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Eight LA Restaurants That Promise Free Birthday Desserts

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Birthdays are always a great excuse for planning a fun night out at an exciting LA restaurant with favorite friends and family. Sometimes the bill can get overwhelming, so why not get a little help from delicious restaurants that promise a complimentary birthday dessert for the person of the hour. Here's a list of where to go for that special celebration, without having to sneakily ask your server if they "do anything for birthdays."

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Water Grill

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1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-5669
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With so many mouthwatering seafood items on Water Grill’s menu, it’s easy to get carried away and forget about dessert. A triple cookie on the house, mixing three different cookies into one (chocolate, snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin) topped with sweet cream ice cream is a great way to make the birthday extravaganza a success. [Photo: Yelp]

2. Brick + Mortar

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2435 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 450-3434
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Brick and Mortar is a Santa Monica hot spot with a brunch atmosphere reminiscent of a college party. It is no stranger to fun and welcomes birthday celebrations with open arms. For the lucky birthday girl or guy, take pleasure in a complimentary waffle churro topped with ice cream. And don’t think for second they would forget that birthday candle. [Photo: Yelp]

3. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

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3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988
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As one of Koreatown's most popular seafood destinations, EMC is a great place to celebrate a birthday with friends. Come for the awesome happy hour, fresh selection of oysters, uni, and an Instagram-worthy seafood tower, and stay for the decadent desserts. Complimentary for a birthday guest, try the revolving options like a rich chocolate pistachio cake, silky mango mousse, and a succulent pomegranate cake. [Photo: Yelp]

4. LA Prime

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404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000
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For gorgeous panoramic views of LA and great steaks, LA Prime is an ideal spot for celebrating a birthday. Don’t worry about paying for dessert because a decadent personal chocolate treat compliments of the restaurant will end the night nicely. [Photo: Yelp]

5. Patina

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
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Located in the gorgeous Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina delivers with delightful, juicy cuts of meats, fresh seafood, and elegance perfect for birthdays at any age. Save room for dessert, especially if the special day is for you, and receive a fun plate of sweet dessert bites and a small box of chocolates to take home. [Photo: Yelp]

6. Pez Cantina

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401 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 258-2280
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Situated on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA, Pez Cantina is a bright, seafood inspired Mexican restaurant ideal for big parties and any celebration. If celebrating a birthday, the star of the night gets any dessert on the menu for free. With naughty options like a vanilla bean tres leches cake and a chocolate peanut cake with banana sorbet, or their special “Dulce Suenos” dessert, made with spiced rum, cinnamon, rice water and Oaxacan Chocolate, Pez delivers the perfect birthday treat. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
CA, 90036
(310) 288-6500
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For a casual birthday night with your best buds, Plan Check is a great restaurant to celebrate that special person’s birthday (or your own!). With an array of delicious cocktails and juicy burgers, it may be tough to save room for dessert. Just remember, there's a made-to-order cruller with a dollop of cream and fruit to end the night on a deliciously sweet and balanced note.

8. The Church Key

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8730 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3700
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The Church Key, known for their imaginative menu and dim sum carts, makes it a fun place for a birthday. Luckily, complimentary dessert options include hot, fluffy and perfectly sweet brioche donuts or the flaming Alaska incorporating blueberry brown butter cake, honey lavender ice cream, and toasted meringue with Bacardi 151 for that final flaming touch. [Photo: Yelp]

1. Water Grill

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
With so many mouthwatering seafood items on Water Grill’s menu, it’s easy to get carried away and forget about dessert. A triple cookie on the house, mixing three different cookies into one (chocolate, snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin) topped with sweet cream ice cream is a great way to make the birthday extravaganza a success. [Photo: Yelp]
1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Brick + Mortar

2435 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Brick and Mortar is a Santa Monica hot spot with a brunch atmosphere reminiscent of a college party. It is no stranger to fun and welcomes birthday celebrations with open arms. For the lucky birthday girl or guy, take pleasure in a complimentary waffle churro topped with ice cream. And don’t think for second they would forget that birthday candle. [Photo: Yelp]
2435 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

3. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

3500 W 6th St Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020
As one of Koreatown's most popular seafood destinations, EMC is a great place to celebrate a birthday with friends. Come for the awesome happy hour, fresh selection of oysters, uni, and an Instagram-worthy seafood tower, and stay for the decadent desserts. Complimentary for a birthday guest, try the revolving options like a rich chocolate pistachio cake, silky mango mousse, and a succulent pomegranate cake. [Photo: Yelp]
3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. LA Prime

404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
For gorgeous panoramic views of LA and great steaks, LA Prime is an ideal spot for celebrating a birthday. Don’t worry about paying for dessert because a decadent personal chocolate treat compliments of the restaurant will end the night nicely. [Photo: Yelp]
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5. Patina

141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in the gorgeous Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina delivers with delightful, juicy cuts of meats, fresh seafood, and elegance perfect for birthdays at any age. Save room for dessert, especially if the special day is for you, and receive a fun plate of sweet dessert bites and a small box of chocolates to take home. [Photo: Yelp]
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

6. Pez Cantina

401 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Situated on Bunker Hill in Downtown LA, Pez Cantina is a bright, seafood inspired Mexican restaurant ideal for big parties and any celebration. If celebrating a birthday, the star of the night gets any dessert on the menu for free. With naughty options like a vanilla bean tres leches cake and a chocolate peanut cake with banana sorbet, or their special “Dulce Suenos” dessert, made with spiced rum, cinnamon, rice water and Oaxacan Chocolate, Pez delivers the perfect birthday treat. [Photo: Yelp]
401 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

7. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036
For a casual birthday night with your best buds, Plan Check is a great restaurant to celebrate that special person’s birthday (or your own!). With an array of delicious cocktails and juicy burgers, it may be tough to save room for dessert. Just remember, there's a made-to-order cruller with a dollop of cream and fruit to end the night on a deliciously sweet and balanced note.
351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
CA, 90036

8. The Church Key

8730 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Church Key, known for their imaginative menu and dim sum carts, makes it a fun place for a birthday. Luckily, complimentary dessert options include hot, fluffy and perfectly sweet brioche donuts or the flaming Alaska incorporating blueberry brown butter cake, honey lavender ice cream, and toasted meringue with Bacardi 151 for that final flaming touch. [Photo: Yelp]
8730 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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