Guide to Kids Eat Free Nights in Columbus


Don’t you just love Kids Eat Free Nights? It’s a night off from cooking, plus a good deal. We’ve made it super easy to find a list of daily Columbus Kids Eat Free nights. Additionally, we’ve added nights where restaurants offer discounts on kids’ meals. In most cases, these are dine-in-only offers and require the purchase of an adult meal. These deals could change at any time, so consider calling to confirm before you load the kids and go! As of 2023, these establishments have verified the deals even if the information is not listed on their website!

Free Kid Meals
Here is a message from our sponsor, Roots Natural Kitchen:

Roots Natural Kitchen is a salad and grain bowl restaurant located at 10 E 15 Ave by the OSU campus.

At Roots, we believe people should feel good about what they’re eating: eating naturally and eating great should be one and the same. We want to make a natural lifestyle easy and supportable, which is why kids under 12 eat free all day every day.

Click On the Restaurant’s name below and it will take you to its website for more information!


  • Rusty Bucket Enroll your child in the Rusty Bucket program Bucketeer Bookworms.  Once they read 5 books, they record it on a bookmark provided by Rusty Bucket and earn a free kid’s meal.  You can pick up the bookmarks at Rusty Bucket.
  • Submarine House -(Hilliard)- Kids eat free! This deal is offered every day from 4-8 p.m. (must purchase an adult meal too)
  • Roots Natural Kitchen (OSU Campus) – Children 12 and under eat free with a purchase of an adult meal. All day, every day.
  • Golden Corral -Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal, every day



  • Las Margaritas  – Kids eat free: 12 and under (Canal Winchester and Westerville Locations)
  • Carfagna’s Kitchen on Polaris Pkwy-Mon-Thurs nights Kids 12 and under eat free (one kid’s dish with each adult entrée)
  • Carsonie’s (Upper Arlington)- Kids eat free (2 kids per one adult entree)
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings -(Lewis Center and Broad Street locations)- Kids eat free with a $10 minimum.
  • Frisch’s Big Boy (at participating locations)- Enjoy one free Kids Mini Meal (for children 12 and under) per adult purchase of $6.98 or more. Dine-in only and offered all day.
  • Villa Nova  (Worthington) – Kids eat cheap: kids meals are $1.99/3.99 (dine-in only)
  • MCL Restaurant & Bakery (UA, Whitehall): Free kids’ meal every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, when you purchase an adult entrée at regular menu price *Valid for kids 12 and under.
  • Nasty’s Sports Bar & Grill: Kids dine for 1/2 off on Sundays and Mondays (4561 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026)
  • Texas Roadhouse: (E Main St., Polaris, Grove City, Hilliard Rome Rd.)Free kids’ meal per adult entrée purchase. Check with individual locations for times.
  • O’Charley’s: One free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Beverage not included. Dine in only. Not valid with any other discount or promotion.
  • Fazoli’s: Kids Meals for 99 cents each with the purchase of each adult meal from 5-8 pm.  Enjoy Spaghetti Smarts activities and crafts. Heath, Grove City, Hilliard, Reynoldsburg, and Westerville.
  • bd’s Mongolian Grill – (Easton, Sawmill, and Arena District) kids eat cheap on Tuesdays: kids 10 and under eat for $3.00 (New day in 2023).


  • Bob Evan’s – Kids eat free (after 4 p.m.) with an adult entree purchase.
  • Roosters (11 Columbus Locations) Kids eat cheap$0.99 (3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) with one adult entree.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (Hilliard) Kids eat for $2.99 from 4-8 p.m.
  • El Vaquero – Kids eat free with an adult meal.
  • MCL Restaurant & Bakery (UA, Whitehall): Free kids’ meal every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when you purchase an adult entrée at regular menu price *Valid for kids 12 and under.
  • Skyline Chili-Every Tuesday Night Kids Eat FREE! For every paying adult, one child receives a kid’s meal for FREE. On Tuesdays, we also feature a FREE kid’s craft complete with a craft coordinator! So make Tuesday your family night and head to Skyline.


  • Fiesta Jalisco Kids eat free (4-10 p.m.). 1 adult entree must be purchased.
  • Star Lanes Polaris Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal. (5 p.m.-close)
  • Melt Bar and GrillTired of cooking for the family? Join us for Half-Off Wednesdays at Melt where kids ten years old and under eat for only $3 from our kids’ menu!
  • MCL Restaurant & Bakery (UA, Whitehall): Free kids’ meal every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when you purchase an adult entrée at regular menu price *Valid for kids 12 and under.



  • Don’t forget about the daily deals listed above from Rusty Bucket and The Submarine House!

What restaurants would you add to our list of Columbus Kids Eat Free Nights?


  1. Great compilation! Carsonie’s Stromboli and Pizza Kitchen in Upper Arlington has a Kids Eat Free night on Mondays! AND a balloon artist who walks from table to table making balloon creations for the kids. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the suggestion Erica! We will add Carsonie’s to the list. It sounds like a great evening!

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