Frappe Güey and fried cactus amuse-bouche at Welcome Diner Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)
For those who celebrate birthdays and like to take full advantage of the occasion by indulging in free drinks, and desserts, you’ll want to save this list for reference it the next time your big day rolls around.
If you’re treating someone to their birthday, you could also reference this list in secret to save a few bucks for another glass of wine.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. Feel free to leave a comment below so other readers can find out about additional restaurant birthday freebies.
47 N. Scott Ave.
Perhaps you’re in the mood for a late-night cocktail? What about a complimentary Flourless Chocolate Cake, Lemon Bar in a Jar, or Caramel Bread Pudding? 47 Scott has you covered.
For more information, visit 47scott.com.
100 S. Avenida del Convento #150
Choose a dessert of your choice, such as their S’Mores Tart with marshmallow cream, dark chocolate ganache, graham cracker crust, or a Mini Fruit Pie with Cointreau whipped cream.
For more information, visit agustinkitchen.com.
Cafe Poca Cosa
110 E. Pennington St.
Sure their menu changes twice daily, but you can count on receiving free flan on your birthday.
For more information, visit cafepocacosatucson.com.
188 E. Broadway Blvd.
Receive a complimentary Margarita Lime Flan with crème fresca or Peanut Butter & Chcolate Tres Leches Cake with peanut butter frosting and a shot of cold milk.
For more information, visit charrosteak.com.
Commoner & Co.
6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
You’ll feel like royalty on your birthday with a signature dessert of your choosing after dining. Opt for something like their coconut almond gelato or their soufflé which has been described as nothing short of exquisite, like a mix between a cheesecake and a crème brûlée.
For more information, visit commonertucson.com.
402 E. 9th St.
Maybe you’re in the mood for some rustic European, bistro cooking for your birthday. If so, dine at The Coronet and receive a Chocolate Almond Caramel Bite dessert on the house.
For more information, visit cafecoronet.com.
311 E. Congress St.
From pies to cakes and everything in between, if you come in to the Cup Cafe on your birthday you’ll be able to choose a dessert from their ever-changing and always scrumptious pie case and bakery.
For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.
2960 N. 1st Ave.
You’ll go in for some of their famous tostadas and stay for the birthday treat: a brownie ice cream sundae.
For more information, visit el-berraco.com.
El Charro Cafe
311 N. Court Ave.
Come in to El Charro during your birthday and receive some flantastic flan.
For more information, visit elcharrocafe.com.
El Cisne Restaurant
4717 E. Sunrise Dr.
After you’ve indulged in one of their regional seafood specialties, enjoy a complimentary flan.
For more information, visit elcisnerestaurant.com.
Elliott’s on Congress
135 E. Congress St.
If you are over the age of 21, you can have a shot on the house. Take a look at their seasonal flavor or their Key Lime. It’ll make you feel better about turning another year older.
For more information, visit elliottsoncongress.com.
Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
220 N. 4th Ave.
On your birthday come for the beer and stay for the dessert. You’ll receive your choice of an Apple Crisp a la mode with baked Granny Smith apples, streusel, ice cream, and beer syrup or Beer-Amisu with Achocolypse mascarpone whipped cream, imperial stout soaked lady fingers, and chocolate pearls.
For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.
Ghini’s French Caffe
1803 E. Prince Rd.
If you can’t make it in the day of your birthday, no sweat. Come in any time within the week for a Birthday Shortcake with strawberries and whipped cream — just let your server know it’s your birthday.
For more information, visit ghiniscafe.com.
Guadalajara Mexican Grill & Guadalajara Fiesta Grill
4901 E. Broadway Blvd. / 750 N. Kolb Rd.
At either location you’ll receive a complimentary dessert of your choosing. Try their succulent choco-flan. It’s the best of both worlds and you deserve nothing but the best on your birthday.
For more information, visit guadgrill.com.
Harvest on River
5605 E. River Rd. #201
Make sure you save room after your birthday dinner so that you can enjoy one of their fresh, homemade cupcakes or house-churned ice cream.
For more information, visit harvestonriver.com.
The Horseshoe Grill
7713 E. Broadway Blvd.
Who doesn’t like steak and ice cream on their birthday? Hint: one is free. Second hint: it’s not the steak.
For more information, visit thehorseshoetucson.com.
6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Mud Pie at Jonathan’s Cork (Credit: Jonathan’s Cork)
Come here on your birthday and receive Jonathan’s famous Mud Pie to finish stretching the elastic on your pants.
For more information, visit jonathanscork.com.
3844 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Go in for high quality French food and if it’s your birthday you’ll get a Crème Brûlée on the house.
For more information, visit rendezvoustucson.com.
Maynards Market & Kitchen
400 N. Toole Ave.
Here you can receive a Spiced Flourless Chocolate Torte with cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne, dulce de leche, and crème anglaise.
For more information, visit maynardstucson.com.
OBON Sushi Bar Ramen
350 E. Congress St.
OBON offers Green Tea Ice Cream on your birthday. It’s good for you right?
For more information, visit obonsushi.com.
6453 N Oracle Rd.
Pay for the savory and in turn you’ll receive a sweet house made Bread Pudding with chocolate chip, butter rum caramel, topped with fresh whipped cream.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink
101 E. Pennington St.
Choose between Tres Leches Tiramisu in a jar, Chocolate Budino with salted caramel toffee, or Bread Pudding. And treat yourself to a cocktail because you deserve it.
For more information, visit reillypizza.com.
Stray Dogs Grill
78 W. River Rd.
You can’t go wrong with this birthday treat: Ice Cream Sundae with 1 scoop, whipped cream, and candles.
For more information, visit straydogsgrill.com.
Street Taco and Beer Co.
58 W. Congress St.
Classic dessert for a classic turning of age: the Churro.
Keep up with Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook.
Trident Grill II
2910 N. Swan Rd.
If your birthday happens to land during a sporting event that you need to watch, then have no fear, Trident’s here. Enjoy some of the fine bar eats and wash it down with a beer or a free birthday sundae.
For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
3750 S. Old Spanish Trail
Google describes Saguaro Corners as an “unpretentious watering hole offering tavern eats & spirits.” You know what Google doesn’t say? They also offer a brownie or cookie sundae free of charge on birthdays.
For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.
902 E. Broadway Blvd.
You are welcome to dine and receive a complimentary dessert of your choosing.
For more information, visit welcomediner.net.
Wildflower American Cuisine
7037 N. Oracle Rd.
Some people suck at giving birthday gifts, fortunately Wildflower doesn’t. Choose any of the following:
- Key Lime Tart – gingersnap almond crust, and vanilla crème fraiche
- Warm Apple Crisp – manchego crumble, dulce de leche, served with vanilla gelato
- Butterscotch Pudding – salted caramel
- Bars of Sin – praline chocolate cookie, cappuccino mousse served with vanilla bean gelato
- Cinnamon Doughnuts – vanilla custard, berry marmalade
For more information, visit foxrc.com.