Free eats and discounts for Veterans on Veterans Day

With thanks to Stars and Stripes, here's a list of some of the restaurants across the country that offer free eats or discounts to all veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2021.

Double-check with your local store or restaurant to make sure they are participating in the offer and what proof of service they require. Some offer discounts to veterans but not their family members.

If your favorite place isn’t on the list, check with the restaurant anyway just to make sure it isn’t offering Veterans Day discounts or free food. Many do.

And enjoy the benefits of service! Whether you served in a desk job or close-quarter combat, you earned them.

Applebee’s — Applebee’s is offering active-duty military and veterans a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day. Bring along proof of service. Check Applebee’s website for details.

Bob Evans — On Nov. 11, Bob Evans will be offering veterans and active-duty service members a special menu of seven homestyle favorites free. Dine-in only, beverage not included. Proof of military service required.

Buffalo Wild Wings — On Veterans Day, participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer 10 free boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members. Both dine-in or takeout, but military ID required. 

California Pizza Kitchen — Veterans and active military get a complimentary entrée and beverage when they dine in and show proof of service Nov. 11. In addition, all veterans who dine with California Pizza Kitchen will receive a BOGO, redeemable from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20.

Chili’s — Chili’s will offer a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day with proof of military service. Available for in-restaurant only.

Cracker Barrel — Veterans and service members will be offered a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake, with purchase, in-store and online with promo code VETSDAY21. 

Denny’s — Veterans and active military personnel get a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" on Nov. 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.

Dunkin’ Donuts — On Veterans Day, veterans and active-duty members can receive one free doughnut while supplies last. Please note that not all Dunkin’ Donuts locations will participate.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral is hosting their Military Appreciation Night on Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to closing. This includes a free “thank you” meal when dining in. Check local outlet for details.

Great Clips— On Nov. 11, veterans and active service members can go into any U.S. Great Clips salon and get a free haircut or a free haircut card to use later.  

Hooters — All active-duty and retired military, with proof of service, are invited to stop in for a free meal on Veterans Day. The Hooters Veterans Day Menu includes five of the most popular entrées including: Buffalo Chicken Salad, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Hooters Burger and 10-Piece Boneless Wings.

IHOP — Veterans and active-duty military are being offered free red, white and blue pancakes on Nov. 11 with presentation of a military ID or proof of service.

Krispy Kreme — Krispy Kreme is offering service members and veterans a free doughnut of choice and small brewed coffee at participating stores.

Little Caesar’s — On Veterans Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive a free lunch combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style deep-dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

Longhorn Steak House — Longhorn Steakhouse offers veterans 10% off their entire meal and a free appetizer or dessert this Veterans Day

Olive Garden — Active-duty military and veterans on Veterans Day can get a free meal, which includes an entrée from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks to round out the meal.

Outback Steakhouses — Active-duty and veterans can receive a free Bloomin’ Onion or Coca-Cola product. A 10% discount on meals is available for service members as well as nurses, doctors, medical staff, police officers and firefighters.

Red Robin — Veterans and active-duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members are offered a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries anytime through Nov. 14 for dine-in or to-go. Visit the Red Robin website for details.

Red Lobster — Active-duty service members, veterans, and reservists can receive a free appetizer or dessert on Nov. 11.

Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when the restaurant opens for dinner, through May 30, 2022.

TGI Fridays — On Veterans Day, TGI Fridays is offering a free select lunch for dine-in only (not valid for online, take-out, or delivery) at participating locations with valid military ID between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.

Wendy’s — Wendy’s is giving service members and veterans a free breakfast combo with valid military ID or a Veterans Advantage card from 6:30-10:30 a.m. on Veterans Day.