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

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. Eating out at a restaurant where kids eat free, however, absolutely sweetens the deal (along with restaurants with awesome play areas). Here's a breakdown we update annually of restaurants where kids eat free all around Houston.

If you want more ideas on how to survive as a parent in Houston without going broke, see our Guide to Fun Free Things to Do With Houston Kids. For more ideas on great places to eat as a family, visit our Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide for Houston Families.

Kids Eat Free Mondays

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 ages 10 and under eat a free kids meal (drink sold separately) 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.

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Smashburger - Select Locations
Specialty burger chain Smashburger offers free kids' meals with the purchase of any adult entree from 4-8 p.m. Visit the website to see if the special applies to your area location.

Texas Roadhouse - Select 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 website to see if your local Roadhouse participates in Kids Night.

Brick Oven Pizza - Deer Park and Kemah
Each Monday from 5-9 p.m. you can get two free kids meals for kids ages 12 and under with the purchase of one adult entree. 

Jason's Deli - Select Locations
From 5-9 p.m., select Jason's Deli locations offer one free kids entree for ages 12 and under per adult entree for dine-in only.

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Tuscany Bistro - League City
2591 Marina Bay Dr., League City
281-538-8103

For each adult entree purchased, you can get two kids entrees for free at Tuscany Bistro for kids ages 12 and under. 

TJ Reed's - Dickinson
614 FM517, Dickinson     
832-728-1140

In addition to their stellar burgers and shakes, TJ Reed's offers one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal for dine-in customers each Monday. 

Sam's Boat - Select Locations
At select Sam's Boat locations, kids can get one free meal with the purchase of an adult entree each Monday and Tuesday. 

Marvino's Italian Kitchen - Cypress
24002 Northwest Freeway, Cypress
832-220-7200

Dine-in customers receive a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree every Monday. 

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays

Applebee’s - Select Locations
Kids ages 12 and under 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 most participating locations with the purchase of an adult entree.

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.

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Boudreaux’s - Various Locations
The Cajun restaurant chain offers free kids' meals with the purchase of an item $9.55 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?) Promotion days may vary by location, so be sure to call ahead. 

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.

Pluckers -  Various Locations
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.

Related: Best kid-friendly brunch spots around Houston

Sam's Boat - Select Locations
At select Sam's Boat locations, kids can get one free meal with the purchase of an adult entree each Monday and Tuesday. 

Eduardo's Mexican Kitchen - Webster
911 NASA Parkway, Webster
281-480-4775

At Eduardo's Mexican Kitchen, kids ages 10 and under eat free each Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. One free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree for dine-in only. May not be combined with additional offers. 

Kids Eat Free Wednesdays

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

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

Luby’s - Select 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. They offer a free kids pizza with purchase of an adult entree each Wednesday.

Berryhill Baja Grill - Various Locations
This Cali-infused Mexican eatery offers free kids meals all day at most participating locations with the purchase of an adult entree.

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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.

Fire Stone Pizza Bar - Pearland
11625 Broadway Street, Pearland
832-850-6677

Kids ages 3-11 can receive one free kids pizza bar combo with the purchase of an adult pizza bar each Wednesday. 

Kids Eat Free Thursdays

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 for ages 12 and under 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.

Kids Eat Free Saturdays

Berryhill Baja Grill - Various Locations
This Cali-infused Mexican eatery offers free kids meals all day at most participating locations with the purchase of an adult entree.

Luby’s - Select 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.

The Backyard Grill - Jersey Village
9453 Jones Road, Houston
281-897-9200

The Backyard Grill offers a free kid's breakfast with the purchase of an adult breakfast entree each Saturday. 

Kids Eat Free Sundays

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.

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 for ages 12 and under 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.

Kids Eat Free 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

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