What Restaurants Accept EBT in California: Your Guide to SNAP-Eligible Dining Options

In California, the CalFresh Program, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), includes a provision that allows eligible recipients to utilize their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase hot, prepared meals. This accommodation provides an essential service for individuals who may not have the means to prepare their own food, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and the homeless. The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is a state option that makes eating out more accessible for these populations.

Participating in the RMP requires restaurants to obtain approval, which involves an application process through the SNAP Retailer Service Center. Once approved, these establishments must have the necessary Point of Sale (POS) equipment to handle EBT transactions. Restaurants ranging from fast-food chains to local eateries may be included. Notable examples that have been listed in California encompass a variety of dining options such as Del Taco, Carl’s Jr, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Denny’s.

Expansion of this program has been evident in California, with increases in participating locations throughout the state. Counties like Orange County have seen considerable growth in the number of restaurants that accept EBT since the pilot program began. These participating restaurants provide an additional resource for individuals looking to dine out using their CalFresh benefits, ensuring that nutritional needs are met beyond the grocery store setting.

Overview of EBT in California

The state of California extends the utility of EBT through its Restaurant Meals Program, catering to specific beneficiaries.

Eligibility for EBT Users

In California, EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards are issued to recipients of public assistance programs such as CalFresh, colloquially known as food stamps. Eligibility to use these benefits at restaurants depends on whether the individual is homeless, elderly (age 60 or above), or disabled.

Understanding SNAP Benefits

SNAP benefits, provided through EBT cards, are traditionally earmarked for the purchase of groceries. California’s Restaurant Meals Program is an extension, permitting the purchase of hot, prepared meals from participating eateries.

CalFresh Program

CalFresh, part of the federal SNAP, offers nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and families. This program employs a specific subset of SNAP benefits, allowing eligible participants to utilize their EBT cards across a network of qualifying restaurants and fast-food establishments.

List of Restaurants Accepting EBT

In California, certain restaurants accept EBT through the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program. This program is designed to assist individuals who are elderly, homeless, or disabled, allowing them to purchase prepared hot foods with their benefits.

Fast Food Chains

California’s EBT program includes several fast-food chains where eligible participants can use their benefits. These include:

  • Del Taco
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • McDonald’s
  • Taco Bell
  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Denny’s

Local Eateries

Apart from well-known chains, local eateries also participate in the program. The availability can vary by county, and some places might have extensive options, including:

  • Family-owned diners
  • Local pizzerias
  • Specialty food stores with hot food counters

CalFresh EBT: Full List of Participating Restaurants in California Counties”

Alameda County Restaurant Meals Program

  • Burger King
    • Union City, Alvarado Niles Rd
    • Alameda, 2200 Otis Drive
    • Oakland, 7200 Bancroft Ave
    • Hayward, 26251 Hesperian Blvd
  • Carl’s Jr.
    • Oakland, 3770 Telegraph Ave
    • Alameda, 871 Marina Village Pkwy
    • Newark, 5670 Thornton Ave
  • Jack in the Box
    • San Leandro, 780 Marina Blvd
  • New York Pizza
    • Hayward, 665 W Tennyson Road
  • Phillys Best Cheesesteak
    • Oakland, 8460 Edgewater Drive, Ste D
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
    • Berkeley, 1775 San Pablo Ave
  • Subway
    • San Leandro, 15555 Hesperian Blvd
  • Wingstop
    • Hayward, 1093 B St. Rte R B1

