Restaurants all over the Washington area honor both retired and active military this Veterans Day (Wedneday, November 11) with discounted food and drinks. Look for deals like free grilled cheese sandwiches at GCDC, half-off restaurant tabs at BLT Steak, and a whiskey-fueled fundraiser at Jack Rose. Don’t forget military IDs, as most places require proof of service.
301 Water St., SW; (202) 484-0301
This Mexican spot near the Navy Yard Metro offers a 50-percent discount on all food for active or retired military dining in-restaurant, all day long. Bar Pilar
1833 14th St., NW; (202) 265-1751
Those with a military ID get 20% off their bill at this popular 14th Street gastrpub, which will also open an hour early at 4 pm for the holiday.
1625 I St., NW; (202) 689-8999
Service men and women can head to BLT Steak on Wednesday for 50% off their tabs for parties of two, or 25 % off for parties three or more. Enjoy discounted specialties like the port wine-braised short ribs, or porterhouse steak with a military ID. The offer is extended for lunch and dinner.
513 13th St., NW
Veterans receive 20 percent off their check at this downtown American restaurant, all day long.
1847 14th St., NW; (202) 265-7839
This bistro-style hot spot normally opens at 4 pm during the week, but they’ll serve lunch on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
3178-B Bladensburg Rd., NE; (202) 621-8890
The first beer is on the house for veterans and active service members at this brewery’s tasting room on Wednesday night.
Locations in Fairfax, Falls Church, and Gaithersberg
Active and retired military receive a 20% discount all day at this alehouse. At the Falls Church location, DC Brau will be tapping two of their own beers as a “guest brewery” starting at 7 pm.
108 Rhode Island Ave., NW; (202) 847-0419
For veteran and active service members, happy hour at this Bloomingdale Mexican lasts all night. Specials include margaritas, drafts, and wines by the glass for $5.
Locations in Maryland and Virginia
Veterans and active military get a free appetizer or dessert at any of the chain barbecue restaurant’s Maryland or Northern Virginia locations from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Famous Dave’s will also give away free St. Louis-style spareribs to military members and their families outside of those locations, starting at 11 am, while supplies last.
1730 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; (202) 393-4232
The local grilled-cheese specialists are honoring active duty and retired veterans with a free grilled cheese sandwich on Wednesday. Stop in for an amped-up version of the classic American sandwich, like the GCDC Reuben or the grilled carbonara from 11 am to 1 pm.
Multiple area locations
All 11 branches in the District, Maryland, and Virginia offer free meals for veterans and active duty members on Wednesday. Guests who provide military ID can pick from a select menu. Deals aren’t just limited to Veterans Day—the chain offers a 15% discount on all food, all day, every day, for active and retired military.
11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (301) 231-2300
iPic Theaters offers veterans and active military one free movie ticket, good for a Premium or Premium Plus seat at any movie of his/her choice with valid ID. Indulge in iPic’s in-theater menu, which includes crab cakes, bao buns, and an ode to James Bond: the Martini Intelligence cocktail.
2007 18th St., NW; (202) 588-7388
Sip high-end whiskeys in the underground cocktail den, then enjoy a wine-paired dinner from Chef Russell Jones in the saloon’s Balcony Room, all for a good cause. Jack Rose owner Bill Thomas will lead the tasting during the “Night to Salute Heroes” event, where 80% of ticket proceeds go towards the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes‘s Holiday Gift Check program. The tasting is at 6:30 pm; dinner at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $214.99- $314.99 (with special discounts for toy donations).
301 Water St., SE; (202) 484-0660
Stop by this Navy Yard Italian for an all-day happy hour at the bar. You’ll find a 20 % off drinks and bar snacks. Veterans and active military can take 10 % off their lunch or dinner in the dining room.
The cafe chain will have free drip coffee and tea for active and retired military at all of its locations on Veterans Day.
110 S Pitt St., Alexandria; (703) 706-0450
All veterans and active service men and women can expect 25 % off lunch at the bistro, where they’ll find plates such as butternut squash agnolotti and roasted fluke fillet. Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 2 pm.