Eating Out? These Restaurant Deals Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

Eating out doesn't have to break the bank. We found the best restaurant deals at your favorite hangouts.

Olive Garden restaurant front entranceElise Amendola/AP/REX/Shutterstock
Elise Amendola/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Don’t get us wrong, we love to cook as much as the next person, but sometimes we need a break. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or didn’t have time to buy groceries, it’s good to treat yourself to a night on the town. And luckily, eating out doesn’t have to break your budget. Many restaurants offer great deals on appetizers, pasta and more. Lots of tasty food for a super low price? Sounds like a win-win to us. Check out the best restaurant deals at your favorite chains.

Psst! Here’s how to save even more money while dining out!

1. Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy One, Get One Wings

Tuesday the best day to visit Buffalo Wild Wings, but not for the reason you’d expect. The restaurant chain is trading in its hugely popular Tuesday half-off wings special for a BOGO boneless wings deal. You’ve gotta admit it’s still a bargain. If you think about it, you’re still getting double the wings for half the price.

Want to re-create the experience at home? We’ve got just the thing.

2. Olive Garden: Unlimited Soup, Breadsticks and Salad

If you tend to fill up on bread before your entree comes out, this deal is for you. During lunchtime, Olive Garden offers unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks for $6.99. And we’re not talking about your typical (and slightly overplayed) chicken noodle. Olive Garden’s tasty options include chicken and gnocchi, zuppa toscana and pasta e fagioli. Come dinner, a cup of pasta e fagioli without breadsticks and salad will cost you $7.49. So why not get more for less?

Want to bring a little slice of Italy to your kitchen? Try your luck with homemade pasta. Buon appetito!

3. TGI Friday’s: Endless Apps

Did someone say “endless apps”? When you buy one of your favorite appetizers at TGI Friday’s, you’ll receive refills for free. That’s two (or three, or four) appetizers for the price of one! Whether you choose loaded potato skins, mozzarella sticks or boneless wings, one thing’s for sure: You simply can’t go wrong with this deal!

Appetizers aren’t just for eating out. Here are 10 finger-lickin’-good apps you can make at home.

4. Cicis Pizza: Pizza Buffet

It’s the five words you’ve been dying to hear: All-you-can-eat pizza and pasta buffet. Head over to Cicis Pizza to chow down. With over 20 types of pizza, you can stick with classic pepperoni or get adventurous with a slice of macaroni and cheese pizza—plus pasta, salad and dessert. Prices vary by location, but many Cicis sites charge less than $6. The only question left is how soon you can get there.

5. Chili’s: Buy Two Dinners for $22

Planning date night? Consider Chili’s. While we wouldn’t peg the chain restaurant as the best place to set the mood (a homemade dinner would do the trick), its dinner-for-two deal can’t be beat. Through this promotion, you can buy an appetizer to share and two full-sized entrees for $22. If you want to splurge on your partner, order the molten chocolate cake for dessert. Better yet, have this slow cooker dessert waiting when you get home.

6. Red Lobster: Endless Shrimp

Brace yourself, seafood lovers: This limited-edition deal is as good as it gets. Red Lobster’s been offering its “endless shrimp” deal on and off for years, and it’s back with a vengeance. For $17.99, you can order as much shrimp as your heart (and stomach) desire. From hand-crafted shrimp scampi to shrimp linguine Alfredo to hand-breaded shrimp, this menu puts a classic shrimp cocktail to shame. Whether you’re buying it at the grocery store or a la carte, seafood can be expensive. So multiple servings of shrimp for under $20 is money well spent.

Hungry? We are, too. But before you order plate after plate of shrimp or pasta, be sure to read the fine print. Most restaurants won’t provide a doggie bag, and some may even (gasp!) charge you extra for leftovers. And for nights you’d rather stay home and cook dinner on a dime, we have dozens of budget-friendly recipes for you to try.

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Kelsey Mulvey
Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance writer and editor based in New York. Her hobbies include wine, nachos and the occasional hibachi dinner.