10+ Boston-Area Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

When the Red Sox win, kids eat free! Photo courtesy of 99restaurants.com
When the Red Sox win, kids eat free! Photo courtesy of 99restaurants.com

Letting a restaurant take care of family dinner is the dream—as long as you can do it without blowing the budget. Lucky for us, Boston and the surrounding 'burbs are home to some fantastic, family-oriented restaurants. Some feature play areas where children can get their energy out while parents linger over the meal. Others, listed here, invite kids to eat for free. At these local eateries, children dine gratis on certain days, allowing everyone to enjoy family time without stressing about the bill. We know what you'll be making for dinner tonight: reservations.

Check out our guide to Family-Friendly Boston Breweries and beer Gardens. Our Boston Free Fun Guide is chock-full of ideas for making a low-cost day of it, before or after your meal. For more eateries that welcome the kiddos, see Mommy Poppins' Boston Restaurant Guide.

Boston and Greater Boston Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Longwood Grille and Bar – Boston

The children's menu here is unapologetically full of reliable kid-pleasers, like PB&J and Kraft Mac and Cheese. Kids eat free for lunch or dinner every day when an adult entree is also ordered.

Kids eat free at these Boston restaurants 
Macaroni and cheese always tastes better in a restaurant. Photo courtesy 99restaurants.com

Ninety Nine – multiple locations

Need another reason to cheer on the Sox? The Ninety Nine serves up free meals to kids (ages 10 and under) the day after each Red Sox win (home or away). These post-win kids' meals are free with the purchase of an adult entree in all Ninety Nine restaurants in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and most of Connecticut. Go Sox!

Moe's Southwest Grill – multiple locations

This popular chain launched a national "Kids Eat Free" program, beginning in April 2021. Every single location now offers one free kids meal with the purchase of a $6 or more adult entree. This is valid for kids 12 and under, only on Sundays. Kids can enjoy a customized burrito, taco, or quesadilla plus a cookie and drink. 

B. Good – multiple locations

Farm-to-table comfort food is on the menu at this restaurant that first originated right here in Boston. With a large menu of bowls, burgers, and sandwiches, everyone is sure to find something that hits the spot here. Each location has slightly different rules when it comes to kids eating free, so check out your neighborhood spot for the deal. It's worth getting the app; Recently, B. Good promoted a deal that included up to 2 free kids' meals any day of the week with a purchase of an adult entree on the B. Good app.

North-of-Boston Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Kids eat free at these Boston restaurants 
Dockside has a game room so kids can get up from the table and play! Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Dockside – Malden, Wakefield

781-321-3000; 781-245-0200
Children's meals include healthy sides like steamed broccoli and carrots & celery, and they all come with a visit to the ice cream bar for dessert. These restaurants also offer a game room, so kids can get up from the table and play!  Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays when an adult orders an entree from the main menu.

West-of-Boston Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Samba Steak and Sushi – Framingham

A hibachi restaurant out in the Metrowest, Samba also has a big sushi menu if that appeals to your kids' palates. Every kid per adult eats free on Sunday nights.

Owen O'Leary's – Southborough, Westborough

508-481-1714; 508-366-9262
There's a big menu at this local chain, with lots of crowd-pleasing sharing plates like loaded nachos and wings. Two kids eat free on Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm, with the purchase of an adult entree.

Free kids' meals at Boston restaurants 
Smashburger's grilled chicken kids' meal is a healthy option. Photo courtesy of smashburger.com

Smashburger – Natick


At the Smashburger chain, kids can eat free from 4pm-9pm. This deal is valid with the purchase of one adult entree.

Denny's – multiple locations

An American chain that is recognized across the 50 states, Denny's in Massachusetts has multiple places to dine and enjoy a free meal for the kiddos. Every Tuesday from 4pm to 10pm, kids eat free at Denny's. Valid for up to two kids ages 10 and under, a free kids entree can be enjoyed with the purchase of one adult's normally priced entree.

South-of-Boston Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Barrett's Ale House – Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Fall River 

508-697-4800; 508-510-4202; 508-674-3600
Little ones are a real focus here, with fail-safe children's entrees like burgers and grilled cheese that include an ice cream sandwich. On Wednesdays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree worth $15.99 or more.  

Free kids' meals at Boston restaurants 
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