The holy holiday of Lent is observed every year. Lent is a forty-day period of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, according to It’s a time of preparing to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at Easter.

Wednesday, March 2 marks the start of the Lenten season in 2022. If you are abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent (or just love seafood), has compiled a detailed list of restaurants across the country offering seasonal seafood and fish deals during Lent. We narrowed down the restaurant specials in North Carolina to suit your taste.

Here is a list of 25 lent specials across North Carolina and the Charlotte area. Want even more? Be sure to check out’s full roundup here for the complete list of restaurants offering deals and specials offered during Lent.

  • 1. White Castle

    For a limited time, White Castle is bringing back Shrimp Nibblers. But you can always count on the regular White Castle Panko Fish Slider and Fish Nibblers — both made with wild Alaska pollock, along with clam strips — if you want to stick with the classics.

  • 2. Smashburger

    Who says you can’t enjoy a burger during the Lenten season? Head to Smashburger and get one of the delicious Black Bean Burgers, topped with fresh produce and cradled by a toasted bun.

  • 3. Red Lobster

    Looks like you’ll be eating more seafood on Fridays? Then Red Lobster is undoubtedly the place to be with a variety of delicious seafood options. Daily Deals including Lobsterfest and Fish Fry Friday, featuring hand-battered, wild-caught cod served with fries and coleslaw for only $11.99, available in-restaurant and for takeout.

  • 4. Quiznos

    For a limited time only, enjoy two new sandwiches at Quiznos. The Old Bay Lobster Club has lobster and seafood salad, seasoned with Old Bay seasoning and has spicy mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on toasted Italian white bread. The 4-inch sandwich sells for $6.99, the 8-inch for $9.50, and the 12-inch for $12.95. Or stay with the Lobster Classic: lobster and seafood salad with shredded lettuce on a toasted Italian bread roll. The 4-inch sandwich is $6.99, an 8-inch is $9.50 and a 12-inch is $12.95.

  • 5. Popeyes

    The Flounder Sandwich at Popeyes is causing quite the fuss. While it seems simple enough—a crispy flounder fillet with pickles and tartar sauce on a brioche bun—according to those who’ve tried it, limiting consumption to Lent or just Fridays would be a shame.

  • 6. Omaha Steaks

    Offering an elegant option to fast food fish sandwiches is Omaha Steaks with Seafood Specials for Lent. Shop online and add the Ocean’s Bounty to your cart and save 45%. You’ll get four 6-ounce Wild Alaskan skin-on sockeye salmon, four 6-ounce Wild Alaskan cod fillets, four 6-ounce swordfish steaks, and four 6-ounce scarlet snapper fillets, all for $159.99.

  • 7. O’Charley’s

    Head over to O’Charley’s to give the seafood entrees a try. The Fresh Atlantic Salmon is a hand-cut, herb-seasoned Atlantic salmon served with two sides starting at $14.99. You can try it blackened, bourbon-glazed, or brushed with chipotle sauce. The Garlic Shrimp Pasta is sauteed in a crushed tomato and garlic sauce with linguini. Topped with parmesan cheese and toasted breadcrumbs for only $12.99.

  • 8. Metro Diner

    Enjoy a meat-free option at Metro Diner this Lent season. Get the Fish & Chips, which are made with wild-caught North Atlantic cod, beer-battered and fried to crispy perfection, served with tartar sauce, coleslaw, and seasoned fries for $13.49.

  • 9. Long John Silver’s

    Here’s a full-meal combo, sure to satisfy. Long John Silver’s has a Fish and Shrimp Combo that includes one piece of hand-battered, wild-caught Alaskan pollock, three pieces of shrimp, one side, two hushpuppies, and a drink for $6.99.

  • 10. Joe’s Crab Shack

    It’s Lent season at Joe’s Crab Shack and the restaurant is celebrating with a Shrimp & Seafood Ensemble. You can enjoy crispy fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, popcorn shrimp, fish fillet, with fries, coleslaw, and hushpuppies for $22.99.

  • 11. The Habit Burger Grill

    Think you have to keep driving by The Habit Burger Grill on a Friday during Lent? Au contraire. It is the perfect place to snag an Ahi Tuna Fillet Sandwich. This sushi-grade tuna steak sandwich with a teriyaki glaze, crisp shredded lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and tartar sauce is priced at $9.39 at participating Habit Burger Grill restaurants.

