McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Day

Last year, my wife and I enjoyed a free Veteran’s Day meal at McCormick and Schmick’s, a nice seafood restaurant near our home. McCormick and Schmick’s is just one of many companies offering free meals and discounts for Veteran’s Day, and it was awesome to be able to visit their restaurant and enjoy a meal. McCormick and Schmick’s sponsors and annual Veterans Appreciation Event, and I recommend going if you have the opportunity.

McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Day details. This has been an ongoing tradition and McCormick and Schmick’s for the last few years. Veterans are offered a choice of a meal from a special menu. The offer is usually available at all locations, and the event happens on the Sunday of Veterans Day. Please call ahead to verify participation.

Proof of service is required, and it is always a good idea to make reservations in advance. Proof of service can include a military ID card, VA ID card, ID card with veterans designation, DD 214, or membership card from a military service organization.

This was our experience at McCormick and Schmick’s:

McCormick and Schmick's Veterans Appreciation DayMcCormick and Schmick’s offers a special Veterans Day menu for their Veterans Appreciation Event. When I visited the McCormick and Schmick’s website to verify the offer for a free meal, I noticed the fine print mentioned a special menu offering one of five free meals for military veterans. I thought they might be doing this to keep people from ordering the most expensive meals on the menu. But after arriving and looking at the menu, I realized they must have limited the menu to make it easier on the cooks, waitstaff, and the person who orders the food for the restaurant. By limiting the number of dishes, they could better prepare their food order. The meal selection was wonderful.

At our local McCormick and Schmick’s there were actually about 10 different meals to choose from, including top sirloin, salmon, trout, mahi-mahi, catfish, talapia, and a couple other dishes. My wife had a plank roasted salmon and I opted for the top sirloin. Both meals came with potatoes and vegetables. The combined prices for these meals was $40, so this is no small expense on the part of McCormick and Schmick’s. I also had two beers and my wife and I split and upside down apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream. It was delicious! The meals were large enough that we even took home leftovers.

The total price of the meal with tax and tip came out to $31.00 – $10 for the two beers, $8 for the desert, $2 for tax, and $11 for the tip. When I leave a tip, I always leave the tip based on the price of the full meal, not the price of the discounted meal. The waiter does the same amount of work either way and you are tipping the waiter, not the restaurant. (To quickly calculate a tip, I divide the total bill by 6, which comes out to roughly 15%).

My wife and I both had a wonderful and inexpensive date night, and we have McCormick and Schmick’s to thank for that. I’d like to give a sincere thank you to McCormick and Schmick’s for supporting military veterans!

Be sure to check out these other free Veteran’s Day meals and other military discounts.

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Date published: November 9, 2008. Last updated: October 9, 2015.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.


  1. says

    A lot of people forget to leave a full tip when they get a discount on their meals. The same thing can be said for free drinks too. Friends and I used to frequent a local bar so much that the bartender gave us free beers. I usually ended up tipping our friend the cost of the drink. Great tip. Thanks!

  2. Donna says

    We just finished our meal at McCormick and Schmicks. It was absolutely wonderful. This allowed us to visit some place we may not have visited BUT we will be back, for special occasions. The atmosphere was great. And, my Veteran husband received his entree free. If you have a McCormick and Schmicks, you should not let this opportunity pass you by. Accolades to McCormick & Schmicks!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. SP4 e.g.jr. says

    The Las Vegas McCormik & Schmidt’s did not have a Veterans Dad Meal ? As big as a Military Town as Vegas is, you would think they would set aside at least 20 Reservation times for us…. But No… I called on Saturday the 10th and asked. They were no tables.. now I could be wrong about these fine folks, so I will try to make my Reservations earlier next year. They do have Available open Tables this Wednesday ( the 11th ) at 3 different times for 8 people.. I hope they did serve a few Vets and I was just late with my request. thanks Military Wallet

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