Veterans Eat Free – 31 Restaurants Offering Free Meals On Veterans Day



Hungry? Here’s our List of places offering Veterans Day Free Meals in 2016

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th and here’s the list of free meals for 2016. As a way of saying thanks, there are several restaurant chains offering free meals or discounts on dinner.

This list will be updated several times per day, so keep checking back for additional information as Veterans Day gets closer.


54th Street Grill

54th-stree-grill-free-veterans-day-meals54th Street Grill says Veterans and current Military will eat free on Veterans Day.  The free meal can be up to a $12 value for, and it’s good for dine-in only.

The free meal can be up to a $12 value for, and it’s good for dine-in only.

Proof of military service is recommended, here’s the link to a location near you.



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applebees-free-veterans-day-mealsSince 2008, Applebee’s restaurants have been saying thanks to Service Members, both current and past. This year, visit any participating Applebee’s on Friday, November 11th to receive your Veterans Day free meal from their special menu.

Eligible customers can choose from the following items:

  • American Standard All-In Burger
  • Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes
  • Chicken Tenders Platter
  • Double Crunch Shrimp
  • Fiesta Lime Chicken
  • Oriental Chicken Salad
  • Three-Cheese Chicken Cavatappi


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BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

bjs-brewhouse-free-veterans-day-mealsBJ’s is inviting all Veterans to their restaurant for a complimentary meal.

Choose any entree valued at $12.95 or under and eat free while enjoying $5.00 beers.

Participants must show a Military ID or other proof of service. Find a nearby location and read all of the fine print.



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Bob Evans

bob-evans-free-veterans-day-mealsBob Evans is giving back to those who served by offering a complimentary breakfast. Six breakfast favorites will be offered all day long:

  • Sunrise
  • Brioche French Toast
  • Buttermilk Hotcakes
  • Multigrain Pancakes
  • Country Biscuit Breakfast
  • The Mini Sampler


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Bonefish Grill

bonefish-grill-free-veterans-day-mealsIn honor of Veterans Day, Bonefish Grill is giving out free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to veterans and members of the Military.

To claim this offer, visit a local Bonefish Grill in uniform, with Military ID or other proof of service.

It’s possible that not all locations are participating, so be sure to contact your local Bonefish Grill before heading out so you can confirm in advance.


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Buffalo Wild Wings

buffalo-wild-wings-free-veterans-day-mealsBuffalo Wild Wings is having their “Wings For Heroes” promotion on Veterans Day.

All day on Friday, eligible Veterans and Active Military, visiting their local Buffalo Wild Wings during regular business hours will receive a free order of 10-12 traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.


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California Pizza Kitchen

california-pizza-kitchen-free-veterans-day-mealsCalifornia Pizza Kitchen invites all Veterans and Active Military to have a free entree on Veterans Day.

Visit a participating California Pizza Kitchen to choose a pasta, pizza or full-size salad from the special Veterans Day Menu when you eat inside.



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Carrabba’s Italian Grill

carrabas-free-veterans-day-mealsFor an entire week (7-13 November) Carrabba’s will be offering a free appetizer to all Veterans, Reservist and Active Military.

There’s no purchase or coupon required, just ensure that you have proof of service.



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Chevy’s Fresh Mex

chevys-fresh-mex-free-veterans-day-mealsActive Duty, Veterans, and Retired Military can visit a participating Chevys Fresh Mex on November 11th from 11-22oohrs to pick a free item from a special menu.

These are the options:

  • Mesquite-Grilled Tacos
  • Fajita Burrito
  • Mesquite Grilled Chicken Fajitas
  • Mesquite Grilled Steak Fajitas
  • 2-item combo Surf n’ Turf and Chicken
  • Flautas


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chilis-free-veterans-day-mealsThis year Chili’s has prepared a limited menu with five choices for Service Members both current and past.

