Though our family only occasionally eats out, when we do we use coupons and/or seek a restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
This is a starter list of restaurants in the Twin Cities area where kids eat free. Please note that each location is different so check before you go!
Applebee’s: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
Crave Galleria (in Edina): Kids eat free with adult entree purchase on Sundays after 4pm
Culver’s: Kids 12 and under get a free frozen custard with the purchase of a kids meal (valid daily)
D’Amicos (50th & France, Edina): Kids eat free with adult entree purchase on Sundays after 4pm
Denny’s: Kids eat free at Denny’s on Tuesdays from 4-10 p.m. (at some locations, Saturdays, too). Up to two kids get a free meal for every paying adult.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Kids eat free all day on Sundays; drinks included.
Famous Dave’s: Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Tuesdays. NOTE: Some locations may charge $0.99 for kids meals, and some may use Mondays as their kids eat free day
Fuddruckers: Kids 12 and under can order from the kids’ meal menu for $0.99 (drinks included) on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4-9 pm.
Green Mill: On Tuesdays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. kids 12 and under eat free with a paid adult entree. Limit 1 kids meals per adult entree.
IHOP: Kids eat free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult; drinks not included.
IKEA: At the Twin Cities IKEA location (& others around the country), kids eat free at the food court on Tuesdays (great place to head after Toddler Tuesdays at the Mall of America). There are also some specials throughout the year.
Kona Grill: Kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays from 2pm to close. Get up to 2 free kids meals with purchase of an adult meal.
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Mozza Mia (50th & France, Edina) – kids eat free with adult entree purchase on Sundays.
Patrick’s Cafe (Southdale Square, Edina) – Kids eat free with adult entree purchase on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to close. (At their Arbor Lakes location, kids eat free on Wednesdays.)
Perkins: Kids eat free on Tuesdays. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult.
Pizza Hut: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult buffet.
Qdoba Mexican Grill: Kids eat free on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Red Robin: Kids 10 and under eat free on Mondays.
Texas Roadhouse: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location. (My location’s free night is Mondays 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
TGIFriday’s: Kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
White Castle: Kids eat free on Sundays from 4-8 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal over $4.
Kids Eat Almost Free
The following restaurants aren’t quite free, but they’re close enough to warrant inclusion.
Buffalo Wild Wings: On Mondays, the kids’ menu is $0.99 from 5-8 p.m.
Old Country Buffet: On Thursdays, get kids’ buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids’ buffets per adult buffet. Offer also valid at some HomeTown Buffet locations.
WhichWich Superior Sandwiches: On Mondays and Saturdays, kids’ meals are $0.99 with the purchase of a 7″ Wich. Offer valid for kids 12 and under.
(Thank you to Brad’s Deals for many on this list!)