I love birthdays, and it's not just because of the presents and parties. It's mostly because I get to eat cake (on my birthday and for the next week) and I get free food. In the past, my parents would take me out to dinner, but now that I'm in college my parents aren't usually there to celebrate it with me. 

Luckily, there are a bunch of chain restaurants all across the United States where I can get a ton of free food and drinks for my special day no matter where I am. To make it even better, some of these restaurants offer specials throughout the whole month and not just on the day of your birthday. If you want to make your special day/month even more special, check out these 24 chain restaurants that offer free food on your birthday.

#SpoonTip: Check out where to get free dessert on your birthday too, because sometimes cake is not enough. 

1. Seasons 52

Just let your waiter know it's your birthday and you will get any dessert you want for free. 

2. Dunkin' Donuts

Sign up for the Dunkin' Donuts rewards program and get a free drink (of any size) during the month of your birthday.

3. Baskin Robbins

Sign up for Baskin Robbins Birthday Club and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. 


Sign up for IHOP's reward program and get a free stack of pancakes on your birthday, anniversary, and right when you sign up. 

5. Panera

Join the Panera rewards program and get a free pastry on your birthday. 

6. Denny's

If you show your ID to prove it's your birthday, you get a free grand slam, no sign up needed. 

7. Olive Garden

Sign up on the Olive Garden website and get a free appetizer or dessert on your birthday. 

8. Baja Fresh 

Join Club Baja and get a free taco for signing up and a free burrito on your birthday. 

9. Jersey Mike's

Sign up and get a free sub and drink on your day of birth.

10. P.F. Chang's

As part of the P.F. Chang's reward program, you can get a free small plate, dim sum, or dessert on your birthday. I highly recommend the great wall of chocolate (pictured above). 

11. Islands

Join Island's Tiki Link and get a free dessert on your special day. 

12. Starbucks

Sign up for the Starbucks Rewards program at least 30 days before your birthday and get a free drink or treat and 15% off StarbucksStore.com.

13. Pinkberry

As a Pinkberry loyalist, you will receive a free yogurt on your birthday and a free yogurt after every 10 purchases you make regardless of the day. 

14. Subway

When you sign up for Subway's Eat Fresh Club, you will get a free six-inch sub and drink on your Birthday. 

15. Cold Stone Creamery

I love Cold Stone, so I definitely think signing up for the Cold Stone Club to get a free ice cream creation on my birthday is worth it. 

16. Wingstop

Get free fries on your birthday and also when you sign up for the Wingstop Club. 

17. Krispy Kreme

You can get a free donut and drink on your birthday if you're a Krispy Kreme Rewards member

18. Benihana

Sign up online and get a $30 gift certificate during the month of your birthday. 

19. Buffalo Wild Wings

Sign up for the Buffalo Circle and get a free snack-size wings (boneless or traditional) to celebrate your birthday. 

20. Einstein Bros Bagels

Get a free Egg Sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the Einstein Bro's E-Club.

21. Hooters

Get 10 free wings on your birthday when you sign up for the Hooters eClub

22. Jamba Juice

As a Jamba Insider Rewards member, you will get a free birthday smoothie or juice. 

23. Pizza Hut

When you make a Pizza Hut online account, they will email you a coupon for free cinnamon sticks on your birthday. 

24. California Pizza Kitchen

Sign up for the CPK Pizza Dough program and you will get a free dessert on your birthday, which is extra exciting because their chocolate brownie is insanely good (ask to get it warmed up).