11 Best Early Bird Restaurant Specials for Seniors

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Seniors are entitled to some great restaurant specials, from discounts on meals to specially priced menus. Seniors also get to enjoy good early bird specials. If you head out to a restaurant slightly earlier than the average dinner-time, you’ll be treated to deeply discounted meals. Using these early bird specials can save you tons of money in the long-run. You’ll find these specials in many top restaurant chains throughout the country. Many local chains also offer discounted menus to their early dinners. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know which restaurants have early bird menus because they’re not always advertised. If you want to save money while eating delicious food, check out these eleven restaurants with early bird specials.

1) Golden Corral

This famous buffet restaurant has one of the best early bird deals for seniors around. Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 4 PM, seniors age 60 and over can enjoy the buffet for as little as $7.59. Prices vary by location, so be sure to call your local Golden Corral to confirm if they have the senior early bird special, and to double-check their price. While you’re at Golden Corral, you can try all of the delicious dishes on their buffet. Enjoy a classic all-American meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Or, go Southern with BBQ ribs or Texas chicken fried steak. Be sure to save room for some chocolate cake or fruit pie. You also won’t want to miss the chocolate fountain. With Golden Corral’s senior discount, you’ll be able to enjoy a ton of tasty food at a low price.


2) Houlihan’s

The bar and grill chain Houlihan’s has a good early bird special available for all its customers. On Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 5:30 PM, you can enjoy a three-course meal starting at $14.99. This delicious meal includes a soup or salad, a main course, and a mouth-watering dessert. Most of the chicken dishes will cost you the base price of $14.99, but many of the other proteins will cost you a dollar or two extra. This includes the fillet mignon, BBQ ribs, fried shrimp, sea scallops, and grilled salmon. You’ll be able to see all the add-on prices on the menu, which will help you make your decision. Before you head over to your local Houlihan’s, be sure to call them up and check if they offer this early bird menu.


3) Sweet Tomatoes

The buffet restaurant Sweet Tomatoes is known for their extensive salad bar. They also offer numerous soup options, flavorful pasta dishes, potatoes with a variety of toppings, and delicious muffins and desserts. If you’re sixty or older, you’ll get to enjoy this delicious and healthy buffet for a discounted price. From Monday through Thursday between 2 PM and 5 PM, participating Sweet Tomatoes charge seniors just $7.99 per meal. This includes a fountain drink or a coffee. If you miss this Senior Meal Deal, don’t worry—you can get 10 percent off any meal if you’re sixty or older. With this great deal, you’ll be able to go to Sweet Tomatoes anytime you like. They offer new themed items every month, so you’ll always have something new to try when you visit.


4) Chart House

Chart House is a seafood restaurant chain with 26 locations across the United States. Many of these locations have stunning views, and they all offer delicious menus filled with fresh seafood and steak entrees. Their menu can get a bit pricey, but you can save a ton by ordering from their Early Dining menu. This menu is available on Thursday through Sunday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Customers of all ages can order from it. Some of the tasty entrees choices include a delicate herb-crusted salmon, slow-roasted prime rib, and Chicken Romano. Each entree comes with a starter and a dessert. The starter options include classic Caesar salad, chopped salad, gazpacho, and tasty clam chowder. For dessert, you can choose either a mouth-watering crème brûlée, a piece of mud pie, light raspberry sorbet, or a decadent ice cream sundae.


5) Spaghetti Warehouse

The Spaghetti Warehouse serves delicious and authentic pasta dishes, a 15-layer lasagna, Italian-style burgers and sandwiches, and much more. If you’d like to save money while eating here, sign up for Spaghetti Warehouse’s rewards card. Signing up is free, and once you do that, you’ll be entitled to a senior early bird discount. If you’re a rewards member who’s 65 or older, you’ll get 15 percent off your food and non-alcoholic beverages from 3 PM to 5 PM daily. This deal excludes Warehouse Wednesday meals. Along with your senior discount, Spaghetti Warehouse will also give you one free appetizer to thank you for becoming a rewards member. You’ll also get a free meal on your birthday. The Spaghetti Warehouse membership card offers some great rewards to its senior members.


6) Western Sizzlin

The restaurant Western Sizzlin offers both a la carte dishes and a buffet filled with delicious steaks. Many of Western Sizzlin’s locations have good early bird specials. For example, the Western Sizzlin in Florence, South Carolina has an early bird special from 3 PM to 5 PM. During this time, seniors can get the buffet with a drink for $7.19. Or, if you live near Oxford, Alabama, you can enjoy the senior buffet with a drink for $7.49. This deal is available Monday through Saturday from 2 PM to 5 PM. Call your local Western Sizzlin and see if they have early bird specials available. If they do, be sure to head over and treat yourself to delicious sirloins, ribeyes, mashed potatoes, onion rings, ice cream, baked goods, and much more.


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