Eligible customers can choose from one of the following:

  • Oldtimer with Cheese
  • Soup & Salad
  • Chicken Crispers
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Margherita Flatbread
Visit a Chili’s near you on Veterans Day to participate.


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Chuck E. Cheese’s

chuck-e-cheeses-free-veterans-day-mealsChuck E. Cheese’s is allowing children to show gratitude to their parents who’ve served by giving them a personal one-topping pizza using the unique code of 5228.

Also, local restaurants are also offering two deals for the entire family:

  • Alpha – large 1-topping pizza, four drinks & 45 tokens for $26.99
  • Bravo – large 1-topping pizzas, four drinks & 100 tokens for $44.99


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Famous Dave’s Barbecue

famous-daves-free-veterans-day-mealsFamous Daves is offering a Two-Meat BBQ Salute on Veterans Day. This offer is valid all day on November 11th at participating locations.

The Two Meat Salute is a choice of two different types of meat:

  • St Louis-Style Ribs, Georgia Chopped Pork
  • Texas Beef Brisket
  • Country-Roasted or Barbeque Chicken
  • Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings
  • Southside Rib Tips
  • Hot Link Sausage
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Beer-Battered Cod

Served with a Corn Bread Muffin and a choice of one side.

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friendlys-free-veterans-day-mealsFriendly’s Celebrates Veteran’s Day with Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner for Active Military and Veterans with an honorable discharge.

Eligible guests are invited to start their day with the Big-Two-Do.  Guests can customize their breakfast entrée by choosing two slices of Brioche French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy applewood-smoked bacon or two sausage links, sided by two made-to-order farm fresh eggs. They’ll also be treated to a fresh cup of coffee.

For veterans preferring to dine at Friendly’s for lunch or dinner, the restaurant is showing their appreciation with a complimentary All-American Burger with fries and a beverage (soda,  iced tea or hot beverage).

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Golden Corral

golden-corral-free-veterans-day-mealsOver the last fifteen years, Golden Corral restaurants have served almost five million free meals to our nation’s heroes.

This year will be no different as Golden Corral will be hosting a special “Thank You Dinner” for anyone who has ever served in the U.S. Military on Monday, November 14th from 17-2100hrs.

Local restaurants will be giving a free buffet and drink to all who have served.


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hooters-restaurant-free-veterans-day-mealsOn Veterans Day, Hooters will open it’s doors to all Active Duty, Reservist and Retired Military for a free meal for their service.

All veterans can eat from the Hooters Veterans Day Menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any location nationwide.

A variety of entrées are available to veterans and active-duty military from the Hooters Veterans Day free meal menu, including:

  • 10-Piece Traditional Wings
  • 10-Piece Boneless Wings
  • Hooters Burger
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich


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ihop-free-veterans-day-mealsThis year IHOP will be honoring Veterans with a free stack of their famous Red, White & Blue Pancakes. Now, there are over 1600 restaurants across the US each independently owned and operated. Not all of them will be participating, so it’s important to call ahead to confirm.

Service Members and Vets must show proof of service before placing an order.


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LongHorn Steakhouse

longhorn-steakhouse-free-veterans-day-mealsFor more years than I can remember, LongHorn Steakhouse has been giving out free food to Veterans. For 2016, eligible Veterans can visit a local restaurant to receive a free appetizer or dessert.

There’s also a 10% table discount for the entire party.



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Ninety-Nine Restaurants & Pub

ninety-nine-restaurants-free-veterans-day-mealsAt all locations, from 11-1600 Ninety-Nine Restaurants will be offering a free entree from the nine real size entrees menu. Eligible participants can order one of the following meals:

  • Lemon Rosemary Chicken Tips
  • Chopped Grilled Angus
  • New England Fried Shrimp
  • Balsamic Grilled Chicken
  • Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie
  • New Orleans Shrimp
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Crispy Fish Tacos
  • Country Fried Chicken


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Olive Garden

0live-garden-free-veterans-day-mealsOlive Garden is saying thanks by offering Veterans and all members of the Military with one of six complimentary entrees:

  • Unlimited Soup, Salad, & Breadsticks
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Lasagna Classico
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Garlic Rosemary Chicken

Find a location near you and enjoy.

