Veterans Day is right around the corner and over the last several years restaurants have been saying “Thank You” by offering fantastic discounts and freebies to both active duty service members and veterans. Many restaurants participate each year and the list continues to grow so we decided to make it easier for you to map out your plan of action if you’d like to take part in such a generous offer this Veterans Day.
Before we dive in with the list we want to highlight a few particulars.
- Before arriving, please call your local establishment to ensure their participation. Not all establishments are offering nationwide participation.
- Be sure to bring proof of military service.
- Gratuity may not be included in your bill. Though the establishment may be offering a free meal, in some states servers still make below minimum wage. Please be kind to your servers.
- Lastly, be mindful that service may be slower due to a higher amount of veterans in your area, especially establishments near military installations.
November 11, 2014 Veterans Day Deals
(Unless otherwise noted, all listings are offered to only active-duty service members and veterans, on Veteran’s Day November 11th, and are Dine-In only.)
Applebee’s is offering a free meal, with 7 entrees to choose from.
BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free lunch entree, up to $9.95 value.
Bob Evans: Free All-You-Can-Eat hotcakes.
California Pizza Kitchen: From CPK’s Veterans Day Menu, your choice of a free pizza, full size salad, or pasta.
Carraba’s: Free appetizer.
Cattlemens Steakhouse: Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse: Free meal for active and former military members with ID or other valid proof of service. Find a location near you.
Chili’s: Free dinner with 7 entrees to choose from or any lunch combo during lunch.
Church Hill Classics: 20% off Military certificate frames, desk accessories, display cases, and specialty gifts when customers place an order on diplomaframe.com from now until November 16, 2014 (11:59pm EST). Enter the code PKNE57 in the SPC field during checkout
Cotton Patch Café: Free full-size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken meal.
Country Cookin: Free meal.
East Coast Wings: Free Appetizer or Desert.
Einstein Bros Bagels: Free coffee.
Fatz Eatz & Drinkz: Free meal up to $13.00 value.
Fire & Ice Grill & Bar: Free meal.
Friendly’s: Free “Big Two Do®” breakfast or an All-American Burger meal for lunch or dinner.
Golden Corral – Military Appreciation Monday “Thank You” Dinner is on Monday Nov. 17, 2014 (5pm – 9pm).
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt: All veterans and active duty military personnel can receive a free single scoop ice cream cone. A valid military ID must be shown, but no purchase is necessary.
Hooters: Free meal up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House: Free meal from the American Values Menu which includes soup, salad, desert, and beverage.
Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee.
Lone Star Steakhouse: Free Starter..
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Max & Erma’s: Free “Best Cheeseburger in America” Combo.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants: Sunday Nov 9, 2014 Free lunch or dinner. Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited.
Menchie’s: Free 6 oz. frozen yogurt.
Noah’s Bagles: Free coffee.
On the Border: Free Create Your Own Combo meal.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day. From November 12th to December 31st, receive 15% off.
Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakeries: Free Magnificent Seven meal.
Pinnacle Entertainment (Casino Buffets): Click Here for a list of casino locations offering a free buffet on Veterans Day.
Ponderosa: Free Veterans Day buffet to veterans on Monday, November 17th at participating restaurants.
Red Lobster: Select a free Appetizer from a special menu Nov. 10 –Nov. 13th.
Red Robin: One Free Appetizer to all veterans, active duty and reserve service members on November 11, 2014 with proof of service
honey’s: Free All-American Burger.
Sizzler: Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees, and a free coffee, tea, or fountain drink.
StarBucks: Free tall brewed coffee for active duty, veterans, and their spouses.
Texas Land and Cattle Steak House: Free appetizer or shared plate.
Tim Hortons: Free donut. No purchase necessary.
Travel Centers of America: Free meal for CDL holders who are also veterans.
Uno Chicago Grill: Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Inform your server that you are there to support the Fisher House and a portion of the check will donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a fantastic charity that supports our military!
Wayback Burger: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free Wayback Classic Burger with the purchase of any side and any drink. Those at Port Hueneme Naval Base location can enjoy free food!
