Where Kids Eat Free (or Cheap!) in Middle Tennessee


One of our favorite guides is back! We love to give our readers the skinny on where they can take the whole family to dinner without breaking the bank. We’re excited to share our 2024 roundup of places in Nashville for kids to eat free or cheap! Each year, we work hard to verify all of the information on this list, but of course prices can vary between locations. If you have any questions, be sure to call the restaurant first to make sure that they honor the deals listed below.

Where Kids Eat Free (or Cheap!) In Nashville! 2022 Edition

Where Kids Eat Free (or Cheap!) In Nashville

{Please make note that restaurants change their specials and offers and frequently so be sure to check with the restaurant on their website or by calling.}

Applebee’s: Kids 12 and under eat FREE on a select day of the week. Day of the week depends on the location, and not all locations participate.

Backyard Burgers: Buy one adult combo meal and get a kids meal free for kids 12 and under from 4 pm to close on Tuesdays.

Blue Coast Burrito: Tuesday 5-9 pm Little Surfer Meals (entrée, chips, salsa and drink) are $2.99 with adult meal purchase.

Bob Evans: Kids 12 and under eat FREE on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.

BoomBozz: Kids Eat Free (1 child per $10 adult purchase) on Tuesday nights. Includes choice of Kids’ 8″ Cheese Pizza or Kids’ Pasta, plus a treat and a drink.

Bruster’s Ice Cream: Kids under 40 inches can get a free baby cone, any day of the week.

Buffalo Wild Wings(Wednesdays 4 – 10 pm) — Kids 12 and under can order from the Kids’ Menu for just $1.99.

Burger Shack: Mondays 4pm-9pm, kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult combo. 1 kids meal per adult.

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen: Join their Kid’s Club, you get a FREE meal on your birthday! Participating locations may offer up to two free kids’ meals for each adult entree purchase at regular price (for kids ages 12 and under), valid for dine-in only. Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.

Central BBQ Hillsboro: Kids can enjoy a meal for $6

Chick Fil A: At select locations, children under 12 can get a free meal (with a purchase) on Tuesday nights—but you’ll want to call ahead, since these restaurants are independently operated and all offer different promotions.

Chili’s: Rewards members get a free kid’s meal as long as they spend at least $5 every 60 days. The kids’ menu includes favorites like sliders, chicken fingers, pizza, pasta, grilled cheese, and quesadilla, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Cicis Pizza: Some locations let children under 3 eat free, while others charge $1 (this doesn’t include a soft drink) for kids 3 and under every day.

Cori’s Doghouse: Kid’s meals including hot dog, corn dog or grilled cheese with side and drink are $3.95 every day. (Must be age 12 or younger.)

Culver’s(Daily) — Kids 12 and under receive a free custard with the purchase of a kid’s meal.

Dairy Queen: $1.99 kids meals on select nights, check local location for details

Dalt’s Grill: $4 Kids Meals (includes fries and drink)

Denny’s: Join the Denny’s reward program, and kids under 12 can eat free on select nights with the purchase of an adult entrée over $6. Dates and restrictions depend on locations

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Sundays – One FREE kids’ meal per check with a minimum $12 purchase

Famous Dave’s: Every Tuesday kids can enjoy a Lil Wilbur kids meal FREE with the purchase of an adult entrée. Available at select locations, choose from chicken strips, a rib dinner, or mac and cheese—all with a side and drink.

Farmers Family Restaurant: They offer a breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays where kids eat for free or cheap (depending on their age).

Fat Bottom Brewery: Kids eat free — minimum purchase required — every Wednesday.

Fazoli’s: Every Tuesday night is Kids’ Night at Fazoli’s. You’ll get a kids’ meal for $1.99 (max 3) with an adult entree purchase. Plus, feast on unlimited breadsticks if you dine in.

Firehouse Subs: Sign up for their FREE Kids meal for your child’s birthday. Kids love the firehouse theme at this sandwich chain and the fact that their kids meal comes with a kid-sized fire hat. You can order a free kids’s combo meal with the purchase of a medium or large sub combo on Mondays or Wednesdays (depending on location). Kids eat free is not offered at every location. Call to confirm.

Fish House Sports Bar (Murfreesboro): Kids eat FREE on Mondays 6-8

Five Points Pizza: Happy Hour specials, weekdays 2-6P

Frothy Monkey: Kids meals start at $6.

Genghis Grill: Mondays at 4 p.m. is when you should head to kids night at Genghis Grill, where all the meals for guests under 12 are $1.99. This deal requires the purchase of an adult meal and only two are allowed per table.

Golden Corral: At Golden Corral, kids 3 and under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult buffet. Find your location and verify pricing information here.

Ground Restaurant (Franklin): On Saturdays, kids 10 and under get one FREE kids meal for every $10 you spend.

Huddle House: At Huddle House, you can get one FREE kid’s meal with every adult entrée purchase of $6 or more. This offer is valid on Mondays and Tuesdays for dine-in only.

Hugh Baby’s: Does not offer kid’s meals, but KIDS DRINKS FREE (Soft Drink Choice, Iced Tea or Apple Juice) and can get a hot dog for less than $4

Hwy 55 Burgers: Kids eat FREE on Monday nights with purchase of adult’s meal.

IHOP: No need to remember which day of the week it is at IHOP, because kids under 12 eat FREE every evening from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Only available on dine-in orders, the littles can choose things the Funny Face Pancake—or get a little more adventurous with chicken and waffles. It varies based on the restaurant location.

Jason’s Deli: Kids eat FREE on varying days of the week, depending on the location. Please call to confirm which day with the location nearest you!

Jersey Mike’s:  Kids eat FREE with purchase of an adult meal on Wednesday nights 4pm-close.

