71 Veterans Day Free Meals 2021
Plus Other Veterans Day Freebies for 2021
Check back in October for details on Veterans Day 2021 free meals.
Here is your guide to all the great Veterans Day free meals! We want to thank you for your service. Below are all the popular restaurants and other retailers that are giving away free meals, discounts, and other freebies to veterans on Veterans Day (Thursday, November 11, 2021).
If you're a veteran and looking for some free food, you'll want to check out these 71 restaurants where you can eat for free on Veterans Day.
At the bottom of this list, you'll find free food that requires a purchase as well as some local restaurants that are giving out free Veterans Day meals.
Important: Please read through my 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.
Visit a participating Chili's on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you're a veteran or on active military duty.
You'll need to show proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal.
Active duty military, reserve, and military veterans can stop by Red Lobster and get a free appetizer or dessert on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Valid proof of military service is required to get this free food.
Starbucks is honoring veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses this year for Veterans Day by offering a free coffee on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
It's possible that not all U.S. company-operated stores are participating, so be sure to check ahead of time and bring military ID with you to get your free coffee.
Veterans and active-duty military can start their Veterans Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut of choice and a small coffee. No purchase, ID, or coupon is necessary.
Find a Krispy Kreme near you to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie. There are also many other ways you can get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the year.
Stop by Denny's on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and all active, non-active, and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5:00 AM to Noon.
Visit the link above for the full menu to see all the different items you can put together in a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's.
Most Denny's locations should be participating in this promotion, and you'll need to bring a valid military ID along with you. This is for dine-in only.
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
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 any Outback Steakhouse on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, to get a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product. This offer is for all military personnel that has a military ID.
Every day, Outback Steakhouse also gives out a discount of 10% off the total check for nurses, doctors, medical staff, servicemen and women, police officers and firefighters, plus military personnel and their immediate family members.
Starting on November 1 and running through November 30, 2020, Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meal and beverage cards to active duty and veterans. They can be redeemed once anytime through May 31, 2021, for lunch or dinner, Monday through Thursday.
All Golden Corral locations will be participating, and no identification is required to get your free dinner buffet and beverage.
Over the last 20 years, Golden Corral served several million veterans a Veterans Day free meal!
Things are different this year due to the pandemic and capacity restrictions. To celebrate Veterans Day, they will hand out dinner vouchers at their stores’ parking lots on Wednesday, November 11, from 11am – 2pm.
They ask that all active, former, or retired military members please have their Military ID or proof of service when driving through to pick up their dinner voucher. Veterans and active military can redeem their dinner vouchers in-store until June of next year. Be sure to call your local Texas Roadhouse for details.
Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location between November 12 and November 30 to get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries.
You must be a member of their rewards program by November 5 to qualify for this Veterans Day freebie.
LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free appetizers and desserts to veterans and active service members who stop in to Longhorn Steakhouse on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Plus, eligible customers also get 10% off their table's total check.
You'll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.
Veterans and active duty military can stop into an O'Charley's location and get a free meal from their Veterans Day Thank You Menu on Wednesday, November 11.
This deal is available only at participating O’Charley’s restaurants, military ID is necessary, and it's for dine-in only.
Additionally, O’Charley’s provides a 10% military discount all year long.
BJ's will be giving free meals to veterans on Veterans Day, valued up to $14.95.
Please contact your local BJ's to get details on their Veterans Day promotion before heading out. This is for dine-in only and military ID or other proof of service is required.
This offer is not valid at all locations, so be sure to check ahead of time. Also, it's for dine-in and pick-up orders only, gratuity and tax are not included, Supreme items and add-ons aren't included, it isn't valid with any other offers, promotions or discounts, and only one offer is valid per person.
Village Inn also provides a 10% military discount all year long.
Veterans and active military personnel can stop into any Bob Evans location any time on Wednesday, November 11, to receive a free meal.
The Veterans Day free meal choices include Hand-Breaded Crispy Fried Chicken, Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, the Mini Sampler, Stack of Hotcakes, Country Fried Steak, or Soup & Salad Combo. This is for dine-in only, and beverages and gratuity aren't included.
