28th January, 2017

The Top 10 Restaurants on the Gold Coast Where Kids Eat Free!

Are you visiting the Gold Coast for a family holiday? The Gold Coast is famous for its attractions, theme parks and beaches, as well its amazing range of options for dining out. There are so many things to see and do, that treating your little ones to delicious and free food from one of the many restaurants in the area will give them the boost of energy they need – and, of course, it’s a little kinder on your wallet!

However, free food isn’t the only amazing thing that these fabulous restaurants offer. Some of these restaurants have game rooms, playgrounds, arts and crafts, and other activities that’ll be sure to keep your kids entertained when you’re dining out. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that is close to all the dining out and entertainment action, but still close enough to the beach for those long, lazy days watching the kids play, Focus Apartments offer a number of beautiful accommodation options that could be perfect for you.

No matter when you decide to visit, here are the top 10 restaurants on the Gold Coast where your kids can have fun and eat for free.

1. Alleys Restaurant


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Award-winning Alleys Restaurant can be found within the Currumbin RSL, along with an incredibly relaxed and very comfortable atmosphere. Its fresh, classic menu is a local attraction, including traditional chicken parmigiana and the slow twice-cooked pork belly. It’s open everyday from 11.30am until late, with lunch and dinner menus filled with sumptuous meals created with home grown and local produce. The Currumbin Rsl has its own veggie patch and worm farm, after being inspired by a tour of the Currumbin Community Special School and their environmental efforts.

Kids get to eat free on Wednesday nights (except on public holidays). You get one free kid’s meal with every adult main meal that you order from the a la carte menu. The kids menu has six different meals that your children will enjoy, like tempura chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, spaghetti Bolognese, beer battered fish, kids steak, and Alleys kiddy combo. You’ll have to sign up as a member to grab this deal, with membership costing $5 for the year. A total bargain for beautiful food and an amazing venue!

2. Benowa Tavern


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Benowa Tavern is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy a homely meal. With offerings including a char grilled steak, a Benowa burger or beautiful salads, you can chill out and relax overlooking the canals of Benowa. This family-friendly tavern has indoor and outdoor playgrounds for your little ones to enjoy. It even has a PlayStation room where your kids can hang out while you finish your meal and enjoy some grown-up chat.

Kids eat free every Sunday and Monday night from 5.30pm to 8.30pm when you buy one adult main meal per child. For kids under 12, the meals include fish and chips, chicken nuggets and chips, grilled chicken pieces with veggies, pizza and chips, fettucine with chicken and bacon, and a kid’s value meal. For children under 15, the options are chicken, steak or a cheeseburger with chips. Delicious!

3. Dog and Parrot Tavern


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Families love the Dog and Parrot Tavern in Robina, as its got an affordable menu full of yummy food, as well as loads of activities to keep the kids entertained, such as weekly face painting and endless colouring in! The tavern also has a beautiful shaded outdoor play area, as well as the kid’s favourite Playstation room for some screen-time entertainment.

Kids can eat free on Saturday nights with the purchase of one adult meal per child. The kids menu has five different meals, including steak and chips with salad, chicken nuggets and chips with salad, cheeseburgers, fish and chips, and grilled barramundi with chips or veggies.

4. Food Fantasy


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Food Fantasy is located in Jupiter’s Casino at Broadbeach, and is guaranteed to delight the entire family, EVEN the fussiest and pickiest eaters. With over 80 buffet meal options from around the world, the quality of the food here is great, and you can try a little bit of everything!

If your kids are under 5 years of age (maximum of 2 kids per family), they get to eat free for breakfast, lunch and dinner with each paying adult. Kids aged 5-12 can also eat for half price. The menu includes a fresh, local buffet of hot and cold dishes from Sunday to Thursday, and an absolutely spectacular seafood buffet from Friday to Saturday.

5. Hog’s Breath Café


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Hog’s Breath Café in Broadbeach is absolutely classic American fare with humongous portions and an awesome atmosphere. Decked out with interesting memorabilia, Hog’s Breath serves delicious food, with its signature curly fries a staple for recovering from a day playing in the sun. The café also provides a range of activities for children so they won’t get bored and you can enjoy your meal in a chilled out atmosphere at your own pace.

Kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as every day between 5pm to 6pm when you buy a main adult meal over $20. For kids 12 and under, the meals include steak, battered fish, cheeseburgers or chicken nuggets with chips or salad, as well as pasta, veggies, ice cream, and soft drinks or juice. Yum!

6.Lone Star Tavern


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Boasting of pure, old-style Texan hospitality, Lone Star Tavern is located in Mermaid Waters and has a great family atmosphere. If you love steak and chips, then it’s the place to go! Not only does it boast a variety of Grazier’s steaks, but it also has an outdoor and indoor playground, with a PlayStation that your kids will love.

Kids eat free on Tuesday’s when you buy one main adult mean, because it’s movie night! The kids will be caught up eating their delicious food in front of a big screen movie. The kids menu includes four meals – chicken nuggets and chips, spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, and tacos.

7. Montezuma’s


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Montezuma’s is a famous famous restaurant chain serving up authentic Mexican and Aztec food. Located in Surfer’s Paradise, you can try signature burritos and tortillas, or let your kids make their own dinner with personalised fajitas. Every night there are free arts and crafts activities your kids can partake in, such as colouring in, making ponchos or maracas, and learning how to count in Spanish.

Your kids can eat for free on ‘Terror Tuesdays’ with every main adult meal that you purchase. For kids 12 years and under, there are a variety of meals to choose from, including tacos, nachos, el toro, baby bondigas, ninos enchiladas, amigo burrito, taquitos, as well as yummy desserts!

8. Ribs and Rumps at the Marina Mirage


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If you’re in the mood for something a little fancier, maybe as a special treat for the last night of your holiday, Ribs and Rumps at the Marina Mirage is a fabulous image! Located on the decks of the famous Marina Mirage centre, Ribs and Rumps has fantastic views stretching over Broadwater and the Marina, not to mention an amazing array of food. Whether it’s ribs (obviously), rumps (obviously) or maybe pasta, salad or a chicken parmigiana you’re after, this place has it all. Kids under 12 eat free from Monday to Wednesday from 5 to 7pm, and can choose from chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, beef ribs, steak and spaghetti bolognaise.

9. Southport Sharks at the Frenzy Food Court


Southport Sharks is home to the famous Frenzy Food Court, sporting a delicious buffet with an awesome amount of treats to sample. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfast on the weekends, Southport has the awesome ‘Wobbygong’s Kids Fun Zone’, giving the kids LOADS of stuff to do while you eat, including a rock climbing wall, a mini basketball court, and all the PlayStations to entertain them for hours.

Kids under 12 ca eat at the buffet for free every Monday night. With a range of treats to sample, it’s a great place to satisfy the kid’s hunger after a great day of exploring and hitting the beach.

10. Toscani’s Café, Bar & Restaurant


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Toscani’s Café, Bar & Restaurant specialises in beautiful, filling and authentic Italian dishes. Located in Surfer’s Paradise, Helensville and Robina, the restaurants are located next to open playing areas, so you can chill out and enjoy your meal within full view of your kids having a great time. Kids who are 12 years or under are able to eat their dinner for free on Sunday to Wednesday when an adult meal over the value of $20 is purchased, excluding public holidays. If it’s breakfast you’re after, your kids can indulge in bacon, eggs, toast, and pancakes with ice cream. For lunch and dinner, there’s a plethora of options like spaghetti bolognaise, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and ham and cheese pizza, all washed down with a delicious bowl of ice cream.

Indulging on a budget on the Gold Coast

Choosing restaurants where your kids can eat for free is a small measure to take to save you some valuable, hard-earned bucks. Focus Apartments are the perfect accommodation option for enjoying these restaurants, offering beautiful beachside apartments within easy reach of all the entertainment of the Gold Coast, not to mention enough room for the whole family. Give us a call to book an apartment! With plenty of restaurants on the Gold Coast to choose from, all it takes is a little careful planning and your kids can eat free every day of the week!