Restaurants that Accept EBT in California!

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2019)

California allows homeless, elderly (60+) and disabled SNAP recipients to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. To qualify, you must be older than age 60, receive disability benefits or lack steady housing.

If you qualify, you don’t need to apply. Your EBT will be automatically authorized for these purchases. Be sure you tell the cashier you’re using CalFresh benefits so the fast food restaurants that accept EBT know not to charge you any sales or meal taxes!

However, each county determines whether or not that county will participate in this program. If you are not eligible, the transaction will be denied at the point of sale.

The following counties participate (as of April 2017).

Alameda County offers the Restaurant Meals Program at the following restaurants:

  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr
  • Chutney Restaurant
  • El Torero Taqueria
  • Jamba Juice
  • Pizza Hut
  • Subway

Please note that restaurant participation varies by location. For an exact list of locations, please visit the Alameda County website. 

Alpine. Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake and Lassen Counties do not appear to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

Los Angeles County offers the Restaurant Meals Program! If you qualify, you can use your food stamps funds for purchases at the following restaurants. The restaurant is not allowed to charge tax or tips on your purchase. Also, participation may vary by location.

  • A & T Burgers
  • Ameci Pizza
  • B D Burger
  • B & R’s Old Fashioned Burger
  • Banh Mi Che Cali
  • Bayou Grill
  • Best Burger
  • Big Al’s Pizza
  • Big Daddy’s Restaurant
  • Bobo’s Hamburgers
  • Bonnie B’s Smoking
  • Bravo’s Burger
  • Broadway Food Corner
  • Brother’s BBQ
  • Burger King
  • California Cheeseburgers
  • California Steak & Fries
  • Captain Tony’s Pizza
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Carnitas Michoacan
  • Carolyn’s Kitchen
  • Ceiba Restaurant
  • Chano’s
  • China Beauty Food Express
  • China Lee Chinese Fast Food
  • China Star Express
  • China Way Restaurant
  • Chinatown Express
  • Church’s Chicken
  • Chris Burger
  • Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos
  • Corner Cafe
  • Cypress Best Burgers
  • D’s Original Take Out Grill
  • Del Taco
  • Delta Pride Fish Co.
  • Denny’s
  • Dino’s Burgers
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Downtown Catch 21
  • Dragon Loco
  • El Pollo Loco
  • El Sabsabor
  • El Zunzai Pupuseria
  • Fabulous Grill
  • Flames X-Press Charboiled Burgers
  • Food for Life Inc.
  • Food for You Market & Restaurant
  • Fresh & Meaty Burgers
  • Fried Down Home Burger
  • Golden Bird
  • Golden Seafood Express & Hamburger
  • Good Day Donuts & Mini Mart
  • Goody’s Pizza
  • Grandma’s Chicken
  • Great Steaks
  • Hong Kong Express
  • House of Edaw
  • Ichibang Teriyaki
  • J & J BBQ Fish
  • Jack in the Box
  • James Fish Market
  • Jim’s Burger
  • John’s Burgers
  • KFC
  • King Fish Market
  • La Pizza Loca
  • Laventina’s Pizza
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza
  • Louis Place Burgers
  • Louisiana Fried Chicken & Chinese
  • Lucy’s Bakery
  • M & M Cali
  • M & M Soul Food
  • Mama’s Chicken
  • Maple’s Restaurant
  • Master Burger
  • Mel’s Bakery & Cafe
  • Melo Burgers
  • Michael’s Super Burgers
  • NY Express Donuts & Chinese
  • Order Up
  • Original Louis Burgers
  • Panda Chef
  • Paraiso
  • Patra Burgers
  • Perry Burger
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza XPress
  • Pollo Campero
  • Pop’s Foodmart and Restaurant
  • Popeye’s Chicken
  • Quizno’s Subs
  • R & J Family Restaurant
  • Rally’s Hamburger
  • Randolph’s Smoke House
  • Richie’s Cafe and Grill
  • Sam’s Burgers & Fast Food
  • Sam’s Tacos
  • Serving Spoon Restaurant
  • Shabazz Good Foods
  • Slater Market
  • Soul Food Kitchen
  • Southern Wok
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Pete
  • Tacos Don Chente
  • Tai Pan Chinese Fast Food
  • Tam’s Burgers
  • Taste of Soul
  • Terri’s Kitchen
  • Tom’s Jr.
  • Tony’s Burger
  • Totino’s Pizza
  • Troy’s Burger
  • Uncle Val’s Pizza
  • Vallarta Supermarket & Deli
  • Wendy’s
  • White House
  • Wienerschnitzel
  • Wimpy’s Burger
  • Wing N Stuff
  • Wing Stop
  • Wok on the Wild Side
  • Yoshinoya Beef Bowl
  • Zelma’s Soul Food & More

To see the list in alphabetical order by city, please click here to see the list at LACounty.gov.

Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa and Nevada Counties do not appear to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

Orange County is implementing the Restaurant Meals Program! A pilot phase began in Anaheim and Santa Ana on February 1, 2018. Participating restaurants include:

  • Dominos
  • Lee’s Sandwiches
  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Rasoi Curry Point
  • Subway

Placer and Plumas Counties do not appear to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.

Riverside County has implemented the Restaurant Meals Program! If you qualify, then you can use your EBT funds for purchases at 28 different McDonald’s locations around the county. As of this update, no other restaurants are participating in Riverside. You can see the full list on the county website here.

Sacramento County offers the Restaurant Meals Program! If you qualify, then you can use your EBT funds for purchases at the following restaurants. The restaurant is not allowed to charge tax or tips on your purchase. Also, participation may vary by location.

In Sacramento County, you can use your EBT card at the following restaurants. However, participation varies by location.

  • Blimpie Subs & Salads
  • El Pollo Loco
  • New Rice Bowl Express
  • Oak Park Market
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quiznos Subs
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Weinerschnitzel

San Benito and San Bernadino Counties do not appear to participate.

San Diego County does not offer a list of participating fast food restaurants that accept EBT on their website. I have reached out to the county for more information but I have not received a response. I was able to find a list in the 211 directory, which includes:

  • Ackee Tree Jamaican Cuisine
  • Burger King
  • Bruggers Bagels
  • Casino Stop Deli and Market
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Cetina’s Taco Shop
  • City Bistro
  • Coffee Time Daily
  • Del Taco
  • Denny’s
  • Dominos
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Harvest International Market
  • Jack in the Box
  • KFC
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • McDonalds
  • Memo’s Bagel Cafe
  • Monze Farmers Market
  • Pete’s Taco Shop
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quiznos
  • Rally’s Hamburgers
  • Weinerschnitzel
  • Wingstop
  • Yoshinoya

Please visit the 211 directory to find the exact addresses of the locations that participate in this program. 

San Francisco County offers the Restaurant Meals Program! If you qualify, you can use your food stamps funds at the following restaurants. The restaurant is not allowed to charge tax or tips on your purchase. For location details, click here. 

  • A2 Cafe
  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Casbah Cafe
  • Chico’s Grill
  • Chico’s Pizza
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Emo’s Cafe
  • Foodie
  • Golden City Inn
  • Ingleside Pizza
  • KFC
  • Let’s Eat BBQ
  • Los Colores Taqueria
  • Los Hermanos Taqueria
  • Milan Pizza
  • Napoli Pizza
  • New Supremo Pizza
  • New York Pizza Kitchen
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pollo Campero
  • Queens Louisiana
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Royalty Pizza Cafe
  • SF PIzza
  • Soul Food City
  • Subway
  • Supremo Pizza
  • Sweet Chinito
  • Taco Bell
  • Taj Pizza
  • Veraci Pizza
  • What a Grind

San Joaquin County does not appear to participate.

San Luis Obispo County allows you to use your EBT funds for meals at the following restaurants. However, participation may vary by location. For location details, click here.

  • Cregor’s Deli
  • Denny’s
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • El Sinaloa Tortilleria
  • Mi Ranchito
  • Sun N Buns
  • Templeton Pizza

San Mateo and Santa Barbara Counties do not participate.

Santa Clara County participates, although locations may vary.

  • Burger King
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Gaby’s Taqueria
  • Straw Hat Piza
  • Subway
  • Wingstop

Santa Cruz County also participates, although locations vary. For more information, please click here.

  • Subway
  • Togo’s Sandwiches
  • Quiznos Subs

Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba Counties do not participate, as far as I can tell.

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