Where Kids Eat Free in Houston: Restaurants, Fast Food & More

Where kids eat free around Houston

Eating out with your children can be tricky. Whether they nitpick their food or they are picky eaters in general, it can be a crapshoot whether they eat at all. However, there are some Houston restaurants that at least make things easier for your wallet. Here's a roundup of what restaurants offer free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult entree sorted by the days of the week the deals are offered. Happy eating!

Monday

Alicia's Mexican Grille - various locations
Alicia's has four locations in Houston - downtown, Katy, Cypress, and Spring. Kids eat free Mondays with the purchase of one adult meal.

BuffBurger - various locations
Kids eat free all day Mondays with the purchase of an adult meal at BuffBurger, which specializes in using ingredients from local ranchers, farmers, and bakers. There are several locations in Houston, from the Katy-area to Montrose. Dine-in only.

Del Pueblo Mexican Restaurant - Northwest Houston
13235 Jones Road, Houston
281-970-1600

Kids eat free from 4 p.m.- close on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.

James Coney Island - various locations
The Houston-based hot dog eatery offers 99-cent kids' meals with a purchase of $5.50 or more starting at 4 p.m.

Smashburger - various locations
Specialty burger chain Smashburger offers free kids' meals with the purchase of any adult entree from 4-9 p.m. Visit the website to see if the special applies to your area location.

Texas Roadhouse - various locations
20840 I-10, Katy
281-829-2400

While not technically free, at select Texas Roadhouse locations, kids eat for $0.99 as a part of Kids Night. From 4-10 p.m., there are games and crafts, and visits from Andy Armadillo. Check the webste to see if your local Roadhouse participates in Kids Night.

Tuesday

Applebee’s - various locations
Kids eat free all day with the purchase of an adult entree. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Berryhill Baja Grill - various locations
This Cali-infused Mexican eatery offers free kids meals all day at its five locations with the purchase of an adult entree - River Oaks, West University, Galleria, The Woodlands, and inside Memorial City Mall.

Black Eyed Pea - various locations
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree from 4 p.m. to close. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Boudreaux’s - various locations
The Cajun restaurant chain offers free kids' meals with the purchase of an item $6.95 and up. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Denny's - various locations
Kids eat free 4 p.m.-close with the purchase of a delicious grand slam. (Or any adult entree, but who goes to Denny's and doesn't get a Grand Slam?)

Genghis Grill - various locations
Mongolian Stir Fry is a fast-casual dining, Asian stir-fry concept. Kids under 11 eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Hungry’s - various locations
A neighborhood favorite for over three generations of Houstonians in the Memorial and Rice Village areas. Kids eat free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of adult meal.

IKEA - West Houston
7810 Katy Freeway, Houston
888-888-4532

Children under 12 can eat free at IKEA's Swedish Market, Restaurant and Bistro with the purchase of an adult meal.

Pluckers -  Inner Loop
1400 Shepherd Drive, Houston
713-864-9464

All day, kids 12 and under can eat for free with the purchase of an adult entree. Pluckers is a chicken wing bar serving up American comfort food.

Del Pueblo Mexican Restaurant - Northwest Houston
13235 Jones Road, Houston
281-970-1600

Kids eat free 4 p.m.- close on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.

Wednesday

Backyard Grill - Cypress
9453 Jones Road, Houston
281-897-9200

Kids eat free 5 p.m.-close with the purchase of an adult meal.

Luby’s - various locations
For over 65 years, Luby's has served good food at reasonable prices. There are more than 25 locations in Houston. Most honor children eating free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.

Cavatore (tableside pizza) - Garden Oaks
2120 Ella Blvd, Houston
713-869-6622

This family-owned restaurant has been in Houston for almost 29 years and features a unique menu with dishes from Northern Italy.

Berryhill - various locations
Children under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entree all day Wednesday and Saturday.

Café Adobe - Sugar Land
7620 I-10 and 2329 Hwy. 6
281-277-1700

Voted Houston's best Mexican Cafe Adobe features delicious margaritas for parents and Tex-Mex favorites. Children 12 and under eat free with adult purchase.

Thursday

HEB Table 57 - Uptown
5895 San Felipe, Houston
713-978-5860

The menu features appetizers and salads, daily catch entrees, artisan sandwiches, Texas barbecue and tasty desserts. You can get one kid's meal free with the purchase of an $8 adult meal.

iT'Z - Willowbrook and Pasadena
Kids eat free all day Thursday; customers get two children's buffets per adult purchase. iT'Z is an indoor fun zone with arcade games, bowling, laser tag, and bumper cars.

Saturday

Berryhill - various locations
Children under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult meal all day Wednesday and Saturday.

Luby’s - various locations
For over 65 years, Luby's has served good food at reasonable prices. There are more than 25 locations in Houston. Most honor children eating free after 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Zachary's Cajun Cafe - Kingwood
716 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood
281-359-2256

Kids eat free 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday with the purchase of an adult meal.

Sunday

Gabby’s- various locations
Gabby's serves genuine slow-smoked Texas barbecue in a Hill Country Ranch House setting. Kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

Mama Fu’s - various locations
Family-friendly chain dishing up Asian fare from potstickers to stir-fries in modern digs. Kids eat free with the purchase of adult entree.

Firehouse Subs - various locations
This sandwich eatery offers free kids' meals with the purchase of an adult entree all day.

Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub - The Woodlands
21 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands
281-466-1502

Roam The Waterway and grab a bite to eat at the Goose's Acre, which overlooks the water, and offers free kids' meals all day Sunday with the purchase of an adult meal.

Dickey's Barbecue - various locations
Grab a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree all day at this barbecue joint.

Jax Grill - Uptown and Bellaire
Kids eat free 4 p.m.-close Sundays with the purchase of an adult meal priced $8.25 or above.

Rico's Mexican Grill - various locations
Kids eat free all day Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree.

Freebirds World Burrito - various locations
Kids ages 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

All week

Jenni’s Noodle House (free vegetables) - various locations
The kids’ menu at Jenni's three locations offers $5 entrees with free vegetables.

IHOP - various locations
Kids 12 and under eat free 4-10 p.m. every day with the purchase of an adult entree. Most locations honor this deal, but you may want to check online or call ahead of time to confirm.

French Quarter Cajun Seafood - Cypress
7099 Hwy. 6, Houston
281-550-8334

Technically, this deal runs Monday through Thursday. Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entree from 4 p.m. to close. 

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This post was originally published in September 2016