Are Restaurants Open on Veterans Day 2020? Chili's, Denny's, Red Lobster, and More

Veterans Day is today, November 11, and many veterans and military members across the U.S. may want to celebrate by going out for a dinner—but are restaurants open on Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is a Federal holiday observed across the U.S., which means that federal services such as the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Federal Reserve will not be open or running their services.

On the other hand, private companies, including restaurants, will likely be open on Veterans Day, with many offering deals and discounts to veterans and active-duty military members.

However, as rules surrounding dining may vary by state and city amid the COVID-19 pandemic, check your local guidelines before heading out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Veterans Day. Additionally, chain restaurant hours may vary by location, so check with your local restaurant for their timings.

Restaurants Open on Veterans Day

Applebee's: Applebee's will be open but hours and Veterans Day offers will vary by restaurant.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: The restaurant chain will be open and offering military members a free entree worth up to $14.95 and a Dr. Pepper.

Black Angus Steakhouse: The chain will be open on Veterans Day, offering all military personnel the All-American Steak Plate and a non-alcoholic drink for $10.99.

Chili's: Chili's is open and is offering veterans a small meal for free to say thank you.

Denny's: The diner chain will be open and offering military personnel a complimentary Build Your Own Grand Slam.

Domino's Pizza: Check the Domino's Pizza store locator for your local restaurant's opening hours.

Dunkin': Restaurants will be open on November 11 and veterans and active-duty military can claim a free donut of their choice.

Jack in the Box: Hours vary by location so check with your local Jack in the Box for its Veterans Day hours.

KFC: The fast-food chain will generally be open but hours may vary by restaurant.

Little Caesars: This pizza chain will be open on Veterans Day and select stores will be giving away free lunch combos to veterans and active military members between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.

Veterans Day Restaurant
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar invited military heroes to visit restaurants on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, in Irving, Texas. Restaurants across the U.S. are generally open on Veterans Day, with many restaurants offering veterans and military members free or discounted food. Rick Kern

Macaroni Grill: This restaurant chain will be open and giving away free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and spaghetti to customers with military ID.

McDonald's: The fast-food chain will generally be open but hours vary by location.

Olive Garden: Opening hours vary by location.

Panera Bread: While the chain will generally be open, check with the local franchisee for opening times on Veterans Day.

Pizza Hut: Franchises have varying operating hours, so check with your local restaurant.

Red Lobster: Red Lobster will be open and offering military members a free appetizer or dessert.

Sonic Drive-in: The drive-thru chain will be open on Veterans Day.

Starbucks: The coffee chain will be open on November 11, though hours vary by location.

Subway: Opening times vary by location, but the sandwich chain will generally be open.

Taco Bell: Check local Taco Bell restaurants for opening times.

Torchy's Tacos: This chain will be open on Veterans Day, offering service members a complimentary taco and non-alcoholic drink.

Wendy's: The fast-food chain will be offering military members a free small breakfast combo on Veterans Day, from 6:30-10:30 a.m.