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On The Border

on-the-border-cantina-free-veterans-day-mealsOn The Border is giving Active Military Members and Veterans a free Create Your Own Combo meal where they’ll get to choose 2 or 3 selections of soup, salad, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, and other classics.

This free Veterans Day meal is only valid for dine-in at participating On The Borders near you.


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Outback Steakhouse

outback-free-veterans-day-mealsOutback Steakhouse wants the entire family to enjoy a night out for Veterans Day.

Outback promises a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage, as well as a 15 percent discount for the whole party.



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Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins-Restaurant-BakeryTo celebrate Veterans Day, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is offering a free Magnificent Seven to those who’ve serve our country.

Be sure to stop by participating locations this Friday and bring your military ID or proof of service for a meal on them.


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Red Robin

red-robin-free-veterans-day-mealsOn November 11th, Active Duty Military and Veterans can visit participating Red Robin restaurants to get a complimentary Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Fries.

Be prepared to show some proof of service to participate.



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Red Lobster

red-lobster-free-veterans-day-mealsIn honor of Veterans Day, and to thank veterans, active duty military and reservists for their service, Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer or dessert, on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11.

Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer at a local restaurant.

Guests may choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu that includes the following selections:


  • Sweet Chili Shrimp
  • Mozzarella Cheesesticks
  • Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
  • Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Lobster and Langostino Pizza
  • Signature Shrimp Cocktail


  • Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie
  • New York-Style Cheesecake
  • Warm Apple Crostada
  • Chocolate Wave
  • Brownie Overboard
  • Key Lime Pie


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Ruby Tuesday’s

ruby-tuesday-free-veterans-day-mealsRuby Tuesday’s is offering a coupon for a Veterans Day Special. The coupon is good for a free appetizer, up to $10 for those with a valid Military ID.

Here’s a list of eligible locations.



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shoneys-free-veterans-day-mealsIn addition to it’s daily 15% Military discount, Shoney’s will be having a Veterans Day free meal in 2016 that consists of a free All-American Burger. This is for veterans as well as active duty military.

Proof of military service is required, it’s for dine-in only, and beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included in the free offer. Find a Shoney’s near you.


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Texas Roadhouse

texas-roadhouse-free-veterans-day-mealsTexas Roadhouse is offering a complimentary meal to Service Members, Veterans and Retirees on Veterans Day.

Those eligible can choose from one of the following items at their local restaurant:

  • 6oz Sirloin with two sides
  • Grilled Pork Chop
  • Pulled Pork Dinner
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Country Fried Steak
  • Country Fried Sirloin
  • All-American Cheeseburger
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwich


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TGI Friday’s

tgi-fridays-free-veterans-day-mealsOn November 11th, TGI Friday’s will host a Veterans Day lunch from 11-1400hrs.

All guests presenting Military ID or proof or service with be treated to a free lunch menu item valued up to $12.



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Twin Peaks

twin-peaks-free-veterans-day-mealsOn Veterans Day, Twin Peaks will honor the past and present military men and women by offering an exclusive menu just for them.

Bring your Military ID and choose from one of the following items:

  • Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Tender Basket
  • Blackened Chicken Quesadillas
  • Philly Cheesesteak
  • Blackened Fish Tacos


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Village Inn

village-inn-free-veterans-day-mealsVillage Inn will be paying their respects to all Veterans with a free V.I.B. Breakfast.

Find your proof of service before heading over the Village Inn restaurant near you.



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White Castle

white-castle-free-veterans-day-mealsSince you’ve served them, White Castle wants to serve you on Veterans Day.

White Castle is offering a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo Meal #1 – 6, to all Military Veterans, and Active Military.

Click here to find a nearby franchise.

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