How to Get Free Food Just for Joining

Get Free Food Even When It's Not Your Birthday

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Planning a night out but don't want to break the bank? I've got you covered with this huge list of restaurants that give you free food just for signing up with them.

In exchange for you signing up for the restaurant's loyalty program or downloading their mobile app, they want to reward you with giving you something for free. This can mean a free appetizer, dessert, or even getting an entree for free.

As a member, you'll also score a lot of free birthday meals.

This list is divided into two different sections. The first section is programs that you can sign up for that will give you free food without you having to make any purchase at all. The bottom section is free food offers that do require you to make a minimum purchase in order to redeem the reward.

After you sign up for their eClub, you'll often get an email that includes a coupon that you can take to the restaurant and redeem for your free food. Some of the emails come immediately and others will take a few days. If you need to download an app, the offer will most often be loaded onto the app and you can show this when checking out to get your freebie. 

All the programs work a little bit differently and rewards frequently change, so be sure to read the fine print on the offer. If in doubt, call your local store and ask about the reward before you head out.

56 Free Food Rewards With No Purchase Required

Here you'll find a listing of the reward programs you can join that will give you some free food with no other purchase required.

  1. TCBY - Download the TCBY App and you'll get a free treat up to a $5 value.
  2. Dunkin' Donuts: Get a free coffee when you enroll, on your birthday, and for every 200 points spent when enrolled in the DDPerks Rewards Program.
  1. Chili's: Join the Chili's Rewards program and you'll get 60 free points just for joining, which is enough to get a free menu item.
  2. IHOP: Join IHOP's Pancake Revolution, and you'll get a free Rooty Tooty Fresh N' Fruity stack of pancakes for signing up, on your membership anniversary, and on your birthday. You can also get free pancakes on IHOP Free Pancake Day.
  3. T.G.I. Friday's: Get a free appetizer or dessert just for joining their Give Me More Stripes rewards program. You'll also get a free dessert on your birthday.
  4. Krispy Kreme: Join Friends of Krispy Kreme and you'll get an email for a free doughnut of your choice. There are plenty of other times during the year you can get free Krispy Kreme donuts.
  5. Panera Bread: Join MyPanera and you'll get a free pastry item just for joining. They also give out tons of other freebies when you're a member.
  6. Bob Evans: Sign up for the My Bob Evans email list and they'll email you a coupon good for a free stack of hotcakes.
  7. Caribou Coffee: Sign up for Caribou Perks and you'll get a free medium drink.
  8. Qdoba: Get a free order of chips and salsa or regular drink when you sign up for Qdoba Rewards.
  9. California Pizza Kitchen: Get a free small plate just for joining California Pizza Kitchen's Dough Rewards.
  1. Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo's - Download their app and get a free ice cream.
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings: Jon the Buffalo Circle and you'll get a coupon for a free shareable side.
  3. Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and you'll get a free minibon roll at participating bakeries.
  4. Champps: Join the MVP League and you'll get a free cheeseburger just for signing up.
  5. Joe's Crab Shack: Get a free appetizer when you join Joe's Catch.
  6. Del Taco: Get 2 free grilled chicken tacos for signing up for Del Taco's raving fan club. You'll also get a free premium shake on your birthday.
  7. Buca di Beppo: Join the Buca eClub and you'll get a coupon redeemable for free small pasta.
  8. Corner Bakery: Join the eCafe and you'll get a coupon for a free bakery treat, no purchase required.
