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Places Kids Eat Free In NJ

Every day of the week, restaurants all over the state offer free meal deals for children under 12—Here’s your guide to when to go where.


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20 Places Kids Eat Free

Going out to eat with the entire clan is always fun—but somehow it tastes even better when the kids are free! Every day of the week,  family-friendly NJ restaurants offer meal deals for children 12 and under. Here’s your guide for when and where to go!

What to know before you go:

  •  “Kids eat free” generally means you get a free meal from the kids’ menu with the purchase of one (or two) adult meals.
  •  Many restaurants offer the deal for the entire day—but some only offer during specific hours and for kids under a certain age.
  •  Deals change all the time, so call ahead to confirm that your location offers kids’ meals free.

BERGEN COUNTY

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern
1 East Franklin Tpke., Ho-Ho-Kus
201-445-4115; hohokusinn.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: Pint-sized diners choose between the usual kids’ menu suspects and more grown-up dishes like salmon, roasted chicken breast and hanger steak, which all come with a side of fresh veggies. If Mom and Dad like seafood, go for the yellowfin tuna burger, grilled marinated octopus or fresh oysters.

Jalapeños Mexican Grille
930 Prospect St., Glen Rock
201-445-5566; jalapenosmexgrill.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday
More Reasons to Go: The atmosphere here is fun and festive, and they’ve got great grown-up drinks (order margaritas by the pitcher). You’ll love the “Jalapeños Special” (a chicken, shrimp and skirt steak fajita trio), which be custom-ordered for two. Kids can choose from the classics like cheese quesadillas, nachos or tacos, and get free ice cream for dessert.

Lakeside Grille & Bar
105 Lakeside Dr., Ramsey
201-327-0009; ramseycountryclub.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday–Thursday
More Reasons to Go: Though it’s in a country club with beautiful fireplaces, both the regular and children’s menus are huge here, so even your pickiest eater will find something to munch on. Once your littles settle on dishes like cheese ravioli, chicken fingers or corn dogs, you get to pick from tons of burger, sandwich and pasta options.

Que Pasta Italian Restaurant
326 Market St., Saddle Brook
201-712-1900; qpitalian.com
Kids Eat Free: Friday
More Reasons to Go: Kids feast on spaghetti and meatballs, mozzarella sticks and mini-raviolis, which all come with a drink and an ice cream. Insider tip: Allow a few extra minutes to find a parking spot or go early—it can get crowded!

ESSEX COUNTY

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill
118 Rte. 46 E., Fairfield
973-575-6500; calandrasmedgrill.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday
More Reasons to Go: Spend a lazy Sunday supper with the folks who invented it. Two kids (under 13) eat for free and watch a magician perform tableside while parents indulge in half-price wine and classic dishes like pappardelle vodka and pork chop Milanese.

MoonShine
55 Main St., Millburn
973-218-6042; moonshinesupperclub.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday—Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: For a restaurant that doesn’t feel like it’s a kid-friendly place (but is), check out MoonShine, where the menu is sophisticated and inspired by supper clubs of the past. Let the kids eat kids stuff (like a cheese omelet or BLT), while you dine on roasted branzino, house-made ricotta gnocchi and braised beef short ribs.

The Verona Inn
624 Bloomfield Ave., Verona
973-239-0544; veronainn.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: Kids can tag along for Monday night football or everyone can sit outside on the patio at this tavern downtown. It’s famous for great live music, amazing happy hour specials and to-die-for snacks like “Goat fries,” which are topped with rich goat cheese and raspberry sauce. Plus, some days their legendary spuds are free before 5 pm, so make sure to call before you go!

Toro Loco
23 Valley St., South Orange
973-761-1515
Kids Eat Free: Sunday and Monday
More Reasons to Go: Authentic Mexican food in kid-friendly surroundings with some of the best guac around. After dinner, take the family to Carvel down the street for a super sweet ending.

HUDSON COUNTY

Arthur’s
237 Washington St., Hoboken
201-565-5009; arthursofhoboken.com
Kids Eat Free: Wednesday
More Reasons to Go: Humongous steaks and tons of craft beers are what to order here. The 12-and-under part of the clan will love the A+ children’s menu.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
700 Plaza Dr., Secaucus
201-392-0500; cheeseburgerinparadise.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: Channel the Florida Keys with island-themed entrées and fruity, frosty drinks. Kids’ meals all come with a free Frisbee, and you can swap out the side-of-fries for healthier options like Teriyaki broccoli or Mandarin oranges. And don’t miss the fried avocado appetizer, Hurricane wings and the Aloha burger (topped with Teriyaki sauce and pineapple salsa).

