Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Ottawa

Looking for restaurants where kids eat free in Ottawa? We know, it’s becoming harder and harder to find, which we can totally understand in this economy. There are still a few restaurants in Ottawa where kids eat free and there are options for $2 meals which is still pretty great!

Enjoying a meal out as a family means you are able to focus more on the family time and less on the prep, cooking, and clean up part of mealtime. Who also doesn’t love going to an Ottawa restaurant where kids eat free?! With young children this can be a special outing inviting them to try new places and foods or taking them out for their favourites. It also lifts the stress that the daily prep, cooking and clean up from meals at home can bring.

However, eating out can come at a hefty price tag when you start to factor in meals for the whole family. Exploring restaurants that are not only family friendly but also easy on the pocket book can make eating out more enjoyable and possibly something you even do more often.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Ottawa


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Zaks Diner

Zaks Diner has 4 locations across Ottawa and a 5th location will be opening soon in Westboro. With locations currently in Kanata, Byword Market, Elgin St., and Carleton Place you don’t have to travel far to find a Zaks close to you. This diner is not only family friendly with great prices but is also delicious! With something to please everybody you can enjoy some of the best milkshakes and yummy food in a family friendly atmosphere. Kids eat free Sunday to Thursday from 4p.m. to close with the purchase of an adult meal. Note that this is for indoor dining only and holidays are excluded.


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While not free (not much is these days, right?!)  for only $2 with the purchase of an adult meal kids can enjoy some delicious eats. Every Tuesday at Montana’s you can get a kids meal for $2 which includes a drink, main and dessert. With many locations throughout Ottawa (Bank St., Merivale, Ogilvie, Strandherd & Earl Grey) you can find a Montana’s only a short drive away from your home which makes for a quick and easy Tuesday evening dinner. Who doesn’t love a night off from cooking?!

Saveurs des Continents

Looking for a buffet option that offers a little bit of everything? Saveurs des Continents in Gatineau is a great option and kids eat free (ages 12 and under) with the purchase of an adult meal every day except for Saturdays. On Saturdays, kids under 4 still eat free. From Italian to Asian to African  and, there is a large variety of options to please everyone.

East Side Marios

East Side Marios is another great option for a Tuesday with $2 kids meals. Unlimited salad/soup and bread keeps the kids happy while they wait for their meals and East Side Marios pasta or pizza kids meals are always a hit. For an added bonus sign up for the “Mini Marios” Kids Club and you will also receive 5 free kids meals with the purchase of adult entrees.  You can find ESM locations in Kanata, Barrhaven, Hunt Club, Ogilvie, Bells Corners, Innes, Kanata, and Hull.

Barley Mow

With locations on Tenth Line, Merivale, March, Carp, and Greenbank the Barley Mow has kids eat free in Ottawa every Sunday with the purchase of an adult meal. What we love is that this is an all day offer which also makes for a great breakfast option! Remember those days, pre-kids, when you would enjoy a hot breakfast that you didn’t have to make and unlimited hot coffee?! Well now is your chance to enjoy some delicious breakfast food once again!

Johnny Canucks

Johnny Canucks will feed the kids for free Sundays 4-9p.m. With two locations in Ottawa, one in Orleans and the other Billings Bridge area, you can enjoy this Bar & Grill with a yummy pint as a family. Monday and Wednesdays are half price appetizers which also makes for an economical meal with the family if the kids love appys!


Kids 4 and under eat free at Mandarin with half price buffet options for children ages 5-12. Don’t be fooled….this restaurant also serves pizza and other kid faves. There are many options available at the buffet, even something for the pickiest eaters. Find a location close to you in Kanata, Orleans, Hunt Club area & on Ogilvie.

With many places where kids eat free in Ottawa (and cheap!) in the surrounding areas, we hope that your family will enjoy a meal or two out at a local restaurant. Whether it’s just to take a break from the regular mealtimes or you are on the go and need to eat out we know that you will love trying these Ottawa restaurants.


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