Many restaurants offer freebies. Some are freebies or special offers for your birthday, others are for joining their restaurant club. Click on any below to be taken to their offer. As we have suggested elsewhere on this site, to avoid getting spam sent to your inbox, create an email account that you use only to receive special offers such as these.
Currently we know of 131 chains nationwide that offer free food offers If you know of any others let us know so we can add them to our list.
Abuelo’s – Join Mi Abuelo’s Rewards and get a free gift and earn points for every $1 spent toward free food, gift cards and other offers.
Applebee’s – Sign up for the Email Club and you’ll get news and a birthday treat. You’ll also get a birthday song at your dinner in the restaurant.
Arby’s – Sign up for Arby’s email and you’ll get offers and a coupon for a free roast beef Classic with purchase of a regular drink and a free 12 oz. milkshake on your birthday.
Au Bon Pain – Join the ABP eClub and get a free travel mug for signing up and a free salad or sandwich on your birthday, an anniversary gift and insider news.
Auntie Anne’s – The Pretzel Perks app gets you a free pretzel for signing up, 20 points for every visit, 10 pts for every $1 spent, a free pretzel every 300 pts, and special rewards and offers. Bonuses increase as your point level increases.
Backyard Burgers – Join the eClub and get info, offers and a free burger.
Bahama Breeze – Island Insiders get exclusive coupon offers, menu and beverage news, sweepstakes, recipes, and Island Insider event info.
Benihana – Join The Chef’s Table for news, special promotions, and a complimentary $30 gift certificate during your birthday month plus a Happy Birthday song in restaurant.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Become a Chunk Spelunker and you’ll get email info on new products, special offers or maybe even some samples. You can also get a free cone at most shops on National Ice Cream Day, the third Sunday in July. On your birthday you’ll get a free scoop and a $3 discount on an ice cream cake.
Black Angus Steakhouse – Join the Prime Club and receive news, special offers and a free dessert, as well as a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Join the Premier Rewards Program and earn points for dollars off your check or free food, including a free pizookie on your birthday. You can also earn points by posting to Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare. Locations in 21 states.
Bob Evans – sign up for BE Mail and receive new, special promotions, rewards and more.
Bojangles – Become a fan of Bojangles and join the E-Club to receive special, exclusive news, a biscuit sandwich for joining, a coupon for a free sandwich on your birthday and a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with purchase for referring a friend.
Bonefish Grill – Become a BFG Insider to receive seasonal offerings, access to exclusive events, discounts and more. In addition, BFG will sometime run specials where you can take a screen shot of their website with your mobile device and show it for a special discount. As of this writing that offer was $10 off your check.
Boston Market – Sign up for the V.I.P. Club for event news, exclusive offers, a coupon for $4 off a $10 purchase and a birthday treat.
Buca di Beppo – eClub members get a free small spaghetti marinara, fettuccine Alfredo or baked ziti .
Burger King – Members of the BK Fan Kingdom receive news, special offers and contests.
California Pizza Kitchen – CPK Pizza Dough offers $5 back for every $100 you spend and a free small plate for registering.
Captain D’s – Become a D’s Club insider and get exclusive news, offers, special coupons and a free dessert a week for a month with purchase for joining.
Capital Grille – The upscale steakhouse’s Insiders receive occasional, exclusive offers such as recipes from the chefs and live chats.
Cheesecake Factory – Receive their email for info on new menu items, contests, recipes, giveaways and more. Also, if you go there on your birthday let your server know ahead of time and you’ll get a free ice cream with a candle in in at the end of your meal along with the servers singing Happy Birthday.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex – Sign up for the Eclub and get exclusive offers and a free entree on your birthday.
Chick-fil-A – Chick-fil-A Email Insiders get the most relevant information on news, events and exclusive promotions to your inbox. On Cow Appreciation Day in July, come fully dressed as a cow and get a free combo meal or partially dress as a cow and get a free sandwich.
Chili’s – With the Rewards program you’ll receive news and either a free order of chips & salsa, chips and guac, or chips and queso for joining. On your birthday you get a free brownie sundae or appetizer and a Happy Birthday song in restaurant.
