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Veterans Day restaurant specials

On Nov. 11, 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.

Update: Check out our list of 2014 Veterans Day restaurant freebies and deals here.

Veterans Day 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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