There are a variety of strategies one can employ to get a free or dramatically reduced dinner deal at a restaurant, including dining out at certain establishments on one's birthday or taking advantage of restaurants that offer special, limited-time free food promotions. For example, some restaurants, such as Starbucks, Outback Steakhouse, Boston Market and Carl's Jr. all offered steep discounts or free items to customers on the Fourth of July in 2015, reports the International Business Times. Oftentimes, customers must present a coupon or some kind of proof that they are eligible for the offer, and deals that result in a completely free dinner with no associated costs are very rare.
Some restaurants offer deals that allow diners to get a free meal for certain members of their dining party. For example, Carrabba's Italian Grill offered a deal in 2015 that comped the price of a kid's meal, according to Living on the Cheap. However, in order to qualify for the free kid's meal, diners needed to purchase an adult entree, meaning that the entire dinner was not free.
Some restaurants have a policy of offering diners free meals or items on their birthdays, but these offers usually have some restrictions. For example, the chain restaurant Noodles and Company offers a free dish, but only if the diner signs up for the company's Noodlegram newsletter.