Chipotle – Sign up for email updates on events, promos and contests.
Church’s Fried Chicken – Become a Guest Star and receive exclusive deals and savings and the latest on new products and promotions. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter for special offers.
CiCi’s Pizza – Get Pizza Perks sent to your email inbox or cell phone.
Corner Bakery – Join the eCafe for news, promos and offers for free baked goods.
Del Taco – Join the Raving Fan Club and receive free food and other insider only treats including 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up and a free premium shake on your birthday.
Dippin’ Dots – Join the Dot Crazy! Email and Rewards Club and get access to free games, info and promos, earn points towards rewards and get a free small cup on your birthday.
Dunkin’ Donuts – DD Perks members get 5 points for every dollar they spend with their DD Perks card, a free medium beverage when you join, on your birthday, and for every 200 points, and members only bonus points offers loaded on to their card.
El Pollo Loco – Members of My Loco Rewards receive free chips and guacamole for joining, exclusive news, rewards and previews, and a special birthday reward.
El Torito Cantina – Join the El Torito E-Club and receive exclusive offers and a free entree on your birthday.
Firehouse Subs – Subscribe to the Copy That! newsletter and get info on special promos, offers, news and a free medium sub on your birthday when you show your ID.
Friendly’s – Become a BFF (Best Friend of Friendly’s) and get 25% off your next check, a free medium sundae on your birthday, and special offers, discounts and news.
Fuddrucker’s – Fudd’s Club members get promotions, special offers, event news and coupons for your birthday burger and anniversary.
Godiva – Join the Rewards Club and receive a free piece of chocolate at Godiva stores each month.
Golden Corral – Become a member of the Good as Gold Club and receive a welcome surprise, news, mew and seasonal menu announcements and a special birthday gift.
Hardee’s / Carl’s Jr. – Sign up to receive email from them and you’ll get news and coupons, including a coupon for a free small fry and small beverage with the purchase of a 1/3 lb. Thickburger.
Hometown Buffet – Sign up for Crave Connection and receive deals, discounts and a BOGO dinner offer and a free adult dinner buffet and song on your birthday. This is a sister company to the Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Country Buffet and Fire on the Mountain chains.
Hooters – Join the Hoot Club and get bonus points on purchases towards personalized rewards, entries in to prize drawings and a free appetizer for signing up. On your birthday you’ll get 10 free wings and a birthday song.
IHOP – Join the Pancake Revolution and get free pancakes when you sign up, a free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancake meal on your birthday, and on your 1-year anniversary of joining. IHOP also has the IHOP Rewards program in select markets that offer special programs to card holders. Finally, each March IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day with free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes (guests are asked to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in exchange).
Jack in the Box – Join the Fan Club and get a free dessert on your birthday. Use social media to get special offers and promos.
Jamba Juice – Join Jamba Insider Rewards to immediately get $3 off your order, $3 off with every 35 points earned, personalized offers, the ability to skip lines and a free birthday smoothie or juice.
Jersey Mike’s – Join the Email Club for special offers, coupons and news. You’ll also get a coupon for a free sub and drink on your birthday. Also sign up for the Shore Points card where you earn points on purchases good towards free subs.
Joe’s Crab Shack – Sign up for Joe’s Catch and you’re entered for a chance to win free crab for a year plus you also get a free appetizer. On your birthday you’ll get a free appetizer, plus the staff will come with something for you to perform with for a bit of fun.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) – Become a member of The Colonel’s Club to get exclusive updates and special offers.
Krispy Kreme Donuts – A new Krispy Kreme Rewards program is available in slect cities and is slowly being rolled out nationally. Until then, connect via social media and become a subscriber. Friends of Krispy Kreme Donuts are first to know about exciting new products, special offers and local events. Also, on National Donut Day, the first Friday in June each year, Krispy Kreme offers a free donut of any type (but be prepared to wait in line!). On National Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) just talk like a pirate, matey, for a free donut in store. Your birthday gets you a free donut and small coffee or small soft drink.
