There are lots of businesses giving out Veterans Day freebies and discounts, plus restaurants that give out free meals on Veterans Day. Olive Garden is one of those that are participating in 2018.
Eligible customers who come into an Olive Garden on Veterans Day can get a completely free meal paid in full by the restaurant, which includes an entree from a special Veterans Day menu, plus unlimited soup or salad and garlic breadsticks to round out the meal.
Restaurants that commonly give out a similar Veterans Day offer include Texas Roadhouse, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Robin, Denny's, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, O'Charley's, Red Lobster, Golden Corral, BJ's, IHOP, and Applebee's.
When Veterans Get Their Free Meal at Olive Garden
Olive Garden is having their free Veterans Day meal offer on the day of Veterans Day, which this year is on Sunday, November 11.
Find your local Olive Garden and check with them before Veterans Day just to be sure that they're participating in the free offer.
Olive Garden's Veterans Day free meal can be had by all military veterans and active-duty military members.
Keep reading to see some other restrictions you should be aware of before heading out to Olive Garden for your Veterans Day free meal.
Special Veterans Day Menu
In addition to an unlimited soup or salad, and garlic breadsticks, eligible customers can choose any item from their yet-to-be-announced Veterans Day menu.
What You Need to Take With You
You'll need to verify with Olive Garden that you currently are or used to be in the military. Proof of military service may vary from each restaurant that offers a Veterans Day free meal.
Usually, this can be done in a number of ways, from wearing your uniform or bringing a picture of you in uniform, to showing your military ID, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, or Veterans Organization Card. If you have any questions, just call your local restaurant to see what they require.
This year's free Veterans Day meal offered by Olive Garden is for veterans and active-duty military only. This means everyone else who comes into Olive Garden on this day will have to pay full price for their meals unless they, too, can provide proof of military service.
You can't take advantage of Olive Garden's Veterans Day free meal on any other day than Sunday, November 11, 2018. The meal is valid throughout the entire day during normal hours of your local Olive Garden, but not any other day of the week.
Olive Garden's Veterans Day menu is for dine-in and is from a limited menu only. This means you can't choose food from any other menu other than the one you're given at the restaurant.
Beverages and gratuity are not included in this offer so be sure to plan accordingly.