Los Angeles County Restaurant Meals Program

  • A & T Burgers
  • Ameci Pizza and Pasta
  • Angelo’s Burger
  • Arby’s
  • Art’s Famous Chili Dog
  • B & R’s Old Fashion Burger
  • Baby Brother Pizza
  • Banh Mi Che Cali
  • Bayou Grille
  • BBQ King
  • Big Al’s Pizza
  • Bobo’s Hamburger
  • Bonnie Smoking BBQ
  • Bravo’s Burger
  • Broadway Food Corner
  • Brother’s BBQ
  • Burger King
  • Burger Zone
  • Café Creole
  • California Cheeseburgers
  • California Steak & Fries
  • Campus Kitchen
  • Captain Tony’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Carl’s Jr
  • Carnitas Michoacán
  • Ceiba Restaurant
  • China Beauty Food Express
  • Chinatown Express
  • Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos
  • Corner Kafe
  • Covina Burgers
  • Cypress Best Burgers
  • D’s Original Take Out Grill
  • Daily Donuts House
  • Del Taco
  • Deli Robert’s Pizza
  • Denny’s
  • Diana’s Mexican Food Restaurant
  • Dino’s Burgers
  • Dino’s Charbroiled Burgers
  • Dominguez Pizza
  • Dominos Pizza
  • Downtown Catch 21
  • El Huero
  • El Merendero
  • El Merendero Bakery
  • El Merendero Restaurant
  • El Pollo Loco
  • El Salsabor
  • Every Table
  • Express Burger
  • Fabulous Grill
  • Fair Oaks Burger
  • Fantasy Burgers
  • Fatburger
  • Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express
  • Food for Life
  • Flames X-Press Charbroiled Burgers
  • Flip It Café
  • Fred Down Home Burger
  • Fresh and Meaty Burgers
  • Freudian Sips
  • Frosty King Burgers and Shakes
  • Garduno’s
  • Geronimo’s and Bamboo Terrace
  • Golden Bird Chicken
  • Golden Seafood Express & Hamburger
  • Good Day Donuts & Mini Mart
  • Goody’s Pizza
  • Granny’s Kitchen
  • Green Apple Grill
  • Guido’s Pizza and Pasta
  • Hawkins House of Burgers
  • Hola Polla
  • Hamburger Dan’s
  • Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
  • Hong Kong Express
  • Hot Cazuelas
  • Hungry Boy Burgers
  • J & J BBQ Fish
  • Jack in the Box
  • JN’s Original BBQ Pit House
  • John’s Burgers
  • John’s Drive-in Hamburger
  • Jordan’s Hot Dogs
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Kimbob & Ketta’s Louisiana Snoballs
  • La Pizza Loca
  • La Taquiza
  • LA Harbor College Campus Cafeteria
  • LA Mission College
  • LA Trade Technical College Campus Cafeteria
  • Louis Burgers
  • Louis Place Burgers
  • Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken
  • Louisiana Fried Chicken & Chinese Food
  • Louisiana Fried Chicken & Fish Market
  • Louisiana Hometown Seafood Fish and Taco
  • Lucy’s Bakery
  • Mama’s Chicken
  • Mama’s International Tamales
  • Maples Restaurant
  • Margarita’s Place
  • Marjoe’s Soul Food and Grill
  • McDonald’s
  • Master Burger
  • Melo Burgers
  • Michael’s Super Burgers
  • Monster Burger
  • New Hong Kong Chinese Express
  • Original Louis Burgers
  • Pacific Dining East LA College
  • Pacific Dining LA Pierce College
  • Pacific Dining LA Valley College
  • Pacific Dining Los Angeles City College
  • Pacific-Dining West Los Angeles College
  • Pacific Restaurant
  • Papa John’s
  • Paradise Pastry & Café
  • Perry Burger
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pollo Campero
  • Popeye’s Chicken
  • Primo Burgers
  • R & J Southern Home Cook
  • Rally’s Hamburger
  • Randolph’s Smoke House
  • RC Burgers
  • Rio Meat Market & Restaurant
  • Roman’s Pizza
  • Rosita’s Panaderia and Restaurant
  • Sam’s Burgers & Fast Food
  • Sam’s Tacos
  • Sana Food
  • Smokin Telle’s BBQ & Grill
  • Soul Food Kitchen
  • Subrositas Pupusas
  • Subway
  • Taco Pete
  • Tai Pan Chinese Fast Food
  • Tam’s Burgers
  • Ted’s Place
  • The Arbor Grill
  • The Best Burger
  • The Marketplace
  • The Pub Sports Grill
  • The White House
  • Tom’s Jr
  • Tottino’s Pizza & Louisiana Fried Chicken
  • Troy’s Burger
  • Twins Smokehouse BBQ
  • Valentino’s Pizza
  • Vallarta Supermarkets
  • Watt’s Burgers
  • Wendy’s
  • Wienerschnitzel
  • Wing N Stuff
  • Wok on the Wild Side
  • Yoshinoya Beef Bowl

Orange County Restaurant Meals Program

  • Café Cultura
  • Cali Veggie Restaurant
  • Del Taco
  • Domino’s
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Guadalajara Meat Market
  • Jack In The Box
  • KFC
  • Kerostena Mediteranian Grill
  • Lee’s Sandwiches
  • Long Hai Restaurant
  • McDonald’s
  • Olligo Grill
  • Pizza Hut
  • Rose’s Sugar Shack
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Subway
  • Teddy’s Café (Teriyaki, Burger & Sushi)
  • Waba Grill
  • Wendy’s
  • Yoshinoya

Riverside County Restaurant Meals Program

  • Del Taco, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Fuego 360, Jack In The Box, La Villa Burgers, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizza Rev, Popeye’s, Red Maple Pizza, Sombrero Mexican Food, Southern Belle Café, Yoshinoya Beef Bowl

Ventura County Restaurant Meals Program

  • Camarillo: Pizza Man Dan’s, Subway, Thai-Peru, Wingstop, Jack In The Box
  • Newbury Park: Jack In The Box
  • Moorpark: Subway, Pizza Man Dan’s, Jack In The Box
  • Ojai: Subway
  • Oxnard: Jack In The Box, Pizza Man Dan’s, Piara Pizza, Subway, El Pollo Loco, Wienerschnitzel, Piara Pizza
  • Port Hueneme: Pizza Man Dan’s, Jack In The Box
  • Santa Paula: Los Arcos Restaurant, Jack In The Box
  • Simi Valley: Subway, Jack In The Box, Numero Uno Pizza, Wingstop
  • Thousand Oaks: Jack In The Box
  • Ventura: Subway, Taqueria Ventura Dona Raquel, Pizza Man Dan’s, Mai’s Café, Jack In The Box

Sacramento County Restaurant Meals Program

  • Downtown/Oak Park: Oak Park Market, Del Taco, Pizza Hut, Subway
  • East Sacramento: El Pollo Loco, Pizza Hut, Subway, Del Taco
  • Sacramento: El Pollo Loco, Southern Creations, Burger King
  • North Sacramento: Del Taco, Subway, El Pollo Loco, New Rice Bowl Express, Pizza Hut
  • South Sacramento: Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut, WINGSTOP, Del Taco, El Pollo Loco, Blimpie Subs

Be sure to check out our other articles about Californis Food Stamps and EBT, including:

California Food Stamp How To Apply
Double Up Food Bucks in California
California Food Stamps Office Locations
California EBT Card Balance
What can you buy with food stamps
What Restaurants Accept EBT in California
How to Buy Groceries Online with California EBT Card