McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Day – 1/2 Price Meal on Veterans Day 2020

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McCormick and Schmick's Veterans Appreciation Day
McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 22nd annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th, 2020. We have all the details including the full menu.

Several years ago, 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 an annual Veterans Appreciation Event, and I recommend going if you have the opportunity.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Veterans Appreciation Day Details

McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 22nd annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 8th, 2020.

Veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star Parents, and Gold Star Spouses are offered a choice of a half-price meal from a special menu. The offer is available at most locations. Please call ahead to verify participation. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Available for lunch or dinner.

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. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse).

2020 Veterans Day Menu:

The 2020 McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event Menu is as follows (note: each meal also includes side dishes):

  • Hawaiian Bigeye Ahi Tuna
  • Cedar Roasted Atlantic Salmon
  • Seared Sea Scallops
  • Lump Crab Cakes
  • Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Salmon
  • Classic Shrimp Scampi
  • Open Blue Cobia
  • Chesapeake Buttermilk Fried Shrimp
  • Herb Grilled Chicken
  • Craft Beer Battered Fish & Chips
  • Choice Center Cut New York Strip

One meal person; dine-in only. Full menu here. For more information visit: McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.

Our Experience at McCormick and Schmick’s

McCormick and Schmick's Veterans Appreciation DayThis year, McCormick and Schmick’s is offering a half-price meal. In previous years, they offered a free meal. However, we are living in difficult times with the pandemic, so this is still an incredibly generous offer.

McCormick and Schmick’s offers a special Veterans Day menu for their Veterans Appreciation Event. The menu rotates each year. 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, tilapia, and a couple of 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 even large enough that we even took home leftovers.

The total price of the meal with tax and tip came out to $35.00 – $10 for the two beers, $8 for the desert, $2 for tax, and $15 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!

More Veterans Day Discounts & Offers:

More Restaurants offering Free meals on Veterans Day include Applebee’s, Bob Evans, Chili’sGolden Corral, Little Caesar’s, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, and many others. Visit our Mega-list of Restaurants offering free meals on Veterans Day for more information!

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  1. Tanker says

    I went to the McCormik & Schmidt’s in Oakbrook, IL today. All the servers and a lady that might have been a manager were all surly and not friendly at all. Seemed they didn’t like giving free meals to vets. I had the medallions of beef that was extremely tough with gristle. I did appreciate the free meal even though it was not good

  2. Stanley Garcia says

    $2.13/hour for wait servers is Un-American legal slavery!

    Before I served in Vietnam from 1970 – 1972, I made $1.35/hr in 1969 working at Jack-In-The-Box.

    I definitely appreciate Veterans Day free meals, but every Sad Sack Vet needs to wake up and tip at least 20% of the menu price!

  3. Steveark says

    Thanks for your service to all of us citizens, and to other veterans! It is a great gesture for companies to offer discounts and gift services to those who have served and very nice of you to get the word out about this one. Great blog as well.

  4. David Chen says

    Just wanted to say I think you have a great blog going here. It’s important to help our veterans find a well designed platform for them to review financial information. In regards to this post, good for McCormick & Schmick’s. I think more restaurants should follow.

  5. Mike says

    Had a meal there as well and loved it! Finances have been tough but being able to see the smiles on my family’s faces was great and I have McCormick’s to thank for that.

  6. 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

  7. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hank 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!

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