111 Places That'll Give You Free Stuff on Your Birthday


We’ve all been there. We’re sitting at a restaurant and suddenly all the servers start clapping and singing one version or another of “Happy Birthday” as they walk to a single table to deliver a treat. It’s the ole birthday shuffle!

Most restaurants, if you tell them it’s your birthday, will give you a little something just for dining with them. Some restaurants will do a lot more. Some will give you an entire entree, a full dessert, or more—but you have to do a little extra work.

Loyalty programs have been popping up all over the place, as restaurants learn that loyalty cards work. Email works, too. You are the beneficiary. Look at the list of 101+ restaurants below and sign up for the email newsletter or e-club of your favorites. Then, on your birthday, look for a congratulatory email for making it another year and see what free gift you’ll get.

The key is signing up early. Some places, like Noodles & Company, will only send you the coupon for a free birthday rice crispy treat if you’ve been in the club for 60 days. Others take a little extra time to get to you (their systems seem to take a while to process requests, like 24-48 hours) so you can’t sign up the day of and expect a birthday treat.

Here’s a list of goodies, and how to get them.

  1. A&W – Free root beer float (Join Mug Club)
  2. Applebee’s – Free dessert (Join e-Club)
  3. Arby’s – Free milkshake (Join email)
  4. Au Bon Pain – Free salad/sandwich (Join e-Club)
  5. Auntie Anne’s – Free pretzel (Download the My Pretzel Perks app)
  6. Austin Grill – Free entree (Join e-Club)
  7. Baja Fresh – Free burrito (Join Club Baja)
  8. Baskin Robbins – Free ice cream (Join email)
  9. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Free appetizer with entree purchase (Join Team ‘O’ Brady’s)
  10. Ben & Jerry’s – Free ice cream (Join Chunkmail)
  11. Benihana – $30 gift certificate (Join The Chef’s Table)
  12. Bertucci’s – Free dessert (Join email)
  13. B.GOOD - Free meal (Join rewards)
  14. BGR The Burger Joint – Free burger (Join VIP)
  15. Black Angus Steakhouse – Free steak dinner with the purchase of any dinner entree on your first birthday after joining the Prime Club email program
  16. Blimpie – Free 6″ sub (Join BlimpiEClub)
  17. Bob Evans – Free kids’ meal (Join Kids’ Times Birthday club)
  18. Bojangles – Free Bo-Berry biscuit with purchase (Join e-club)
  19. Bonefish Grill – Free shrimp entree or dessert (Join BFG Insider)
  20. Boston Market – Free dessert with meal purchase (Join VIP Club)
  21. Bruegger’s Bagels – Free bagel with any cream cheese (Join email)
  22. Buca di Beppo – $20 gift (Join Buca e-Club)
  23. Buffalo Wild Wings – Free snack-size wings (Join Buffalo Circle)
  24. California Pizza Kitchen – Free kid’s meal (Join CPKids Birthday Club)
  25. Caribou Coffee – Free drink (Join email)
  26. Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Free dessert with entree (Join Amici Club)
  27. Carvel – Free cup or cone (Join Fudgie Fanatics)
  28. Checkers – Free milkshake (Join Flavorhood)
  29. The Cheesecake Factory – Small cup of ice cream (just tell your server)
  30. Chili’s – Free dessert (Join Chili’s Rewards)
  31. Cinnabon – Free gift (Join Club Cinnabon)
  32. Cold Stone Creamery – Buy one, get one free (Join My Cold Stone Club)
  33. Corner Baker Cafe – Free baked goodie (Join email)
  34. Cracker Barrel – Free dessert (just tell your server)
  35. Dairy Queen – Buy one Blizzard, get one free (Join Blizzard Fan Club)
  36. Del Taco – Free shake (Join fan club)
  37. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast, just show your server and show ID
  38. Dippin’ Dots – Free Dippin’ Dots (Join Dot Crazy)
  39. Dunkin’ Donuts – Free drink (Join DDPerks)
  40. Eat’n Park – Free birthday coupons (Join email)
  41. Einstein Bros. Bagels – Free egg sandwich with purchase (Join Shmear Society)
  42. Famous Dave’s – Free food (Join P.I.G. Club)
  43. Firehouse Subs – Free medium sub (Join Firehouse Rewards)
