Happy Veterans Day! Veterans Day is celebrated this year on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The Federal Holiday will be on the same day.
To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!
Below you’ll find a continuously updating list of this year’s restaurant offers for veterans. Last year over 100 restaurants participated. Most restaurants announce offers at the end of October, up through Veterans Day. We will update this page daily.
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Please verify participation. We have done our best to include sources and links to each brand when possible. However, due to the pandemic and local restrictions, not all locations may be participating. Please call ahead to verify participation.
2020 Veterans Day Free Meals & Discounts
Many restaurants offer free meals on different days. We will do our best to list them in a way that will help you find the offers by date, as well as by alphabetical order. So we will list three sections: Free Meals Before Veterans Day, Free Meals on Veterans Day, and Free Meals After Veterans Day.
Without further ado, here is our list of free Veterans Day meals. Stay tuned as we are frequently updating this page as offers become available, and check in with your locations for dates, participation, and availability.
7-Eleven, Nov. 11, 2020. Get a free coffee or Big Gulp® on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. More info.
Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2020: Free meal from a select menu. Military ID or proof of service required. Participating locations only. You can get more information and check out all of Applebee’s locations on their website.
Cattlemens Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2020. Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner on Veterans Day. Call your local Cattlemen’s for details and to verify participation. Proof of service required. More info.
Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2020. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required. You can learn more on Cotton Patch Cafe’s site, as well as seeing where your nearest location is.
Country Cookin, Nov. 11, 2020. Free salad bar or $5 off any entree for current and former military. Proof of service required. More info.
Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2020. Free All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner. Valid military ID or honorable discharge card required. Dine-in only. Participating locations only. Find a location near you.
Golden Corral, Nov. 11, 2020 (5pm – 9pm): The 20th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner, which you can learn all about in our post here.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Nov. 11, 2020. Free Classic Burger (with or without cheese) to all Veterans and active military servicemembers. ID or proof of service required. Redeemable for in-store dining or to-go orders placed by phone. Locations.
Yard House, Nov. 11, 2020. Complimentary appetizer. More info.
Awaiting Updates – Free Meals on Veterans Day 2019
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Nov. 10, 2019. Current and former military members and Gold Star families will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse). Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to review our rundown of this offer, and if you still need more information visit McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.
54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entree, up to $12, for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Proof of service required, Dine-in Only. More info.
AhiPoki, Nov. 11, 2019. 50% off any bowl at all Ahipoki locations across Arizona and California. See Promo Tab at top of their homepage for more info.
Another Broken Egg Café, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Patriot’s French Toast and coffee at participating locations. More info on homepage.
Aspen Creek Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. Complimentary Entrée from a special menu. Offer good from 11am – close. More info.
Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Great American Cheeseburger + Fries for military, veterans, and first responders. Dine-in Only. More info.
Baker’s Square, Nov. 11, 2019. Free breakfast choice of one FREE Rise & Shine where guests can enjoy two eggs served with seasoned hash browns or fresh fruit. Served with your choice of toast, buttermilk pancakes, English muffin, bakery muffin or biscuit. Participating locations with proof of military service. More info.
Bandana’s BBQ, Nov. 11, 2019. Free meal, up to $10. See their Facebook page for More info.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Nov. 11, 2019. Veterans will be offered a “Free Meal with purchase of equal or greater value up to $10” on Monday, November 11th. Locations.
BiBiBop Asian Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. FREE BOWL on Veteran’s Day, Dine-in only. Locations.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entree, up to $14.95 value, plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. Dine-in only. More info.
Black Angus Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2019. Day All-American Steak Plate for just $9.99. Includes an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef® Top Sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage. Must show proof of military service or military ID to receive offer. More info.
Bombshells Restaurant & Bar, Nov. 11, 2019. Free meals and soft drink, with a 20% discount on meals and soft drinks for accompanying family members. Locations.
Brickhouse Tavern & Tap, Nov. 11, 2019. 20% Off your meal for parties up to 4. Dine-in only, alcohol and merchandise sales excluded. More info.
