Where Kids Eat Free: 21 LA Restaurants that Offer Free Meals for Families with Children

Free Children's Meals at Restaurants around Los Angeles and Orange County

Ah, those three little words: kids eat free. Even if we suspect that a box of mac and cheese and a couple of chicken fingers have lured us into buying a $10 margarita, we don't regret the margarita for a moment if the kids ate free.

We’ve put together a list of restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area that offer free kids' meals at least one night a week (and up to four!). The restaurants vary from local joints to national chains, from the Valleys to the beaches, from Italian to Hawaiian, and from seafood to steakhouses—enough to satisfy picky and non-picky eaters.

Also check out our lists of birthday freebies with free meals for kids (and adults!), and, of course, kid-friendly happy hours on the Westside, in Silver Lake and Los Feliz, and in Orange County.

The restaurants below offer free kids meals as noted with the purchase of an adult meal (unless otherwise noted). Also, while all deals are current as of September 2018, they are subject to change at any time, so confirming with the restaurant before you go is highly recommended.

 


Ribs at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

1. Dickey's Barbecue Pit various locations
Sunday

Every Sunday at every Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location, one kids' meal is free for those 12 and under all day, with a $10 or more purchase per adult. The offer is dine-in only. Locations include Westlake Village, Woodland Hills, Pasadena, Whittier, Downey, Long Beach, and Redondo Beach.

2. Rush Street – Culver City
Sunday 

The Chicago vibe is strong at Rush Street, where kids ages 12 and under eat free from 5pm to 10pm, Sundays.

3. Los Toros Mexican Restaurant – Chatsworth
Monday-Thursday

School nights are family nights, with all kids 10 and younger eating free Mondays through Thursdays. 

4. La Serenata – West Los Angeles
Monday

This Mexican restaurant offers free kids' meal deals all day on Mondays, with the purchase of one adult entree and two drinks (Mondays happen to be $5 margarita days as well). Guests are asked to request the deal from the server at the beginning of the meal.

5. Romano Cucina  – Laguna Hills
Monday

Children eat free every Monday at this popular OC Italian restaurant with two locations. The offer is dine-in only, and kids' menu only; both restaurants open at 5 pm for dinner only.


Norms is a California classic.

6. Norm's various locations
Monday

How about some strawberry hotcakes for dinner? At Norm’s, kids 10 and under can get one free Jr. entrée from the kids' menu, from 2pm to 10pm Mondays.

7. Mariposa Grill and Cantina Covina
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

This Mexican restaurant does the “kids eat free” night two better, offering free kids' meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, AND Saturdays. 

8. Luna Grill - Santa Monica, Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, La Cañada, + 10 OC locations
Tuesday

If a healthy Mediterranean meal hits the spot for your family, stop into a Luna Grill any Tuesday from 4pm until closing for a free kid's meal with each purchased adult meal (for kids ages 10 and under).  That's a lot of organic hummus at more than 20 Southland locations.

9. Original Roadhouse Grill Long Beach and Whittier
Tuesday

Kids can get a free meal AND drop their peanut shells on the floor every Tuesday at Original Roadhouse Grill‘s Kids Eat Free night. The sights and smells of steak and barbecue (and the signature rolls) complete the experience. There are two locations in the LA area, in Long Beach and Whittier. 

10. Ruby’s Diner – various locations
Tuesday

Shooby dooby down to Ruby's on Tuesdays for Family Night. From 4pm until closing, kids ages 12 and under eat for free. Participating locations include City of Commerce, Whittier, Woodland Hills, and Long Beach.

11. Denny’s – various locations
Tuesday

Kids eat free on Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm at participating locations.

12. The Loft - Torrance
Tuesday

Spend Tuesday nights in Hawaii (or at least eating like it) at the North Torrance location of this unpretentious family restaurant serving up classic Hawaiian fare. Kids ages 10 and under eat free every Tuesday.

13. Marie Callenders various locations
Tuesday & Saturday

On Tuesdays and Saturdays at many Marie Callenders locations, kids age 12 and under eat free all day. Locations include Monterey Park, Arcadia, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, Torrance, and Rancho Palos Verdes.

14. Cafe 50s – West Los Angeles
Wednesday

This fun place offers Pee-Wee Wednesdays: kids get a free meal from the “under 10" menu. Adults can also get in on the free meal action if they're brave: on Wacky Wednesdays (the last Wednesday of each month), everyone wearing pajamas gets a free meal with the purchase of a beverage. The eatery does request some decorum, though; pajamas must be traditional, "like the ones your grandma bought you.” 


El Segundo Fish Company makes all salad dressings from scratch, like the Soy Ginger Vinaigrette for its Seared Ahi Tuna Salad.

15. El Segundo Fish Co. El Segundo
Wednesday

Wednesday evenings, families can indulge their seafood cravings as kids eat free at El Segundo Fish Co.

16. Watermans – Hermosa Beach
Wednesday

This local "watering hole" (get it?) near the pier offers free kids' meals every Wednesday, from opening until 5pm. The restaurant’s wraps are half-off on Wednesdays, too, so parents can combine the offers for a cheap lunch date with kids. 