  9. Rubio's: Join the Beach Club and you'll get a free taco.
  1. Raising Cane's: Get a free box combo for joining.
  2. Bar Louie: Join Louie's Crew and you'll get emailed a coupon for a free appetizer, no purchase necessary.
  3. Schlotzksy's: Down their guest rewards app and you'll get a free small The Original.
  4. Which Wich: Sign up for Vibe Club and you'll get a free drink just for joining.
  5. Taco Cabana: Become a TC Fanatic and you'll be rewarded with a free fajita taco.
  6. Gordon Biersch: When you sign up for their Passport Rewards, you'll get a free $10 welcome gift card.
  7. LaMar's Donuts: Get a free donut and coffee just for signing up for their reward program.
  8. Backyard Burgers: Sign up for the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you'll get a coupon for a free burger emailed to you in a few weeks.
  9. Dunn Brothers Coffee: Download the Dunn Bothers Coffee Rewards App and you'll get a free $3 credit.
  10. Yogurtland: Join Yogurtland Real Rewards and you'll get 3 oz. of frozen yogurt for free.
  11. bd's Mongolian Grill: Sign up for My bd's rewards and you'll get $5 off any purchase.
  12. Carvel: Sign up and you'll get a coupon for a buy one get one free ice cream cone.
  13. Mimi's Cafe: Join their eClub and get a free slice of cake or two free muffins or croissants.
  14. Houlihan's: Get $10 off for joining their rewards program and a free entree on your birthday.
  15. Fox and Hound: Become a member of their All-Star Club and you'll get a free burger or sandwich, no purchase necessary.
  16. Moe's Southwest Grill: Get a free cup of queso when you sign up for their Rockin' Rewards program.
  17. Red Mango: Join the Red Mango Fanaddict and you'll get $2 off your next purchase.
  18. Rock Bottom Brewery: Get $10 off your next visit when you become a Rock Rewards member.
  19. Abuelo's: Join Mi Abeulo's Rewards and you'll get a special offer just for joining. They change this offer frequently, so you never know what you're going to get. As part of the reward program, you'll also get special offers for your birthday and anniversary.
  20. Bravo! Cucina Italiana: Just for joining myBRAVO! you'll get a free appetizer.
  21. Coco's: You'll get a coupon for a free dessert when you sign up for Coco's Bakery & Restaraunt's eClub.
  22. David's Tea: Get a free cup of tea when you sign up for a David's Tea profile. You'll also get a free tea on your birthday.
  23. Panchero's Mexican Grill - Download their app and register with Facebook and you'll get a free burrito.
  24. Coco's Bakery eClub: Join their eClub and you'll be emailed a coupon redeemable for a free slice of pie, no purchase necessary.
  25. Cotton Patch Cafe: Join the Cotton Patch eClub and they'll email you a coupon for a free appetizer.
  26. Desperados Mexican Restaraunt: Desperados will give you a free bowl of queso bandito or an order of guacamole when you sign up for their eClub.
  27. Hungry Howie's: Join the Hungry Howie's eClub and you'll get a free order of original, cajun, or cinnamon Howie bread.
  28. FATZ Cafe: Sign up for their eClub and you'll get $5 off your purchase.
  29. Don Pablo's: You'll get a free dip sampler for joining the Habaneros Club, $10 on our birthday, and $10 on your 9th visit. 
  30. Earl of Sandwich: Get $5 off any purchase when you join the Earl of Sandwich Royalty Club.
  31. Elephant Bar Restaraunt: Get a free appetizer when you register for their rewards club.
  32. Hard Times Cafe: Get a free chili mac when you sign up for their email club.
  33. Lucille's Smokehouse: You'll get a free $5 off coupon when you join.
  34. Andy's Frozen Custard: Get a free frozen custard cone when you join their rewards program.
  35. Uncle Julio's Mexican: Get free tableside guacamole when you sign up for their loyalty club.
  36. La Madeleine: Get a free cup of soup or petite salad when you join.

36 Free Food Rewards With a Purchase

You'll get a very good coupon redeemable for some free food with these programs, but you'll need to make a minimum purchase to get them.

