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Free food
for veterans

On Nov. 11, 2013, several chain restaurants are doing their part to thank our military for their service by offering free food to veterans. Keep reading for a list of restaurants that have Veterans Day specials.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, 2013, and was created to honor all members of our military. Restaurants are doing their part by offering complimentary Veterans Day meals to veterans and active military.

Many restaurants are giving military members free or discounted food — a small way to say thank you to those who serve or have served our country. Below, find some of the restaurants where you can receive a free meal for Veterans Day if you're a past or present member of the U.S. military.

Please call your local restaurant ahead of time to confirm details, as some franchises may have different policies.


Applebee's is offering the military a free meal via their signature Thank You Meal menu on Veterans Day. Proof of service is required and the offer is good all day, for dine-in only. Beverages and gratuity are not included.


Veterans receive a free entree from a special Veterans Day Menu on Nov. 11!

Bar Louie

Bar Louie is offering veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value on Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11, with valid military I.D.

Golden Corral

Join Golden Corral on Monday, Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to get a free buffet meal and beverage. All locations are participating and no I.D. required.


All day Monday, Nov. 11, veterans receive a free 6 ounce Menchie's frozen yogurt. Show up in uniform or bring a valid I.D.

Olive Garden

Veterans can snag a free meal at Olive Garden on Nov. 11 from a preset menu. Like all good Olive Garden meals, this free food offer includes complimentary bread sticks and your choice of soup or salad. Plus, all month, current military service members and their families get 10 percent off.

On The Border

Receive a free entree at On The Border from their Create your Own Combo Meal menu. The restaurant will also donate 15 percent of all sales on Veterans Day to Carry the Load with this flier.

Texas Roadhouse

Military members can grab a free lunch from a select menu at Texas Roadhouse on Nov. 11. Also receive a soda, iced tea or coffee on the house!

McCormick & Schmick's

Stop into McCormick & Schmick's on Sunday, Nov. 10, to get your Veterans Day free meal. You can choose your free lunch or dinner entree from a limited menu. Reservations are recommended, and military ID is required.

Red Robin

Stop by your local Red Robin on Monday, Nov. 11, to receive a free Red's Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.

California Pizza Kitchen

Enjoy a free pizza on Monday, Nov. 11, at California Pizza Kitchen. Offer valid for dine-in only. Proof of service is required.

Other free food offers for the military for Veterans Day

  • Grab a free doughnut and small cup of coffee from Krispy Kreme
  • Get a free order of Crazy Bread with a purchase from Little Caesars
  • Order a free Coke product and Bloomin' Onion on Nov. 11 at Outback Steakhouse
  • Get a free lunch at Sizzler until 4 p.m. on Nov. 11
  • Stuff yourself with all-you-can-eat pancakes on Nov. 11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denny's
  • Take advantage of a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at T.G.I. Friday's
  • Stop by Red Lobster for a free appetizer from Nov. 11 through Nov. 14


Check out The Military Wallet for updates to the above info as well as more free and discounted meals on Veterans Day.

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Comments on "Veterans Day restaurant specials"

Ted November 14, 2013 | 10:29 AM

I appreciate the kindness these restaurants have shown in honoring veterans. I served in peacetime but I knew people who served in Vietnam. I enjoyed the free meal and will try to patronize the above restaurants in the coming year.

Joe Ott, ARMY Vietnam November 11, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Keep your "bloomin onion" Outback. I'd rather eat C-Rations. I'm taking my family to Olive Garden...... ...where we're appreciated.

Mike November 11, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Yes this is good, to bad more people didn't feel this way when we got back from Vietnam, as I look back on it now that was really sad But it's better now and that's a good thing. Happy Veterans Day brothers and sisters.

Sharon November 11, 2013 | 7:44 AM

Do they have any meals that would included the wife of a veteran in Rhode Island this year?

donald hopk November 11, 2013 | 7:02 AM

It has taken me awhile to warm up to the sincerity and truth of this USA honoring our veterans. Many thanks to the veteran lawmakers but especially those veterans and families who made the ultimate sacrifice.Thank You...

