While you can use your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to buy seafood at your local grocery store, several popular seafood markets across the U.S. also accept EBT.
EBT cards can be used to purchase fresh, frozen, or packaged seafood items — but usually not hot or prepared foods, like restaurant food. There are exceptions in certain states under the Restaurant Meals Program, but none of the seafood restaurants we contacted participate in this program.
Since seafood markets sell food for home preparation, they can accept EBT if they apply to become an approved retailer. Specialty seafood markets like the Boston Public Market and the Portland Fish Market also allow recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to use their EBT cards to get fresh-caught seafood.
We list the seafood markets that take EBT below. We gathered this information by contacting customer service representatives at each market. See our related research for the list of grocery stores that accept EBT.
The List of Seafood Places That Accept EBT
Boston Public Market
- Location: Boston, Mass.
- What it offers: An indoor market with vendors selling a variety of products and foods, including local seafood
- Open: Year-round from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays
Portland Fish Market
- Location: Portland, Ore.
- What it offers: A variety of wild-caught fish, crab cakes, crab meat, shrimp, oysters, salmon, and more
- Hours: Year-round from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Reading Terminal Market (John Yi Fish Market)
- Location: John Yi Fish Market is located inside the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Penn.
- What it offers: Fish (farmed and wild-caught), shellfish, tuna, salmon, and more
- Hours: Year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Saltwater Seafood Market and Fry Shack
Note: EBT cards are accepted in the market only — not at the restaurant.
- Location: Raleigh, N.C.
- What it offers: Fresh and frozen seafood, including fish, crab, clams, lobster, and more
- Hours: Year-round from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seafood Places That Don’t Accept EBT
In the course of our research, we found that the following seafood places do not accept EBT:
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- Red Lobster
- Bonefish Grill
- Mac’s Seafood Markets
- Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood Market
- 4th Street Shrimp Store
- Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market
- Atlantic Seafood Market
- Carolina Meat & Fish Co.
- Crab Cake Cafe
- Crab Pot ATL
- The Crazy Crab
- The District Fishwife
- Jersey City Fish Stand
- The Lobster Place Seafood Market
- Milwaukee Public Market/St. Paul Fish Company
- Monahan’s Seafood Market
- Pappas Seafood Co.
- San Pedro Fish Market
- Santa Monica Seafood Market & Cafe