12 Places To Get Free Food or Drink on Your Anniversary

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Looking to get free food or drink on your anniversary? I can help. 

There are local restaurants, cafes, or eateries that give you free food or drink on your wedding anniversary. It’s the same with some cash back apps, too.

So, I’ve put together this extensive list of places that will give you free food or drink on your anniversary. Here they are listed in alphabetical order. 

  • Abuelo’s
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Marie Callender
  • Mimi’s Cafe
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Steak n Shake
  • Texas de Brazil

Now, scroll down to find out the details of their wedding anniversary freebie offers.


wedding anniversary freebies

How to get a free anniversary gift

How do you get this free anniversary gift? First, sign up for a restaurant’s mailing list or download an app to your phone.

A restaurant rewards program 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 or drink offer.

None of the restaurants I found ask for proof of a wedding or an anniversary date in order to give this freebie. That means that everyone should be able to get free food on your anniversary just by entering the date!

This list was updated in early 2020. It includes 9 12 places you can go or services you can use (in alphabetical order) that can help you celebrate your big day with free food or drink on your anniversary.

So if you are looking for ideas on anniversary meals, this blog post can help. 

Looking for easy anniversary gift ideas by year or theme? Check out my new article here.

Savings on your anniversary dinner

Here is a great way to save BIG money on an anniversary dinner. Buy a discounted gift card or deal. Here are three ways to do that. 

Restaurant.com gift cards

You can get a Restaurant.com gift card at a heavy discount. Enjoy an extra 60% off restaurant certificates! Use code: COOL So you can have your anniversary dinner somewhere you like at a savings plus enjoy your anniversary dinner freebie to boot.

Use Rakuten to save

There are ways to save on restaurant meals using Rakuten (formerly Ebates), the cash back service. This includes dining in house as well as delivery services. Have you signed up for Rakuten yet? If not, what’s holding you back? Since I signed up for Rakuten, my lifetime cash back has added up to $2,626.44–and counting.

Here is my blog post that explains What is Rakuten.

Save with Groupon

Sign up for Groupon, specifically Groupon Selects! You’ll save 25% more on local deals, 10% more off tickets and events, 10% more off travel deals, plus you’ll get free shipping on Groupon Goods.

Buy gift cards on Raise.com

Right now, new customers can save $5 off your first order of $25+ when you purchase already discounted gift cards at Raise! Code NEW5RAISEAF. Raise has gift cards to restaurants like Applebee’s and Starbucks. Here are links to those specific restaurants, in case you’re interested:

Applebee’s gift cards at Raise.com! 

Starbucks Coffee gift cards at Raise.com!

Finally, if you’re looking for an anniversary gift for a coffee lover, couple a Starbucks gift card from Raise.com with a fun, personalized Starbucks reusable cup!

 

Restaurants offering anniversary freebies

1. Abuelo’s

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 more than a dozen 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.

2. 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.

However, these days things are a little different. It seems that the anniversary freebie is now more of a BOGO, or buy one, get one, freebie. Here’s what the brand told me:

“The Anniversary gift can be taken to go with the purchase of an additional item.”

3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar

You want to become a “Friend of Fleming’s.” That’s what Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar calls its mailing list/customer club. When you sign up, you will 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.

4. Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse with an eClub. Not only will Fogo send you an email about how to get free food on your anniversary, but you can also expect to hear from them around your birthday.

If you happen to be having your anniversary dinner in Minneapolis, I’ve got great news for you: Check out this valet parking Groupon deal for Fogo de Chao!

5. Ibotta

Make sure you sign up for Ibotta.com before dining out anywhere. You could get cash back on your restaurant meal or drinks at the bar, which could equal free drinks on your anniversary. This past Valentine’s Day, Ibotta let you enjoy a glass of champagne FOR FREE! So if your wedding anniversary is on or around Valentine’s Day, you could have enjoyed free champagne on your anniversary.

6. Maggiano’s Little Italy

Upon signing up for Maggiano’s Little Italy email, you’ll get a $10 off coupon to use on your next visit. While I cannot confirm what the freebie is for your anniversary (or your birthday for that matter), Maggiano’s must have something planned. Why else would they ask for these dates when you sign up?

Planning to dine out at Maggiano’s in Chicago? Here’s another deal for you: a Groupon deal for valet parking at Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Why not send your love anniversary flowers? Check out the deals on FTD.com!

7. Marie Callenders

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.

When buying an anniversary gift, you should check out companies with a lifetime guarantee or warranty.

8. Mimi’s Cafe

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.

9. 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.

10. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

If you decide to dine at Ruth’s 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!

And check this out: you can get Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift cards at a discount through Raise.com!

