December 2, 2023

On Veterans Day, several restaurants are honoring those who served with free meals and special deals.

If you’re a veteran, look no further—Newsweek has compiled a comprehensive list of places that will honor your service with a free meal or discount.

Keep in mind, most deals require you to show proof that you are indeed a veteran, and typically a VA Benefits or veterans’ ID card will suffice.

If you’re looking to start the day out strong, head over to Bob Evans, where veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu all day on November 11.

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Gavin Kinney, 9, at the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015. There are many food and drink offers to mark Veterans Day this year.
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Caribou Coffee is also honoring veterans and their spouses with a small hot brewed coffee of the day or cold press, free of charge.

Restaurant chain giant Chili’s is also celebrating the holiday with a free meal for veterans from a select menu with proof of service, while Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers offers a free Freddy’s Original Double with Cheese combo meal card to be redeemed through November 30.

Maybe a buffet is more your speed. If so, Golden Corral is hosting a Military Appreciation Night on November 13 starting at 5 p.m. This will include a complimentary “thank you” meal for diners.

Hooters also offers active-duty and veterans alike a free entree from a specific menu with the purchase of any beverage on the holiday.

Seafood-loving veterans will get free meal vouchers for the Veterans Shrimp & Chips from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and it can be redeemed from November 13 through December 10.

Applebee’s diners will get a free meal while dining in stores this holiday and all military guests will get a $5 Bounce Back card to use on any purchase.

Burger chain Red Robin also has a complimentary Red’s Big Tavern Burger in store for veterans with valid ID, while Smoothie King offers a free smoothie to those who served as well.

Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries today at Buffalo Wild Wings, while Dunkin’ offers a free donut of your choice all throughout the day as well.

At the end or beginning of your night, veterans can also score a free six-pack of classic cookies at Insomnia Cookies with any in-store purchase.

Coffee giant Starbucks is also supporting veterans and active service military members and their spouses with a free tall hot brewed coffee.

Miller’s Ale House is also giving veterans 50 percent off their entree of choice with proof of service all day on Saturday, November 11.

Meanwhile, Pollo Campero will offer a free two-piece meal with valid military ID on Veterans Day in stores.

Those looking for a nice French meal are also in luck with la Madeleine offering 30 percent off the entire purchase for veterans.

Craving something while you’re at Chuck E. Cheese? Veterans will also be able to buy two specialty pizzas deals.

The Alpha, which costs $34.99, includes a large one-topping pizza with four dispenser drinks and 45 play points. You must have a valid military ID to score the deal.

Also at Chuck E Cheese, you can get The Bravo deal for veterans, which has double the fun, with two one-topping pizzas, four drinks and 100 play points.

Some deals are also available all year long, including at Peter Piper Pizza, where veterans earn 10 percent off their entire purchases daily.