The school holidays are here, and that means more opportunities to enjoy a meal with your little ones. But going out to eat every day can get expensive, so we’ve narrowed down the five best spots to grab a bite with your fam.

‘Kids eat free’ restaurants
When it comes to family-friendly dining, it doesn’t get better than restaurants that let kids eat free. Whether it’s a participating Hog’s Breath Café (Carindale, Aspley, Cleveland, to name a few) or Café 63 (Stanley Street in East Brisbane is just one example) or even your local tavern, there are plenty of restaurants that offer ‘kids eat free’ deals at certain times, on certain days.

Surf Clubs and RSLs
The Gold Coast is home to some of the best surf clubs around, and there’s no better place to grab an affordable bite than your local. Or, why not duck into your nearest RSL? Surf Clubs and RSLs are both awesome options for your next family lunch or dinner out – check your local area for the best deals!

First Table (app)
They say the early bird catches the worm, and that’s the exact principle First Table is based on. Have you tried First Table yet? It’s the best way to score great deals when dining out! The concept is simple – book a ‘first table’ at a restaurant of your choice through the app, and enjoy 50% off (yes, 50%!) the food bill when you dine with two to four people.

Whether it’s actually taking a second look at the deals on the back of your receipts, using a website like Groupon or purchasing the Entertainment Book and partnering app, there are plenty of ways to scope out a good dining deal.

Have a family picnic or barbecue
Grab your picnic basket and head to your local park for a cheap meal in the great outdoors. We’ve listed the best picnic spots on the Gold Coast right here, as well as the best barbecue spots if you want to get your grill on. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s never a bad time to get out in the sunshine and enjoy a meal with your family.



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