My wedding anniversary is in November, and next year it’s going to be a biggie–25 years!
Last year, I started to research where my husband and I could go to celebrate. For starters, I discovered something intersting. It turns out that restaurants, cafes, and eateries often have a little something special to offer on your special day. What is this something special? Free food on your anniversary.
How do you get this free anniversary gift? First, sign up for a restaurant’s mailing list. It might be called an eClub, but basically you need to register on the site. As a result of signing up, you’ll get an email near your anniversary for your free food offer.
None of the restaurants I found ask for proof of a wedding or an anniversary date. That means that everyone should be able to get free food on your anniversary just by entering the date!
Here are 9 restaurants (in alphabetical order) that can help you celebrate your big day with free food on your anniversary:
There are two options for signing up for Abuelo’s eClub. You can do it online or in one of the Mexican restaurant’s locations in 14 states. Upon signing up, Abuelo’s sends a gift. Then on your anniversary, you’ll get a free dinner entree when you purchase a dinner entree.
Buca di Beppo
What is Buca di Beppo? It is a nationwide chain that features Italian food. When you sign up for the Buca eClub, be sure to include your anniversary date along with your birthday. Then, on those two special occasions, you can expect to receive a free small dish of pasta.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar
Those who become a “Friend of Fleming’s”–that’s what Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar calls its mailing list/customer club–receive information about seasonal menus, new wine collections, and tasting opportunities. As a member of the club, look out for an email notification when it’s time to take advantage of the free food on your anniversary offer. This is something you can enjoy as long as you dine at Fleming’s within 30 days of your anniversary. Since this anniversary freebie changes each year, you never know what you might get. It could be a specialty dessert, a glass of champagne, or a box of house-made chocolate truffles–or something else completely.
The chain Marie Callenders has restaurants in five Western states, plus Texas. Its restaurant customers can enjoy an anniversary gift similar to its birthday deal. That gift is likely to be a coupon for $5 off your meal. In addition, you’ll get a free piece of pie for dessert.
Sign up for Mimi’s Cafe‘s Club Fun e-Club for your freebies. First, you’ll get a coupon for free muffins upon signing up. Next, around the time of your anniversary, you’ll get a BOGO (buy one, get one free) meal on your anniversary.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
When you sign up for “The Dish,” Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s newsletter, you’ll get $5 off an entree. While completing the sign-up form, be sure to include your wedding anniversary date. That way you’ll receive a coupon for free food on your anniversary around the time of your anniversary. What is that freebie? A free piece of chocolate cake.
Ruth Chris Steak House
If you decide to dine at Ruth Chris Steak House for your anniversary, you’ll get a free dessert to share at the end of your meal. Just make sure you’ve signed up for the restaurant’s email list in advance!
Steak N Shake
On the Steak N Shake eClub sign-up form, this family-friendly restaurant doesn’t ask for your anniversary date. Instead, it asks for the date of your “special occasion.” Then it promise to send you “a little something extra on those dates to help you celebrate” on that day. Also, my sources tell me that, based on the birthday freebie Steak N Shake offers, your free food on your anniversary may be the same–a cheeseburger and fries.
Ted’s Montana Grill
In my opinion Ted’s Montana Grill has some of the best apple crumble around come fall. It turns out that when you sign up for Ted’s email list, you’ll get a coupon for a free dessert on your anniversary. I’ll bet you can guess what free dessert I’ll be choosing if we celebrate our November anniversary at Ted’s.
Finally, while neither Red Lobster nor Olive Garden have anniversary freebies, like many restaurants they do have a birthday freebie. Right now you can sign up to get a $100 Red Lobster Gift Card or a $100 Olive Garden Gift Card. You can also use this service to get free coupons to restaurants, which you can use for free food on your anniversary, your birthday or for any everyday occasion.