Here is your guide to some of the great Veterans Day free meals brought to you by Spruce!
Below are some of the popular restaurants and other retailers that are giving away free meals, discounts, and other freebies to veterans on Veterans Day (Monday, November 11, 2019).
If you’re not seeing your favorite restaurant from last year, they may still be participating but haven’t listed their 2019 information. This list is updated many times a day, so keep checking back on the Spruce website for more information.
Important: Please read through the Veterans Day Free Meals FAQ for important information you need to know before getting your freebie or a free meal, like military qualifications, restaurant participation details, and lots more.
You can find even more freebies for vets on the list of Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts for 2019. Here you’ll find freebies like free haircuts, car washes, and even hotel stays.
On Monday, November 11, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals and a beverage to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard, and Reserves.
Details of the Free Golden Corral Military Buffet
All Golden Corral locations will be participating, and no identification is required to get your free dinner buffet and beverage.
Over the last 17 years, Golden Corral served over 5.4 million veterans a Veterans Day free meal!
Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Monday, November 11, 2019.
More Details on the Red Lobster Veterans Day Freebie Including Appetizer and Dessert Choices
Valid proof of military service is required to get this free food.
Visit a participating Chili’s on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you’re 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.
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019.
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.
Stop into a participating Applebee’s on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get your Veterans day free meal.
Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Applebee’s
Check out the link above for everything you need to know about this Veterans Day free meal, including what sorts of ID they consider valid, the full list of menu items you get to choose from, who is eligible, etc.
Stop into any Outback Steakhouse on Monday, November 11, 2019, to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and coke product. This offer is for all military personnel that has a military ID.
Details of the Free Veterans Day Meal at Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a discount of 20% off the total check from November 8 to November 11, 2019, valid for military, police, firefighters, and first responders with a valid ID. A 10% discount continues thereafter.
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Monday, November 11, 2019, to active, former, or retired military.
Details on the Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day Free Meal Including Entree Options
This is for dine-in only. Hours may vary by location, so be sure to check a Texas Roadhouse near you for specific details.
Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location on Monday, November 11, to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
More Details on the Red Robin Veterans Day Free Meal
Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.
This year on Monday, November 11, IHOP will be honoring veterans and active military men and women with the choice of a free breakfast combo or a free stack of Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes.
More Details on the Veterans Day Free Meal at IHOP
Individuals must show proof of their service before receiving this offer, such as coming in their uniform, showing a photo of them in their uniform, or showing a military ID card.
To show their support, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts to active duty military and veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019.
This free Veterans Day donut is limited to one per customer while supplies last, but no purchase or military ID is required.
It’s possible that not every Dunkin’ Donuts location is participating, so be sure to call ahead to double-check.
On Veterans Day, Cracker Barrel is giving veterans a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Pumpkin Pie Latte…for free!
All 660 locations are participating in this Veterans Day free food offer this year.
Visit a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers near you this Veterans Day, November 11, to get a free combo meal card.
You must be a veteran or active duty military to pick up the card, but it can be redeemed by anyone through November 30, 2019.
White Castle is giving out a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Meal (numbers 1-6) to any veteran or other military members who come in on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th.
Proof of military service is requested but might not be required. Be sure to contact your local White Castle restaurant ahead of time to confirm that they’re participating.
Buffalo Wild Wings is having their annual Veterans Day free food deal on Veterans Day, which is Monday, November 11. All day, veterans and active duty military get a free order of small boneless or traditional wings and a side of fries.
This offer is valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations and is for dine-in only. Beverages, taxes, and gratuity are not included in this offer.
Proof of military service is required, which can include a permanent or temporary military ID card, DD214, or veteran’s card. You may also come wearing your military uniform or bring a photo of you wearing it.
This year for Veterans Day, all vets get their first 6 oz of frozen yogurt absolutely free.
This Veterans Day freebie is valid at participating TCBY locations only, so be sure to call and confirm before you head out on Monday the 11th. Proof of service might be required, so make sure to ask about that, too.
Active and retired military members can visit Twin Peaks on Monday, November 11, for a complimentary Veterans Day meal.
