Best Restaurants Nationwide for Senior Discounts

Seniors Can Dine for Less by Simply Asking

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Many restaurants offer senior discounts like a free cup of coffee, buy-one-get-one-free menu specials, early-bird discounts, and special senior menus. It is important to ask about senior discounts before ordering because the special savings are not always advertised.

Restaurant employees are often trained not to suggest the senior discounts or senior menus because of age sensitivity. Therefore, most restaurants will not apply the available senior discounts unless a request is made.

When dining at national restaurant chains, it is a good idea to confirm what discounts are offered at a specific location. Many restaurant chains are franchised, and the corporate discount policies may not be mandatory for all locations.

The qualifying age varies considerably from one restaurant to the next. Many of the national chain restaurants offer discounts for adults between the ages of 50 to 55, whereas local (non-chain) restaurants tend to offer savings to those who are 60 to 65 years of age.

Some restaurants require proof-of-age, such as a driver's license or state identification card. Other restaurants will give the discount to any mature person who asks for it.

For those with big appetites, the regular menu may be more to their liking. Items on senior menus are served in smaller portions from those ordered from the regular menus. 

Tipping

Because the senior meals are discounted, it is always a good idea to tip the amount that you would tip if paying the regular price.

If the discount is around 10 percent, add 10 percent to the tip. This is a courtesy to servers who should not be financially penalized for serving discounted meals.

Restaurants Offering Senior Discounts:

  • A&W Restaurant: 55+. 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Applebee's: 60+, 10% discount. Varies by location. May require Golden Apple Card.
  • Arby's: 55+. 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Arctic Circle: 55+, 10-15% discount.
  • Bakers Square: 60+, 10% discount every day.
  • Ben and Jerrys: 60+, 10% discount every day. Select locations.
  • Bennigan's:   Age and discount vary by location.
  • Bob's Big Boy: 55+, 10% discount. May require Big Boys Senior Savings Card.
  • Bob Evans Restaurant: 55+, Senior menu: smaller portions/discounted price. Select locations.
  • Bonanza Steakhouse: 60+, Discounts and specials for seniors. Select locations.
  • Boston Market: 65+, 10% discount.
  • Brian's Bar-B-Q: 55+, 10% discount.
  • Burger King: 60+, 10% discount off a meal and drink every day. Varies by location.
  • Captain D's: 62+, Discount on Wednesday and Sunday. Varies by location.
  • Carl's Jr.: 55+, 10% discount on meals or drink. Varies by location.
  • Carrows: 60+, Senior menu w/ discounted prices.
  • Chick-fil-A: 55+, Free small drink or coffee, and 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Chili's Grill & Bar: 55+. 10% discount every day. Age and discount vary by location.
  • Church's Chicken: 65+, 10% discount every day. Varies by location.
  • CiCi's Pizza: 60+, 10% off pizza and/or buffet.
  • Country Kitchen: 55+ Senior menu or discount. Varies by location.
  • Culvers: 60+, 10% discount. Participating locations.
  • Dairy Queen: 55+, 10% discount or free small drink w/ meal. Varies by location.
  • Del Taco Restaurants: 55+ 10% discount or a free drink. Participating locations.
  • Denny's: AARP members: 15-20% off from 4 p.m.: 10 p.m., $1 coffee. Participating locations.
  • Dunkin Donuts: AARP Members: Free doughnut w/ purchase of large or x-large coffee.
  • Einstein's Bagels: 60+ 10% discount.
  • El Pollo Loco: 55-60+. 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Elephant Bar Restaurant: 60+, 20% off orders for Senior Explorer VIP members.
  • Fazoli's: 62+, Senior menu for "Club 62" members.
  • Friendly's Restaurants: 60+, 10% meal discount, free coffee for breakfast or Happy Ending Sundae w/ each senior meal.
  • Fuddruckers: 55+. 10% off senior platters. Varies by location.
  • Gatti's Pizza: 50+, 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Golden Corral: 55+, 10% off dinner or entree. Varies by location.
  • Gondola Pizza & Steak House:
  • Grandy's: 65+, 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Hardees: 60+, 10% discount or discounted drink or coffee.
  • IHOP: 55+, 10% discount or senior menu. Some locals - 1/2 price on meal one night a week. Varies by location.
  • Jack in the Box: 55+, 20% off total purchase. Varies by location.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken: 55+, Free or discount on drink or meal. Discounted buffet one day a week. Varies by location.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: 55+, Discount on total order. Varies by location.
  • Le Peep: 55+. 10% discount at most locations. Varies by location.
  • Long John Silver's: 55+, 10% discount or discounted beverage. Varies by location.
  • LongHorn Steakhouse: 50+ Senior menu (or can order from kid's menu). Varies by location.
  • Luby's: 50+, 10% discounts or special prices for seniors on various nights. Varies by location.
  • McDonald's: 50+, Discount on coffee or beverages.
  • Mrs. Fields Cookies: 60+, 19% discount. Participating locations.
  • O'Charley's Restaurant: 60+, 10 discount. Participating locations.
  • Piccadilly Restaurant: 60+, 10% discount w/ Piccadilly Prime Time for Seniors card. Monday - Saturday 2-5 p.m.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse: 60+. Discounts or senior menus. Varies by location.
  • Ryan's Grill, Buffet and Bakery: 60+, 10% discount w/ Senior Club Card.
  • Schlotzsky's Deli: 60+, 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • Sonic Drive-In: 60+, 10% discount or discounted drink. Varies by location.
  • Subway: 55+, 10% discount on meals or discounted drink. Varies by location.
  • T.J. Cinnamons: 55+, 10% discount. Age restriction varies by location.
  • Taco Bell: 55+, 10% discount,a free drink or senior discounted drink. Varies by location.
  • TCBY: 55+, 10% discount. Participating locations.
  • Village Inn: 60+ 10% discount on food and beverages. Some have senior menus. Varies by location.
  • Waffle House: 60+, 10% discount on certain days or senior menus. Varies by location.
  • Wendy's: 55+. 5-10% discount on regular meals or free or discounted drinks. Varies by location.
  • Western Sizzlin: 55+, 10% discount at many locations.
  • Whataburger: 55+, Free coffee or small drink w/ meal or 10% discount. Varies by location.
  • White Castle: 50+, 10% discount or discounted coffee or drink. Varies by location.

Discounts and age requirements may vary depending on the location of the restaurant. Asking before ordering is always a good idea.

Other Sources for Restaurant Discounts

Look for coupons and special dining offers in the local newspaper, hotel travel magazines, rest stops and state welcome centers, the phone book and mailers.

There are websites which have discounts for dining at specific restaurants, many of which do not offer senior discounts. Making a reservation or buying a restaurant gift certificate may be required to get a discount.

The AARP

Organizations such as the AARP offers its members an AARP card which can be shown for discounts at several participating restaurants around the country. The low annual fee is quickly reimbursed by those who take advantage of the available discounts. Visit the AARP website for more details.

State and City Tourist Websites

The Internet has become an excellent source for finding restaurant coupons. State and city websites designed for visitors and tourists often have printable coupons for local restaurants.

National Restaurant Chain Printable Coupons

Many of the large national restaurant chains now offer printable coupons on their websites or free membership clubs which rewards regular patrons points which can be redeemed for discounts or menu items. For a list of restaurants, visit Special Offers and Free Printable Coupons for Restaurants Nationwide.

Seniordiscounts.com is an excellent source for searching for senior discounts in specific locations. Visitors can join for a fee and search the site's database by city and state and zip code.

If vanity is stopping you from taking advantage of all the great savings, try to get over it. Use the money to pamper yourself or do something fun.

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