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Best Chain Restaurants for Senior Discounts

For many seniors, retirement can be expensive. If your elderly loved one has financial concerns, taking steps to help him or her save a few dollars is important. As food expenses are one of the biggest budget factors for most seniors, finding restaurants that serve affordable and tasty meals can be a huge help. Read on for five national chain restaurants that offer senior discounts on good food, presented by Home Care Assistance in Summit.

1. Arby’s

Founded in 1964, this nationwide chain has just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Offering 10 percent off meals for customers ages 55 and over, Arby’s is famous for its roast beef, but has expanded its menu in recent years to include a variety of chicken and turkey sandwiches. For seniors looking to eat lighter, Arby’s also offer healthier options, such as their Market Fresh™ salads.

2. Golden Corral

Golden Corral first opened in 1973 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This buffet-style restaurant offers an all-day breakfast buffet and a dinner buffet with over 15 different protein choices, including chicken, beef, and pork. Plus, with a dessert bar that has fresh baked pies, cakes, and cookies, your loved one can really get his or her money’s worth at the Golden Corral. To top it off, seniors ages 60+ receive 10 percent off their check.


The International House of Pancakes has been serving customers for the past 57 years. As of 2015, there are more than 1600 IHOPs located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, so no matter where your loved one goes, there’s sure to be an IHOP. While primarily known for breakfast and its seasonal pancakes, the restaurant does offer a full-dinner menu, as well as a special 55+ senior menu that has slightly smaller portions at significantly reduced prices.

4. Papa John’s

Papa John’s has been serving up delicious slices of pizza for the past 30 years. This company promises better pizzas made with fresher, less-processed ingredients, in addition to salads and some other healthy options. This chain is great for seniors who have mobility challenges that make it difficult to leave the home. Offering senior discounts of 25 percent to orders placed online with the code AARP25, Papa John’s can help ensure your loved one is well fed in the comfort of home.

5. Outback Steakhouse

This nationwide chain of steakhouses has expanded its menu to include chicken, seafood, and pasta, so there’s an option for most dietary needs. Offering a section of the menu dedicated to meals with 600 calories or less, eating at Outback is a good choice for seniors who are trying to maintain a healthy diet. With a casual atmosphere and an Australian outback theme, most menu items are moderately priced and, if your loved one is an AARP member, he or she will receive 15% off meals Monday through Thursday. 

If your loved one could use some extra in-home assistance, but finances are a concern, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our professional caregivers can assist your loved one for as little as a couple hours each week or as much as several hours a day, so that you and your loved one will only pay for the time a caregiver is in the home. To learn more about our affordable care options, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Summit, give a Care Manager a call at 908.450.9400 and schedule a free in-home consultation.