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37 Restaurants That Give You Discounts On Your Birthday

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When it's my birthday, I always wake up feeling like I can conquer the world. Though I'm not super big on the idea of giving gifts, I do love when people opt to spend time with me. Sometimes though, things don't always work out where people are around for my birthday; like it was for me a few years ago. In the event that I have a scenario where I had to eat dinner alone on my day, having restaurants that give you discounts on your birthday will always come in handy.

That year was the first year I moved up to Atlanta from Orlando, so I hadn't really made many friends. Being that my family was so far away and I was so broke, I resorted to finding some restaurants that gave me some great deals and even sang "Happy Birthday" to me, too. Even now with things being a lot different for me, I still like to grab up all the deals possible for free food on my birthday because who really doesn't like free food?

Whether you're tight on coins  or just like to rack up on the free goods, these 37 restaurants are good places to keep in mind when your special day rolls around again

1. Applebee's

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According to their site, Applebee's will give you a free dessert on your birthday if you join their eClub.

2. Au Bon Pain

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As like Applebee's, joining the eClub for Au Bon Pain will get you a free lunch on your birthday, according to the site.

3. Benihana

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If you join Benihana's Chef's Table, you will receive a $30 gift certificate via email to use anytime during your birthday month.

4. Buffalo Wild Wings

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Love wings? Stop by Buffalo Wild Wings after you nabbed a stop in the Buffalo Circle to enjoy a free snack-size order of traditional or boneless wings within a two-week period of your birthday.

5. California Pizza Kitchen

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Once you join the CPK rewards program, you'll be eligible for a free dessert during your birthday month.

6. Checkers

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When you sign up for the Flavorhood email list, you'll be eligible to receive a free large fry with any purchase that you can use on your birthday.

7. The Cheesecake Factory

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If you plan to head to The Cheesecake Factory for your birthday this year, be sure to let them know that it's your special day to receive a complimentary small cup of ice cream, according to People.

8. Chili's

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Joining the Chili's email club will enable you to receive a free brownie sundae; good for up to two weeks after your birthday.

9. Corner Bakery Cafe

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Corner Bakery Cafe offers Corner eCafe members a free pastry on their birthday, which is definitely a special treat.

10. Carrabba's Italian Grill

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Carrabba's Italian Grills offers patrons a free appetizer or dessert during the month of their birthday if you sign up for the Amici Club.

11. Dairy Queen

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Joining Dairy Queen's DQ Blizzard Fan Club will get you a buy one, get one Blizzard deal on your birthday.

12. Del Taco

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When you sign up for Del Taco's online fan club, you'll be able to receive a free vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry premium shake on your birthday.

13. Denny's

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If you present your valid ID at Denny's on your birthday, you will receive a free original grand slam.

14. Hooters

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Join the Hooters e-club and receive 10 free wings for your birthday.

15. IHOP

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Signing up for IHOP's Pancake Revolution will get you a free full stack of pancakes once your birthday rolls around

16. Jack In The Box

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If there's a Jack in the Box near you, be sure to sign up to receive your two free birthday tacos.

17. Johnny Rockets

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The Rocket eClbu from Johnny Rockets will get you a free burger for your birthday if you sign up.

18. Joe's Crab Shack

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After you sign-up for Joe's Catch email club, you'll be eligible for a free appetizer to be used at any time.

19. Longhorn Steakhouse

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When you sign up for a Longhorn account, you'll receive one free dessert to be used at any time at Longhorn Steakhouse

20. McDonald's

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If you participate in the McDonald's Birthday Club Program, your kid will receive a free Happy Meal at participating locations, People noted.

21. Moe's Southwestern Grill

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If you sign up for Moe's e-World, you'll be able to indulge in a free birthday burrito on your big day.

22. Olive Garden

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Sign up for Olive Garden's e-Club and receive a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert that you can use on your birthday.

23. Outback Steakhouse

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When you sign up for Outback Steakhouse's rewards program, you'll receive a coupon for a free birthday dessert or "aussie-tizer" with your meal.

24. P.F. Chang's

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Becoming a member of the P.F. Chang's Preferred group lets restaurant goers choose between a free small plate, dim sum item, or dessert to accompany their meal.  

25. Panera Bread

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If you're a MyPanera member, you'll be offered a free pastry on your birthday.

26. Qdoba Mexican Grill

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Qdoba Rewards members are eligible for a buy one, get one birthday burrito deal on their big day.

27. Quiznos

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According to Thrillist, Q Club members get a free cookie on their birthday.

28. Red Lobster

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Sign up for Red Lobster's Fresh Catch Club and receive a coupon for free dessert, a free appetizer, $5 off an entrée or 10 percent off of an menu item for your birthday.

29. Red Robin

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Join the Red Robin Royalty program and receive a free burger during the month of your birthday.

30. Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday's So Connected program offers restaurant goers a free burger on their birthday.

31. Sonic

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Once you set up a MySonic profile, you'll be eligible for a free treat chosen at random on your birthday.

32. Steak N' Shake

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If you sign up for Steak N' Shake's eClub, you'll receive an extra treat for your birthday.

33. TGIFridays

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Join the Fridays Rewards program and make any day feel like a Friday with a free dessert during your birthday month.

34. Tony Roma's

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Sign up for Tony Roma's eRewards club and receive a free dinner entrée for up to $15.99.

35. Waffle House

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Joining the Waffle House Regulars Club gives members a free waffle on their birthday.

36. Whataburger

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Enjoy a free Justaburber for the kids when you sign up for the Whatakids birthday sign up.

37. Zaxby's

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Joining the Zax Mail Club will let you choose one of the eight meal deals and give you birthday nibbler for free.