Best Fast Food And Restaurant Chains For Birthday Parties

By Doug Norrie | Published

Best Fast Food And Restaurant Chains For Birthday Parties

When it comes to birthday parties, there are still some fast food and restaurant chains that do it right. Let’s take a look at the best options out there for bringing a crowd of kids, or even adults. There might be something that lines up with what you are looking for when it comes to the next big outing.


McDonald’s offers a virtual birthday party option though we suspect you are actually looking for the live and in-person thing. They do still offer that, but only at select locations. For starters, they just began offering a new Grimace Birthday Meal for kids which includes Nuggets or a Big Mac, fries, and a shake. That’s at all locations. 

After that, you’ll need to find a McDonald’s with a Play Place option for a birthday party. Those will include Happy Meals for the kids, a cake, decorations, and of course (if it’s there) the iconic ball pit.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen does ice cream and desserts right so it makes sense that they could pull off a birthday party as well. For starters, party or not, DQ has offers for customers on their birthdays which include BOGO Blizzards and other giveaways.

They will customize cakes every which way and different locations offer full meal birthday party options for smaller groups.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has gotten into the birthday party game at their locations with the promise of pizza and games inside an already pretty solid atmosphere. They don’t do it as elaborately as some of the others on this list, but they do include a pizza-making experience for the kids that will have them a part of the action. 

This is a big plus and different from what some of the other chains are able to offer with their birthday party experiences. 

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese is considered a pizza place, but it’s basically just a label and this is a birthday party spot through and through. They have a number of different birthday party packages but understand that this is definitely geared toward younger kids. Parents can be along for the ride, so to speak, but there’s an age range that’s going to top out here.

The restaurant and play zone chain offers a number of different packages that include pizza, private tables, live shows with the Chuck E. Crew, and the ability to play all of the offered games for a set amount of time. It’s pretty comprehensive and they’ve made this essentially their core business at this point.

Dave & Buster's

Dave & Buster’s is at the top of the mountain when it comes to birthday parties and this place has everything you would want to celebrate the big day, kids or adults. They have the widest menu of any chain offering a big birthday party experience with all kinds of fare to appeal to any menu lover. They have buffet or platter options available. 

Plus, with the Dave & Buster’s birthday party option, they offer Power Cards that will have you playing all of the location’s games right away. Unlimited video game options plus Power Tap Band offers will keep guests going for hours.