Free Food for Veterans at Red Lobster

Red Lobster Thanks Military Members With a Free Appetizer or Dessert

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Red Lobster's free Veterans Day meal is over for this year. Check back in October for details for 2018.

Red Lobster has a history of thanking service members for their duty on Veterans Day, and this year is no different. The restaurant is offering a completely free appetizer or dessert to any eligible customer. 

In addition to Red Lobster are plenty of other restaurants that give out free Veterans Day meals including Applebee's, Denny's, O'Charley's, Chili's, T.G.I. Friday's, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, LongHorn SteakhouseBJ'sRed Robin, IHOPOlive Garden, and Golden Corral.

Tip: See this list of Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts for other ways you can save money on Veterans Day, like with free car washes, haircuts, zoo admission, and more.

When Veterans Can Get Their Free Food at Red Lobster

Customers can get their free Veterans Day appetizer or dessert at Red Lobster on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017.

There are hundreds of Red Lobster restaurants, and all of them should be participating, but you might double-check before heading out just to be certain. You can do this by finding your local Red Lobster on the map and then calling the number you see on the right side of the page.

See these common questions and answers about Veterans Day free meals for some information on how these Veterans Day offers work.

Who’s Eligible for the Red Lobster Veterans Day Free Food

Red Lobster’s free Veterans Day food is available for lots of service members this year, including active duty military members, veterans, and reserves.

Red Lobster’s Special Veterans Day Menu

The Veterans Day free food at Red Lobster can be had at absolutely no cost – a purchase is not necessary to take advantage of the offer.

The free appetizers and desserts available at Red Lobster this year for Veterans Day are available from a special menu that includes the following:


  • Sweet Chili Shrimp
  • Mozzarella Cheesesticks
  • Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
  • Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Lobster and Langostino Pizza
  • Signature Shrimp Cocktail


  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Warm Apple Crostada 
  • Chocolate Wave
  • Brownie Overboard

What You Need To Take With You to Red Lobster

Like with most restaurants offering Veterans Day free food, Red Lobster requires that guests provide valid military ID or some other proof of service in order to get the free food.

Some other forms of military proof might include wearing your uniform or presenting some other easy form of identification that you are who you say you are. Check with your local Red Lobster for details.

Red Lobster’s Veterans Day Free Food Restrictions

This year’s free Veterans Day appetizer or dessert offered by Red Lobster is valid on one day only, which means you must visit the restaurant that day to take advantage of the offer.

Remember that Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11 this year. Red Lobster’s Veterans Day free meal is valid that day only. Just visit a Red Lobster that Saturday to get the free appetizer or dessert.

Any guest, family member, or other customer who comes along to eat with the veteran, reserve, or active duty military member must pay full price for their appetizer or dessert.