Master List for Birthday Freebies and Deals including San Diego restaurants

Master List of Birthday Freebies and Deals

Friends know me as the deal queen especially when it comes to food! I've compiled a master list of birthday freebies and offers including local San Diego businesses which I'll update approximately twice a year (once for my birthday, once for Dennis's birthday). Some offers improved this year. Souplantation now gives you a free meal instead of B1G1 with drink purchase. Some aren't as good as before such as Noodles & Co offering a rice krispie instead of an entree. Regardless, you do YOU and sign up for what you want to eat or whichever businesses you want to support.

By the way, the customized yogurt pic is from Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. I noticed the waffle iron in the store and had to add a waffle to my stackup! Yummy! You can also check out my previous birthday freebies roundup.

Birthday Table Guidance: 

  • Business - Name of the restaurant
  • Available - Denotes whether this is a chain (nationwide or regional) or San Diego only
  • Expires - Shows the number of days a promo is redeemable following your birthday.
  • Promo - Items in the "Freebies" section are either completely free or enough discount for a free item (depending on choice). Items in the Deals section requires purchase.
  • Notes - Extra info on how to redeem the freebie or deal, such as showing the email, printing out the offer, using your member phone number or email, or using an app.

Latest update: 12/11/2017

Birthday Freebies

We all love freebies! These are the ones that I've signed up for this year. This section can be sorted by category by clicking on the header.

Disclaimer: All referral links or codes are clearly marked in the "Notes" column.

Bruegger's chain +0 (day of) bagel w/cream cheese show email
Rita's chain +0 (day of) italian ice print offer
Cafe Hue San Diego +0 (day of) reg drink Five Star app
Pokeland San Diego +0 (day of) macaroon Five Star app
Dolce Italian Ice San Diego +14 medium D-lite  Square app
Starbucks chain +01 drink or food item use app
Pappalecco San Diego +03 medium gelato print offer
Firehouse Subs chain +06 medium sub use app. referral code: 5wfxz (300 points for me and you)
Pizza Studio chain +06 pizza or salad use app. referral code: LynnLe4888
Veggie Grill chain +07 $5 off Levelup app. $5 credit using my referral link
Bushfire Kitchens San Diego +07 $10 off show email
Dickey's Barbecue Pit chain +07 classic sandwich print offer per SD employee
Noodles & Co chain +07 rice crispy show email. app only starting 1/1/18
Nothing Bundt Cakes chain +07 bundtlet show email
PizzaRev chain +07 pizza or entree salad use app. referral code: LynnLe2502
Souplantation chain +07 lunch or dinner show email. bonus: 20% off rest of check
Wingstop chain +07 large fries show email
Del Taco chain +08 premium shake print offer
Mimi's Café chain +08 mixed berry muffin sundae show email
Native Foods chain +09 $10 off use phone #. join with my referral link
Genghis Grill chain +09 appetizer or dessert show email. no longer in SD
Duff's Doggz San Diego +10 hot dog show email
Mary's Donuts San Diego +10 2 regular donuts show email, two locations
Which Wich chain +12 small sandwich use phone #
La Costa Coffee San Diego +14 regular expresso show email
Fogo de Chao chain +15 $25 off lunch/dinner show email. unique code, max 2 bdays per table
Menchies chain +15 $5 off use phone #
El Cilantro San Diego +15 $5 off show email
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza chain +15 giant messy sundae email
Yogurtland chain +17 3 oz yogurt free use app
Brothers San Diego +20 $10 off print offer
Fairouz Cafe & Gallery San Diego +21 $10 off print offer
Godiva chain month of $10 off use phone #, no email notifications
Burger Lounge chain month of shake show email
Barra Barra Saloon San Diego month of entree 5th day of bday month
Boathouse San Diego month of prime rib, chicken or salmon entree last thursday w/rsvp
El Torito chain month of entree show email. no longer in SD
Jamba Juice chain month of small smoothie use phone #
Krispy Kreme chain month of doughnut + coffee show email. new app may be required in future
Red Robin chain month of burger use phone #
Ruby's Diner chain month of shake show email. new app may be required in future
Islands chain month of kona pie or chocolate lava show email
Cafe 21 San Diego month of free entree See note 1 below
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern chain month of $25 off See note 2 below
Sprinkles chain +28 cupcake use phone #
Yummy Cupcakes San Diego +30 cupcake print offer
Daphne's chain +30 $5 off use phone #. auto $5 off 1st visit within 30 days of bday
Bonefish Grill chain +30 bang bang shrimp or dessert show email. not in SD but has OC location
The Habit chain +30 charburger with cheese show email. unique code
Jersey Mike's Subs chain +364 (year) sub & drink show email. unique code
The Melt chain N/A dessert use app. online account shows bday offer with no expiration date
Grater Grilled Cheese San Diego N/A $5 off use phone #. online account does not show bday credits

