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55 Restaurants That Give You Free Food On Your Birthday

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Waking up on your birthday to well wishes and good vibes from all the people who remembered is fantastic. But what if all your favorite national chain restaurants remembered too? And what if they then offered you a totally free Cinnabon?? Well, wishes can come true, people, because we've rounded up the best restaurant birthday deals in the country.

As offers vary by location, be sure to call ahead to make sure the deal is valid. No one wants to celebrate their birthday at Arby's unless there's a free shake involved.

A&W All American Food
Sign up for the Mug Club to get a free root beer float on your birthday.

Dessert's on the restaurant for members of the eClub.

Sign up for Arby's Extras and excitedly check your mailbox for a free shake coupon sent a week before your big day.

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Au Bon Pain
Lunch is free on your birthday when you join the eClub.

Auntie Anne's
Signing up for Pretzel Perks gets you a BOGO (buy one, get one) pretzel on your birthday, so bring a friend! (Just kidding. Go alone and get two pretzels.)

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Birthdays are tasty at Club Baja, where you get a free burrito on your birthday with membership.

Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday as a member of the creatively named Birthday Club.

Ben & Jerry's
Being a ChunkSpelunker sounds vaguely gross until you realize it gets you free ice cream on your birthday! Wait... no, no it still sounds gross.

Membership to the Chef's Table grants you a $30 gift certificate to be used anytime in your entire birthday month. If there's any time to get filet mignon hibachi, that time is now.

You have to join an e-club andmake a purchase to get a "free" Bojangles' birthday biscuit but c'mon... have you tried those biscuits?

Boston Market
Call yourself a VIP at Boston Market for a free dessert with purchase on your birthday.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Snag a spot in the Buffalo Circle to enjoy a free snack-size order of traditional or boneless wings with your choice of sauce during a two-week window around your birthday. That's up to an $11.49 value... wild!

California Pizza Kitchen
Save your birthday dough as a member of the CPK rewards program and enjoy a free dessert during your birthday month.

Capital Grille
Finally, a birthday gift that doesn't require your email address! Show up at the Capital Grille on your birthday for a complimentary chocolate espresso cake to cap off your meal. Free and fancy!

Score a free appetizer or dessert during the month of your birthday when you join the Amici Club.

Everyone loves birthday ice cream! Grab a cone on Carvel as a Fudgie Fanatic.

Chili's email club dishes out a coupon for a free brownie sundae, good for two weeks. (The deal, probably not the sundae.)

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Club Cinnabon gives birthday revelers a free coupon for a "birthday treat." Word on the street is the treat varies, and who doesn't love birthday surprises?

Cold Stone
What's better than ice cream with a friend on your birthday?? Your friend's ice cream and your ice cream in your facehole on your birthday because you joined the My Cold Stone Club and collected your BOGO offer solo.

Corner Bakery Cafe
Join the Corner eCafe and treat yo'self to a free birthday pastry.

Cracker Barrel
This may not be your first-choice venue for a meal on your birthday, but what if we told you they'd give you free dessert and a song? C'mon, at least stop by for a pregame pancake...

Dairy Queen
Everyone loves Blizzards, so you may as well join the DQ Blizzard Fan Club for a BOGO deal on your birthday.

Score a free Grand Slam just for being born, no email signup required!

Dippin' Dots
The "ice cream of the future" is oddly nostalgic. Head down memory lane as a member of the Dot Crazy! Email & Rewards Club with free Dippin' Dots on your special day.

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Dunkin' Donuts
Sip on a free beverage of choice on your birthday as a member of DD Perks.

Edible Arrangements
Everyone's favorite company for when you don't know what else to get someone has an Edible Rewards program that'll send you an assortment of free chocolate-dipped fruit for your birthday. When will someone create a company that delivers chocolate-dipped chocolate?

How much do you love Friendly's? Enough to be BFF status? Make your commitment email-official and you'll receive a free Happy Ending sundae on your birthday.

Join the Fudds Club for a BOGO birthday burger.

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