25 Places to Get Veterans Day Free Meals in 2021

Find out where our current and former service members can score Veterans Day free meals as a small thank-you for all they’ve done to fight for and protect our freedom.

Annually, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 to honor both our veterans and those who are actively serving in the military. In 2021, this federal holiday falls on a Thursday. There are lots of restaurant chains that pay homage to these brave, selfless individuals by offering up Veterans Day free meals, just as many retail stores have Veterans Day sales. Use this roundup of eateries to find out where you can order up a complimentary dish as a thank-you for your service. In most cases, all you need is some form of military ID. You can also honor our veterans with a Veterans Day quote—just make sure you know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day before you do.

Famous Dave’s

Head over to this barbecue joint on November 11 for a free Famous Dave’s Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich + Side, available for dine-in and takeout.

Bob Evans

There’s plenty to look forward to if you’re near a Bob Evans location on Veterans Day. The chain is offering seven homestyle menu items for veterans for free on the 11th, including country fried steak and crispy fried chicken.

Applebee’s

Applebee’s has proudly served up 8.3 million Veterans Day free meals to vets and active-duty military members since 2008! The chain is continuing the tradition this year by offering a free meal to these folks on Thursday, November 11, but check with your local Applebee’s first as they may have to adhere to different local guidelines. Find out 45 things America’s troops wish you knew.

Chili’s

Head on over to Chili’s, which is saluting veterans and active military members on Thursday, November 11, with a choice of meals from the special Veterans Day menu (dine-in only). Options include Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas. If you are a military family, you’ll be overwhelmed by these triumphs and tragedies of your military peers.

Smoothie King

Head to a participating Smoothie King location on November 11 for a free 20-ounce smoothie with proof of service. This offer is good for current, veteran, or retired military service members, and is in-store only.

Cattlemens Steakhouse

If it’s steak you crave, on Veterans Day, Cattlemens is offering a sirloin steak dinner to current and former service members. Yes, you read that right—you’ll get an eight-ounce steak, with sides, for free! Just check to be sure your Cattlemens is participating, and make sure you’ve got your military ID. (Finally, keep in mind that the restaurants don’t open until 4 p.m., so when they say dinner, they mean dinner!)

Golden Corral

Golden Corral will be hosting Military Appreciation Night for the 20th year in a row from 5 p.m. until closing on Veterans Day. As of last year, Golden Corral had served almost six million Veterans Day free meals to active-duty and retired military heroes, and the folks there are excited to serve up more complimentary dinners for both current and former service members.

Red Robin

Grab a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries by showing your proof of service at the nearest Red Robin any time between November 1 and November 14. The offer is available for dine-in and takeout. Yum! Red Robin has repeatedly offered Veterans Day free meals year after year. Check out 22 words or phrases you probably didn’t know originated in the military.

Texas Roadhouse

On November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can drive into the parking lot of your closest Texas Roadhouse and pick up a meal voucher with a valid military ID or proof of service. Use it at your leisure through May 30, 2022, for a free dinner in the restaurant.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Try the pregame offerings on Veterans Day at a participating Buffalo Wild Wings, where they will offer ten free boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members. To take advantage of the offer, you can dine in or get takeout, and a military ID is required.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger

Head to Freddy’s this Veterans Day and get a free Freddy’s Original Double Combo meal card. Either former or current military members can redeem this card through November 30. Did you know that these 31 famous people are veterans?

Perkins

Veterans will be eligible for a free Magnificent Seven breakfast at Perkins, which includes two strips of bacon and three pancakes. Check with your local Perkins before making the trip as they may not all be participating.

California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active military (with a valid ID) can grab a free meal and non-alcoholic drink from a pre-selected menu at California Pizza Kitchen for dine-in or takeout. They will also be donating 20% of all sales between November 8 and November 10 to Disabled American Veterans.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Veterans and active-duty military can head to Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar for an All-American Burger with a choice of cheese and a side for free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Members will have to bring proof of service.

Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick is offering a free Chick Special and drink at any restaurant for former and active military all day Thursday, November 11.

Country Kitchen

Veterans and active military will be eligible for a free Country Scramble at Country Kitchen. Make sure to bring a valid ID. Do you know why Veterans Day doesn’t have an apostrophe?

Denny’s

On November 11, Denny’s will be offering any active or retired military personnel with a valid ID a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon. Who doesn’t love a good Denny’s breakfast?

O’Charley’s

You can get a free meal—a $10 value—at participating O’Charley’s locations if you come in on November 11 and show military ID. They offer a special “Veterans Thank You Menu” that you can choose from. Just check beforehand to see if your nearby O’Charley’s is participating.

Menchie’s

Cool off with a free six ounces of frozen yogurt when you present your military ID on Thursday, November 11, at any Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location. Get as much as you want and the first six ounces are on the house!

White Castle

Veterans Advantage reports that White Castle has a smattering of options for Veterans Day free meals on November 11 for those with a military ID, including a Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo Nos. 1 to 6.

Hard Rock Cafe

On November 11, both active and retired military can receive a free Legendary Steak Burger. They can also take advantage of the Hard Rock Cafe military discount of 15% off other items.

IHOP

Veterans and active military personnel can get free Red, White, and Blueberry pancakes at any IHOP. This offer is only valid if you dine in, and make sure you bring proof of service.

Little Caesars

On Veterans Day, retired military and active military can get a free Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Only select Little Caesars are participating, so make sure you call ahead to your local one before you head over.

Red Lobster

For dine-in only, active military members and veterans can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu at Red Lobster on November 11. Appetizers include a wide range of choices, from Mozzarella Cheese Sticks to White Wine and Roasted-Garlic Mussels. Dessert can either be Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, their classic Brownie Overboard, or Key Lime Pie.

Tap House Grill

On November 11, Tap House is offering a free meal to veterans and active military as a thank-you. This offer is only valid if you dine in. Now read about these 10 inspiring things strangers did to say “thank you” to veterans.

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