Austin is high up on the list of cities in America to start and raise a family, per the findings from WalletHub’s 2015 Best & Worst Cities for Families. There are hundreds of quality choice restaurants and family locations throughout the Austin area that are perfect for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking at home. However, Austin can be a little expensive when it comes to feeding growing kiddos! Thankfully, a number of community member sites and blogs have created very handy lists of great places and restaurants where kids can eat for free.
Please note: some of these links may have outdated information pertaining to kid’s meals. Some locations have different age/height requirements. Always call before you go to confirm their prices.
This blog article contains over 120 locations of restaurants that offer free or discounted choices for children organized by specific days of the week.
Every day Top Pick: The Salt Lick (Driftwood & Round Rock locations) – Kids 3 & under eat for free when accompanied by an adult ordering family style.
Sunday Top Pick: Zen Japanese Food (Anderson Lane and Guadalupe locations) – Kids eat free all day. One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Guadalupe location: one kid’s meal with the purchase of an Ultimate Bowl or Build Your Own Bowl. Dine-in only.
Tuesday Top Pick: Pluckers (all locations) – Kids 10 and under eat free all day. You can get up to two free kid’s meals with the purchase of every adult meal.
Wednesday Top Pick: Luby’s (Most locations) – Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Limit one kid’s meal per adult meal purchased. Dine-in only. Excludes breakfast and all-you-can-eat.
Thursday Top Pick: Molca’s Mexican Restaurant – Kids 12 & under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree and drink, all day.
Saturday Top Pick: Denny’s (Most locations) — Kids eat free from 4-10pm with purchase of an adult meal.
This site is great thanks to its organizational functionality but also because you can filter not only restaurants but also other categories like cinema, indoor fun areas, etc., and by various towns: Austin, Bastrop, Bee Caves, Driftwood, Plugerville, Round Rock, and San Antonio!
Best weekly deal: Austin’s Park n Pizza — Kids under 40 inches tall receive free admission.
Sunday Top Pick: Dickie’s Barbecue Pit – Kid’s Eat Free on Sunday – 12 and under. Dine in only. One free kid’s meal with each regularly priced adult meal purchased.
Monday Top Pick: Carino’s – Family Night Monday – Feed the family for the price of a single dinner. Get any family platter for the single portion price. Add your choice of unlimited House Salad, Caesar Salad or Soup for only 99¢ per person. Dine in only.
Tuesday Top Pick: Chick-fil-A – Kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Top Pick: EZ’s – Kids eat free all day .
Thursday Top Pick: La Salsa – Kids eat free after 4:00 p.m.
Friday Top Pick: Steak ‘n’ Shake – One free kid’s meal with adult purchase of at least $9 (dine in only)
Saturday Top Pick: Black-Eyed Pea— After 5pm kids 12 and under receive a free kids meal w/ every adult meal purchased.
Other mentionable sites, although some may have repeated information:
Another great site that has even more categories for family and kid friendly locations and activities for various times of the year. This site breaks down restaurants by Austin neighborhoods as well!
Top Pick: Wednesdays at Round Rock Express Baseball — Kids 12 & under eat free if they attend the game.
We hope this list helps you out! Please share any other sites or restaurants that aren’t listed here.