Does Denny’s Accept EBT? Payment Policy Detailed

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Short Answer — Denny’s only accepts EBT at select locations in California and Arizona. To use your EBT card at participating locations, you must qualify for the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), which requires that you or your spouse receive SNAP benefits and be disabled, homeless, or elderly.

Does Denny’s Take EBT?

Denny’s accepts EBT at select locations but with restrictions. You must live in California or Arizona, be eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program, and visit an RMP-authorized Denny’s location.[1][2][3][4]

We confirmed this information by contacting Denny’s and checking each state’s list of participating RMP restaurants.[5][6][7][8][9]

Eligibility

RMPs allow particular EBT recipients — those who are age 60 or older, homeless, or disabled and their spouses — to buy meals at approved restaurants.[3]

Outside of RMPs, you cannot use your EBT card to purchase prepared food (as previously reported).

Participating Locations

In California, eligible restaurants vary by county, and only select Denny’s restaurants accept EBT.[2][10] You can find out whether your local restaurant is one of them using the CA EBT Locator.

Participating Denny’s locations in Arizona include restaurants in:[1]

  • Camp Verde
  • Cottonwood
  • Flagstaff
  • Fountain Hills
  • Glendale
  • Globe
  • Page
  • Payson
  • Prescott
  • Show Low
  • Tuba City
  • Tucson
  • Winslow

You can find each location’s address and contact information on Arizona’s list of participating restaurants.

Note that RMP partnerships change regularly; the state may approve more restaurants, or a location may choose to end its EBT acceptance program. You may also want to contact your local Denny’s or benefits administration office to confirm that you can use your EBT card before visiting.

How to Use EBT at Denny’s

You should tell your server that you’ll be paying with your benefits at the beginning of your meal.

Once the server brings your bill, present your EBT card as you would a debit or credit card.

As long as you have sufficient benefits on your card, you can use EBT to pay for your meal. (Find out how to check your EBT balance.)

If you don’t have enough money on your EBT card to cover your full order, you may be able to split the payment between EBT and cash, credit, or debit;[4] you should let your server know that you intend to split the payment before you give them your EBT card, if possible.

Other Restaurants That Take EBT

For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program, see our list of fast food that takes EBT.

  1. https://dbmefaapolicy.azdes.gov/FAA5/baggage/MealsProgramRestaurants.pdf?time=1696822027419[][]
  2. https://www.ebt.ca.gov/locator/index.html#/locator.page[][]
  3. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer/restaurant-meals-program[][]
  4. Denny’s restaurant customer service representatives[][]
  5. https://dhs.ri.gov/programs-and-services/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/supplemental-nutrition-5[]
  6. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/list-of-restaurantsfood-trucks-approved-by-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts-for-the-snap-restaurant-meals-program-rmp[]
  7. https://dhs.maryland.gov/restaurant-meals-program/[]
  8. https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/-/media/Project/Websites/mdhhs/Assistance-Programs/Food-Assistance/Restaurant-Meal-Program/MI-RMP-Restaurant-List.pdf?rev=2e1041b367924b459aabe28616c376f2&hash=C67A72FAF79F7EE462C30AECE9034BBF[]
  9. https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=146353[]
  10. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/rmp[]

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