Editor’s Note – as of August 2019, Urban Kitchen has closed.
While there is nothing like a home-cooked meal, there are days when you just don’t feel like cooking (and maybe more importantly, cleaning your kitchen). But eating out can be expensive, especially if you have picky kids who don’t finish a meal. Luckily, there are several restaurants in Gainesville where kids eat free. Most restaurants offer one free kids’ meal with a corresponding adult meal, but be sure to check, as each restaurant has different rules. Give yourself and your wallet a break and check out these restaurants that offer special deals for the kids.
Qdoba – 7376 Atlas Walk Way, Gainesville, 571-248-4191
Quesadillas, tacos and even chips and salsa! Your kids will love the selection at this fast-casual Mexican restaurant and your wallet will thank you.
Urban Kitchen — 6402 Trading Square, Haymarket, 703-754-0200
Urban Kitchen offers Tex-Mex cuisine with a twist. They have customizable, build-your-own options for a quick and easy meal. It’s a family-friendly, fast-casual environment and once you’ve taken the family, your kids will ask when you can go back again!
Eggspectation – 8058 Crescent Park Drive, Gainesville, 571-248-0990
Eggspectation is a family-friendly restaurant in the Madison Crescent Shopping plaza that offers a wide selection on their menu of American fare, plus breakfast all day!
IHOP – 7495 Iron Bar Lane, Gainesville, Va. 20155-2994, 571-261-1709
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Treat your kids to their favorite pancakes, or a burger, or anything on the kids’ menu between the hours of 4 – 9 pm.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – 8148 Stonewall Shops Square, #101, Gainesville, 703-722-9115
From 5 pm on, kids can get dinner for free at Moe’s. The atmosphere is casual, and the food is great!
If you’re looking for free kids’ meals on Fridays or Saturdays, we’re sad to share that it’s like finding a magical unicorn; restaurants are savvy and know that by the end of the workweek, many people don’t want to cook. If you know of other area restaurants who offer free or discounted kids’ meals, let us know! We’d love to spread the word!