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.

Please keep in mind that many of these places have not announced a free meal for 2019, but since they have done so in the past there is a big chance they will do it again and would be worth checking closer to Veterans Day.

Places For Veterans to get a Free Meal on Veterans Day


Applebee’s, a family restaurant, is going to be offering a free meal to veterans and active duty members on Monday, November 11, 2019. 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 Monday, November 11, 2019. You can pick from a list of meals; the Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Stack of Hotcakes, the Soup and Salad Combo, or choose from one of eight dinners at all Bob Evans restaurants with proof of service.

California Pizza Kitchen

At California Pizza Kitchen, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, they are offering a free beverage, and a choice of pizza, a full-size salad, or pasta dish to all veterans and active duty. Dine-in only.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

At Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, they are treating active military and veterans with a free lunch or dinner entree on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019. Show your military ID or wear your uniform. If you are with family or friends, the lesser value meal will be the complementary one. This is for dine-in only and valid at participating restaurants.

Huddle House

Huddle House, an American casual dinner, is offering a free order of Sweet Cakes to all active duty, retired, and veteran military members from November 8-11, 2019 with a valid military ID at all locations.


At Hy-Vee, which is a grocery store, they are offering free breakfast for veterans and active military members on November 11, 2019, from 6 am to 11 am. This is available at all stores with proper ID.

King’s Family Restaurant

At King’s Family Restaurant, a family restaurant, they have offered free meals for all veterans and active duty military members. You can choose from multiple options on their menu.

Buffalo Wild Wings

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

TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s 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.


At Chili’s, a family-friendly chain, veterans and active duty military can choose from one of seven meals; Chicken Crispers®, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Bowl of Chili or Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, and Cajun Chicken Pasta on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019. This offer is valid at all locations with proper ID for dine-in only.

Red Lobster

At Red Lobster, a seafood restaurant, they are offering either a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu. This is for veterans, active duty, and reservists. You would need to show your military ID or other proof of service.


At Denny’s, a family diner, they have offered veterans a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations. You will have a choice of four breakfast items. This is for dine-in only with a valid military ID or DD214.


O’Charley’s is a casual dining restaurant that has offered a free meal to all veterans and service members for Veterans Day. You can order off of a $9.99 menu with an assortment of meals to choose from.


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.

Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse, have 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.

Red Robin

At Red Robin, an American casual dining restaurant, they are offering a free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, to all veterans and active duty military with proof of service. This is for dine-in orders only.

Olive Garden

At the Olive Garden, an Itialian 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.


At Shoney’s, a family restaurant, they are offering a free all you can care to eat, freshly prepared Breakfast Bar on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019.

On the Border

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.


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.

Golden Corral

Golden Corral, an all you can eat buffet, is offering a Military Appreciation night as a thank you to veterans. This will be on Monday, November 12, 2019. 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, a sports bar and grill, has offered active duty and veterans a free entrée from the Hooters Veterans Day menu when they purchase a beverage. This is for dine-in only.

Krispy Kreme

At Krispy Kreme, a donut shop, they have offered military and veterans a free donut and small coffee.


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

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel, a home style restaurant, is offering veterans and active duty a choice between a Pumpkin Pie Latte (iced or hot) or a slice of double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake at all locations.

Mission BBQ

Veterans eat free on Veterans Day at Mission BBQ. All veterans can get a free sandwich and a slice of cake at all Mission BBQ locations.

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, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.