It’s nice to get special treatment on your birthday. Receiving well wishes and gifts from your friends and family is always a plus, but you deserve more—the whole world needs to know! It’s the one day of the year that’s all about you, after all. Luckily, your favorite chain restaurants and cafes are always willing to step up.
Many of them actually offer free perks to their loyal customers who are celebrating another trip around the sun. So, if you’re looking to chow down on some free food or satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further: here are 36 awesome businesses that’ll give you free stuff on your birthday!
1. Dippin’ Dots: Receiving more emails might sound rough, but who wouldn’t want news about spacey ice cream in their inbox every now and then? Even better, when you join “The Dot Crazy! Email Club,” you’ll get a free batch on your next birthday.
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2. Benihana: Watching a chef put on an amazing show while chowing down on Asian cuisine is certainly a fun way to spend a night out. And that’s great, because Benihana offers their customers one $30 certificate to use during their birthday month.
3. Denny’s: Ever heard of the “Grand Slam” from this popular breakfast establishment? It’s made up of two fluffy pancakes, two eggs, two bacon strips, and two sausage links. Sound good? Great, because it’s free on your birthday!
4. Caribou Coffee: Anyone who loves a good cup of coffee or needs a boost on their birthday should most certainly take advantage of the rewards program at this place. Those who sign up will receive a free treat of their choice on their big day.
5. Starbucks: Anyone familiar with the Starbucks Rewards program knows there are some serious benefits. Not only do you receive a free drink on your birthday, but you also get 15 percent off any purchase you make in their store.
6. Chili’s: If you’re a fan of delicious Tex-Mex food—and let’s be real, who isn’t?—then you’ll definitely want to sign up for this chain restaurant’s customer rewards program. Those who do so will receive a free dessert on their birthday!
7. Cinnabon: If you love sweets but find yourself wanting something a little different than a traditional birthday cake, don’t fret: Cinnabon’s got you covered. Anyone who signs up for their perks receives a free treat on that special day every year.
8. Cold Stone Creamery: Those celebrating a birthday had better remember to sign up for the newsletter of this purveyor of scrumptious ice cream. You’ll receive a buy-one-get-one-free on any ice cream creation of your choice.
9. Dunkin’ Donuts: If sipping a free caffeinated (or decaf) beverage of any size on your birthday sounds great, then you’ve come to the right place. Members of the DD Perks receive this privilege any day during their birthday month.
10. Del Taco: Being a loyal fan of this delicious fast food-style taco joint most definitely has its perks. When you sign up for its emails, you’ll receive a coupon to get a free medium-sized milkshake. Now that’s definitely worth knowing!
11. Buca di Beppo: Celebrating with your friends and family is a must, which is what makes this Italian chain the perfect place to go. It offers a free birthday cake to those celebrating their big day when they make a reservation for four or more people.
12. Sprinkles Cupcakes: You certainly deserve to satisfy that hankering you’ve had for sweets. So just do it already! By joining Sprinkles Cupcakes’ rewards program, you’ll get a free cupcake on your birthday.
13. Einstein Bros. Bagels: Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a bagel are a breakfast staple, and what better way to start your birthday than by chowing down on one? If you sign up for this bagel chain’s emails, you’ll get an egg sandwich for free on your birthday.
14. Friendly’s: People who enjoy eating out at this family-friendly establishment know it offers some pretty delicious ice cream sundaes. Luckily for you, you’ll get a free one on your birthday when you join its BFF Club.
15. IHOP: Where these other companies dish out free stuff on and around your birthday, IHOP takes it to an entirely different level. Not only does it give you a free stack of pancakes when you sign up for its rewards program, but it’ll also give you some when you initially sign up—and on that anniversary, too!
16. Jamba Juice: If you’re looking to eat slightly more nutritious food on a day where people normally snack on every sweet in sight, then look no further. As a member of the Jamba Insider Rewards Program, you’ll receive a free smoothie on your birthday!