You'll need to bring proof of military service to get your Veterans Day free meal. This can include a U.S. Uniformed Services (current or retired) Identification Card, a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD214, a Veterans’ organization card (American Legion or VFW, for example), or citation/commendation. Guests wearing a military uniform on Veterans Day also are eligible.
California Pizza Kitchen is having a Veterans Day free meal as well, and both veterans and those in active military duty can take advantage.
Stop by a participating California Pizza Kitchen location on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, to choose a pizza, salad, or pasta from their special Veterans Day menu when you dine-in or take out.
You'll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service to redeem this offer.
Veterans and active-duty military get a free slice of pie on Veterans Day at participating Carrows Restaurants.
No purchase is necessary, and you'll need to bring along your military ID to your local Carrows. However, if you do decide to purchase a meal, you can get another one for free.
The Veterans Day free meal at Famous Dave's is a Georgia chopped pork sandwich plus one side. This offer is valid all day on Wednesday, November 11, at participating Famous Dave's locations.
Valid for dine-in, to go, or online ordering only on 11/11/20. Only one meal (valued up to $7.49) per veteran or active military person with valid identification.
White Castle is giving out a free Combo Meal (#1-#6) or a free Breakfast Combo Meal to any veteran or other military members who come in on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th.
A military ID is required to get the complimentary meal. Be sure to contact your local White Castle restaurant ahead of time to confirm that they're participating.
Veterans and active military members can visit Little Caesars on Wednesday, November 11th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a free $5 Lunch Combo.
This Veterans Day free meal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, plus a 20 oz Pepsi product.
You don't need a coupon to redeem this free meal for Veterans Day. Just mention this offer and present proof of service, which can include an ID card with a veteran designation, a DD-214 form, or a current military-issued ID card.
To show their support, Dunkin' Donuts is giving away free donuts to active duty military and veterans on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
This free Veterans Day donut is limited to one per customer while supplies last and is for dine-in only, 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.
Buffalo Wild Wings is having their annual Veterans Day free food deal on Veterans Day, which is Wednesday, November 11. All day, veterans and active duty military get a free order of boneless wings and a side of fries.
This offer is valid at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations and is for dine-in or takeout.
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.
Any veteran or active military member, and current or past member of the Armed Forces or Department of Defense, can visit a participating Pie Five Pizza location on November 11 for a free personal pizza.
This Veterans Day free meal is valid in stores only and requires military ID or some other proof of service.
Veterans and active duty service members can eat free at Texas Corral on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
This Veterans Day free meal includes your choice of an entree from their special Veterans Day menu, which includes Country Fried Chicken and several other items.
Visit your local Texas Corral for this Veterans Day free meal and be sure to come in uniform or bring along your U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, DD214, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, or a photograph of you in uniform.
This is the eighth Veterans Day that Menchie's Frozen Yogurt has given out a freebie for Veterans Day. Veterans and active-duty military can get the first 6 oz. of frozen yogurt for free.
This offer is valid all day long at participating Menchie's locations, and you need to show military ID to receive this Veterans Day freebie.
Bar Louie is giving away free Veterans Day food on Wednesday, November 11, to veterans and active duty military members.
This free burger or free flatbread offer is valid at participating Bar Louie locations. Visit that link to find your local restaurant and see if they'll be offering this deal this year.
You'll need to show proof of military service to get your free Veterans Day meal. The meal is for dine-in only and is valid for up to a $15 value.
Max & Erma's will be honoring veterans and active military personnel by giving out a free Best Cheeseburger in America with endless seasoned fries, a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, and a fountain drink on Veterans Day.
This Veterans Day free meal offer is valid only at participating Max & Erma's, so be sure to contact your local restaurant before heading out. Proof of military service is necessary.
For the 8th year in a row, On The Border is giving veterans and active duty military members a free meal. This year, it's a Pick 2 Combo.
This deal is for dine-in only and you might need to bring military service proof such as a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organizations Card, DD214, or Citation/Commendation.