Las Palmas: Stellar students in K-7th can get a FREE meal with the purchase of an adult entrée any day of the week simply by showing their report card with all A’s and B’s to the server.

Lockeland Table: During community hour, which is Monday-Saturday from 4-6 p.m., kids get to pick from an affordable selection that includes pizza, a side item, and a dessert. It’s only $8.50 for a three-course meal.

Logans Roadhouse: Wednesday kids 12 and under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: When a meal is ‘family style’, kids 4 and under eat FREE.

McAlister’s Deli: Kids meals are just $4.99 at some locations! Depending on the locations, kids eat FREE (Thursday night and all day Saturday for Memorial location in Murfreesboro and Wednesday night for Medical Center location in Murfreesboro. Check your local restaurant for specific deals).

McDonald’s: Use the McDonals’s app for deals everyday! Earn points on every order, and redeem for a FREE kids meal!

Mellow Mushroom: Kids eat for half price on Tuesdays at Mellow Mushroom.

Mirko Pasta Nashville: Kids FREE on Sundays with the purchase of an adult meal.

Miller’s Ale House: Tuesdays – FREE kid’s meal with the purchase of $10+ menu item (excluding alcohol), limit 2 per table

Moe’s BBQ: Kids 10 and under eat FREE on Tuesdays after 5 pm.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: At participating locations, kids eat FREE on select nights (check your local location). Plus, all entrées come with free chips and salsa, and kids’ meals also include a drink and cookie.

Mojo’s Tacos (Frankin): All kids meals come with one side, drink, and free paleta posicle for $6

Nama Sushi: Kids 10 and under eat FREE on Sunday lunch (11A-3P) with the purchase of an adult’s meal.

Nectar Urban Cantina: The four items on the kids menu ($6 and under) are served with your choice of sliced apples or tortilla chips.

Nicky’s Coal Fired: Mondays are Family Night—kids pizzas and pastas are free with any purchase of an adult dinner.

Our Place Cafe (Hendersonville): Kids eat FREE! on Monday*One free kid’s meal with the purchase of each adult entree*

Party Fowl: Kids 10 and under eat FREE Monday-Thursday all day, with each purchase of an adult entree.

PDK Southern Kitchen & Pantry: Kids 12 & under can enjoy a FREE hot dog & chips anytime at PDK.

Pita Way (Franklin): Kids eat FREE with adult entree purchases

Pizza Ranch (Hendersonville): Kids eat FREE on Tuesday, 11am-8pm (One child 12 & under eats free per full priced paying adult)

Red Robin: From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, kids eat FREE at select Red Robin restaurants! Get a free Kids Meal and Kids Sundae for each adult item purchased (Gourmet Burger, Entrée, Entrée Salad, Sandwich, or Wrap), and free tabletop games, too! The deal varies by location, so check with your local franchise, but popular deals include “kids eat free” one night of the week and $1.99 kids’ meals. At all locations, kids can get a free sundae on their birthday, and royalty rewards members get a free burger during their birthday month as well as every 10th item free. If your location doesn’t host a Kids Nights, all Red Robin restaurants offer 50% off Kids’ Meals every Wednesday, both in-restaurant or online with promo code KIDSMEAL50.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Mondays and Tuesdays – Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée

Ruby Tuesdays: Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Fridays with purchase of an adult entrée.

Salvo’s Pizza: (Smyrna) Kids eat FREE with purchase of an adult entree!

Steak ‘N Shake: Every Saturday and Sunday select locations offer free kids’ meals with an adult purchase of $9.00 or more. Plus 1/2 priced happy hour from 2- 4 pm for Shakes on weekdays.

TailGate Brewery: Share a small cheese or pepperoni pizza with your mini Monday through Friday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) for $8. Make sure you grab the lunch special card to get your 11th one free

Texas Roadhouse: On Tuesdays after 4 p.m., Texas Roadhouse offers “Kids Night,” where families can enjoy $1.99 kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult entrée. Participation varies by location, you’ll want to call your local Roadhouse in advance to confirm that they offer this deal.

The Grilled Cheeserie: Spend $7 and get a full meal (juice box included) with your choice of colby jack on country white bread, peanut butter and strawberry jelly, kids mac and cheese, or buttered macaroni noodles served with tater tots.

The Pharmacy:  Kids meals are $6

Toot’s: Up to two FREE hot dog/chip or fries basket with ice cream per every adult meal purchased.

Uncle Bud’s: Kids 6 and under can eat for $2.95! (Includes beverage and ice cream) Big Kids 12 and under are $5.95

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza (Mufreesboro): Kids (12 and under) eat FREE on Sundays from the kids menu with the purchase of a pizza (10″ or larger).

Wendy’s: After 4 p.m., kids meals are $1.99 at select locations.

Which Wich: (Monday’s and Saturday’s) All kid’s meals $0.99 with the purchase of a seven-inch sandwich.

Zaxby’s: Tuesday nights- Kids Night from 5-8; Kids meal for 99 cents with purchase of adult meal.

Do you have something to add to our list? Please leave it in the comments!

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Torrey Swan
When I moved to Nashville when I was 11, I never knew how deep my roots would run here! I attended Belmont University (Go Bruins!) where I met my husband David. We were married in 2008, and 4 months later, he was off to Iraq for a year. A couple of years after he returned home, we had our first daughter, Madeline, who is a lively redhead that keeps us on our toes! Any and all rumors you've ever heard about the nature of redheads are in fact true. Our second little girl, Violet, was born in July of this year and is the sweetest little addition. Before having children, I worked as a pediatric nurse for 7 years, and last year worked at two Williamson County high schools as a Health Science teacher. I will once again be staying home with the birth of our second daughter. I am new to the world of blogging, but look forward to the experience of getting to share stories, tips and advice with other local moms!


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