54th Street Grill Free meal up to $12 value, Dine in AND Express To-go.
Below is a list of previously participating restaurants that have not yet confirmed participation in Veterans Day 2014 offers.
Bar Louie: Free meal up to a $12 value.
Champps Americana: Free hamburger (7 burger options) and waffle fries.
Cheeseburger in Paradise: Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage.
Denny’s: Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Famous Dave’s: Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location.
Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille: Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $13).
HoneyBaked Stores: Free lunch; includes sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink.
Hy-Vee: Free Breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining.
Little Caesars® Pizza: Free Crazy Bread®
O’Charley’s: Free entree from the $9.99’er menu.
Texas Corral: Free entrée. Texas Corral locations offer a 50% discount daily to active duty police officers, firemen and military personnel.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch choosing from 10 meals, plus sides and a drink.
T.G.I. Friday’s: Free lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details. Locations.
The Olive Garden: Free entrée from a special menu.
Tony Roma’s: Free Entree up to $15 value.
Twin Peaks: Free meal.
Additional Veterans Day Freebies:
- Great Clips: Receive a free haircut or pickup a free hair cut coupon and give it to a Veteran to be used by the end of 2014.
- Lodging at B&B: Monday November 10th and Tuesday November 11th, Veterans can stay at a participating B&B for free. Spots are limited and reservations are required. To see which B&B’s are participating, click here. (Some Canadian B&B’s are included.)
- Knott’s Berry Farm Military Tribute Days: Free admission to all veterans, retired and active duty military and one guest. No more than six additional discounted tickets can be purchased for $24 each from November 2nd thru November 21st and for $29 each from November 22nd thru January 4th, 2015.
- Koda Bridal: On November 11th, Koda Bridal in Pennsylvania will be generously giving away bridal gowns to military brides. There is limited number of dresses being given away so you must register and read the rules for attending the event, and call ahead to schedule an appointment.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Free admission to Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and the direct dependents of currently deployed troops can receive free admission for the entire Veterans Day weekend, November 7–11, 2014.
USMC Life wants to say, “Thank You” to the participating establishments for acknowledging our nations veterans!
AARP: From October 30 to November 13, anyone can enjoy 20% off AARP membership dues, and when a new membership is purchased, AARP will use a portion of the dues to help provide RealPad™ computer tablets to veterans to help them stay connected. AARP also offers a 20% off year-round membership discount solely for men and women of the military who are 50+ years of age, including veterans, active duty, military retirees, National Guard, reservists, and military spouses
Musicians Friend: 15% off one item of $199 value or more for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active duty and their immediate family members
Newegg: From November 1 to November 21, Newegg is offering 10% off site wide (up to $20) to all military personnel verified through SheerID on Newegg.com. The promotion is available to active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans and their immediate family members who visit their site.
Buckle: Military receive 10% off online purchases every day at Buckle.com, plus for a limited time, they can take advantage of Buckle’s special offer and get a free t-shirt when they spend $100 or more on Affliction, American Customs, or Sinful branded merchandise
Grizzly Industrial: 5% off all purchases for active, veteran and retired military personnel from Nov. 11-28, 2014
LYMY: 15% off on exclusive Love You Miss You t-shirts and hats for veterans, reservists, National Guard, active duty and their families
Home Depot and Lowe’s
Offer a 10% discount to military and vets (all year round).
Veterans Day weekend, Cabelas is offering their employee discount to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on November 11 and 12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50% depending on the item and excludes guns, boats, trailers and safes.
Sam’s Club will give a free $15 Sam’s Club Gift Card to military personnel* when you join or renew as a Sam’s Club Member.
Veterans, active duty and family members receive 20% off Nov. 6-11
Receive 10% off regular, sale and clearance merchandise November 11-12th.
Brides Across America
Free wedding gowns for military brides. Check the site to see when the next event is happening.
Members of the armed forces receive a 20% discount November 11 thru 15th on any one transaction.
Offers a 10% discount to all veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard, reserve members and their families.
Offers a 10% discount on Saturday, November 9th. All day.
