Restaurants, businesses offer free food, beverages to active duty military, retirees, veterans


Many restaurants have special offers, from free food or meals to special discounts.

Not all locations participate in specials, so check your local restaurants first.

Visit a participating Chili’s Nov. 11 to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. You’ll need to show proof of military service.

Stop into a participating Applebee’s Nov. 11 to get your Veterans Day free meal from their special Veterans Day menu. Proof of service is required.

For 2018, IHOP will be honoring veterans and active duty service members on Monday, Nov. 12 with a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes. Individuals must show proof of 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.

Outback Steakhouse
Get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a coke product on Nov. 11.This offer is for all military personnel that have military ID. Additionally, Nov. 8-10, military, police, firefighters and first responders get 20 percent off their total check.

Olive Garden
Olive Garden is having a Veterans Day free meal for all active-duty military and military veterans Nov. 11. Along with soup or salad and breadsticks, you get to choose one entrée from their special Veterans Day menu. Proof of military service is required.

Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse will be giving away Veterans Day free meals for lunch on Nov. 11 to active, former, or retired military. This is for dine-in only. Hours may vary by location, so be sure to check a Texas Roadhouse near you for specific details.

LongHorn Steakhouse
LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free appetizers and desserts to veterans and active service members who stop in to Longhorn Steakhouse on Nov. 11. Plus, eligible customers also get 10 percent off their table’s total check. Proof of service is required.

TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays will be having free meal for all veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. This offer is valid at participating locations only, and is only valid after a military ID is shown for proof of service. Be sure to contact your local TGI Fridays for specific details.

Red Robin
Veterans and active duty military can stop into any participating Red Robin location on Nov. 11 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie.

Krispy Kreme
Veterans and active-duty military can start their Veterans Day off with a free breakfast at Krispy Kreme that includes a doughnut and a small coffee. No purchase, ID or coupon is necessary.

Dunkin’ Donuts
To show their support, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts to active duty military and veterans on Nov. 11. This free Veterans Day donut is limited to one per customer while supplies last, but no purchase is required and you just need to show military ID.

Chuck E. Cheese
In honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Chuck E. Cheese’s is giving out one free personal one-topping pizza to all active duty, National Guard and retired military members. This Veterans Day free meal offer is valid at participating stores nationwide. Military ID is required. 

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
This is the sixth Veterans Day that Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt has given out free six-ounce cups of frozen yogurt to veterans and active duty military. 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. 

California Pizza Kitchen
Stop by a participating California Pizza Kitchen location on Nov. 11 to choose a pizza, salad or pasta from their special Veterans Day Menu when you dine-in. You’ll need come in uniform or bring your military ID or another proof of service in order to redeem this offer.

Participating Sizzler locations will be serving veterans and active military members a Veterans Day free meal until 4 p.m., Nov. 11. You’ll get to choose from a six-ounce tri tip steak, single Malibu chicken, or half dozen jumbo crispy shrimp. Individuals will also receive a free side and a coffee, tea or fountain drink. Bring proof of service such as your U.S. military-issue or veterans group ID card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), a photograph of yourself in uniform, or wear your uniform to your local Sizzlers.

Little Ceasars
Veterans and active military members can visit Little Caesars 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 11 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-ounce Pepsi product. You must present proof of service, which can include an ID card with veteran designation, a DD-214 form, or a current military-issued ID card.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings is having their annual Veterans Day free food deal Nov. 11. All day, veterans and active duty military get a free small order of boneless or traditional wings, and a side of fries. This offer 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.

Friendly’s is giving veterans and active military a free Veterans Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner (dine-in only) on Nov. 11. If breakfast is chosen, you’ll get a Big-Two-Do meal with coffee. Lunch or dinner includes an All-American Burger served with fries and a 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.

For Veterans Day this Nov. 11, eligible customers can have a free chili dog, small fries and a 20-ounce drink. This offer is for both active military members and veterans who can provide military ID or who show up in their military uniform.