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30 Restaurants With Free Birthday Deals You Don't Want to Miss

Celebrate your special day the best possible way: with free food at your favorite restaurants.

Many people would agree that their birthday is the best day of the year. People shower you with attention and give you free stuff for something you had very little to do with; it wasn't like it was your idea to be born. But, hey, that's the way the world works, and we're not complaining. We want to help make your special day even better by letting you know about all the free birthday food out there.

To help you cash in on some of the best free grub the month, week, and day of your bday, we've dug up the best birthday deals in restaurant land. It is your birthday, after all, so if you're in the mood to treat yourself, you totally should! And what better way to treat yourself than by tucking into something that didn't cost any money whatsoever?

Here, we've rounded up the 30 restaurants with the best free birthday food deals. It's time to celebrate! And if you're not sure where to eat first, here's Every Chain Restaurant In America—Ranked By Popularity to give you some ideas.



applebees triple chocolate meltdown with ice cream on white plate
Courtesy of Applebees

Listen up, Applebee's fans: Joining your favorite eatery's EClub entitles you to a special B-day present. All you need to do is visit, plug in your email address, and you'll receive an email on your special day with a coupon for a free dessert. You'll also get a free appetizer just for signing up.

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Baskin Robbins

baskin robbins two scoop sundae
Courtesy of Baskin Robbins

Join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club, and you'll get a free scoop of ice cream the week of your birthday.

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Planet Smoothie

Planet smoothie grape ape

What's better than a refreshing smoothie on your bday? Not much, except maybe getting one for free. Sign up for the Planet Smoothie eClub to get your hands on a complimentary sweet treat.

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starbucks frappuccino on table with green straw

If you're not already a Starbucks Rewards member, we suggest you sign up ASAP. Insiders get tons of rewards, and it's free and easy to get started. You can collect points, redeemable for free treats throughout the year. Oh, and you'll also get a free Starbucks drink on your bday—can't forget that part!


Au Bon Pain

au bon pain almond croissant
Au Bon Pain/Facebook

Put your wallet away and get a free pastry and coffee for your birthday. To score the freebies, sign up for Au Bon Pain's email club.

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Ruby Tuesday

ruby tuesday

Sign up to receive exclusive emails from Ruby Tuesday and get a free burger on your B-Day.


Jamba Juice

jamba juice deal
Courtesy of Jamba Juice

If you join My Jamba Rewards through the chain's app, you can get a free smoothie on your birthday.

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Subway cookie

When you join Subway's MyWay Rewards, you'll get a free cookie on your special day.



dunkin coffee cup on table

Sip on a free beverage of any size to celebrate your birthday when you're a DD Perks member. Can't make it to Dunkin' on your actual birthday? No problem. You can cash in on this reward up to a week after your birthday.

And for more on the chain, don't miss these 30 Things You Didn't Know About Dunkin'.


Einstein Bros

Einstein bros bagels

After joining Einstein Bros' "Shmear Society," you can enjoy a free egg sandwich with any purchase on your big day.




Sweetgreen will give you $10 in credit toward a free salad during your birthday month. But there's a catch: You have to spend $100 within a year to qualify for "green status," aka the level you need to reach for that free salad. But that's less than one visit a month, so if you're a regular at the salad chain, it should be easy to reach that goal.



Vanilla cinnamon roll
Courtesy of Panera Bread

When you sign up for the MyPanera rewards program, you can enjoy a free pastry on your special day.



Mini molten chocolate cake
Courtesy of Chilis

Join My Chili's Rewards and blow out your candles with a free dessert on your birthday. Bonus: After signing up, rewards members also get free chips and salsa with the purchase of an adult entrée.


P.F. Chang's

pf changs chicken lettuce wraps
Courtesy of PF Changs

Create a P.F. Chang's Rewards account to get your hands on a complimentary appetizer or dessert of your choice during your birthday month.



grand slam breakfast at dennys with pancakes bacon and eggs
Courtesy of Dennys

Drop by any Denny's on your birthday, and they'll treat you with a free Grand Slam breakfast. A valid ID with your date of birth is required to receive this, so don't leave home without it!

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pinkberry frozen yogurt cups
Courtesy of Pinkberry

Register for Pinkcard, Pinkberry's loyalty program, or download the Pinkberry app to get a free cup of yogurt on your birthday.



ihop cupcake pancakes
Courtesy of IHOP

It's a special day, so you should indulge in something you wouldn't normally eat. And if you're a breakfast fan, the best place to go all-out is at IHOP. When you join IHOP's MyHop rewards program, not only are you rewarded with free birthday pancakes, you'll get free pancakes every year on your anniversary of joining, too!



smashburger storefront
Paul McKinnon / Shutterstock

When you join Smashburger's SmashClub, you'll receive a free milkshake or side dish alongside any purchase on your birthday.


California Pizza Kitchen

california pizza kitchen storefront

After you've signed up for CPK Rewards, you'll be eligible to get a free dessert during your birthday month.


Dairy Queen

dairy queen deal
Courtesy of Dairy Queen

When you're part of Dairy Queen's Blizzard Fan Club, you'll get an extra-special coupon on your birthday for a BOGO blizzard.

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Jersey Mike's

#14 veggie sandwich
Courtesy of Jersey Mike's

Once you've signed up for Jersey Mike's MyMikes rewards program, you can get your hands on a free sub for your candles-and-cake day.


Steak 'n Shake

steak n shake

As long as you include your birth date when you sign up for the Steak 'n Shake eClub, you'll get a little something—a free milkshake—on your special day.


Cups Frozen Yogurt

cups frozen yogurt
Courtesy of Cups Frozen Yogurt

Join the Cups VIP list to get a free cup of Cups Froyo on your birthday. The flavors vary at all locations, but we all know the toppings are the best part!


Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's bagels restaurant

Join Bruegger's "Inner Circle" rewards program, and you'll get a free bagel with cream cheese for your birthday.


Caribou Coffee

Caribou coffee cookies and cream cooler
Caribou Coffee/Facebook

Love coffee? Join Caribou's perks program, and you'll get a free beverage for your birthday.

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Baja Fresh

baja fresh chicken baja with chips
Courtesy of Baja Fresh

Sign up for Club Baja, and you'll get a free burrito on your birthday.



benihana seafood diablo
Courtesy of Benihana

If you live near a Benihana, you'll want to be sure to sign up for this deal. Join the Chef's Table email list, and the chain will send you a $30 certificate to use on your birthday. You have to purchase another adult entree to use the certificate, though, so make sure to go with a friend.


Buffalo Wild Wings

buffalo wild wings traditional wings
Courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings

If you join the Blazin' Rewards program, you'll get a free snack-size order of wings on your birthday. Plus, you'll earn points each time you visit the chain, and you can redeem them for free food throughout the year.


Black Angus Steakhouse

black angus steakhouse steak
Courtesy of Black Angus Steakhouse

Join the Prime Club rewards program, and you'll get a free steak dinner on your birthday. Yum!


Del Taco

del taco vanilla milkshake
Del Taco/Facebook

Join the Del Taco Raving Fan EClub and get a free shake to go with your tacos.

Now that you know about all the free food options out there, your next birthday might just be your happiest one yet. And when you're grocery shopping during the rest of the year, don't miss these 30 Cheap Costco Buys That Make the Membership Worth It.

Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more about Dana Leigh