
  • Outback Steakhouse - Free dessert with entree purchase, join email.
  • Red Lobster - Free gift, join Fresh Catch Club.
  • Ruby Tuesday - Free burger, join So Connected.
  • Schlotzsky's - Free sandwich, join Bun and Fun eClub.
  • Smashburger - Free flavored shake, join smashclub rewards.
  • Sonic - Free Cream slush, tater tots or drink, join my Sonic.
  • Starbucks – Free drink, join My Starbucks Rewards.
  • Steak 'n Shake - Free double steak burger, join eClub.
  • Subway – Free 6″ sub and drink, join email.
  • Texas Roadhouse - Free App, join email.
  • Waffle House – Free Waffle, join regulars club.
  • Wendy's - $1 off a combo, join WendyMail.

Be sure you let us know below if we missed any.

Happy birthday food!