Bubba Gump Shrimp, Nov. 11, 2019. 20% off for military and their families on food and retail purchases. More info.
Buffalo Wings & Rings, Nov. 11, 2019 (11 am – 3 pm). All Veterans and Active Military will receive a Free “Pick 2” Lunch Combo. Locations.
Burger Republic, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Classic Burger with choice of side and a non-alcoholic hand-spun milkshake. Dine-in only. Website.
Burntwood Tavern, Nov. 11, 2019. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Available at all locations. More info.
Calhoun’s Restaurant, Nov. 11, 2019. Veterans and Military members eat free on Veteran’s Day. Proof of Service required. Locations.
California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2019. Choose a pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Participating locations; Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service. More info.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. All veterans, active duty military, and first responders to receive a free calamari – and 10% off on all future visits. More info.
CentraArchy Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2019. Free meal for veterans at select locations of New York Prime, California Dreaming, The Tavern at Phipps, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47 or Gulfstream Café. Find all the details at CentraArchy Restaurant’s website.
Chicken Salad Chick, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Chick Meal and drink. Includes 1 Scoop or Sandwich, plus one scoop, side, or cup of soup. Locations.
Chipotle, Nov. 11, 2019. Buy-one/get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid for all U.S. military (active-duty, Guard/Reserve, and retired military), military spouses with ID, and veterans. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for online, mobile, fax, or catering orders. More info.
Chop House, Nov. 11th 2019. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform. Locations.
Cici’s Pizza, Nov. 11, 2019. Free pizza buffet with Military ID. More info.
City Barbeque, Nov. 11, 2019. Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required. More info.
Claim Jumper, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only. Participating locations only. Locations.
Connors Steak & Seafood, Nov. 11th 2019. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform. Locations.
Country Kitchen Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Country Scramble at participating locations. More info.
Country Pride, Nov 11, 2019. Complimentary meal at participating Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants nationwide. More info.
Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2019. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Pumpkin Pie Latte (iced or hot). More info.
Cumberland Farms, Nov. 11, 2019. Free coffee, any size, hot or cold, for all current or former military with proof of service. Website.
Egg Harbor Cafe, Nov. 11, 2019.. All veterans & active military, enjoy a FREE MEAL at any. More info.
Famous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2019. Free 2 Meat Lunch Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only. More info.
Farmer Boys, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Big Cheese cheeseburger to veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service (Dine-in Only). More info & participating Locations.
Fatz Café, Nov. 11, 2019. Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members. Veterans and active service members also receive 20% off during the entire month of Novemeber. Proof of service required. Locations.
Firebird’s Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. “Dine with a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member on Monday, November 11 and their lunch or dinner is our treat! Please bring a valid form of military ID or wear your uniform to receive a complimentary entree.” More info.
Fogo de Chão, Nov. 8-11, 2019. Military veterans enjoy 50% off their meal, plus an additional 10% off for up to three guests. *Restrictions apply. More info.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée from a select Veterans Day menu at participating locations. More info.
Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2019. Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Some limitations. Proof of military service required. Dine-in Only. More info.
Green Turtle, Nov. 11, 2019. FREE Entree up to $12 value, with valid ID. More info.
Hamburger Stand, Nov. 11, 2019. Free regular burger, small fires, and small drink with proof of service. More info.
Hooters, Nov. 11, 2019. Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase. Only valid at participating locations. More info.
Huddle House, Nov. 8- 11, 2019. FREE order of Sweet Cakes for all current and former military members. More info.
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 6am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. You can get all the details here.
IHOP, Nov. 12, 2019. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 am – 7 pm. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
Iron Skillet, Nov 11, 2019. Complimentary meal at participating Country Pride and Iron Skillet restaurants nationwide. More info.
Joe’s Crab Shack, Nov. 11, 2019. 20% Off on Veterans Day, applies to tables of 4 or less. More info.
Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2019. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation. More info.
Logan’s Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2019 (3 pm – 6 pm). Free entrée from the American Roadhouse Meals menu for veterans and active duty military personnel. 10% discount year-round. Call your local Logan’s Roadhouse for details and to verify participation. More info.
