Every November, all active and retired military personnel are celebrated on Veterans Day. Celebrated on the anniversary of the end of World War I — November 11 for all the non-history buffs — the federal holiday is more than just a day off from work. 

So, many restaurants are paying their respect to veterans by offering some Veterans Day freebies on Sunday and Monday, when the holiday is being officially observed, to honor service members past and present.  And there are a lot of free meal options to choose from — Applebee’s is on a mission to serve one million free meals to military heroes with its free entree deal, while Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free doughnuts.  

Just remember to tip your waiter because gratuity is usually not included and take your military ID or proof of service, just in case they ask. Keep scrolling to find out where veterans can score a free meal on Veterans Day 2018!

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On Sunday, Nov. 11, the nationwide chain is offering all veterans and active-duty military a complimentary entree from a special menu. Military heroes can choose from a classic bacon cheeseburger or a three-cheese chicken penne. 

Backyard Burgers 

Veterans and active military personnel with an ID can score a free Classic Burger on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Bar Louie 

Bar Louie is on a mission to raise $25,000 for Operation Homefront to support veterans and their families, and donations are now being accepted between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Veterans can also enjoy a free flatbread or burger on Nov. 11.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Military members who dine in will receive a free entree up to $12.95 and a free Dr. Pepper. Plus, veterans can claim a free Pizookie by clicking here. Offer valid on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Boston Market 

On Sunday and Monday, veterans will be offered a BOGO deal — buy one meal with drink and get a second free — at all U.S. locations.  

Bubba’s 33 

Free lunch is on the menu on Nov. 11 for all veterans until 4 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings

On Nov. 11, veterans will receive one free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries at all participating U.S. locations. Dine-in only. 


On Monday, Nov. 12, veterans score a free meal at the Tennessee-based restaurant. 

California Pizza Kitchen

Veterans and active-duty military can select an entree from a special VeteransDay menu on Sunday, Nov. 11. Don’t forget your military ID. 

Chili’s Grill and Bar 

Chili’s is celebrating Veterans Day by offering military heroes a complimentary entree from a special menu, which includes chicken crispers, chicken bacon ranch quesadillas, and cajun chicken pasta. 


The Mexican franchise is offering a BOGO special on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 — buy one burrito, bowl, salad or taco, get one free — from open to close to all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID.

City Barbeque 

Veterans get a free a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage — dine-in or carry out — on Nov. 11 at the Southern restaurant chain. 


At all participating locations nationwide, veterans, active, and retired military personnel will receive a Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12 from 5 a.m. to noon. Don’t forget your ID. 

Dunkin’ Donuts 

Looking for a free breakfast on Veterans Day? Dunkin is offering a free doughnut at its restaurants nationwide. 

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Active military and veterans can enjoy a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner on Sunday, Nov. 11. ID required. 

Golden Corral 

On Monday, Nov. 12, veterans can enjoy a free sit-in “thank you” dinner at Golden Corral locations between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. 


On 11-11, Hooters welcomes all military – active and retired — to enjoy a free meal as a thank you for their service. The Hooters Veterans Day Menu features 10-piece wings, burgers, and a chicken salad. All you need is a military ID or proof of service and to purchase a beverage. 

Little Caesars Pizza 

Get a free $5 Hot-and-Ready lunch combo on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


On Sunday, November 11, veterans can stop by their local Mickey D’s for a free Extra Value Meal or another select menu item. 

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Need dessert? Menchie’s is offering veterans and military personnel with an ID a free six-ounce frozen yogurt all day on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop 

Stop in to receive a free bagel and cup of coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

On The Border 

Craving Mexican? On Sunday, Nov. 11, On The Border is offering all military members a free create-your-own combo meal. 

Red Robin 

On Nov. 11, veterans can enjoy a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries with valid ID. 

Romanos Macaroni Grill 

This Sunday, the Italian eatery will offer veterans and active military (with military ID) a complimentary Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs plus Spaghetti entree at all U.S. locations. 


Military service men and women can enjoy a free lunch at one of Sizzler’s 131 locations, from open to 4 p.m on Nov. 11. Veterans must show proof of service. 


Need a caffeine fix? Veterans can head to Starbucks for a free tall brewed coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

Sonny’s BBQ 

On Nov. 12, veterans and active military can head to Sonny’s for a free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo. 

Tap House Grill 

Veterans will receive a a complimentary meal plus discounts on beer and cocktails on Nov. 11. 

Texas Roadhouse 

Lunch is on Texas Roadhouse on Sunday, Nov. 11 when veterans will be able to enjoy a complimentary meal from a special menu including a beverage and sides. 

Tijuana Flats 

Veterans will receive a free entree and fountain drink on Sunday, Nov. 11 (dine-in and take-out) — offer not available to orders made online or through Uber Eats. 

Wild Wing Cafe 

Past and present military personnel can enjoy a free meal — choices include an Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger or Chicken Sandwich — on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

World of Beer 

Servicemen and women can enjoy a free select draught beer (0r $5 off their tab) at World of Beer on Nov. 11. 

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