Lee November 10, 2013 | 9:43 PM

Thank you to all the places who have offered free meals to the Veteran's, but am also wondering why the list is so small. These same people go to a lot more places to eat in every city all year long than what is giving back to them on one day.

wayne November 10, 2013 | 9:32 PM

thanks everyone who has served our great country and risked their lives to keep us safe so we can enjoy our freedom which many people take for granite. we as veterans really appreciate those companies that serve us on veterans day. i enjoy meeting veterans at these functions and hearing their stories and seeing smiles and gratitude on their faces-thanks again for serving us.

richard lowley November 10, 2013 | 11:18 AM

I served for 20 years and have been retired for several. Went to Applebees last year and enjoyed the meal - plan on going again this year.

Lynn Ann Slimak November 10, 2013 | 8:13 AM

I just want to say thank you to all the restaurants that take part in this wonderful way to honor and thank all of our military past and present. Now I think the retail industry should stop being greedy and do something for our military too! The service and sacrifices these men and women gave does not get enough recognition and I feel more retail businesses should take a look at the service industry and provide something as well. I am proud to be an American and to stand up for our veterans and the rights they earned keeping us safe and protected. God bless America and our troops and remember our POW-MIA's who never came home. Happy Veterans Day to all!

Jeff November 10, 2013 | 1:11 AM

I'm not going to critique the hand that's willing to feed me because I was taught how to be grateful as a child and learned the value of respect in the USN so thank you to all businesses willing to provide a little something to us veterans and also thank you to the non veterans who diligently ensured we had what we needed to complete the mission.

meme November 09, 2013 | 8:00 PM

outback a disgrace only blooming onion and a coke for a veteran really embbassing

Robert Aikins November 08, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Thank you all for your gifts of food . We (the Veterans), did not serve for this, so this is very appreciated. Again I thank you.

Rubin November 07, 2013 | 4:35 PM


Big Mike November 03, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Thank you restaurants for this generous offer!!! I will return to your restaurants throughout next year because of your generosity!!! Applebees already has received my business because of this offer, and most of the other restaurants will also get my business because of this gesture. Thanx again!!!

Keith Mittan August 12, 2013 | 4:19 PM

California Pizza Kitchen gave us a wonderful free meal and when we called the manager over to thank him, he gave us a voucher for a second free meal on any date. Applebees gave us a great free meal the day after veterans day. One Subway said they didn't know anything about it and another gave a free sandwich, but be fair they are franchises. Denning Ranch B&B gave us a free nights stay and it was beautiful there. All of these free perks for being a vet just for doing our job is super. Too bad everyone can't get this kind of appreciation for doing their jobs.

Former SGT Martin May 27, 2013 | 1:11 PM

With the exception of McCormick and Schmicks these "thank-you for your service offers" border on the downright insulting. Gee, a whole free Bagle at Einstein's - Frankly, I have too much honor to be used as part of PR ploy by a bunch of junk-food venues.

Shannon November 12, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Wonderful that all these restaurants are giving away free or discounted meals. Happy Veteran's Day to all the Veteran's out there. Thank you.

Ken Partello November 11, 2012 | 2:21 PM

It's a wonderful gesture and I think Applebees is truly the most generous. I did take advantage of the offer last year and had a great time, The staff was really wonderful. The food was great and the company was top shelf. thanks so much.

Byrd K. November 11, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Thank you to the restaurants that have given a free meal to the Veterans and their families. For the restaurants that had stipulations on the free meal or only gave a certain percentage off, I would like to remind you that the veterans who accepted your offer and their dead comrades gave 100% for the total time that they served their country. To those of you who support the Armed Forces and the Veterans may Good Bless you and know that the colors run true.

Vet Steve November 11, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Really enjoyed an excellent meal at Applebee's in Burnsville, Minnesota.... Tonya served the complementary Lime Chicken dish and it was excellent! We were treated very well and will go back soon!

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