Note 1: Cafe 21 did not send me an offer in December but Mary received one in October. Last year I received the promo so the promotion may have recently changed.

Note 2: Jimmy's Famous American Tavern did not send me an offer in December but I received it last year. I noticed JFAT does not have a birthday field on the signup so the promotion may have recently changed.

Birthday Deals

Even though these require purchase, these are ones that I've either used in the past or are ones that I am interested in trying. I may add more from (San Diego only) but signup is tedious due to individual forms per business. We suggest picking restaurants that you really want to try.

Disclaimer: All referral links or codes are clearly marked in the "Notes" column.

Boba Bar and Desserts San Diego +0 (day of) B1G1 drink Five Star app
Cali O Burger San Diego +0 (day of) milkshake w/purchase of burger Five Star app
Tea N More San Diego +0 (day of) $5 off $10 Five Star app
North Park Sushi & Grill San Diego +05 $10 off $20 show email (ibirthday)
Schlotzsky's chain +07 50% off meal use app. Oceanside location
Cold Stone Creamery chain +07 B1G1 Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It show email. same promo sent year round
El Pollo Loco chain +07 entree w/any purchase use app. referral code LynnL8482
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse San Diego +07 15% of check show email
Flower Child chain +07 dessert w/purchase of entree show email
True Food Kitchen chain +07 dessert w/purchase of entree show email
Cafe Coyote San Diego +07 B1G1 entree print offer
Himalayan Curry & Grill San Diego +07 $10 off $20 show email (ibirthday)
Rubios chain +09 entree w/purchase of drink show email
Einstein's Bagels chain +10 egg sandwich w/purchase show email
Coops West Texas BBQ San Diego +10 $10 off $20 print offer (ibirthday). our review here
Fuddruckers chain month of B1G1 1/3 lb burger show email
Brigantine San Diego month of $15 off $40 print offer
Miguel's Cocina San Diego month of $10 off $30 print offer
Benihana chain month of $30 off 2 entrees print offer
Pieology chain month of B1G1 pizza show email
Melting Pot chain +75 strawberries w/purchase of $60 call ahead to reserve
Khan's Cave San Diego N/A entree + dessert w/purchase of 2 entrees + 2 drinks show email


There are a few retailers I'm subscribed to that offered discounts or freebies for birthdays:

Did you enjoy my list or find any new spots? Please share with your friends! You can also pin this post for later!

Master List of Birthday Freebies and Deals

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Faye's picture
Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:51am

DAYYYYUMMMMM. You, hands down, are master of these spreadsheets. I LOVE the spreadsheets this year as it's so easy to use (esp with the search button!). I will definitely have this post as one of my faves to use during birthday season. Thanks for taking the time to create this!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:30pm

I found a couple of new items this year too! Recently signed up for Bushfire Kitchens (I remember it from your post) and got a birthday surprise too! Missed a couple as well because busy with work. *sigh*

LiveGoldenBlog's picture
Submitted by LiveGoldenBlog (not verified) on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 3:29pm

OMG this is awesome!! didn't know about half of these!!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:32am

awesome! hope you get to use some of these for your next celebration! :)

Hollysbirdnest's picture
Submitted by Hollysbirdnest (not verified) on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 6:27pm

This is a great post, I love getting freebies for my birthday!!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:33am

yay! there are both local and national so you should be able to claim ones from this list! :)

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