Going out to dinner always seems like a good idea—getting out of the house, not having to make a meal—until the bill lands on your table. Luckily, there are a handful of NoVA restaurants where you won’t have to pay for little ones.
Bungalow Ale House
Deal: Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and all day on Sundays, for each adult entrée purchased, one child under 10 eats free.
Make weekend brunch a family affair. Kids will love the all-American breakfast options and parents can relax with a signature Chesapeake Bay-themed Bloody Mary or one of the many craft brews on tap. // 2840 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge
Deal: Mondays from 5-8 p.m., for each adult entrée purchased, one child eats free.
Chutzpah prides itself on being a real New York deli in the heart of Northern Virginia, serving classics like overstuffed sandwiches and matzo ball soup, as well as salads, burgers and everything in between. // 12214 Fairfax Town Center, Fairfax
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant
Deal: Sundays, kids under 12 eat free if an adult spends at least $10.
End the weekend on a high note. Dickey’s is a great, casual place to satisfy cravings for slow-smoked barbecue and comfort food. The free kids’ meal contains a choice of a responsibly raised quality meat, side dish and a drink. // Multiple locations in Alexandria, Vienna, Centreville and Fairfax
Deal: Mondays, for every adult entrée purchased, kids under 12 eat free.
Breakfast for dinner is a classic for a reason, but besides its signature egg dishes, this restaurant chain also serves up salads, entrees, sandwiches and more. Wash down the meal with a fresh-squeezed juice. // Multiple locations in Chantilly, Gainesville and Leesburg
Deal: Tuesdays, get up to two free kid’s meals for children under 12 with the purchase of one adult entrée.
Get some shopping done and keep little bellies full by paying IKEA’s café a visit. Kids can dine on Swedish meatballs, chicken or pasta. The restaurant’s play area is a perfect place for little ones to burn off extra energy, and on the second Tuesday of the month, there are also free children’s activities during lunchtime. // 2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge
The Locker Room
Deal: All day Monday-Friday, get one free kid’s meal for children under 10 with the purchase of one adult entrée.
Parents can take a break from cooking and possibly catch an uninterrupted game at this laid-back sports pub. With a menu that spotlights pizza and burgers, food is certainly kid-friendly. // 502 W. Broad St., Falls Church
Deal: For every adult meal purchased, children eat free from the kids menu on Mondays.
Taco night doesn’t have to be on a Tuesday. Enjoy tacos, burritos and house specials at Picante!, a restaurant that has been serving the Northern Virginia community since 1994. // 14511 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite B, Chantilly
Deal: Tuesdays, kids 10 and under get one free item from the children’s menu for each Traditional or House Specialty Pizza purchased.
This gourmet pizza place is well-known in both the local and national press. Take advantage of kids’ eat free Tuesdays to try the award-winning Neapolitan style pizza while enjoying the venue’s cheery, family-friendly dining room. // 400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church
Sine Irish Pub
Deal: All day Saturday and Sunday, the purchase of one adult entree lets two kids eat free.
While the kid’s Blarney Stone burger and Leapin’ Leprechaun dog might not be authentic Irish fare, it’s hard to beat this two-for-one kids eat free offer. For adults, Sine offers traditional pub fare like fish and chips and Shepherd’s pie and also boasts 18 beers on tap. Bringing it all together, the spacious dining room is filled with booth seating and Irish decor. // 1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington
Deal: Tuesdays, get one free kid’s meal with the purchase of one adult meal.
Created with the motto “limitless fun for everyone,” The Zone is a modern entertainment concept with bowling, laser tag and arcade games alongside a posh restaurant and bar. Also on Tuesdays, kids can take advantage of free face painting, balloon animals and half-off arcade games. // 43811 Central Station Drive, Suite 100, Ashburn