Where to Get Free Food on Your Anniversary
My wedding anniversary is in November, and we recently celebrated a biggie–25 years!
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, 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 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 2018. Here are 9 12 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 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.
5. 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?
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Thinking about going away for your anniversary? Visit TripAdvisor first to read reviews and save up to 25% on hotels for a romantic getaway!!
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. 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!”
Finally, while restaurants like Olive Garden do not have anniversary freebies, you can often get deals on their gift cards. This happens when you buy these gift cards through the parent company site, Darden Restaurants. Darden owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and Yard House. You can get e-gift cards to all of these restaurants.