Check with your local On The Border to ensure that they're participating before you head out.
Active duty military and veterans can stop by a participating Country Kitchen location any time on Wednesday, November 11, to get a free Country Scramble, which includes two pancakes with scrambled eggs mixed with ham and cheese.
Valid proof of service is necessary. This Veterans Day free meal offer is for dine-in only and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.
Veterans and active duty military, plus their families, can stop into a Hy-Vee store on November 11 to receive a fresh breakfast brought to your vehicle via curbside pick-up between 6 AM and 10 AM.
Dine-in meals might also be available but with capacity limitations, and all stores are said to be participating. However, you might still check with a Hy-Vee near you to confirm.
Veterans and active military members can also get 10% off their in-store grocery purchases on Veterans Day.
Active military members, reservists, veterans, and military spouses can stop into Bruegger's Bagels for a free medium coffee on Veterans Day.
No purchase is necessary. However, this deal might be valid only at participating Bruegger's locations, and a valid military ID is probably required.
Participating Shoney's will be having a Veterans Day free all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in 2020 for veterans as well as active duty military.
Proof of military service might be required, it's for dine-in only from open until 11 AM on the 11th, and beverages, tax, and gratuity aren't included in the free offer. Find a Shoney's near you.
Although this free Veterans Day offer isn't compatible with other offers and discounts, Shoney's also gives out a 15% discount all year long to the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Department, EMT Units, and anyone else with proof of service.
Veterans and active military personnel can visit a participating LaMar's Donuts and Coffee location to get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee on Wednesday, November 11.
No coupon or purchase is necessary, but the offer doesn't apply to specialty donuts. Just bring military ID or wear your uniform to redeem this free Veterans Day offer.
Vets and active military members get free food at TooJay's when they choose from a special Veterans Day menu on November 11.
This year's menu includes the following: Shepherd’s Pie, Open Faced Turkey Sandwich, Chopped Sirloin, Fish and Chips Lunch, Black Bean Burger, Choose Too Half Sandwich and Soup, Create Your Own Omelette, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Bacon, Chicken Caesar Salad, Patty Melt, Deli Dogs, Chicken Tenders, and Liver and Onions.
You can redeem this offer at TooJay's when you present your military ID or other proof of service and show this coupon. No other offers can be used at the same time and it isn't valid for online orders (only dine-in and takeout).
Call ahead to your local TooJay's to make sure they're participating.
With proper ID, veterans can enjoy a free appetizer or an order of boneless or grilled boneless wings at Glory Days Grill on Wednesday, November 11.
This Veterans Day free meal is available at Glory Days Grill restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Any valid form of military ID is acceptable.
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.
Friendly's is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day lunch or dinner (dine-in only) on Wednesday, November 11.
Eligible customers will receive a free All-American Burger (with or without cheese) served with fries and a drink.
You'll need to present your military ID or honorable discharge card to get this Veterans Day freebie at a Friendly's near you. It's possible that not all locations are participating, so you might call ahead of time to confirm.
Active and retired military members can visit Twin Peaks on Wednesday, November 11, for a complimentary Veterans Day meal. Options include chicken tenders, Carolina pulled pork sandwich, cheeseburger, and the wedge.
Contact your local Twin Peaks location before heading out to make sure they're participating.
Logan's Roadhouse serves veterans and military personnel a free entree from a special menu this Veterans Day in honor of their service. The free meal offer is valid from 3 PM to 6 PM.
Proof of military service is required. Find a Logan's Roadhouse near you to take advantage of this free meal, but call ahead before you arrive to ensure that they're participating.
Participating Coffee Beanery locations will be giving veterans and active duty military a free tall cup of coffee all day long on Wednesday, November 11.
Military ID is required to get the free coffee.
54th Street Grill will be having a free meal up to a $12 value for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
This is for dine-in only and is valid on November 11 only. 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 Wednesday to pick from a special menu.
Free 20 oz classic smoothies at Juice It Up! are up for grabs for veterans and active military on Wednesday, November 11.
