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Restaurants where you can eat for free on your birthday in GTA?

Love it Spicy Jan 2, 2007 09:15 PM

Taking my wife out for her birthdaym, and as a laugh want to take her somewhere where she can eat for free on her birthday?

Any ideas in the GTA?

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    focioncroci Feb 20, 2011 01:46 PM

    It's not a meal, but Starbucks will mail you a birthday coupon on your birthday if you register a starbucks card. It doesn't even have to have a balance on it.

    1. Food Tourist Mar 5, 2010 10:45 AM

      Kalamata on Lakeshore in New Toronto sent me an email for a free appetizer and dessert with the purchase of a main course. That's not a "free" deal, but on the bright side, the "coupon" (email printout) is valid for a full month.

      I think most restaurants are counting on you not wanting to eat alone on your birthday, hence the "free" is more like "buy one get one free".

      Elmwood Spa offers a 3-course lunch free with a $100 spa service purchase (within 4 days before or after your birthday, only valid on weekdays Mon-Thurs). I've had the 3-course lunch somewhat recently and the dessert is disappointing but the rest is decent.

      Any freebie updates for this thread? Bagels? Coffee? Drinks? Bonus food items?

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      1. re: Food Tourist
        morninglemon80 Feb 19, 2011 01:22 PM

        I plan out my "free food" route every year.

        Denny's free brekky ( whitby location)
        William's coffee pub free slice of cake(whitby location - emailed coupon)
        Baskin Robbin's free ice cream scoop ( emailed coupon; possibly only certain locations as i've had issues w francises not redeeming certain coupons)
        Orange Julius - Free julius Drink (emailed coupon)
        Dairy Queen - Buy 1 get 1 free blizzard ( emailed coupon)
        Tucker's Marketplace - free buffet ( one in scarb. ain't that great)
        East Side Mario's - Free pasta or pizza ( emailed coupon)

        This yr i'm going to try Imperial Buffet in Ajax instead of Tucker's Marketplace. I haven't heard alot of complaints but i'll let you know how it goes.
        I don't like going to places that offer free app/dessert b/c in the fine print you always have to spend money on a meal... I spend no money this one day of the yr cept for the gas :) It's got to be a FREE day!

        When i lived in Vaughan, I would hit 4 - 6 what-a-bagels on my bday lol. I would freeze them or give them to friends/family.

        1. re: morninglemon80
          Starling Feb 20, 2011 12:56 PM

          I love it! LOL

          1. re: morninglemon80
            Food Tourist Feb 26, 2011 05:15 PM

            Awesome info. My birthday is coming up soon! I wonder if any non-chain mom 'n' pop food shops, bakeries, cafes, or restos offer any freebies?

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          Chatty Cathy Jan 18, 2008 08:25 PM

          Imperial Buffet at the Eglinton Town Centre advertises free birthday meal with photo id. Not as good as the old China King Buffet at Warden and 401 but better than Mandarin.

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          1. re: Chatty Cathy
            torontofoodiegirl Jan 20, 2008 09:54 AM

            Not that Mandarin's great, but Imperial buffet is AWFUL -- beware!!

          2. TorontoJo Jan 18, 2008 06:12 AM

            I don't recall how I got on the list (probably filled out a survey or something), but Wildfire Streakhouse/Grill sends me a certificate for a free entree every year, which can be used anytime during the month of my birthday. It's quite a nice little treat, as entrees there range from around $18 - $30, and it's a restaurant that we visit even when we don't have coupons.

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            1. re: TorontoJo
              bogie Jan 18, 2008 10:21 AM

              If you sign up for Club Q on www.q107.com, you will get an up to $25 coupon to Jack Astors for your birthday entree each year. Plus, you can earn points, enter contests or trade in points for cds, dvds, movie passes etc. Great idea, folks.

            2. JamieK Jan 17, 2008 05:57 PM

              okay I don't get the funny part of this either, as in what's "the laugh" in going somewhere where you eat for free on your birthday? sounds like an Organ Grinder thing.

              Anyway, just thought I'd mention Jawny Bakers does a birthday deal, not free, but some kind of birthday deal. They send you a postcard reminder every year, offer discounts, give away mugs and things, and do the special dessert (with singing and clapping if i remember right). It's a decent place with good pub fare kind of food, ideal for families.

              Jawny Bakers
              804 O Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4B2S9, CA

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              1. re: JamieK
                hungryabbey Jan 18, 2008 05:11 AM

                yah Ive had some nice meals at jawny bakers. its a good family spot, very clean, lovely fire place and nice staff.