  • 12. Incogmeato

    Giving up meat but not a seafood fan, or just looking for other options? Not a problem. MorningStar Farms has you covered with Incogmeato, the juicy plant-based patties that cook up and taste just like beef. To help introduce you, you can sign up for the rewards program, sponsored by Kellogg Family Rewards, and enter for a chance to win amazing prizes.

  • 13. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

    Enjoy one of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Baja tacos during Lent season. You have an option of getting your tacos with shrimp or Mahi Mahi and you have the choice of getting them grilled or tempura style. The restaurant also has veggie tacos.

  • 14. Culver's

    If you plan on making it to Culver’s during Lent, be prepared to make some difficult seafood choices – Shrimp, Cod, or Northwoods Walleye. But it won’t end there — just a sandwich? A full dinner? Or would you like your shrimp and fries in a basket, unfettered by coleslaw? The good news is you won’t be confined to Fridays. Try one each day until you land on a favorite.

  • 15. Cracker Barrel

    Stop by your local Cracker Barrel for Friday Fish Fry where the restaurant serves up four special, batter-dipped and fried cod fillets, two countrysides, buttermilk biscuits, or corn muffins for $10.99.

  • 16. Cheesecake Factory

    With almost a dozen delicious seafood entrees on the menu, the Cheesecake Factory in your neighborhood is a perfect place for enjoying Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, or Miso Salmon during this Lenten season.

  • 17. Carrabba’s Italian Grill

    There are several delicious choices for Meatless Fridays, Carrabba’s has the flavors and the options to keep your seafood satisfied all month long. You can try the signature Mahi Wulfe, a lightly breaded, wood-grilled Mahi steak topped with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil lemon butter sauce. If you’d like something simple, go with the grilled Salmon or Mahi with a choice of side. And the Spiedino Di Mare, an Italian breadcrumbs-coated and grilled shrimp and scallop dish are sure to delight. Check out all the Italian menu items available at Carrabba’s here.

  • 18. Carl’s Jr.

    If a crispy beer-battered Alaskan pollock fillet with a lettuce leaf and creamy tartar sauce served on a seeded bun doesn’t say perfect Friday fish meal, we don’t know what does. Pick it up from Carl’s Jr. for $3.69 at participating locations.

  • 19. Buca di Beppo

    Seasonal Lent specials aren’t just available on Fish Fridays at Buca di Beppo. You can enjoy Shrimp Fra Diavolo, which features garlic shrimp and crushed red pepper with penne in spicy rosa sauce, or Salmon Sorrento, which features shrimp sauteed in lemon butter sauce, Roma tomatoes, and capers, any day of the week.

  • 20. Bravo Italian Kitchen

    Seasonal Lent Specials, including Grilled Salmon Salad ($18.99), Shrimp Alfredo ($18.99), and Shrimp Scampi ($18.99) are perfect for Fridays or really any day of the week. Enjoy these specials for a limited time while dining at Bravo Italian Kitchen. Also available for pickup, curbside, and delivery.

  • 21. Bonefish Grill

    For a limited time only, enjoy the Baja Scallop & Shrimp Scampi Pasta starting at $18.90 at Bonefish Grill.

  • 22. Bob Evans

    Get in on Seafood Friday at Bob Evans with three terrific options, including pub-style Great Alaskan Cod, Freshly Fried Shrimp, and Lemon Pepper Sole Fillets. The Great Alaskan Cod features a lightly battered hand-cut Alaskan cod filet, served with a side of tartar sauce, choice of two sides, and dinner rolls. The Fried Shrimp meal includes eight golden-brown fried shrimp served with a side of cocktail sauce, choice of two sides, and dinner rolls. And the Lemon Pepper Sole delivers two wild-caught fish fillets served with a choice of two farmhouse sides and dinner rolls.

  • 23. Bahama Breeze

    Check out Bahama Breeze to get in on its delicious and Flavorful Seafood Specials during Lenten season. Enjoy entrees like Seafood Paella, Tequila Sunburn Glazed Salmon, Lobster & Shrimp Linguine, and much more. These dishes start at $18.49.

  • 24. Arby's

    Get in on the limited-time King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe Sandwich with a sweet, fluffy bun and crispy, wild-caught Alaskan pollock, tartar sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese at Arby’s. Or, enjoy the everyday deal on the delicious Crispy Fish Sandwich — two for $6.

  • 25. Seafood in Charlotte

    In general, Charlotte has a lot of yummy seafood spots. You can head to one of these for celebrating Lent in 2022. And you name shrimp, fish, lobster, oysters, crab, or anything else you can probably find it here. Enjoy!

