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Find free food and services as a thank you for Cincinnati veterans.


Where can veterans and family members get free food on Veterans Day?

Where can Veterans get free meals?

What restaurants are giving away free food for Veterans Day?


Many companies will acknowledge inactive, retired, and active service members of the armed forces with a discount for Veterans Day. Below is a list of free or discounted restaurants, entertainment, transportation, and more to honor veterans this Friday.


Veteran Day celebrations even continue into the store or select retailers offering various discounts in appreciation for military service. To receive this recognition, all U.S. military and retired personnel must bring military identification. Enlisted, reservists, retired veterans, or other service members are all eligible for these military discounts.


*Call ahead to see be sure Cincinnati veterans eat free. Participation may vary by location.  


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Restaurant Discounts for Veterans



Veterans and active-duty military can select a free meal from a limited menu for Veteran’s Day.


Bar Louie

Veterans and active-duty military receive a free craft burger.


BIBIBOP Asian Grill

Veterans and active-duty military receive a free bowl for in-store purchases.


Bob Evans

Veterans and active-duty military will get the choice of one free meal from a limited menu.


Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill gives out free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizers to military and veterans.


Boston Market

Veterans and active-duty personnel can buy one individual meal with a drink and get a second free.


Bruegger’s Bagels

All veterans and active military get a free any-size drip coffee.


Buffalo Wild Wings

All veterans and active military members can receive free ten boneless wings and a side of fries.


Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Veterans and active-duty personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert and a beverage.



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Military and veterans can enjoy a free meal



Veterans can buy one burrito, bowl, salad or taco and get the second free.


CiCi’s Pizza

Veterans can enjoy a free buffet on Veterans Day, including pizza, salads, desserts, and more.


Cracker Barrel

Veterans can receive a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola ® Cake.


Dunkin’ Donuts

Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free donut with no purchase necessary.


Famous Dave’s

Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free 2 Meat Combo served with one side item and a cornbread muffin.


Golden Corral

All active and former military members can pick up a free ‘thank you meal’ promotional card. The card is good for one free lunch or dinner buffet and beverage.



Veterans can enjoy free red, white, and blue pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream.


Krispy Kreme

Military and Veterans get one free donut and a small coffee.



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Logan’s Roadhouse

Enjoy a free meal from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Max & Erma’s  

Get a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, including seasoned fries and a drink. Dine-in only.



Free meals to all veterans with valid ID. Meal options are available online.


O’Charley’s Bar & Grill

Military and Vets get free $9.99 meals on Veterans Day.


Olive Garden

Active military and vets can choose from five popular entrees for free.


Outback Steakhouse

Veterans and military families can get a free bloomin’ onion and drink.


Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Veterans receive a complimentary Magnificent 7 breakfast, including two eggs, two strips of bacon, and three pancakes.


Quaker Steak & Lube

All military veterans and active-duty members receive 50% off any entrée.



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Rapid Fire Pizza

Veterans and active-duty military get a free dessert pizza or Cheezy Bread with the purchase of an entree.


Red Lobster

Veterans and active-duty members can receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu.



Active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses enjoy a free tall (12-ounce) hot or iced coffee.


Texas Roadhouse

Veterans and Active-Duty military can receive a voucher for a free meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


TGI Fridays

Get a free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offer for dine-in only.



Free small breakfast combo with valid military ID. No purchase is necessary.


Yard House

Veterans and active-duty military will receive a complimentary appetizer with a valid military ID. The offer is valid for dine-in only.


Free Entertainment for Veterans


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Veterans receive free general admission.


Free Haircuts for Veterans


Great Clips

Veterans and current military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to use later.


Retail Discounts for Veterans


Dollar General

Veterans and families receive an 11 percent discount on qualifying items in-store and online.


Rack Room Shoes

Military and families with a valid ID receive 10-20 percent off their entire purchase in-store only.


The Home Depot

Veterans are offered a 10 percent military discount on in-store purchases of select items.



20 percent off for military, veterans and military families. Walgreens also provides free flu shots for VA-enrolled Veterans.


Free Transportation for Veterans



Metro will offer free rides to military veterans. Veterans need to show a U.S. Department of Defense-issued military ID card, Veterans Affairs ID card, or State issued driver’s license with veteran designation.



Veterans are a big part of the heart that keeps this country pumping. If there are any restaurants, we have missed where Cincinnati veterans can eat free or with military discounts, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



*Many retail stores were pulled from Veteran Day Discounts.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

Publisher, The Voice of Black Cincinnati

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