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Nov. 11, 2019. Free dessert with proof of service. Active duty servicemembers receive a 20% discount all month for up to 4 guests (excluding Thanksgiving). More info.
Lucky Girl Brewing, Nov. 9-11, 2019.Veterans and Active Duty Military receive a free pulled pork or brisket sandwich with a side at Lucky Girl Brewing or a free flat bread pizza at B52 Winery. More info.
Luna Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. Buy One, Get One Free with purchase. Military service men and women and first responders will receive their choice of a complimentary signature wrap, plate or gourmet salad when they purchase a meal at Luna Grill. 10% daily discount for military and first responders. Locations.
M Italian Restaurant, Nov. 11, 2019. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Available at all locations. Locations.
Main Event, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée from a select menu and 30 minutes in complimentary arcade play. More info.
Manhattan Bagel, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Bagel and Cream Cheese with I.D. (no official link; we received notification via press release) Locations.
Max & Erma’s, Nov. 11, 2019. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes seasoned fries and a fountain drink. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. Locations.
Menchie’s, Nov. 11, 2019. All veterans and current servicemembers will receive their first 6 oz. frozen yogurt free on Veterans Day. Locations.
Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery, Nov. 11, 2019. Veterans or active duty military personnel can select a free item from a special menu. Drink purchase required and proof of Military ID. More info.
Mission BBQ, Nov. 11, 2019. Free sandwich and cake for active duty military members and veterans at participating locations. While supplies last. More info.
Native Grill & Wings, Nov. 11, 2019. One free menu item, up to $11.99. More info.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Nov. 11, 2019. From 11am – 4pm. Veterans and active military, free entrée from the 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu. More Info.
O’Charley’s, Nov. 11, 2019. Free meal from the ” Veterans Thank You Menu” for veterans and active duty service members on November 11th at participating locations only (some locations may offer a meal from the $9.99er menu). More info. Locations.
Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Read our guide to Olive Garden’s Veterans Day special and take a look at their locations.
On The Border, Nov. 11, 2019. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free Choose-2 Combo Meal. Each combo is accompanied with sides of Mexican rice and refried beans. Dine-in only, proof of service required. Participating locations only. More info.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Nov. 11, 2019. FREE* froyo for all retired and active duty military at participating locations. More info.
Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 8-11, 2019. 20% discount off your table’s tab. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10% OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID.. You can learn more in our post on Outback’s military discount and find an Outback near you with the restaurant’s locator tool, as well as checking out their Operation Homefront initiative.
Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery, Nov. 11, 2019. Participating restaurants are offering current servicemembers and veterans a free Magnificent Seven meal which includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes, and a choice of two bacon strips or two sausage links. Beverage not included. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. Locations
Perry’s Steakhouses, Nov. 11, 2019 (4 pm – 9 pm). Complimentary 3-Course Pork Chop Dinner. Reservations and U.S. Military I.D. required. Each active or former military patron must be accompanied by at least one paying guest (purchasing dinner entrée or Sunday Supper Special). Reservations and a Military I.D. are required to receive this special offer More info.
Pilot Flying J, Nov. 8 – 11, 2019. Free breakfast and coffee. More info.
Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military at participating locations. More info.
Quaker Steak & Lube, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée up to $15, plus free non-alcoholic beverage. See restaurant for more details. Plus, participating locations offer 25% off on Military Mondays. Veterans Day offer.
Red Robin, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. More info.
Rock & Brews, Nov. 11, 2019. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich and a side dish or Strawberry Fields Salad. Available for Veterans, Armed Forces, and First Responders. Proof of military service required. Participating locations; Dine-in Only. More info is available on their website.
Rodizio Grill, Nov. 11 – 14, 2019. Veterans eat free with the purchase of one Full Rodizio. Proof of Service required. Verified for Denver location. Participation may vary at other locations – please call ahead.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée for current and former military. More info.
Sagebrush Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2019, 10 am – 10 pm. Free meal from select menu for veterans and current military members. Includes non-alcoholic beverage. Bring proof of military service. More info. Locations.
