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Veterans Day deals: Restaurants say thank you with free meals, dining deals

As a small gesture of thanks for their service, restaurants are offering veterans and military members free food all weekend long.
/ Source: TODAY

Veterans Day is here to remind us of the sacrifices made by American service men and women.

To show just a small measure of gratitude, restaurants across the country are doing their part by offering discounts and free meal to veterans and active duty military this weekend. The way to pretty much anyone's heart is through their stomachs, after all. Fill up and enjoy, vets! Just remember to bring your military ID.

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Dunkin' Donuts

The morning gets a little sweeter as Dunkin' Donuts will serve up one free doughnut on Nov. 11 to vets and active military members. Those who qualify can choose any doughnut they like.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is upping the ante and offering one free doughnut and coffee to vets on Nov. 11.


Vets will be eating good in the neighborhood for sure! The chain is offering seven free meal options on Saturday, Nov. 11, including chicken tenders, double crunch shrimp, chicken cavatappi, a burger and more.

Olive Garden

On Nov. 11, active duty military and veterans will receive one free meal from a special menu featuring six of the restaurant’s most popular items. The rest of the family can go crazy on those free breadsticks.

Outback Steakhouse

Score a free Bloomin’ Onion and drink on Nov. 11 and 20 percent off your check from Nov. 12 through Nov. 16.

Macaroni Grill

Veterans and active military can enjoy a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée on Nov. 11.

Buffalo Wild Wings

If you're in the mood for wings, have your napkins handy! Vets get a free order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries on Nov. 11.

TGI Fridays

Diners with military IDs can get a free lunch item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 13, as well as a $5 coupon for future use.

Golden Corral

Make the most of the buffet with a free dinner at Golden Corral on Monday, Nov. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

BJ’s Restaurant

Get a complimentary entree under $12.95 this Friday and Saturday. And those over 21 can also get a boozy beverage for just $6.

Eat’n Park

Veterans and active military will get 10 percent off their meals all November long! Because truly, a day or a weekend isn't nearly enough of a thank you.

Spaghetti Warehouse

The restaurant is offering a “buy one entree, get one free” coupon, encouraging guests to “invite a veteran to lunch or dinner” redeemable from Friday, Nov. 10 through Nov. 12. It’s a great for the family to get together and enjoy a little discount over a heaping plate of pasta.

California Pizza Kitchen

On Veterans Day, all veterans or active duty military personnel can choose a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta.

Ovation Brands

It’s a buffet bonanza with a great deal for military family members. Furr’s Fresh Buffet, Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet and Ryan’s are all offering vets a 15 percent discount on Nov. 11, plus additional family discounts. Then, vets can come back for a free meal on Monday, Nov. 13.