Most of us do a lot of meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking in an average week – not to mention the cleaning up after we’ve eaten. And though it’s good for the budget to cook at home, it’s not always the most fun or relaxing. If you’re needing a break from the daily kitchen grind (especially if you have little ones who don’t always adore the option presented to them), there’s no shortage of great family-friendly restaurants in the city for breakfast, brunch, lunch, supper and even fancy Sunday dinners. Bonus: a few of them have options where kids eat free in Vancouver – yes, free (or, at least, with a special super-low cost menu.)
Though these specials are not as common as they once were, there are still a few around. Here’s a selection to check out. It’s always best to confirm with your chosen destination that a promotion is still in effect, especially if it’s a chain with multiple sites:
Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free in Vancouver:
Kids eat for free on Tuesdays after 4 pm. But be aware of the fine print: that’s up to two free kids’ entrees from the kids’ menu with the purchase of one regular priced adult entrée. Kids must be 10 and under.
At Montana’s, kids who are 12 and under can join the Montana’s Kids Club. They can register online and then have access to several special deals: a free birthday meal, $2 meals on Tuesday, a free drink for signing up, and more promotions throughout the year.
Details and registration
There’s no free meals here but their unique take on a family discount makes them a great budget-friendly spot to head for a meal. Kids meals are $5.99 most of the time but on Wednesday nights the price drops to $2.99 – and adults can get a three-course meal for $12.99.
There isn’t a single Smitty’s in the Lower Mainland (much to our continued disappointment) but there are several on Vancouver Island. Most Smitty’s locations offer a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée at specific days and times. If you’re over on the island for a getaway, give one of the local spots a call to confirm the schedule and head out for a visit at this classic Canadian restaurant.
This one is for the adults but a free burger is a nice treat, regardless of age, especially at a restaurant that’s family friendly. Red Robin has a reward program that includes a free birthday burger, a tenth item free, and unique promotions throughout the year (including some that are just for teachers.)