This Veterans Day free meal includes items from a special menu, so be sure to ask about it when you visit a participating Twin Peaks locations.
This Veterans Day free offer from Green Mill is for veterans who show proof of service.
Eligible customers can pick any one item from their menu (pizza is limited to a small 1-topping deep dish, and Wing Samplers are excluded). This offer is for dine-in only.
Contact your local Green Mill Restaurant & Bar to see if they’re participating.
Green Mill also gives out a 10% discount to veterans and active-duty military all year long.
If you’re a veteran or active military member, you can stop in to Nekter’s on Veterans Day, November 11, for a free 16oz smoothie or juice.
You can take advantage of this free Veterans Day offer at your local Nekter location, but it’s possible that not all of them are participating, so you might call ahead of time to double-check.
You need to bring proof of military service with you.
Friendly’s is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner (dine-in only) on Monday, November 11.
If you come in the morning for breakfast, the Veterans Day free meal is the Big-Two-Do, which comes with your choice of Brioche French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast, two strips of crispy Applewood-smoked bacon or two sausage links, and a side of two made-to-order farm fresh eggs. Also included is a cup of coffee.
For lunch and dinner, veterans and active service members get the All-American Burger (with or without cheese) served with fries and your choice of soda, iced tea, or a hot beverage.
You’ll need to present your military ID or honorable discharge card to get this Veterans Day freebie at a Friendly’s near you.
54th Street Grill will be having a free meal up to a $12 value for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
Proof of military service is appreciated and can be shown via military ID or by visiting in uniform or showing a photo in uniform.
Find out where a 54th Street Grill is near you.
Another free Veterans Day meal can be had on November 11 at Hurricane Grill & Wings. Veterans and active duty military can stop in on Monday to pick from a menu of seven items.
These are the options: 10 Boneless Wings, Yuengling Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, Teriyaki Beef Bowl, Half Pound Steakburger, Chicken Caesar Salad, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and Chicken BLT Tacos.
This free meal deal is for dine-in only, coupons and other offers can’t be used simultaneously, taxes and gratuity are not included, and military ID or uniform is required. Check with your local Hurricane Grill & Wings to see if they’re participating.
Veterans can visit an On the Border restaurant to receive a free meal that includes two items served with rice and beans. They can choose two of their favorites from these options:
• House Salad
• Chicken Tortilla Soup
• Seasoned Ground Beef Enchilada with chile con carne
• Spinach and Mushroom Enchilada with sour cream sauce
• Cheese and Onion Enchilada with chile con carne sauce
• Chicken Tinga Enchilada with green chile or sour cream sauce
• Seasoned Ground Beef Taco
• Shredded Chicken Tinga Taco
Check with your local On the Border to make sure they are participating.
Other deals include:
On November 11, veterans and active service members can go into any Great Clips salon in the U.S. and get a free haircut or a free haircut card to use later.
Additionally, any non-veteran customer getting a haircut at a Great Clips salon on Veterans Day will receive a free haircut card that they can use to “pay it forward” to an active service member or veteran as a token of thanks.
The cards can be redeemed for a free haircut from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31, 2019 at any Great Clips salon.
Learn more at Great Clips.
FREE RACE with the purchase of a single race to any veteran and active military individual this Monday, November 11. Just show your qualifying military ID, and your second race is on the house.
Learn more at k1speed.com.
Discount available at participating hotels in the U.S. and CA across 17 brands, including household names like Super 8® by Wyndham and La Quinta® by Wyndham – both of which also offer preferred parking for active and retired military members.
Learn more at wyndhamrewards.com/honorsmilitary.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the ultimate entertainment destination invites all active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel to visit their nearest center for FREE food and fun all day! All military personnel will receive 30 minutes of game play that can be used on more than 100 interactive video games.
Honored guests can also enjoy a free entrée from a special menu featuring:
• Bacon & Cheddar Burger
• Jumbo Wings & Fries Combo
• 10¢¢ Ultimate Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza
• Classic Cobb Salad
• Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich
• Chicken Tenders & Fries
All stores are said to be participating, but you might still check with a Main Event near you to confirm.