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                minto Jan 17, 2008 07:01 AM

                Any new suggestions for a free birthday meal?

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                1. re: minto
                  hungryabbey Jan 17, 2008 05:00 PM

                  Mad Monty's offers a free entree or app on your birthday up to 10$.
                  Ive never been though so I dont know how it is, can anyone comment on the quality?

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                    caitlink Jan 17, 2008 05:41 PM

                    Not great places but I am pretty sure about Tuckers and Mandarin. For Tony Romas, I think if you sign up on their website, you get a free entree coupon around the time of your birthday. It comes in the mail.

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                      avivasivia Aug 6, 2008 12:41 PM

                      i was just at mandarin and it was my b-day and it was not free sorry to all who wanted to eat free at mandarin on there b-day

                    2. re: hungryabbey
                      torontofoodiegirl Jan 17, 2008 06:30 PM

                      Mad Monty's has pretty decent pub food, but it's not much of a special occasion venue...

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                        hungryabbey Jan 18, 2008 05:10 AM


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                    Wil Jan 4, 2007 12:12 PM

                    Can we actually answer the OPs questions instead of the snide comments? I mean, at least offer suggestions if you are going to make some comment, otherwise please don't bother posting as it really adds nothing to the thread.

                    That being said, I think that Denny's used to do this, not 100% sure if they still do. Unfortunately, Denny's are few and far between in the GTA.

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                    1. re: Wil
                      red dragon Aug 6, 2008 12:50 PM

                      I totally agree!!! Comments in these forums can range from sarcastic to downright rude and that's NOT what these forums are about.

                      We still get dozen free bagels at Yonge/York Mills Oh What A Bagel, nothing wrong with a free meal when it's hard to find anything for free!

                      The original OP's question is old, but for anyone looking, we had a free meal at Tucker's Marketplace, it was in our opinion, not good, but depending on your taste, you might like it.

                    2. Wiley Jan 3, 2007 08:38 PM

                      If you're anywhere close to Newmarket, Canaan Chinese Buffet gives you a meal on yer b/d. It's at Davis/Leslie.

                      1. nummanumma Jan 3, 2007 01:51 PM

                        of course the problem with your plan is that then you have to eat the food I presume? Do you like your wife? :)

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                          minto Jan 3, 2007 12:48 AM

                          Tony Roma's Ribs offers a free entree up to a value of $16 or $18

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                            sherry f Jan 3, 2007 12:11 AM

                            It is not a free meal, but you get a dozen free bagels at any What-A-Bagel in the city on your birthday.

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                              xtal Jan 3, 2007 03:21 PM

                              Twelve bagels can be a couple of meals. :)

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                                EPIcureanTO May 23, 2007 09:37 AM

                                ^^Re- what a bagel-the Eglinton location has discontinued this.

                                I am an unhappy b-day girl.

                                i am going to Lokshen alfredo as mentioned elsewhere- hopefully that will make up for it.

                                1. re: EPIcureanTO
                                  wontonfm Jan 17, 2008 06:05 PM

                                  i'm reasonably sure that i saw a sign at what-a-bagel at yonge and eg for the free birthday dozen.

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                                    sgogo Jan 20, 2008 08:11 AM

                                    I know I got mine at Yonge & Eg last February no problem, I actually ended up going to 3 different locations! Love that policy, even if they're not the greatest bagels. But free IS free, after all.

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                                Gary Jan 3, 2007 12:04 AM

                                By The Way cafe at Bloor & Brunswick sends out coupons to regular customers, usually every year around your birthday with a coupon for a free dinner. How you get on that list, I'm not 100% sure... I think my wife filled out something years ago. Not sure if they would give you the freeby if you just walked in, but if you were nice they might...


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                                  zoohort2 Jan 2, 2007 10:05 PM

                                  Casey's used to have a free birthday dinner.

                                  1. Cereal Killer Jan 2, 2007 10:01 PM

                                    Really? I once had a free ice cream sundae on my birthday when I was 6 somewhere in California. And you used to get a free shot of something awful at the Elbow in London, ON (the trick was to show your ID to as many bartenders as possible). I think I would need to make dinner reservations somewhere nice immediately AFTER a stunt like that!

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                                      Nick06 Jan 2, 2007 09:36 PM

                                      Tuckers Market, it's buffet style it's just eh. The steak sandwiches are good though.

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