Kids Eat Free {or Almost Free} Around Columbia


Going out to eat as a family can be fun. Of course, if you’ve got squirmy little ones, it can also be challenging, but it’s always nice to get out of the house and enjoy a meal out once in a while. Especially on those nights after a long day when you just don’t feel like cooking dinner. I know we’ve all been there!

But, what’s not fun about eating out is the price. Depending on where you eat, a family meal can add up pretty quickly … but it doesn’t have to! Here is a list of places kids eat free {or almost free} to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters!

Note: Some restaurants only offer free kids meals specific days of the week. They are listed below by day. Also, offers can change, so be sure to verify details before you go. 

Every Day

  • O’ Charley’s – Kids eat free here EVERY DAY with the purchase of an adult entree. Both Columbia and Lexington locations currently participate in this offer.
  • Golden Corral – (Forest Drive, Columbia) – Kids 3 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Shealy’s BBQ Tues-Saturday: Kids 4 and under are FREE; Kids 5-6 $4.00, Kids 7-9 $5.50, Kids 10-11 $7.50
  • Shoney’s – (Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia) – Kids 4 and under eat free at the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.



  • Applebee’s  .99 Kids Meal with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Beef O’Brady’s  – Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina (Columbia and Lexington) – Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée and drink from 6-8pm. It’s also kids night with face painting and balloon animals!
  • Carolina Ale House (Harbison)  .99 Kids Meals from 5-9pm.
  • Cupcake Down South (Lincoln St., Columbia ) – Buy one cupcake get one free for your child after 5pm.
  • Denny’s – Kids Eat Free.
  • Moe’s – Kids eat free OR for .99 (Call your location to see if they participate).
  • Zaxby’s (Lexington) – Free Kids Meal with purchase of an adult meal.



  • Captain D’s 1 free kids meals per adult entrée. All day. Dine in only. (Check your location to make sure they participate.)
  • Mellow Mushroom (Vista) – Kids: Free slice of cheese pizza, cinnamon pretzel and drink; Two kids per each adult purchase.
  • Which WichKids Eat Free (Check your location to make sure they participate).


  • Denny’s – Kids Eat Free.
  • Groucho’s Deli (Sparkleberry Crossing location) – Kids Eat Free with the purchase of an adult entree, 5:00-8:30pm.


  • Dickey’s BBQ (Two Notch Rd) – 1 free kids meal with adult purchase. Dine-in only. Kids 12 and under.
  • Firehouse Subs .99 kids meals (up to 2 kids) per adult combo
  • Sure Fire Tacos – FREE kids meal with the purchase of a bowl, burrito, nacho, or quesadilla and a drink. Kids 10 and under.

Do you frequent KIDS EAT FREE night? Tell us where in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!


    • Thanks for sharing! Is this every Monday? We went to their Facebook page and it just mentions Monday, Jan. 20 & Monday, Jan. 27. We’d love to add it if it’s ongoing.

  1. Carolina Ale House in the Vista has closed and Ruby Tuesday on Devine St has closed. Moe’s on Devine St has kids eat free on Sundays

  2. Saw that this was posted in 2020 and there’s a Ryan’s mentioned as a Kids Eat Free place on Thursdays. Please tell me where there’s a Ryan’s that’s still open!

    • Oh no! You are so right! Looks like all the Ryan’s closed down during the pandemic. We have removed them from our list. 🙁


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