SAJJ Mediterranean, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entree to veterans and active duty service members with valid proof of service. This special will be available at 11 SAJJ locations throughout California. Website.
Shane’s Rib Shack, Nov. 11 – 13, 2019. Free sandwich combo, including sandwich, regular side, and 20 oz drink at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations only. List of participating locations.
Shoney’s, Nov. 11, 2019 (6 am – 11 am). Free All You Care To Eat, freshly-prepared Breakfast Bar for veterans and active duty servicemembers. Dine-in only, from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Proof of Service required. More info. Locations.
Sizzler Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2019. Free lunch served until 4 pm at participating locations. Veterans can choose between our 6oz Steak, Malibu Chicken or Jumbo Crispy Shrimp. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only at participating locations. Locations.
Smokey Bones, Nov. 11, 2019. Free dessert, choice of Hot Bag O’Donuts, Chocolate Cake, Mixed Berry Cheesecake or a Belgian Waffle Sundae. Dine-in only. 10% Military Discount year-round. Locations.
Sonny’s BBQ, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Pork Big Deal Combo to veterans and active military members. More info.
Spaghetti Warehouse, Nov. 11, 2019. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required. Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal. More info.
Starbucks, Nov. 11, 2019. Starbucks is treating veterans, active duty service members, and spouses to a free tall (12oz) hot brewed coffee. More info.
TCBY, Nov 11, 2019. First 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free. See website for more info.
Texas de Brazil, Nov 11, 2019. 50% off regular dinner pricing, valid for up to eight veterans/active military personnel per table *Restrictions apply. More info.
Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Lunch from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. You can find locations on Texas Roadhouse’s website.
Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, Nov. 11, 2019. Free meal from special Veterans Day menu. More info.
TooJay’s, Nov. 11, 2019. Free entrée from a special menu on Veteran’s Day. More info.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Nov. 8th – 12th, 2019. Free Churrasco Meal with purchase of another Churrasco meal. (1/2 price meal available for veterans dining solo). More info.
Tuscan Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2019. Free lunch, 11 am – 4 pm. At all 4 locations located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (Boston’s Seaport, Burlington, Salem and Portsmouth). Reservations can be made by calling the desired location directly. The complimentary reservations include one guest per veteran/active military personnel. Locations.
Village Inn, Nov. 11, 2019. Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast for veterans and active duty military. Valid on 4 INN-credible items: Cheese Omelette, Strawberry Crepe, Hickory-Smoked Bacon or French Toast. Add-on V.I.B INN-credible items and Supreme items are not included with offer. Call ahead to verify participation of your local Village Inn. Locations.
White Castle, Nov. 11, 2019. Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo meal #1-6 for veterans and active duty military. Bring proof of military service. More info.
Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11, 2019. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries, and small drink at participating Wienerschnitzel locations, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform. More info.
Wild Wing Café, Nov. 11, 2019. A complimentary meal with proof of service. Veteran may choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger, or Chicken Sandwich. Participating locations only. More info.
Veterans Day Discounts – Rules of Engagement
Proof of Military Service
Most companies require some form of military ID or proof of military service. These include:
- A Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired)
- VA-issued Veterans ID Card or a VA Health Care ID card
- Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Drivers License with Veterans Designation
- Photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits)
- Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW)
- DD214, other discharge paperwork, or another form of identification
- Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies.
We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info, but the only way to guarantee you get your Veterans Day meal is by calling ahead and checking with your location.
This one may be a no-brainer, but you should tip your server thoughtfully regardless of whether you ate a free meal or not.
In other words, please tip your wait-staff on the full meal price. Show your appreciation for their service. It’s the right thing to do!
More Ways to Save this Veterans Day
In addition to paying an appreciative visit to one of the restaurants above, you can celebrate this Veterans Day with Veterans Day Activities, Events, & Attractions and Veterans Day Retail Discounts & Special Offers, including free National Park Admission, Amusement parks, and retail and regional discounts.
Don’t miss out on all of the generous offers at your disposal this year.
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