Short Answer: While you can use your EBT card to buy seafood at your local grocery store, several popular seafood markets across the U.S. also accept EBT. These include the Boston Public Market in Massachusetts, the Portland Fish Market in Oregon, and Saltwater Seafood Market and Fry Shack in Raleigh, N.C. EBT typically cannot be used to purchase prepared foods at restaurants. Just to be sure, we contacted national seafood chains Red Lobster and Joe’s Crab Shack; neither accept EBT. For more on seafood places that accept EBT, see below.
Seafood Places That Accept EBT Near Me
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards can be used to purchase fresh, frozen, or packaged seafood items. The most convenient place to buy seafood with your EBT card is at your local grocery store. For the list of grocery stores that accept EBT, see our related article. But, for some of the freshest seafood, specialty seafood markets like the Boston Market and the Portland Fish Market also accept EBT. We have the details below.
Boston Public Market
- What it offers: An indoor market with vendors selling a variety of products and foods, including local seafood
- Location: Boston, Mass.
- Open: Year-round from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays
- Sources: Boston Public Market customer service representatives; Boston Public Market website
The Fish Market Inc.
Note: The Fish Market Inc. previously accepted EBT but, under its new ownership, is waiting for approval to accept EBT as of the time of this writing.
- What it offers: A variety of fish and other seafood
- Location: Miami, Fla.
- Hours: Year-round from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays
- Sources: The owner of The Fish Market Inc.; The Fish Market Inc. website
Portland Fish Market
- What it offers: A variety of wild-caught fish, crab cakes, crab meat, shrimp, oysters, salmon, and more
- Location: Portland, Ore.
- Hours: Year-round from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
- Sources: Portland Fish Market customer service representative
Reading Terminal Market (John Yi Fish Market)
- What it offers: Fish (farmed and wild-caught), shellfish, tuna, salmon, and more
- Where it’s located: John Yi Fish Market is located inside the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Penn.
- When it’s open: Year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
- Sources: John Yi Fish Market store associate; Reading Terminal Market website
Saltwater Seafood Market and Fry Shack
Note: EBT cards are accepted in the market only — not at the restaurant.
- What it offers: Fresh and frozen seafood, including fish, crab, clams, lobster, and more
- Location: Raleigh, N.C.
- 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.
- Sources: Saltwater Seafood Market customer service representative; Saltwater Seafood Market website
Seafood Places That Don’t Accept EBT
During our research, we found that several national and regional seafood markets and restaurants do not accept EBT, including:
- 4th Street Shrimp Store (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market (Ventura, Calif.)
- Atlantic Seafood Market (Old Saybrook, Conn.)
- Bonefish Grill (locations nationwide)
- Carolina Meat & Fish Co. (Charlotte, N.C.)
- Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood Market (four locations in Maryland)
- Crab Cake Cafe (Oxon Hill, Md.)
- Crab Pot ATL (Atlanta, Ga.)
- The Crazy Crab (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)
- The District Fishwife (Washington, D.C.)
- Jersey City Fish Stand (Jersey City, N.J.)
- Joe’s Crab Shack (locations nationwide)
- The Lobster Place Seafood Market (New York, N.Y.)
- Mac’s Seafood Markets (three locations in Massachusetts)
- Milwaukee Public Market (St. Paul Fish Company) (Milwaukee, Wis.)
- Monahan’s Seafood Market (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
- Pappas Seafood Co. (Baltimore, Md.)
- Red Lobster (locations nationwide)
- San Pedro Fish Market (San Pedro, Calif.)
- Santa Monica Seafood Market & Cafe (Santa Monica, Calif.)