Many restaurants and retailers say “thank you” to veterans by offering them free meals and other deals each year on or around November 11.
As a veteran or active service member, you can enjoy free or discounted drinks and appetizers, meals, special services, national park visits and more.
While most of these offers are available only for Veterans Day, some offer Military discounts year round.
Be sure to call ahead to see if your location is participating and ask what proof of service is required.
Check out some of the deals offered below:
Sunday Nov. 5, 2017
McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Veterans Appreciation Day – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 5, 2017: Veterans 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.
Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017
Chipotle, Nov. 7, 2017 (5pm to close). 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.
Friday Nov. 10, 2017
BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 10-11, 2017. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. Guests over the age of 21 are also invited to raise a glass to veterans for just $6 each.
Boston Market, Nov. 10th – Nov 12, 2017. Buy one individual meal with drink and get a second free at all U.S. locations; coupon (but no I.D.) is required. Available for all veterans, service members, and their families. No ID required.
Denny’s Veterans Day Dinner, Nov. 10, 2017. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 10, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead.
Farmer Boys, Nov. 10, 2017. Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers to veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service.
Firebird’s Grill, Nov. 10, 2017. Buy one get one free (Free entree equal to or less than your purchase).
IHOP, Nov. 10, 2017. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation.
The Spaghetti Warehouse Veterans Day, Nov. 10th – Nov 12, 2017. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required (available on their website and FaceBook page on Nov. 3). 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.
Saturday Nov. 11, 2017
Applebees Veterans Day , Nov. 11, 2017: Applebee’s is offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day. There will be 8 entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required.
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, Nov. 11, 2017. Current and former military members will receive choice of Soft Pretzels & Fat Tire Beer Cheese, Arooga’s Crab Pretzel, or Arooga’s Buffalo Pretzel.
Back Yard Burgers, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Classic Burger for veterans and active duty military members. Bring proof of military service. Back Yard Burgers offers a 20 percent discount to service men and women year-round. Locations.
Baker’s Square, Nov. 11, 2017. Free breakfast choice of Buttermilk Pancakes, three pieces of French Toast, or a Belgian Waffle for veterans and active duty military members. Bring proof of military service.
Bar Louie, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Flatbread or Burger. Locations.
Black Angus Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and active military will receive a delicious Certified Angus Beef® Top Sirloin Steak, served with home-style mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and Sweet Molasses Bread. I.D. required. *Offer not valid at Vancouver-WA and Temecula locations. Offer only valid on 11/11/17 from Open to 3pm.
Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2017. Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. For active duty military, retirees, and veterans with ID or proof of service.
Calhoun’s Restaurant, Nov. 11, 2017. Free meal, choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish. Proof of Service required.
California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2017. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service. F
Cattlemens Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2017. Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner on Veterans Day. Call your local Cattlemen’s for details and to verify participation. Proof of service required.
Chili's Veterans Day Free Meal (Saturday, November 11, 2017) Visit a participating Chili's on Saturday, November 11, 2017, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal Including Menu Options at Chili's. You'll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.
Cicis Pizza, Nov. 11, 2017. Free pizza buffet with Military ID.
Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2017. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak, or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required.
Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2017. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake.
Famous Daves Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 11, 2017. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and corn bread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only.
Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner. Dine-in only. Limited to one per person. Offer available for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers. Participating locations only.
Gatti’s Pizza, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and active military members with ID will receive a free buffet, or a free medium 1-topping pizza for carryout.
Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2017. 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.
Hickory Tavern, Nov. 11, 2017. All current and former military with ID will receive 50% off item from special menu.
Hy-Vee Celebrates Veterans Day with Free Breakfast, Free Breakfast, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining.
Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2017. 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.
Max & Erma’s free Veterans Day Meals, November 11, 2017. 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.
Mimi’s Café, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans or active duty military personnel can select a free item from a special menu. Drink purchase required and proof of Military ID.
Mission BBQ, Nov. 11, 2017. Free sandwiches and cake for active duty military members and veterans at participating locations. While supplies last.
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Details of the Free Meal Including Entree Choices at Olive Garden on Veterans Day. You'll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service usually includes bringing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card.
On the Border Veterans Day Special, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of service required.
Outback Steakhouse Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2017.
Pinnacle Entertainment (Casino Chain), Nov. 10, 2017. Select locations are offering a free lunch buffet meal for current military members and veterans. Please call ahead to verify times and participation. ID or proof of service required.
Centennial Buffet, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Black Hawk, CO
Heritage Buffet, Ameristar Casino hotel, Council Bluffs, IA
Heritage Buffet, Ameristar Casino Hotel, East Chicago, IN
The Buffet, Belterra Casino Resport, Florence, IN
Cattleman’s Buffet, Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City, LA
Boomtown Market Buffet, Boomtown Casino & Hotel, New Orleans
Le Beaucoup Buffet, L’Auberge Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA
Bon Temps Buffet, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge LA
Horizons, Buffet, Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Landmark Buffet, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, MO
The Great Food Exposition, River City Casino & Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Heritage Buffet, Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, Vicksburg MS
Market Buffet, Belterra Park Gaming, Cincinnati, OH
The Carvery Buffet, Meadows Raceetrack & Casino, Washington, PA
Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2017.. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military at participating locations.
Red Lobster Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Appetizer or Dessert with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts.
Red Robin Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Nov. 11, 2017. Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée for current and former military.
Ruby Tuesday’s, Nov. 11, 2017. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating locations, proof of service required.
Ruby’s Diner, Nov. 11, 2017. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, or dinner from special menu. Valid for all military service members past and present, at participating locations only.
Shoney’s, Nov. 11, 2017. 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.
Sizzler Restaurant logo, Nov. 11, 2017. Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only at participating locations.
Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Meal, Nov. 11, 2017. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only.
T.G.I.-Fridays Veterans Day Free Meal, Nov. 11, 2017. Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. local time for all current military members and veterans. These guests will also receive a $5 coupon for their next meal at Fridays. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details.
Village Inn Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017. 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. Call ahead to verify participation of your local Village Inn.
54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2017. Free entree, up to $12, for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Proof of service required.
Free Entrance Day In The National Parks!
During 10 days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone including:
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
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