Eat Free on Your Birthday

By Sarah Grosjean

Birthdays can be expensive! Thankfully, many DC-area restaurants want to help you celebrate without inflicting any additional damage to your bank account. Here are some of my favorite offers!


On your birthday, enjoy dinner at Benihana, where your personal chef will delight your table.  Just sign up for their email club, “The Chef’s Table,” to receive a $30 Birthday Certificate. There are a few restrictions on using the certificate, but you will still pay very little for a relaxing dinner with a friend.

Coldstone Creamery

Craving a cup of creamy goodness? Take a break from your birthday festivities to share a cup of ice cream with a friend. Just sign up for Coldstone’s email club; and, on your birthday, you will receive a coupon for a free creation with the purchase of an additional one.  

Firehouse Subs

Celebrating your birthday at Firehouse Subs is a breeze! On your birthday, just show an I.D. with your birth date and you’ll get a free medium celebratory sub.


IHOP (International House of Pancakes) wants to make sure you have a scrumptious birthday breakfast. Join their email club, the Pancake Revolution, and you’ll receive a free birthday meal of your choice.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Can’t afford a birthday getaway to Cancun? You can still pretend that you’re in a Mexican paradise by heading to Moe’s Southwest Grill. They will even treat you like a celebrity by giving you a free birthday burrito, if you’ve signed up for their email club. Ole!  

Not Your Average Joe’s

With locations in Gaithersburg, MD and Leesburg, VA, Not Your Average Joe’s is a family-friendly, smorgasbord of All-American foods. Join their club to get a complimentary birthday entrée.

Red Robin

Extend your birthday happiness at Red Robin. Just sign up for their free Red Royalty Card and you will have a month to take advantage of their free burger offer!


Do you have a Starbucks gift card lying around? Make sure to register it to receive a free drink or food item, valid for one month after your birthday!

Sarah Grosjean is a Washington Family Magazine Mom Blogger and the writer of Capitally Frugal, a DC-area blog that helps readers live luxuriously on less.

For More Information:

To sign up for the Chef’s Table at Benihana visit

Coldstone Creamery’s E-Club sign-up can be found at:

Sign up for IHOP’s Pancake Revolution at:

Visit Not Your Average Joe’s Email Club to register for a birthday treat.

Red Robin offers a Red Royalty Card


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