  44. Friendly’s – Free sundae (Join BFF Club)
  45. Fuddruckers – Free burger with purchase (Join Fudds Club)
  46. Gordon Biersch – Free entree with purchase (Join email)
  47. Great American Cookies – Free cookie (Join CookiE-mail)
  48. Houlihan’s – Free entree (Join email)
  49. IHOP – Free meal (Join Pancake Revolution)
  50. Jamba Juice – Free juice/smoothie (Join Jamba Insider Rewards)
  51. Jason’s Deli – $5 coupon (Join email)
  52. Jersey Mike’s – Free sub & drink coupon (Join email club)
  53. Joe’s Crab Shack – Free app (Join Joe’s Catch e-club)
  54. Johnny Rockets – Free burger (Join Rocket e-Club)
  55. Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut (Join Friends of Krispy Kreme)
  56. Longhorn Steakhouse – Dessert on signup (Join My Longhorn)
  57. la Madeleine – Free pastry (Join e-Club)
  58. Maggiano’s – $10 off (Join e-Club)
  59. Maggie Moo’s – Free ice cream (Join Slab Happy Email)
  60. Marie Callender’s – Free slice of pie and $5 off an entree (Join E-Club)
  61. Melting Pot – Box of six chocolate covered strawberries with $60 purchase (Join Club Fondue)
  62. Mimi’s – Free slice of Crepe cake or free 2-pack of muffins/croissants (Join e-club)
  63. Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free burrito (Join Moe’s eWorld)
  64. Noodles & Company – Free crispy treat (Join e-Club)
  65. Not Your Average Joe’s – Free entree and dessert (Join email)
  66. Olive Garden – Free appetizer with two entrees (Join e-Club)
  67. Orange Julius – Free drink (Join Julius League)
  68. Outback – Free dessert with entree purchase (Join email offers)
  69. Panera Bread – Free gift (Join MyPanera)
  70. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen – Free dessert, just tell the server (but it doesn’t hurt to join the e-Club)
  71. P.F. Chang’s – Free dessert (Join club)
  72. Pinkberry – Free yogurt (Join loyalty program)
  73. Planet Smoothie – Free smoothie (Join Birthday Club)
  74. Ponderosa Steakhouse – Free steak dinner (Join e-Club)
  75. Pretzelmaker – Free order of Birthday Bites (Join email)
  76. Qdoba – Free treat (Join OJ Quench Club)
  77. Quiznos – Birthday burrito (Join QClub)
  78. Rita’s Italian Ice – Free birthday treat! (Join Birthday Club)
  79. Red Lobster – Free gift (Join Fresh Catch Club)
  80. Red Robin – Free burger (Join e-Club)
  81. Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free dessert (Join email)
  82. Ruby Tuesday – Free burger (Join So Connected)
  83. Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion – Free dessert and photo (just tell your server)
  84. Rubo’s – Free taco (Join Beach Club)
  85. Sbarro – Free XL NY Slice (Join Slice Society)
  86. Schlotzky’s – Free sandwich (Join Bun and Fun e-Club)
  87. Sizzler – Free Malibu chicken or other birthday treat (Join e-club)
  88. Smashburger – Free flavored shake (Join Smashclub rewards)
  89. Smokeybones – Free dessert (Join The Bones Club)
  90. Sonic – Free Creamslush, Tater Tots or drink (Join My Sonic)
  91. Sprinkles – Free cupcake! (Join Perks)
  92. Starbucks – Free drink (Join My Starbucks Rewards)
  93. Steak ‘n Shake – Free double steakburger (Join e-Club)
  94. Subway – Free 6″ sub & drink (Join email)
  95. TCBY – Free yogurt (Join e-Club)
  96. Texas Roadhouse – Free app (Join email)
  97. TGI Fridays – Free dessert with entree purchase (Join give me more stripes)
  98. Tony Roma’s – Free entree (Join email)
  99. Waffle House – Free waffle (Join Regulars Club)
  100. Wendy’s – $1 off a combo (Join WendyMail)
  101. Yogurtland – Free 3 oz. treat (Join Real Rewards)
  102. Zoës Kitchen – Free entree (Join email)

By the way, there’s more to food when it comes to your birthday. Here are a few other places that will give you free stuff on your birthday:

If you know someone who is celebrating a birthday soon, be sure to share this with them so they don’t miss out!

This post originally appeared on Wallet Hacks .

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