Find a Juice It Up! near you for the menu and to confirm if they're participating in this Veterans Day free food offer. It's for in-store only and can't be combined with other offers. Military ID or another proof of service, like wearing your uniform, is necessary.
Cattlemens restaurants is giving out an 8 oz sirloin steak dinner to all active, inactive, and retired military personal. This Veterans Day free meal is only valid on November 11; doors open at 4 PM.
Be sure to bring along your military ID in case you'll need it. You can call your local Cattlemens to confirm whether they're participating and if you need to bring proof of service.
Wienerschnitzel sells millions of hot dogs every year, and for Veterans Day this November 11, eligible customers can have a chili dog and small fries free, plus a small Pepsi.
There are hundreds of locations, but not all of them may be participating, so be sure to contact your local Wienerschnitzel to double-check.
This Veterans Day free food is for both active military members as well as veterans who can provide military ID or who show up in their military uniform.
If you're a veteran, stop by a Farmer Boys with your valid ID on Veterans Day, Wednesday the 11th, for a free Big Cheese cheeseburger.
Check with your local Farmer Boys to see if they're having this deal or visit the link above for the list of participating restaurants. The deal is valid in the drive-thru, carryout, and via phone orders for all participating locations.
All military members and veterans can visit City Barbeque on Wednesday, November 11, for Veterans Day to get a free sandwich platter. This Veterans Day free food offer includes not only a free sandwich but also two sides and a regular drink.
Any eligible customer who'd prefer to wait to receive their complimentary meal can get a free meal voucher that's redeemable through mid–2021. Vouchers are available for pickup on Veterans Day only. Every City Barbeque location is participating.
On November 11, 2020, all Chicken Salad Chick locations are giving out a free Chick Special and regular size drink in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans and active-duty military can take advantage of this Veterans Day free meal. Proof of service is required, so you can come in uniform or bring a valid military ID or DD214. It's for dine-in or takeout.
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.
Bring proof of military service with you in case you need it.
Any active, former, or retired military member can get a complimentary entree at any Grub location on Wednesday, November 11, for Veterans Day.
You must be able to show your military ID or come wearing your uniform before you can take part in this Veterans Day free meal offer from Grub.
Grub also provides a year-round 10% discount for veterans who present a valid military I.D. or wear their uniform at the time of purchase.
All active, retired, and former military members who stop into a Bad Daddy's Burger Bar location on Veterans Day will receive a complimentary All American Burger.
This Veterans Day free food offer is valid only if you show your military ID card, veteran ID card, or discharge papers.
On Wednesday, November 11, veterans and active military eat free at Bandana's Bar-B-Q.
This free Veterans Day food offer is a Budget Buster meal, which is 3 oz of their signature BBQ served with one piece of garlic bread and your choice of two sides. Choose from ribs, pork, chicken, brisket, turkey, or sausage.
Proof of service is necessary, so be sure to bring your military ID or some other proof with you when you visit your local Bandana's Bar-B-Q.
This year on Veterans Day, participating Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery locations are honoring all veterans and active duty service members with a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu.
These are your Veterans Day free meal options: Chicken Fried Chicken Stack, Bacon & Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese, Kolsch-Battered Fish & Chips, and Bacon BBQ Burger.
To get this free food for Veterans Day, you must either be in uniform or be able to provide military ID. It's for dine-in only.
In honor of Veterans Day, a free breakfast combo is available for all US military veterans who visit a Pilot Flying J location from November 9 through November 15.
This Veterans Day free food offer includes a free Pilot coffee of any size and one free breakfast offering, such as the french toast sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich.
You need the Pilot Flying J app to redeem this offer.
On Veterans Day this year, all members of the military—including veterans, retired, and active military—can get a free, 20 oz smoothie of their choosing at any participating Smoothie King location.
You must bring valid military ID or another proof of service in order to redeem the offer. It's good only in stores.
Gordon Biersch restaurants will thank active duty service members and veterans with a free meal this Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11.
The Veterans Day free food offer includes any of these choices: Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Marzen BBQ Burger, or Top Sirloin.