17. Jersey Mike’s Subs: If you’re on a tasty sub sandwich kick, head over to Jersey Mike’s and sign up for its emails. It’ll net you a free delicious sub sandwich and an additional free fountain drink on your birthday.
18. Johnny Rockets: Anyone who signs up to join the Johnny Rockets email list will be happy to know they can get one of the chain’s classic hamburgers—for free. Talk about a win-win!
19. Pinkberry: You should know by now that it pays to be loyal, and that certainly goes for customers of this fro-yo chain. When you join the loyalty program, you’ll nab a free yogurt on your birthday. Free-yo, anyone?
20. Krispy Kreme: Fans of this doughnut shop should join the Krispy Kreme rewards program, which entitles them to a free doughnut on their birthday each year. As if the original glazed doughnut isn’t enough to keep most people coming back!
21. Rita’s Ice: After you’ve enjoyed a free delicious entrée from any of the aforementioned businesses, you should treat yo’ self to some free Italian ice from this company. All you have to do is join its birthday club!
22. Ruby Tuesday: Customers have long reaped the benefits of joining this restaurant chain’s So Connected rewards program. That’s because they’ve all been enjoying a free burger on their birthday each year!
23. Marble Slab Creamery: Anyone who joins the Marble Slab Rewards program is going to satisfy their ice cream cravings when their birthday rolls around. They’ll earn themselves a coupon for $5 off ice cream!
24. Moe’s Southwest Grill: If you’ve got a hankering for some incredible southwest-style food on your big day, you’ll want to join the Moe’s Rockin’ Rewards program. You can get a free burrito!
25. Panera Bread: Is it your birthday? Do you love baked goods? Great! Register for the Panera Bread rewards program, and you can munch on a free pastry from the bakery when it’s time to celebrate your birthday.
26. P. F. Chang’s: Chowing down on some delicious Chinese food has never been as awesome as it is when you join the P. F. Chang’s rewards program. Why? Because you can choose between a free dessert or complimentary dim sum! Decisions, decisions.
27. Olive Garden: As its slogan states, “When you’re here, you’re family.” Well, that familial bond pays off in a big way when you sign up on its website—you can get a free appetizer or dessert!
28. Baja Fresh: Birthday celebrators looking to score a free burrito need to know about Baja Fresh’s Club Baja. Who wouldn’t want such a fulfilling meal for free when it’s time to turn one year older?
29. Red Robin: If you love biting into a juicy, delicious cheeseburger from this fun restaurant, then you should definitely join its rewards program. In doing so, you’ll net a free burger any time during your birthday month.
30. Baskin Robbins: Everyone deserves to splurge on something sweet for their birthday, and what better than a scoop of ice cream from the ever-delicious Baskin Robbins? Lucky for you, the company offers a free scoop through its Birthday Club.
31. Au Bon Pain: If you’re looking to satisfy your French food craving on your birthday at this laidback cafe, you’ve made a wise decision. Sign up for the rewards program, and you can get yourself a free lunch.
32. Firehouse Subs: What’s not to like about this business founded by actual former firemen? To make things even better, when you sign up to receive the company’s emails, it’ll give you a free medium sub starting six days before and extending six days after your birthday.
33. Jason’s Deli: If cold cuts and delicious sub sandwiches are your thing, then you’re going to want to visit this sandwich shop on your b-day. When you sign up to receive its emails, you’ll get a $5-off coupon!
34. Season 52 Fresh Grill: When you tell any server in this restaurant that it’s your birthday, you’ll receive a free mini dessert with the purchase of any entrée. That’s pretty generous! Best of all, you don’t even have to sign up for anything.
35. Auntie Anne’s: Opt in to this establishment’s “My Pretzel Perks”mobile app, and you’ll receive one of those delicious, buttery, and flaky snacks—on the house—when it’s your birthday.
36. Subway: It pays off in a big way to join the Subway’s Eat Fresh Club. That’s because anyone who does will be treated to a free six-inch sub and free fountain beverage every year! Happy birthday!
There are so many options to treat yourself on your birthday, the most difficult decision you’ll make will be deciding which ones to take advantage of.
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