Krystal – Join Club Krystal for special offers and promotions. You can also follow them on social media for the same.
Lindt – Chocolate lovers, join the Lindt Lover’s Rewards program and get member’s only offers and promotions, plus bonus dollars by shopping in stores or online. You’ll also receive a free Lindor truffle when you visit a Lindt store or place an online order.
Logan’s Roadhouse – Join the Nut-E Club and receive exclusive offers, first looks at new menu items and events, and $5 off your next $20 purchase.
Lonestar Steakhouse – Sign up for the E-Club and get $5 off right away, special surprises throughout the year, plus news and invitations to events.
Long John Silver’s – LJS does not offer freebies, but members of their Coupon Club receive emails with the chain’s latest coupon offerings.
Marble Slab Creamery – Join the Slab Happy Rewards crew and earn rewards dollars through purchases, a free ice cream on your birthday, a $5 reward certificate on your Slab Happy anniversary and a free ice cream for signing up.
McAlister’s Deli – Deli News sends you news updates and a free cookie for signing up.
McDonald’s – While McD’s doesn’t offer freebies, you can get advance notice of promos, news and contests ahead of time by subscribing to their email list.
Melting Pot – Club Fondue members receive offers on fondue, wine events, food tastings, special events and advanced holiday reservation privileges.
Menchie’s – Join the My Smilage Club and receive 25 free Smiles for joining and a $5 credit on your birthday.
Milo’s Hamburgers – “Like” them on Facebook to know the latest greatest, plus be first to know about prizes and giveaways. Plus they may also post a photo of you eating your burger to their Instagram site or website.
Native Foods Cafe – Sign up for a Rewards Card at this chef-inspired vegan restaurant and you’ll get a free drink right off. Register the card and use it at every visit to earn rewards which include a $10 credit in your birthday week.
Olive Garden – Get a free appetizer or dessert upon signup (with 2 adult entrees), news, special offers and more.
Outback Steakhouse – The Outback 365 Offers program gives members reward points for purchases made. They are also part of the Dine Rewards program with sister companies Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and Flemmings.
Papa John’s – Members of Papa Rewards earn points towards free pizza with every online order. You can also save preferences to speed up ordering and delivery.
Papa Murphy’s – Join the Dinner Circle to receive special offers and coupons.
P.F. Chang’s – The new Preferred Rewards program offers 10 points per dollar spent where 2,000 points equals a free entree, members only tastings, surprises, and a free slice of cheesecake and song on your birthday.
Pie 5 – This pizza purveyor invites you to join the Circle of Crust where you’ll earn points for every pizza or large salad purchased towards free food, get news on new menu items and store opening, exclusive events and tastings and surprise point offerings. Plus, you’ll get a free pizza on your HALF-birthday!
Pinkberry – Download the Pinkberry mobile app and you’ll get a free yogurt on your birthday.
Pizza Hut – Sign up for Hut Lovers and get a free order of cheesy breadsticks on your next online order plus other exclusive offers.
Popeye’s – Bonafied Krewe members get news, promotional and event info as well as coupons.
Pretzel Maker – Sign up for their newsletter to receive news on new products, exclusive offers, birthday surprises, a BOGO coupon and more.
Qdoba – Join the Qdoba Rewards program to receive a free order of chips and salsa or a regular drink loaded to your card when you join. You’ll also get emails with exclusive offers, info on new products and restaurants, event invitation, a free burrito offer on your birthday, and a free entree when you earn 1000 points (which amounts to 1 free after 10 purchased).
Quiznos – Sign up for the QClub to receive emailed coupons and special offers.
Red Lobster – The Fresh Catch Club offers a free appetizer or dessert upon signup, birthday surprises ($5 off two adult entrees, a Happy Birthday song and a free slice of cake), insider updates and special offers.
Rita’s Italian Ice – Download the Rita’s Italian Ice mobile app, which has replaced paper loyalty cards. You’ll get your first “punch” free towards a free treat after every 7 punches. You’ll also get special offers year round and a special birthday treat.