Eligible guests should come in uniform or bring military ID to get the free meal. It can't be used with any other offer and it's for dine-in only.
For Veterans Day, Romano's Macaroni Grill is offering free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti meals to vets and active military on Wednesday, November 11.
All locations are participating in this offer except Puerto Rico, airport, and international locations. You can get this Veterans Day free meal offer after presenting military ID or some other proof of military service.
Free Meals That Require a Food Purchase
These Veterans Day free meals or free food require a purchase:
- Spaghetti Warehouse - On November 11, Spaghetti Warehouse is allowing guests to present a coupon (see the link above) for a BOGO lasagna or spaghetti meal, served along with sourdough bread and your choice of salad or soup. Dine-in only, valid at Dayton, Akron, and Toledo OH locations.
- Carrows: Purchase one entree and get another one of equal or lesser value at no charge for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on November 11. Military ID required.
- Laundry's Inc. - All locations (excluding Golden Nugget restaurants) are giving veterans 20% of their bill on November 11. Party can't exceed four and valid ID is required.
- 99 Restaurant & Pub: All 99 Restaurant & Pub locations are offering active military members and veterans a free meal on Veterans Day when they purchase another. This is valid on November 11 only, from 11 AM to 5 PM. Proof of service is necessary, and the free meal choice can come from this Veterans Day menu.
- Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Military service members get a free Classic Sandwich & Side on November 11 with a $10 minimum purchase. Valid in-stores and online with code VETFREE.
- Houlihan's Restaurant & Bar - Veterans, active duty military, and military families get $10 off a $30 food purchase on Veterans Day, Wednesday the 11th. Participating restaurants include Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh.
- Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - From November 10 through November 15, veterans and active-duty military who dine-in with valid military ID get 50% off an entrée.
- CentraArchy Restaurants - Veterans and active military get 50% off of any meal from the menu on Veterans Day this year. Valid ID is required and only some locations are participating.
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Military personnel and guests (party can't exceed four total) get 20% off their meals.
- Hoss's Family Steak & Sea Company - If you're a veteran, you can get 20% off your meal on November 11. Proof of service is required and it's for dine-in only.
- Brick House Tavern + Tap - Provide valid military ID to get 20% off your meal, valid for parties up to four.
- Fogo de Chao - Active duty military and veterans with a proper ID can stop in to Fogo de Chao on November 11 to get 50% off their dine-in meal as well as 10% off for up to three guests.
- Kemah Boardwalk - 10% off restaurants for Veterans Day at Kemah Boardwalk in Texas.
- Price Chopper - Veterans get 500 points that they can use for food rewards on November 11. This barcode needs to be scanned in order to get the points.
Location-Specific Free Meals
Below are even more Veterans Day free meals, but they're valid at only one or two locations.
- Calhoun's - Calhoun's Restaurant in Tennessee is having free food for veterans on November 11 at all Calhoun's locations, all day long. Military ID is required and it's for dine-in only.
- Tuscan Kitchen Salem - On November 11, Tuscan Kitchen Salem will offer to-go meals for Salem NH veterans. They are 2-person cold meals prepared in microwave-safe containers that can be enjoyed at home.
- The Rustic - On November 11, The Rustic locations in Texas are giving away free Rustic Burgers to veterans and active military who show valid military ID.
- Bombshells Restaurant & Bar - All 10 locations in Texas will provide free meals and drinks for veterans and active service members on Wednesday, November 11. Accompanying family members will receive a 20% discount. Valid military ID is requested.
- McGrath's Fish House Free Meal - To honor all who have served, McGrath's Fish House is giving out free food on Veterans Day. You get to choose between six free meals if you have proof of service.
- Yard House - Visit a Yard House location on November 11 to get a free appetizer in honor of Veterans Day. This offer is good for veterans and active duty military.
- San Angelo TX Elks Lodge - Veterans, active military, and first responders (and their spouses and children) can get a free breakfast at San Angelo Elks Lodge on Saturday, November 21, from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Dine-in and takeout are available.
More Military Freebies
Lots of military freebies are available all year round and Memorial Day is also a time where veterans can get free stuff.