Snag a family night out on the cheap with these buy-one-get-one deals.
It’s no secret: Kids cost money—from diapers all the way to college tuition. But a number of East Bay eateries are helping out by offering a free kids meal with each adult entrée purchased. With these deals, eating out will feel like it did when you were a party of just two (well, at least at the moment you pay the bill).
Cattlemens Restaurant: Thursdays after 5 p.m., kids 12 and under. Kids dig into a hearty meat-and-potatoes cowboy dinner, complete with a five-ounce steak and french fries. 2882 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore, (925) 447-1224, cattlemensrestaurants.com.
Fontina Ristorante: Mondays and Tuesdays after 4 p.m., kids 12 and under. While Mom and Dad sip a red from Fontina’s wine list, kids can start in on classics from chicken Alfredo to Italian meatballs. 349 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-9299.
Alberto’s Cantina: Monday and Tuesday after 5 p.m., kids 12 and under. Los niños get their choice of chicken nuggets or Mexican favorites enchiladas or quesadillas. 435 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-2316, albertoscantina.com.
Old Spaghetti Factory: every day, kids 10 and under. There’s just one condition for this free meal from the just-for-kids menu: Underage patrons must name the titles of the books they’ve been reading. 1955 Mt. Diablo St., Concord, (925) 687-5030, osf.com.
Smokin Okie’s BBQ Joint: Wednesdays all day, kids 12 and under. This deal offers kid-size versions of Okie’s barbecue fare and a drink to wash it all down. 1941 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 942-0120, mybbqjoint.com.
Here are some other free kids' meals available in East Bay restaurants:
Carrows Restaurant: Every day after 4 p.m.; kids 10 and under.
7505 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin (925) 828-9725
2430 Mahogany Way, Antioch (925) 757-7565
624 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-5757, carrows.com
Chevys: Tuesday all day; kids 12 and under
18080 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon (925) 327-1910
5877 Owens Drive, Pleasanton (925) 416-0451
650 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill (925) 685-6651
4685 1st Street, Livermore, (925) 960-0071, chevys.com
El Torito Mexican Grill: Wednesday all day; kids 12 and under
1961 Diamond Blvd, Concord, (925) 798-7660, eltorito.com
Filippo’s Restaurant: Tuesday all day; kids 12 and under.
5400 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-601-8646
2930 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510-644-3848, filippos.biz
Marie Callender’s: Tuesdays and Saturdays all day; kids 12 and under.
1101 South California Blvd, Walnut Creek, (925) 943-7100
2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord, (925) 827-4930
18070 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, (925) 355-0757, mariecallenders.com
Pasta Pomodoro: Tuesday all day; kids 12 and under.
45 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, (925) 363-9641
5500 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-923-0900
146 Sunset Drive, San Ramon, (925) 867-1407, pastapomodoro.com
Rock House Sports Pub & Grill: Monday through Wednesday all day; kids 12 and under.
1840 Portola Avenue, Livermore, (925) 960-9110, rockhousesportspubandgrill.com
Discounted Kids Deals:
Armadillo Willy's Barbecue: Sunday all day; kids 10 and under eat for half price.
4480 Tassajara Road, Dublin, (925) 833-0400, armadillowillys.com
Sweet Tomatoes: Every day; kids 2 and under eat free, kids 3-5 eat for $2.99, kids 6-12 eat for $5.99.
48 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-8493
4501 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, (925) 463-9285, souplantation.com