Otaiko Hibachi & Sushi Lounge
South Cove Commons
125 Lefante Ave., Bayonne
201-339-3399; otaikonj.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday and Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: The kids’ menu here includes tons of sure-to-please options like chicken, shrimp or steak Teriyaki boxes, which come with soup, salad, rice and edamame. Or they can get scallops or lobster just like Mom and Dad. Parents pick from rolls like the “Golden Sun Roll,” (eel and avocado topped with spicy salmon crunch). FYI: Make sure to print out your “kids eat free” coupons online before you go!

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Lovin’ Oven
62 Trenton Ave. Frenchtown
908-996-7714; lovinovenfrenchtown.com
Kids Eat Free: Thursday
More Reasons to Go: Little (and very hangry) pasta lovers go home with plenty of leftovers thanks to bottomless (just-for-kids) specials here on Italian night. Parents start with a soup or salad, pick from dishes like lamb stew or braised meatballs and finish it off with a cannoli.
 

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
77 Tices Ln., East Brunswick
732-479-1950; dickeys.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday
More Reasons to Go: If your brood loves slow-cooked, stick-to-your-ribs food, this joint is sure to make their mouths water. Order half-pound portions of Southern favorites like pork ribs, barbecue honey ham, beef brisket or pulled pork, all of which are smoked in-house in hickory wood-burning pits.

Miller’s Ale House
350 Rte. 9, Woodbridge Twp.
732-855-6590; millersalehouse.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: You can bet the game will be on one of the big-screen TVs at this gigantic sports bar, which has enough room to seat his entire soccer team. The children’s menu includes things like hot dogs, chicken fingers and a fried shrimp platter, all of which come with a side and a kiddie drink.

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza
2105 Rte. 35, Oakhurst
732-359-8800; ninoscoalfiredpizza.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: At this pizza joint kids can chow down on a personal pie with any topping imaginable (or if yours are like ours, no toppings at all). If pizza isn’t their first choice, play it safe with grilled chicken breast, spaghetti and meatballs or chicken fingers and fries.

Valentino’s
4241 Rte. 9 N., Freehold
732-683-1400; valentinos-restaurant-freehold.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday–Thursday
More Reasons to Go: This dimly lit Italian spot has traditional white tablecloths and several fireplaces to transport you to Naples. Pick from favorites from classic antipasti dishes to dozens of different pasta options and a full wine list. The younger set can pick from any pasta on the menu (in just-for-them portions, of course) or chicken fingers. They also prepare flambé desserts table-side, which means instant entertainment for youngsters.

The Windmill
22 Bridge St., Red Bank
732-747-5958; windmillhotdogs.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: There’s nothing better than a hot dog or burger down the shore in the summer, right? Now your kid can get his fix with fries and a drink for free. This local indoor-outdoor spot puts its spin on classic American food with the “Wild West End Burger,” served on a hard roll. Don’t miss their great selection of thick milkshakes too.

MORRIS COUNTY

The Famished Frog
973-540-9601; famishedfrog.com
18 Washington St., Morristown
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: This downtown family favorite is a delicious culinary hodgepodge of burgers, Falafel, Pad Thai and everything in between. The kids’ menu includes chicken fingers breaded with Ritz cracker crumbs. There’s also a huge selection of fresh fruit smoothies for a sweet (healthy) treat.

The Montville Inn
167 Rte. 202, Montville
973-541-1234; themontvilleinn.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: Kids choose from house-made dishes here, including farm-to-table pasta with fresh tomato basil sauce, thin crust pizza or homestyle mac and cheese. Adults can pick from things like pan-seared scallops and tuna tartar, salmon burgers or traditional Italian fare like homemade gnocchi and margherita pizza.

Scallopini Bar and Restaurant
Pine Plaza
831 Rte. 10, Whippany
973-581-1449; scallopinirestaurant.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: This eatery makes almost any pasta dish imaginable as well as salads, steaks, seafood and even gluten-free options. Kids pick from choices like baked ziti, ravioli and chicken parm. Plus, pizzas are only $10 on Tuesday nights, so you can take one home for dinner tomorrow.

PASSAIC COUNTY

Firehouse Subs
Locations in Totowa and Wayne
firehousesubs.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday and Wednesday
More Reasons to Go: Fire-truck-obsessed cuties pick from no-argument classics like meatball subs and grilled cheese. Even better: Kids’ meals come with their very own fire helmet (for safer French fry eating). Parents will love the subs and salads, many of which ring in under 500 calories.

Joe’s Crab Shack
405 Allwood Rd., Clifton
973-777-5114; joescrabshack.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: We love a place with seafood on the children’s menu and predictably, there’s plenty here. Your crew chooses from things like snow crab or grilled shrimp, which come with steamed rice or water and juice. And if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, there are also buckets of crabs that you get to pull apart—fun for kids and grown-up kids too.