Meinke Car Care
Free oil change on Veterans Day.
On Nov 11th they are offering 15% off select items and 20% off Walgreens store brand NICE! And W brand products.
Free hair cuts for active duty and Veterans on Nov 11th.
Military One Source
Receive up to ten free paperback and audio books throughout the year.
Free Fee Day at National Parks November 9th -11th.
Anheuser Busch Companies
(Here’s to the Heroes) Free Admission any day of the year to ONE of the following parks, along with three guests:
- Sea World: SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio
- Busch Gardens: Tampa Bay or Williamsburg
- Sesame Place
- Adventure Island
- Water Country USA
Aquarium of the Pacific
Offers free admission on November 11th for veterans, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters who show valid service.
Audubon Nature Institute
As a special thank you we are offering complimentary admission on November 11, 2013 to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium or Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for all military personnel (active and retired) and their guests. Active or retired military personnel, or dependent, must show a military ID for admission at the Zoo, Aquarium, or Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. This offer is valid for up to five (5) admissions, including the Veteran, and does not apply to Entergy IMAX® Theatre
San Jacinto Museum of History
In honor of veterans and Veterans Day, admission to all venues of the museum – the theater for Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto; the Observation Floor, and the special exhibit Making a Mark, Leaving a Legacy – will be free for veterans and their accompanying family members for the week of Veterans Day.
Free admission to veterans, current Armed Forces members and their family members.
Free admission for all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove! Open 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Vicksburg National Military Park
Free admission for all November 9th-11th
Greenbay (WI) New Zoo
Free admission to veterans and their families.
Central Florida Zoo
Free admission to the Sanford, Florida zoo with proper ID.
Strategic Air & Space Museum
Free admission for Veterans Nov. 11th
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
In Oklahoma City offers free admission to veterans and six guests.
Natural Elements Spa & Salon
Veterans by offering 40% off any service for the week of Veterans Day
In recognition of the bravery and dedication of the valiant men and women returning from deployment, Westgate Resorts is proud to give away 1,000 three-day/two-night stays at Westgate River Ranch, an authentic Florida dude ranch. We understand it’s tough to be away from your loved ones while being deployed, so we want to help out by giving you a free vacation so you can reconnect and spend quality time with your family. Those Veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and/or The War on Terror are eligible for the giveaway. If you did not serve in the above wars, you are still eligible for a discount of 25% off the Best Available Rate.
Des Moines, Iowa Botanical Gardens
Veterans and their families can enjoy free admission to the Des Moines Botanical Center in honor of Veterans Day!
Brevard Zoo will offer free admission to military veterans and active-duty service members Friday through Monday. The Zoo will also provide free admission to spouses in the event the active-duty service member is deployed overseas.
Aquarium of the Bay San Francisco
Receive discounted tickets all year long with promotion code: VETTIX. Ticket Prices: $10 Military/Veteran Adult ($6.95 savings),$5 Child ($3.00 savings),$5 Senior ($3.00 savings). Restrictions: Good for up to 9 tickets. Groups of 10 or more must schedule a group visit.
Castle Park Riverside, CA
Buy a Duke’s Duo online ONLY for $9.99 (Savings of $6). Ticket valid for 11/11/13 only.
Sand Castle Waterpark in PA
Military member with their ID card will get a discount of $10 off the regular admission price, so instead of being $30.99 the ticket would become $20.99. Military family members with their ID cards will get a discount of $5 off the cost of a ticket, so the prices would be for family members $25.99 for general admission, $15.99 for children under 48″, and children three years and younger get in for free. The military members and family just need to show their ID’s at the gate to receive the discount.
Sun Splash Florida
Complimentary admission for active duty military representing all five service branch, active members of a reserve or National Guard Unit and or up to 3 direct dependents.Must present valid, active-duty military/service ID; dependents ages 10 and over must present valid dependent ID. Valid for 1 complimentary single-day admission per person, per year.
Roaring Hills Wildlife Adventure in KS
15% military discount to all active, veterans and retired military. Just present your military id or VA card at the ticket office.