Over the past few years the cost of dining out has risen making it more expensive for families to dine out. The average family...

Over the past few years the cost of dining out has risen making it more expensive for families to dine out. The average family is more likely to cook and eat at home throughout the week to save money than go to a restaurant or order take out food. Fortunately, several restaurants have created special kids eat free promotions that give families of all sizes a way to eat out without spending a great deal of money. We have created a short list of our favorite restaurants that currently offer free meals for children. Always remember to contact your nearest location before your visit to ensure they are participating in their chain’s kids eat free promotions.


O’Charley’s is a restaurant chain consisting of approximately 17 locations throughout the South and Midwest. The company offers a huge variety of dining options including classic comfort foods, healthy seafood items, and gourmet quality appetizers. Perhaps best known for their amazing desserts, at O’Charley’s kids ages 10 and younger eat free Monday through Friday as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Currently the restaurant will provide one free kid’s meal with every one adult entree. On Wednesday’s guest of all ages are also able to enjoy a free slice of pie with their entree.


IHOP is a popular restaurant chain that is known for serving breakfast all day. Their most well recognized dish is their light and fluffy pancakes with their various omelettes coming in at a close second. At IHOP children 12 and under eat free each day of the week between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm. The kid’s menu consists of several favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. One kid’s meal is provided for one adult entree.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral is a a widely recognized Southern chain of buffet style restaurants. Each location specializes in serving freshly prepared, Southern comfort foods. Some of their most popular dishes include fried chicken, roasted turkey, and homemade meatloaf. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner; guests with children are able to save money through the company’s reduced and free meal rates for kids. Children 3 and under eat free at Golden Corral, and children 12 or younger are able to receive half priced, or $2.99, meals during the week. Currently two free or discounted kid’s meals are provided with the purchase of one adult buffet.