Rubio’s – Join the Beach Club and get exclusive offers and contests. You also get a free taco for signing up and a free birthday meal (up to $7).
Ryan’s – Join the Crave Connection and receive coupons, discounts and special offers via email and text. Offers are also good at sister companies Old Country Buffet, Home Town Buffet, Country Buffet and Fire Mountain.
Salad Works – Become a member of the Fresh Fan Club and use your club card to earn pounts with every purchase. Earned points can be used to make future purchases.
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina – Cantina Club card holders earn points from purchases, get news of new products, locations and more.
Seasons 52 – Members of the Fresh Intelligence Newsletter get information about seasonal dishes, new wines, special events, inspired recipes and more.
Shula’s Steakhouse – Shula’s has two clubs to offer. Team Shula members get news and insights from Don and Dave Shula, access to sports highlights, history and exclusive updates on restaurant events as well as a free entree on your birthday. The 48oz Club is for patrons who have been able to finish off the 48oz SHULA CUT steak – that’s FOUR POUNDS of beef!
Sonic – Ice Cream Social Club members get free desserts, insider news and special events. Fan Club members receive special offers via email or mobile devices. On your birthday you can get a free cream slush, tater tots or medium drink.
Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes – Join Club Veg for news and members-only coupons.
Starbucks – The ever present coffee house has the My Starbucks Rewards program that offers free drinks, refills, food and more. Also, buy a Starbucks gift card and register it online. Every time you make a purchase you earn stars which you can accumulate for free goods, 1 star per purchase and 5 equals free in-store refill. You also get one free drink a year for registering, a free drink or treat on your birthday plus a 15% discount coupon, and once you reach gold status (30 purchases) you’ll get a free drink after every 12 purchases on your Starbucks card.
Subway – Get the FreshBuzz for the latest news and offers, promotions and a chance to win free footlongs for a year.
Sweetgreen – Download the Sweetgreen Rewards app to pay online, get loyalty rewards and giveback to local charities that promote healthy eating. You’ll also get $10 off after you spend $100 and a free birthday salad. Locations from Boston to Virginia and also in L.A.
Taco Bell – Become a Mobile VIP and use the app to receive special offers and rewards, and to order and pay in advance to skip lines.
Taco Cabana – Become a TC Fanatic and receive a free fajita taco for registering.
T.C.B.Y – Register your T.C.B.Y card and get a $3 reward certificate for every 30 points you accmulate.
T.G.I. Fridays – By becoming a Give Me More Stripes member, the more you come in, the more you can go out—with free food, invites to special events, and all kinds of other great rewards and a free appetizer or dessert when you sign up. Plus you get a one time pass to move to the front of the queue line. You also get a free dessert in your birthday month with entree purchase and a Happy Birthday song.
The Counter – Register your Culture Card and instantly receive a single order of fries. Earn 10 points for every $1 spent and get $5 in Dining Rewards for every 600 Dining Points earned, $10 in Dining Rewards for every 1200 Referral Points, surprises throughout the year and a free birthday shake every year. Locations in CA, FL, ID, NJ, NY, TX, VA and select international locations.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Sign up for the Tropical Email Club and get a free smoothie.
Wawa – Although not a restaurant, this convenience store chain is lnown for some pretty good eats. Their Wawa Rewards program offers a reward for every $50 spent on eligible purchases.
Wendy’s – With My Wendy’s you can get personalized special offers and create and save custom meals.
Which Wich – Vibe Club members get a free gift for signing up, news and “good Vibes”, and birthday presents.
Wienerschnitzel – Join Wiener Rewards via their app and earn 1 point per dollar spent, a free combo meal for every 40 points earned, and a free corndog on your birthday.
Zaxby’s – Join Zax Mail Club and receive one free meal deal plus a Nibbler on your birthday. You can choose to receive updates by email or text.
&Pizza – This Washington, DC area pizza chain has a rewards program that offers a $10 for every $100 spent, more rewards with increasing spend including birthday pizza and &Pizza stuff.