17. Maria’s Italian Kitchen various locations
Wednesday

These restaurants offer kids free meals on Wednesdays, limited to dine-in and two children per family per check. There are nine locations in the LA area, including Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Agoura Hills, and Pasadena.

18. The Small Café – Long Beach
Wednesday

In the Naples neighborhood, this local favorite offers free kids' dinner meals every Wednesday, from 5pm until closing. With comfort foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, burgers and salads, it’s homestyle cooking without the homestyle cleanup. 


Chicken and waffles at Mama's on 39 

19. Gladstone’s Long Beach – Long Beach
Thursday

This place with a view within walking distance of the Aquarium of the Pacific makes kids feel special every Thursday, with a complimentary meal that includes a beverage (juice, milk, or soda), main course, vanilla ice cream, and a balloon! 

20. Mama's on 39 – Huntington Beach
Thursday

This kid-friendly local favorite that's about half a mile from the beach (the 39 in its name refers to its location on Beach Boulevard, which is State Route 39) is a big believer in big portions of comfort food. And bacon: it believes in bacon. Mama's offers free meals from its Lil Rascals Menu for kids age 12 and under all day and night on Thursdays. 

21. Steak 'n Shake – various locations
Saturday & Sunday

At participating locations, kids age 12 and under eat free all weekend (Saturdays and Sundays). Families get one free kids' plate, excluding drinks and shakes, for every $9 spent, dine-in only. Locations include Burbank, Compton, and South Gate.

Other local and national chains with franchise owners also may have kids eat free promotions that vary by location and promotional period, including Coco’s, Johnny Rockets, Acapulco, and others.

Top photo via Bigstock. All others courtesy of the restaurant

Originally published August 17, 2011

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Rush Street
9546 Washington Blvd.
90232 Culver City , CA
Phone: 310-837-9546
34° 1' 23.0628" N, 118° 23' 41.2764" W
California
Los Toros Mexican Restaurant
21743 Devonshire St.
91311 Chatsworth , CA
Phone: 818-882-3080
34° 15' 26.0604" N, 118° 36' 11.4732" W
California
La Serenata
10924 W. Pico Blvd.
90064 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310-441-9667
34° 2' 20.5188" N, 118° 25' 48.7308" W
California
Mariposa Grill and Cantina
245 E. Rowland St.
91723 Covina , CA
Phone: 626-331-3546
34° 4' 46.29" N, 117° 53' 11.5152" W
California
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
91210 Glendale , CA
Phone: 818-637-8982
34° 8' 40.0128" N, 118° 15' 25.3008" W
California
Original Roadhouse Grill
7391 Carson Blvd.
90808 Long Beach , CA
Phone: 562-377-5952
33° 49' 43.3704" N, 118° 5' 13.1352" W
California
Original Roadhouse Grill
15156 E. Whittier Blvd.
90603 Whittier , CA
Phone: 562-945-7796
33° 56' 50.838" N, 118° 0' 12.4524" W
California
The Loft
2210 W. Artesia Blvd.
90504 Torrance , CA
Phone: 310-217-1000
33° 52' 21.3816" N, 118° 19' 6.6792" W
California
Cafe 50's
11623 Santa Monica Blvd.
90025 West Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310-479-1955
34° 2' 40.4376" N, 118° 27' 17.4456" W
California
The Small Café
5656 E. 2nd St.
90803 Long Beach , CA
Phone: 562-434-0226
33° 45' 24.3612" N, 118° 7' 27.3828" W
California
El Segundo Fish Co.
210 E. Grand Ave.
90245 El Segundo , CA
Phone: 310-648-7422
33° 55' 7.4352" N, 118° 24' 51.3324" W
California
Watermans
22 Pier Ave.
90254 Hermosa Beach , CA
Phone: 310-372-4462
33° 51' 42.3252" N, 118° 24' 3.996" W
California
Gladstone's Long Beach
330 S. Pine Ave.
90802 Long Beach , CA
Phone: 562-432-8588
33° 45' 43.1028" N, 118° 11' 36.2472" W
California
Romano Cucina
25214 Cabot Road
92653 Laguna Hills , CA
Phone: 949-380-4228
33° 35' 47.5692" N, 117° 40' 32.4624" W
California
Mama's on 39
21022 Beach Blvd.
92648 Huntington Beach , CA
Phone: 714-374-1166
33° 39' 26.2872" N, 117° 59' 13.5096" W
California
Eats Kitchen and Bar
17900 Jamboree Blvd.
92614 Irvine , CA
Phone: 949-225-6780
33° 40' 40.566" N, 117° 50' 25.0368" W
California
The Loft
2210 W. Artesia Blvd.
90504 Torrance , CA
Phone: 310.217.1000
33° 52' 21.3816" N, 118° 19' 6.6036" W
California
Luna Grill
3001 Wilshire Blovd. Suite 103
90403 Santa Monica , CA
Phone: 424.231.5892
34° 2' 21.9156" N, 118° 28' 25.5144" W
California