Kids Eat Free in Connecticut: Family-Friendly Restaurants With Free Kids' Meals

Free burgers? Yes, please! Photo courtesy of Widow Brown's Cafe
Free burgers? Yes, please! Photo courtesy of Widow Brown's Cafe
1/14/22 - By Jennifer Coe

It's Wednesday night, kids are hungry, you are tired from a long day and no one has an idea for dinner. Sound familiar? Well, not too far from you there is probably a place where kids eat free! Families can order out or eat in at many of these Connecticut restaurants and score free kids' meals, making this a not-too-expensive mid-week treat. Pair your free meal with an accompanying activity from our Free Things To Do Guide, and turn this into an affordable family outing.

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Where Kids Eat Free in the Hartford Area

1. Bobby V's — Windsor Locks 

Where kids eat free—all day, every day—with the purchase of an adult meal. Choose from grilled cheese, chicken tenders, sliders, french bread pizza, and more. Includes a dessert!

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Kid's always eat free at Bobby V's

Kids eat free all day, every day, at Bobby V's. Photo courtesy of Bobby V's

2. Dish 'n Dat Family Eatery - Canton

This fun family restaurant has a rock n roll theme. Coming in the Spring: kids eat free on Mondays. The restaurant is open until 9pm every night.

3. Hot Table — Glastonbury

Kids eat free every Saturday! Kids can choose from a terrific panini menu including favorites like bacon mac and cheese, chicken panini, or "build-your-own."

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Free pulled pork sandwiches for kids (or something else!) 
This pulled pork sandwich looks too good to be free. (But it is!) Photo courtesy of The Cookhouse

Where Kids Eat Free in the New Haven Area

4. The Cookhouse — Milford

Kids eat free every Monday (1 child meal per dining adult). Kids can choose from a unique array of yummies including baby back ribs, chicken wings, chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwich, and BBQ chicken. Don't forget to add a milkshake or a smoothie!

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Any meal of the day is free at American Pie 
How about a free breakfast of French Toast from the American Pie Company? Photo courtesy of Yelp

Where Kids Eat Free in the Fairfield Area

5. American Pie Company — Sherman

Who wouldn't want to eat at this place with a name like that? Children can eat free every Monday and Tuesday from 4-8pm with each paid adult entree (up to $7.99). Kids' menu includes breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try their Cow Polk Chili, crispy chicken wrap, mini corn dogs, or chicken parmesan.  

6. Widow Brown's Cafe — Danbury

Come on down to Widow Browns on a Thursday night, and kids 10 and under eat free. The standard fare menu offers enough kid-pleasing options that even picky eaters are sure to be happy.

Connecticut Chain Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

7. Denny's — multiple locations

Kids Eat Free days vary by location, but always consist of a free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult entree of at least $6 or more. Valid for dine-in only. Kids can choose from pancakes, chicken tenders, mini corn dogs, chicken on a stick, and much more.

8. 99 Restaurants — multiple locations 

This makes a snow day even better! Kids eat free on snow days with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids can choose from a hot dog, pasta, grilled cheese, junior burger—you name it!

9. Chili's — multiple locations

Kids eat free if you are a Chili's rewards member. Chili's kids' menu includes burger bites, chicken bites, cheese quesadilla, pizza, and to top it off, chocolate lava cake. 

10. Applebee's — multiple locations

Become a member of Applebee's Bookworm Reading Club and read 10 books, then get a free meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Choose from pizza, tenders, chicken alfredo, tacos, or cheeseburger.

11. Moe's Southwest Grill — multiple locations 

Moe's kicked off a "Kids Eat Free" program in 2021. Kids under 12 years old can get a free meal on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree. 

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