Free Meals at Los Angeles Restaurants on Veterans Day

Red, White & Blue pancakes | Photo courtesy of IHOP, Facebook
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On Veterans Day, popular restaurant chains are offering free and discounted meals to veterans and active military with valid ID. Unless otherwise noted, the following restaurant deals are available on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

For more info, visit our guide to military discounts offered in L.A. throughout the year.

Chili's Veterans Day special
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Applebee’s: From open to close, participating locations are offering veterans and active duty military a free meal from a Veterans Day menu featuring seven signature dishes. Proof of military service required.

BJ's (Nov. 10-11, 2017): Veterans and active military can enjoy a free entree under $12.95. Military personnel can also reserve a BJ's beer or soda through their Buy a Hero a Beer program. Dine-in only. Must present valid military ID.

California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active military are invited to enjoy a complimentary pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from a special Veterans Day Menu at all participating restaurants. Dine-in only, no substitutions. Diners must come in uniform, bring military ID or show other proof of service.

Denny’s: From 5 a.m. to noon on Veterans Day, all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating Denny’s. Diners with a valid military ID can customize their Grand Slam, which includes four breakfast items such as buttermilk pancakes, eggs cooked to order, bacon strips, seasonal fruit or hash browns. 

Hooters: Veterans and active duty military personnel can enjoy a free Hooters entrée by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country. Entrées include 10-piece wings, Hooters Burger and Buffalo Chicken Salad. Hooters also invites guests to participate in the annual Operation Calendar Drop program by purchasing a 2018 Hooters Calendar and including a message of appreciation and support for the troops.

IHOP: Participating IHOP restaurants across the country will serve a free stack of Red, White & Blue pancakes – buttermilk pancakes topped with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping – for veterans and active duty military. Veterans and active military must show proof of their service in order to receive the free pancakes. Throughout the month of November, $1 from every Red, White & Blue Combo purchase will go to support the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

McCormick & Schmick’s (Nov. 5, 2017): McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will treat veterans to a special menu at participating locations across the country. On Sunday, Nov. 5, McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants are offering a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée to the men and women who have served our country. Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) are also included. Verification of service is required. No I.D. needed for Gold Star honorees. Entrées must be enjoyed at the restaurant. Reservations are required; locate a participating restaurant and make your reservation online.

Spaghetti and breadsticks at Olive Garden
Photo courtesy of Olive Garden, Facebook

Olive Garden: All veterans and active military will receive a free meal featuring one of six popular entrées, including spaghetti with meat sauce, Lasagna Classico, or chicken parmigiana. Meals include garlic breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or house salad. Offer valid with proof of service or veteran status.

Outback Steakhouse: Active and former service members will receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Veterans Day. Outback is also offering active/retired military members and their immediate family a 15% discount on their meals from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Rock & Brews: Veterans, active military personnel and first responders get a free Pulled Pork Sandwich on Veterans Day. Offer good at participating locations for dine in guests only who present valid ID. One sandwich per person.

Spaghetti Warehouse: From Friday to Sunday, Nov. 10-12, download a special Veterans Day coupon for a Buy One Get One Free entree: Lasagna, Original Recipe Spaghetti, or Grilled Chicken Alfredo. Served with sourdough bread and choice of salad or soup for lunch or dinner.