Friday Freebies: More than 20 restaurants where veterans eat free for Veterans Day

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Sunday is Veterans Day, and many restaurants are showing support for those who have made the sacrifice to serve their country.

There are dozens of freebies and discounts available for veterans and active duty military personnel this weekend in central Ohio. Most require proof of service to cash in, so make sure to bring government-issued military identification or other approved proof of service.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Applebee’s is on a mission to serve one million meals to veterans this year. On Sunday, veterans and active duty military members can choose a free full-sized entrée from these eight fan favorites: Classic Bacon Cheeseburger, 6-ounce USDA Choice Sirloin, Chicken Tenders Platter, Double Crunch Shrimp, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad, Oriental Chicken Salad, or Three-Cheese Chicken Penne.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Current and former military members can get a free entrée (valued up to $12.95) and a free Dr Pepper on Sunday. This offer is not valid toward the purchase of alcoholic beverages or gift cards and is for dine-in customers only.

Bob Evans

On Sunday, veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy one of six menu offerings for free. Choices include the Country Biscuit Breakfast, Brioche French Toast, The Mini Sampler, Stack of Hotcakes, Country-fried Steak Savor Dinner, and the Soup & Salad Combo.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Active and retired armed services members can get a free order of small traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries for free on Sunday. This offer is valid for dine-in orders only and no substitutions, upgrades or add-ons are available with this offer.

California Pizza Kitchen

This Sunday, veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military can get a complimentary entrée from participating California Pizza Kitchen locations. The Veterans Day menu includes a choice of a complimentary pizza, pasta or full-sized salad. Menu offerings may vary by locations and restrictions may apply. This offer is only good for dine-in orders.


Chili’s is offering veterans and active duty service members a complimentary meal this Sunday. Menu selections include Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, a bowl of chili or Soup & Salad, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, the Just Bacon Burger, the Oldtimer with Cheese and the Cajun Chicken Pasta.


Veterans, active duty military, reserves, National Guard members and military spouses can take advantage of Chipotle’s buy-one-get-one offer all day on Sunday. This offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

City Barbeque

All veterans and troops can get a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage at every City Barbeque location on Sunday. This offer is valid for both dine-in and carry-out orders.

Cracker Barrel

On Sunday, veterans can snag a complimentary Crafted Coffee, an iced or hot traditional espresso beverage, or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola cake at all Cracker Barrel Restaurants.


Dunkin’ is giving a sweet salute to those who serve on Sunday, offering veterans and active duty military a free donut of their choice. No purchase is necessary.

Golden Corral

On Monday from 5 to 9 p.m., veterans, active duty members, National Guard members and reservists can enjoy a free meal at Golden Corral. This offer is valid for dine-in customers only.

HMSHost American Craft Tavern

If you’re a veteran and flying out of John Glenn International Airport on Monday, make sure to grab a bite to eat at American Craft Tavern. Active duty and military veterans can get a complimentary Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, veterans and active military can get a free scoop of ice cream in a cup, cake cone or sugar cone on Sunday at Johnson’s Real Ice cream. 

Little Caesars

Veterans and active duty military members can get a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo (four slices of DEEP! DEEP! Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20-ounce soft drink) on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who want to cash in on this deal must mention the Little Caesars Veteran’s Day promotion.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Veterans can receive a free appetizer or dessert at LongHorn Steakhouse on Sunday, no purchase necessary. Additionally, a veteran and their entire table can receive 10% off their meal. 

Max & Erma’s

On Sunday, veterans and active military eat free at Max & Erma’s. The complimentary meal includes a half-pound hand-crushed cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouses) can enjoy a free entrée at McCormick & Schmick’s. This offer is for dine-in patrons only. Tap or click here to view their Veterans Day menu.


All active and retired military service members are invited to enjoy a free meal from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” on Sunday and Monday. 

On The Border

On Sunday, active and former military members can get a free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 meal at On The Border. Your choice of any two items off the combo menu is served with Mexican rice and beans plus endless chips and salsa.

Pilot Flying J

All active duty and retired military veterans can get a free breakfast at Pilot Flying J. Just download the Pilot Flying J app and get one free coffee of any size plus your choice of breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry or Cinnabon Center of the Roll. 

Red Lobster

On Sunday and Monday, all veterans, active duty military and reservists can get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu featuring Lobster & Langostino Pizza, Sweet Chili Shrimp, Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and more.

Red Robin

Veterans and active duty service members can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Sunday. This offer is valid for dine-in orders only.

Ruby Tuesday

On Sunday, veterans can get a free appetizer (value of up to $10) at Ruby Tuesday. If the order exceeds $10, the remaining amount is the customer’s responsibility.

The Spaghetti Warehouse

Veterans can take advantage of The Spaghetti Warehouse’s buy-one-get-one Veterans Day special on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Choose lasagna, an original recipe spaghetti entrée or grilled chicken alfredo and get a second one of equal or lesser value for free. You must use the coupon, which you can get here.

Texas de Brazil

Up to two veterans can eat for free at Texas de Brazil on Sunday and Monday, plus take up to 20% off for up to six additional guests.

Texas Roadhouse

Veterans and active military can enjoy a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse on Sunday. Their special Veterans Day menu includes a 6-ounce Sirloin Steak, Grilled Pork Chop, Pulled Pork Dinner, Country Fried Chicken, Country Fried Sirloin, All-American Cheeseburger, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Salad or the Chicken Critter Salad.

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