SOMERSET COUNTY

Stage House Tavern
1719 Amwell Rd., Somerset
732-873-3990; stagehousetavern.com
Kids Eat Free: Wednesday
More Reasons to Go: Kids get a slew of options they’ll love, like personal pizzas, pastas and sandwiches, (and grown-ups try the house-made raviolis—goat cheese, seafood or spinach and mushroom (meatball or classic cheese for the kids).

Willie McBride’s
1270 Easton Tpke., Branchburg
908-722-1113; williemcbrides.com
Kids Eat Free: Sunday
More Reasons to Go: Dine outside on the patio or next to a stone fireplace in this huge Irish restaurant. Your mini-me can take her pick of American classics—like a junior cheeseburger or mac and cheese, while adults enjoy authentic, homemade favorites like the corned beef platter or the traditional Irish breakfast (eggs, Irish bacon, sausage, black-and-white pudding and beans).

SUSSEX COUNTY

O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill
271 Spring St., Newton
973-383-4091; oreillysnewton.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: Take the family to a traditional Irish pub in the heart of downtown Newton where Guinness and Smithwick’s are always on tap. The menu includes tavern favorites like fish and chips and bangers and mash as well as kid favorites, too, like chicken tenders, nachos and burgers.

UNION COUNTY

Molly Maguire’s
1085 Central Ave., Clark
732-388-6511; mollymaguires.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday–Thursday
More Reasons to Go: This casual tavern packages entertainment and a delicious meal into one. The younger set can nibble on their favorites like mac and cheese or mozzarella sticks while listening to live music (acoustic night is on Thursday). Plus there are tons of beers on tap and a gigantic adult menu for Mom and Dad.

The Station Bar & Grill
99 Center St., Garwood
908-233-4455; thestationbarandgrill.com
Kids Eat Free: Saturday
More Reasons to Go: Finally a kids- eat-free deal on your favorite night to go out with them! Your brood gets a choice of grilled cheese, chicken fingers and pasta at this restaurant that literally has everything, and they can sleep late the next day!

Villa Tequila Bar & Grill
586 Raritan Rd., Roselle
908-241-0600; villanj.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday
More Reasons to Go: This amazing find is a bar-ish restaurant with a wrestling theme. The food is modern Mexican and really, really good. Whatever you order, don’t miss churros for dessert.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

American Heroes Smokehouse
Locations in Randolph, Scotch Plains and Wayne
americanheroesbbq.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday nights
More Reasons to Go: Kids go crazy for pulled pork sammies and mac and cheese at this BBQ joint. If your kid's picky, not to worry: hot dogs and corn bread should do the trick. 

Ariang Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Locations in Mountainside, Parlin
908-518-9733; partyonthegrill.com
Kids Eat Free: Monday and Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: Huge portions and built-in entertainment make Hibachi a no-brainer for a family night out. Plus, the chefs love to involve kids in the show—catch the flying broccoli!

Buffalo Wild Wings
Various locations
buffalowildwings.com
Kids Eat Free: Wednesday
More Reasons to Go: Perennial kid favorites like chicken tenders and mac and cheese are on the menu here, but the wings are even better—boneless or traditional with 21 sauce choices to pour on top. Each location has 30-plus TV screens, so if the game’s on, you won’t miss it.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex
Various locations
chevys.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: Yummy fresh-Mex favorites like fajitas, fish tacos and homemade guacamole are all great —or try their enchiladas (the farmer’s market and mesquite-grilled carne asada ones are to die for). Make sure to save room for dessert—who can say no to fried ice cream?

Denny’s
Various locations
dennys.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: The kids’ menu includes a build-your-own “Junior Grand Slam,” where mini-diners can pick three breakfast-for-dinner items, or a small garden salad and even smoothies. Check out the “Fit Fare” menu for lower-calorie versions of your cheat day faves (pancakes, omelets and skillets).

IHOP
ihop.com
Kids Eat Free: Various nights; contact your local IHOP
More Reasons to Go: What’s better than breakfast all day long? Kids pick from fun options like “Create-A-Face” and “Funny Face” pancakes—which clock in at 600 calories, healthier than some of the other menu options. While you’re there, bask in the nostalgia of all those late nights (or early mornings) you spent hanging in these booths.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Various locations
moes.com
Kids Eat Free: Tuesday
More Reasons to Go: Your pint-sized squad picks from meals like “Moo Moo Mr. Cow,” which includes a mini beef, chicken or tofu burrito, chips and a small drink. There’s also the “Power Wagon,” a hard-shell taco with a choice of beef or chicken, a drink and a cookie.

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