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

  • Golden Corral (Forest Drive, Columbia) – Kids 3 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Shealy’s BBQ (Batesburg-Leesville) – Tuesday-Saturday – Kids 4 and under eat free; Kids 5-6 $4.25, Kids 7-9 $5.75, Kids 10- 1 $8.50.
  • Shoney’s (Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia) – Kids 4 and under eat free at the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.



  • Beef O’Brady’s (Northeast Columbia) – Kids 12 and under eat for $3.49 with the purchase of an adult meal. Dine-in only.
  • Carolina Ale House (Harbison)  Kids 10 and under eat for .99 with the purchase of an adult meal, 5-9 p.m.
  • Denny’s (Various Locations) – Kids 13 and under eat free, 4-10 p.m.


  • East Bay Deli (Sunset Court Location Only) – Kids eat free; One free kids meal per adult meal, 4-9 p.m.
  • Hudson’s Smokehouse  (Lexington) – Kids 10 and under – free buffet dinner. 5 p.m.
  • Knead Pizza (Lexington) – Kids Meal 1/2 price with purchase of each adult meal. Dine-in only.
  • Scottie’s Cafe & Grill (Blythewood) – Kids 11 and under eat free with purchase of an adult meal. Dine-in only. 
  • Smashburger (Columbia, Irmo, Lexington) – Free Kids Meal with the purchase of each adult meal.



  • Groucho’s Deli (Northeast) – Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, 4-8:30 p.m.


  • Firehouse Subs (Various Locations) – .99 kids meals (up to 2 kids) per adult combo.
  • Moe’s (Various Locations) – Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. (Call your location to see if they participate).
  • Red Bowl Asian Bistro (Sandhills) –  Kids 9 and under eat for $2.50. Dine-in only

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

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Angie is a stepmother, pet mom, grandmother, and caregiver for her loving mother. She and her husband Marvin moved from Maryland to Columbia in 2020. She is a graduate of Talladega College (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) and Troy State University (Master of Business Administration). Working as a Senior Advisor with the Department of the Treasury, she’s grateful to have a career that allows her the flexibility to both work from home and in the office. She is a certified intermittent fasting and health coach who has a passion to inspire women and men to live their healthiest self. She is the founder of Commit 2B Healthy where she has spent years providing private nutrition counseling and group coaching programs. Beyond her private nutrition counseling and group coaching programs, she is a brand ambassador with Ultima Replenisher and a content creator with Shop Style Collective, the world’s largest fashion search engine. Angie enjoys cycling, reading, and self-care. Her latest passion is meditation, which she uses to unwind at the end of the day. She is eager to explore the city and share the experiences with the Columbia Mom community.


    • 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. Scottie’s Cafe & Grill in Blythewood offers kids eat free (11 an under) all day on Wednesday’s with the purchase of an adult meal.

  2. 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

  3. 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. 🙁

  4. Sub station II – Sandhills has kids eat free w/ purchase of adult meal on Tuesdays, it’s also a “family night” with balloon animals.


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