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25 Places to Find a Free Meal On Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is a way to honor military veterans, no matter when they served. During that weekend, many places offer extra military discounts and some restaurants will offer a free meal. Here is a list of 25 places where you should be able to find a free meal either on Veterans day or during Veterans Day weekend.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that some of these places haven’t announced their special for the current year.  In some cases, the details are from 2022, but since they have done so in the past there is a good chance they will do it again.  Please make sure to keep checking back as we get closer to Veterans Day.   Please make sure to call ahead to ensure that the offer is valid in 2023!

Places for Veterans to Get a Free Meal On Veterans Day

Insider Tip: With Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, many restaurants are offering their Veterans Day specials on Friday and Monday instead.  This gives you 2 more days to enjoy free and discounted meals.

Applebee’s

Applebee’s, a family restaurant, is going to be offering a free meal to veterans and active duty members on Veterans Day. This will be at participating Applebee’s locations only. You would need to show proof of military service and there is a limit of one meal per qualifying person. This is for dine-in only.

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Bob Evans

At Bob Evans, an American restaurant, they are offering a free meal on Friday, November 11, 2023. You can pick from a list of meals; the Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Buttermilk Hotcakes, the Classic Breakfast, Banana Berry Oatmeal, Down-Home Country Fried Steak, Sausage Gravy, and Bowl of Rolled Oat Oatmeal at all Bob Evans restaurants with proof of service.

 

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Buffalo Wild Wings

NOTE: Please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At Buffalo Wild Wings, a sports bar chain, they should be offering Wings for Heroes on Veterans Day. You would be able to receive an order of 10 boneless wings and fries if you are an active or retired armed service member. This is for dine-in only and is limited to one per person.

California Pizza Kitchen

At California Pizza Kitchen, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2023, they will offer a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage + a choice of one entrée from their prix fixed menu. Dine-in only. They will also be partnering with DAV (Disabled American Veterans). 20% of all food and beverage purchase sales will be donated to DAV between November 6-8, 2023.

Chili’s

At Chili’s, a family-friendly chain, veterans and active duty military can choose from one of four meals;

  • Old Timer with Cheese
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas
  • Three-Piece Crispers with fries
  • Chili or Soup with a side salad

This offer is valid at all locations with proper ID for dine-in only on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel, a home-style restaurant, is offering veterans and active duty a free slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake with purchase in-store.

Also, from October 27th through November 13th, they are offering a 25% discount off everyday military-themed products, in-stores and online.

Denny’s

NOTE: This is for Fri, Nov 10th!

At Denny’s, a family diner, they have offered veterans a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations. This is for dine-in only for all U.S. military veterans on Friday, November 10th, 2023 from 5am to 12pm.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

NOTE: Please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, they are offering a buy one, get one free meal for veterans. Show your military ID or wear your uniform. This is for dine-in only and is valid at participating restaurants on Veterans Day.

Golden Corral

NOTE: This is for Monday, Nov 13th, 2023.

Golden Corral, an all-you-can-eat buffet, is offering a Military Appreciation night on Monday, November 13th,2023 as a thank you to veterans on Veterans Day. Anyone who has served in the US military, including retirees, veterans, active duty, national guard, and the reserves qualifies. The offer is not extended to family members. This is for dine-in only.

Hooters

Hooters, a sports bar, and grill are offering active duty and veterans a free meal from a selected menu that includes things like 10 free wings, or similar item for Veterans Day this year.

 

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Huddle House

Huddle House, an American casual dinner, is offering a free MVP breakfast platter to active duty and retired military as well as veterans around Veterans Day with a valid military ID. Please check with your local Huddle House to see if they are participating.

Hy-Vee

NOTE: This is for Fri, Nov 10th.

At Hy-Vee, which is a grocery store, they are offering free breakfast for veterans and active military members on November 10, 2023 from 6 am to 11 am. This is available at all stores with proper ID. They are also offering 15% off grocery purchases.

King’s Family Restaurant

NOTE: This is for Mon, Nov 13th.

At King’s Family Restaurant, a family restaurant, they have free meals for all veterans and active duty military members on Monday, November 13th, 2023. You can choose from multiple options on their menu such as the Double Down Breakfast, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Kings Classic Burger, Classic Grilled Cheese and Smothered Chicken.

Krispy Kreme

NOTE: Please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At Krispy Kreme, a donut shop, they have offered military and veterans a free donut and small coffee in previous years. Please call your local Krispy Kreme to find out what they will be offering this year.

Mission BBQ

Veterans can receive a free sandwich on Veterans Day at Mission BBQ. Please double check at your local location.

O’Charley’s

NOTE: This is for Fri, Nov 10th and Sat, Nov 11th.

O’Charley’s is a casual dining restaurant that is offering a free meal to all veterans and service members for Veterans Day. You can order off of special menu with an assortment of meals to choose from. This is valid on Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th from 11am to 4pm. You can also receive a free piece of pie at dinner.

 

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Olive Garden

NOTE: While other outlets are reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At the Olive Garden, an Italian-style restaurant, they have given out free meals from their special Veterans Day menu, plus offered unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks. This is open to all military veterans and active duty military members.

On the Border

NOTE: While other outlets are also reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At On the Border, a Tex-Mex casual dining restaurant, they have offered a choice of free two or three combo meals to all active and retired military members. They have a wide variety of favorites to choose from.

Outback

NOTE: While other outlets are also reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At Outback, a steakhouse, you should be able to find a deal such as being able to have a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage. Family members might also find a discount as well as anyone with a military ID for a certain amount of time. Veterans who show proof of service can get this deal.

Red Lobster

NOTE: While other outlets are reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

At Red Lobster, a seafood restaurant, they are offering a free Shrimp and Chips entree voucher that can be used on Veterans Day, 11/11 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, or 11/13 through 12/10. This is for veterans, active duty, and reservists. You would need to show your military ID or other proof of service.

Red Robin

At Red Robin, an American casual dining restaurant, they are offering a free Big Tavern Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries to all veterans and active duty military with proof of service on Veterans Day, November 11th. For dine-in only.

Shoney’s

At Shoney’s, a family restaurant, they are offering a free all you can care to eat, freshly prepared Breakfast Bar on Veterans Day.

Sizzler

NOTE: While other outlets are also reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

Sizzler, an American restaurant, has offered veterans and active duty members of the military a free lunch on Veterans Day until 4 pm. You will need to show proof of military service. You will have a few choices to pick from including a side dish and beverage at participating locations. This is for dine-in only. Please contact your local Sizzler to find out if they are providing this offer.

Starbucks

At Starbucks, a coffee shop, they have given veterans, active duty, and their spouses a free tall coffee. Limit to one per customer.

Texas Roadhouse

NOTE: While other outlets are reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse, has offered a complimentary meal to military members. They usually offer this between 11 am and 2 pm on Veterans Day. You can receive free iced tea, soft drink or coffee, and one meal from a special menu.

TGI Fridays

NOTE: While other outlets are also reporting this discount as available, please call ahead to ensure that they’re still offering this discount! 

TGI Fridays is an American casual dining restaurant that usually offers a free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 am to 2 pm local time over Veterans Day. They also sometimes will give a $5 coupon for your next meal. This is for dine-in only.

 

As you can see you have a ton of options to find a free meal on Veterans Day around the country.

 

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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.