11. Steak N Shake

On the Steak N Shake eClub sign-up form, this family-friendly restaurant asks for your “special anniversary date.” So it need not be a wedding anniversary. It could be an adoption anniversary or some other 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.

FYI, you can use Ibotta to pay at Steak N Shake and earn free cash back. How would you like to get free money on your anniversary, too? Sign up for Ibotta today. I just signed up for Ibotta last year and my  lifetime cash back is already $274.75 and counting!

Thinking about going away for your anniversary? Visit TripAdvisor first to read reviews and save up to 25% on hotels for a romantic getaway!!

12. Texas de Brazil

When you sign up for the Texas de Brazil e-club, right away you get a coupon to save $20 on your first two meals. There is more good stuff to come from this Brazilian steakhouse. These freebies including that free food on your anniversary. In fact, here is what the sign-up page says: “Look for great gifts in your inbox on birthdays, anniversaries and for other special offers throughout the year!”

Looking for restaurant reviews?

Perhaps you’re thinking of finding a nice restaurant near you for your anniversary or “Where can I got out to eat for my annivesary?” Perhaps you’re looking for restaurant reviews as well as suggestions.

Well, I love reading restaurant reviews. And even though you might think of TripAdvisor as a place for travel-related reviews, TripAdvisor also has restaurant reviews. In fact, this link will take you to the best restaurants in the United States.

TripAdvisor starts the list with some of the biggest cities, like the best New York City restaurants, best Los Angeles restaurants and best Chicago restaurants. And then the TripAdvisor list of the best United States restaurants continues to some of the smallest towns where you might want to go out to eat. You can search by locality or popularity.

Choose your cuisine for your anniversary dinner

If you decide to checkout the best restaurants in the United States on TripAdvisor, here’s what happens when you click through to your chosen city. TripAdvisor will then break out the restaurants by cuisine. 

So, for example, if you were looking for the best Chicago restaurants for your anniversary dinner, you could chose from the following cuisine options:

  • barbecue
  • Chinese
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • pizza
  • seafood
  • steakhouse

While you’re on the TripAdvisor site, you can also check out–and book–romantic hotels for a really special anniversary celebration

Other ways to save on your anniversary food or drink

If none of these restaurants have locations near you, there’s still good news. I have some anniversary dinner ideas that can still save you money.

First, you can save BIG money on an anniversary dinner with a Restaurant.com gift card. Get a $25 gift card to a local restaurant for JUST $10.

Next, while restaurants like Olive Garden do not have anniversary freebies, they do have birthday freebies–free dessert.

Here is my article on birthday freebies! Woo hoo–free stuff!

So save yourself some cash by buying a gift cards at a discount through the parent company site, Darden Restaurants, and then enjoy your birthday freebie at the end of the meal.

FYI, Darden owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and Yard House, among other restaurant brands. You can get e-gift cards to all of these restaurants at a savings through this link.

Finally, if you’re looking for easy anniversary gift ideas by year or theme–including those you can buy last minute–check out my article here.

4 thoughts on “12 Places To Get Free Food or Drink on Your Anniversary”

  1. Just got my Anniversary coupon from Teds Montana Grill. It is a free appetizer. I would suggest the crab cakes they are the most expensive appetizer on the menu. Not the most filling, but very good. We usually do not get them because of the cost and not being very filling, so this is a good time to get them. Also the free desert is on your birthday not anniversary.
    I also got the email from Fogo de Chao it is a free desert which is a little lame. Although I think their salad bar (market table) alone is worth the cost at lunch time only. I can eat a lot of meat and have had the Gaucho lunch or dinner and it is not worth the cost.
    Another good one is Konavore Rewards which is the rewards for Kona Grill. They just sent me a $9 off $30 (I know strange amount). When I signed up they sent me a BOGO sushi roll which is about $10 value. I signed up about 2 weeks before my anniversary so this $9 off $30 may just be a thank you reward since the email didn’t mention my anniversary.

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  2. My wife and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary today Feb. 19, 2018. We got married Feb. 19, 1988.
    Carolyn is a school bus driver / trainer for First Student in Palm Springs, CA. and have been a driver for the past 15 years.
    I myself a telecommunications technician for the past 26 years have been out of work since December 20th 2017 and have absolutely no money to do anything special for my beautiful wife who birthed three handsome boys who are now young men.
    I feel so ashamed not being able to make her feel as special and loved so much.
    I would love to take her out for dinner but can’t even afford the BOGO. Are there any places near Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Coachella Valley or Indio, CA. that will do dinner for to on they’re anniversary.
    Please let me know if you can.

    Thank you.
    Kennithe Hiler

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  4. Marie Callenders is my favorite restaurant. It’s food is really delicious and I know a very nice waiter at Texas restaurant. Thanks for share, Leah!

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