  1. Arby's: Sign up with Arby's and you'll get a coupon emailed to you that can be redeemed for a free roast beef classic with the purchase of a drink. 
  2. Famous Dave's: Join the Famous Nation and you'll get a free burger or sandwich with any $5 or more purchase.
  3. Pizza Hut: Get free cheese sticks on your next online order when you sign up for Hut Lovers.
  4. Auntie Anne's: Download the free Auntie Anne's My Pretzel Perks app and you'll get a free pretzel after your first purchase. They also give away a free pretzel as part of National Pretzel Day.
  5. LonHorn Steakhouse: Get a free appetizer with the purchase of one adult entree when you join their eClub.
  6. Coldstone Creamery: When you join Coldstone Creamery's eClub,  you'll get a coupon for a buy one creation, get one creation free.
  7. Biaggi's: Join Club Biaggi's and you'll get a coupon for a free appetizer with purchase of a full-size pasta or entree.
  8. Village Inn: Sign up and get a free slice of pie with an adult entree purchase.
  9. Fazolli's: Get a free build your own pasta with the purchase of any adult entree when you sign up for Fazoli's efamily.
  10. Backyard Burgers: Join the Backyard Burgers Clubhouse and you'll get a coupon for a free burger with the purchase of a burger.
  11. Dairy Queen: Get a buy one, get one free Blizzard treat coupon when you join the Blizzard Fan Club.
  12. On the Border: Sign up for Club Cantina and you'll get free guacamole, queso, or sopapillas with a purchase of an entree.
  13. PretzelMaker: Join the PretzelMaker fan club and you'll get a free pretzel when you buy one.
  14. Orange Julius: Get a buy one drink get one free offer when you join the Julius League.
  15. The Melting Pot: Join The Melting Pot's Club Fondue and you'll get a free box of chocolate-covered strawberries with a purchase of $60 or more.
  16. Bakers Square: Sign up for Bakers Square eClub and they'll email you a coupon good for a free entree with the purchase of another adult entree and two drinks.
  17. Great American Cookies: Sign up for emails and you'll get a coupon for a free regular cookie with purchase of a regular cookie.
  18. Black Angus Steakhouse: Join the Prime Club and you'll get a coupon for a free dessert with purchase of an entree. You'll also get a free steak dinner with entree purchase for your birthday.
  19. Boston Market: Join the Boston Market VIP Club and you'll get a coupon for $3 off a purchase of $10.
  20. Johnny Carino's: Each month you're a member of Pasta Points, you'll get a free offer of your choice at Johnny Carino's that includes a free appetizer, dessert, kid's meal, or Italian wedge salad. A purchase is required for the freebies.
  21. Checkers: Sign up for Checkers' Flavorhood and get a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase.
  22. Johnny Rockets: Join the Rocket eClub and you'll get a coupon good for a free burger with the purchase or any entree and drink.
  23. Chevys Fresh Mex: Join Chevy's eClub and you'll get a free appetizer with two adult entrees.
  24. Culver's: Culver's has two offers - join the eClub and you'll get a free value basket with a purchase of a value basket, or join the text club and get a free scoop of frozen custard with any purchase.
  25. Country Kitchen: Get a free short stack of pancakes with a minimum purchase when you join their eClub.
  26. UNO Pizzeria & Grill: When you join the Uno Insider's Club, you'll be emailed a coupon to get a free mini-dessert with the purchase of an entree.
  27. Juice It Up: Sign up for the Smooth eClub and you'll get a free juice or smoothie with purchase of a medium or larger juice or smoothie.
  28. Friendly's: Join the Friendly's BFF Club and get a buy one burger get one free coupon.
  29. First Watch: Join the First Watch Sun eClub and you'll get a free entree when you buy one.
  30. El Torito: Get a free appetizer with two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  31. Gold Star Chili: Get a free regular 3-way when you buy one for joining.
  32. Acapulco: You'll get a free appetizer with the purchase of two adult entrees when you sign up for their eClub.
  33. BGR The Burger Joint: Get a free burger with the purchase of any side and a fountain drink when you sign up for their eClub.
  34. C.B. & Potts: Sign up and you'll get a free burger or chicken sandwich with purchase of a second burger or chicken sandwich.
  35. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop: Join their CapAddicts eClub and you'll get a free upsize from a 9" to a 12" sub.
  36. Duke's Chowder House: Sign up for Duke's VIP Club and you'll get a buy one get one lunch or dinner entree offer.