How to Find Coupons for Restaurants Near You

By Staff WriterLast Updated Sep 3, 2020 12:15:31 AM ET
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Whether you're heading out for a dinner date with friends or just grabbing takeout for a night in with Netflix and your dog, eating out is a delicious way to spice up your night, but it can also be expensive. Fortunately, you can find coupons and deals for everything from casual fast food to the most glamorous local restaurants. All you need is the internet and the right app or website to save big.

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RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot offers coupons via both its website and mobile app, which is available for iOS and Android. The company markets itself as offering thousands of coupons and deals for your favorite stores and restaurants. You don't need to print out any coupons: just present your phone when you want to redeem your deal.

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You can search by zip code to find deals that are applicable for your area, or you can allow the app or website to access your location to automatically pull up a map with participating in your area. Select a particular restaurant to learn more about their deals and how to take advantage of them.

Coupons.com

Coupons.com is exactly what it sounds like: a website for finding coupons for any occasion. While you won't find the deals here to be as localized as at some other sites, you will find info on savings for your favorite fast food joints, pizzerias and family restaurant chains. The site offers digital and printable coupons as well as discount codes, and you can search by specific categories or just browse. If you’re on a mobile device, you can also download the Coupon.com app, which can be synced to your PayPal account to allow for special cashback deals with proof of purchase.

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To redeem a deal on the website, you click a button, and Coupons.com redirects you to the website of either the restaurant (or other business) or a third-party site where you'll find the deal. In some cases, you may have to download a restaurant's app or view its menu online to receive a deal via email or other means. You’ll also be alerted to any ongoing specials or promotions the restaurant.

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Groupon

Groupon is a big name among bargain hunters, and with good reason. The company uses the collective buying power of its many customers to negotiate better deals with all kinds of businesses, allowing you to save at restaurants and other businesses, some of which are even local.

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You can take advantage of Groupon’s deals online or through the Groupon app for iOS and Android. Just put in your location to call up offers in your general area. You can narrow results by price range, neighborhood, deal type and more. Each result includes how much cash you can earn when you take advantage of a deal or coupon. Click on the listing to learn more about how to redeem the offer, general information about the restaurant and even reviews from other users.

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Yelp

You probably think of Yelp as a site just for restaurant reviews, but it's actually an excellent source for coupons and deals as well. Combined with its reviews and general information about each restaurant, Yelp’s selection of discounts and cashback deals can be a great resource for finding new places to dine out.

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To find deals, look for a little green dollar sign at the bottom of a restaurant's listing when you pull up search results. You may need to sign up for Yelp's cash back program to participate, but it may be worth it to get a few dollars off your meal, especially if you’re a frequent diner. You can also download the Yelp app for even more coupons and savings.

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Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com offers deals on chains and independent restaurants across the country, including over 62,000 locations. The site claims to have 500,000 deals each day, and new restaurants and coupons are added daily. As with other such sites, there’s also an app available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

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Start by putting in your zip code, and if you’re in the mood for a particular kind of cuisine, you can select that as well. Search results for restaurants in your general area will appear along with coupons you can buy. For example, you might purchase a coupon for only $2 that offers $5 off your order at a local pizza joint, saving money overall as long as you use it. You can also sort results by available parking, atmosphere, average entree price and other categories. If none of the deals interest you immediately, you can sign up for email alerts on specific deals you might want.

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