Where to Get Free Food or Drink on Your Anniversary
Who wouldn’t want to get free food or drink on your anniversary? I know I would.
Right before our 20th anniversary, I started to research where my husband and I could go to celebrate. For starters, I discovered something interesting. It turns out that restaurants, cafes, eateries and even cash back apps often have a little something special to offer on your special day. What is this something special? Free food or drink on your anniversary.
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 has been updated for 2019. Here are 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.
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:
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- 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.
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.
3. 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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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10. 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!
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.
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, 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!”
Other ways to save on your anniversary food or drink
If none of these restaurants have locations near you, there’s still good news: 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.
While restaurants like Olive Garden do not have anniversary freebies, they do have birthday freebies–free dessert. 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.