    List: Top 20 Seafood Restaurants In Charlotte According To Trip Advisor
  • More to See

    List: 22 North Carolina Festivals To Check Out In 2022

    • North Carolina Pickle Festival

      Dates: April 22-23

      Location: Mt. Olive, NC

      What To Expect: Events such as Cuke Patch 5K, Pickle Eating Contest, Recipe Contest, Tour de Pickle


    • North Carolina Cotton Festival

      Dates: November 5th

      Location: Dunn, NC

      What To Expect:  Two stages of entertainment featuring a variety of music, a classic car show featuring more than 100 cars, more than 100 vendors offering commercial products, food and crafts.


    • Jiggy With The Piggy

      Dates: May 13-15

      Location: Kannapolis, NC

      What To Expect: Jiggy with the Piggy includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, Kid’s Zone and rides, 5k Walk/Run, over 100 artisans, concerts, a Saturday outdoor family movie, a People’s Choice Pork Competition, and more!


    • Matthews Alive

      Dates: September 2nd-5th

      Location: Matthews, NC

      What To Expect: Rides, games, food, a parade, free entertainment, arts & crafts, a petting zoo – just to name a few activities!


    • Smithfield Ham & Yam Fesival

      Location: Smithfield, NC

      Dates: May 22nd

      What To Expect: With pig races, inflatables, vendors, entertainment, and ham and yam foods, craft and commercial vendors , food vendors featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, and the always popular “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest. 


    • Black Mountain Sourwood Festival

      Dates: August 13th-14th

      Location: Black Mountain, NC

      What To Expect: Artisans and Craftsmen as well as Kid-Friendly Activities 


    • Mullet Festival

      Dates: October 8th and 9th

      Location: Swansboro, NC

      What To Expect: A parade Saturday at 9am, street vendors, kids’ area, live music, fish fry, food vendors, and more.


    • Cheerwine Festival

      Date: May 21st

      Location: Salisbury, NC

      What To Expect: The event will feature live entertainment from local, regional, and national musical acts; delicious Cheerwine-inspired food, drinks, and crafts from Carolinian vendors; kid-friendly activities; and plenty of ice-cold effervescent Cheerwine.


    • Blue, Brew, & Cue

      Date: March 26th

      Location: Kenansville, NC

      What To Expect: Bluegrass bands, local NC Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries and of course NC Barbeque!


    • NC Black Bear Festival

      Date: June 4th

      Location: Plymouth, NC

      What To Expect: Located on the banks of the Roanoke River, Bear Fest is part river festival and part bear festival with over 30 ever-changing activities each year including live music, pontoon boat rides, refuge black bear tours, a 5K, contests, and more!


    • Benson Mule Days

      Date: September

      Location: Benson, NC

      What To Expect: A rodeo, music, golf tournament, parade and more!


    • NC Oyster Festival

      Dates: October 15th & 16th

      Location: Ocean Isle, NC

      What To Expect: Celebrate everything Oyster as OIB Town Center Park transforms into a walking district offering a variety of foods, crafts, contests and musical performances.


    • North Carolina Whirligig Festival

      Date: November 5th & 6th

      Location: Wilson, NC

      What To Expect: The North Carolina Whirligig Festival is an all-inclusive, two-day arts festival that showcases the arts of the region, including the NC Folk art – Whirligigs – created by local artist, Vollis Simpson. The Whirligigs are 20-50 feet in height and they incorporate highway and road signs, HVAC fans, bicycles, ceiling fans, various woods, steel rods, milkshake mixers, and many more such materials form the support and moving parts. 


    • Southport Spring Festival

      Dates: April 15th &16th

      Location: South Port, NC

      What To Expect: The Spring Festival has over 100 crafters, an exciting variety of food, live entertainment, flower and plant sale, and children’s activities including a tracklist train.


    • Carolina Strawberry Festival

      Dates: April 29th & 30th

      Location: Wallace, NC

      What To Expect: The Miss Strawberry pageant, music, a dinosaur show, model train exhibit, car show, and a tractor show!


    • NC Butterfly Festival

      Date: May 7th

      Location: Hudson, NC

      What To Expect: The Town of Hudson hosts the Hudson Butterfly Festival, featuring food, arts, antiques, music, and a beer garden.


    • Got To Be NC Festival

      Dates: May 20th-22nd

      Location: Raleigh, NC

      What To Expect: Three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Activities include Carnival Rides and Games, Food from Independent Vendors, the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace (Local food, wine & beer vendors), Pony Rides, the State Fair Flyer, and the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig


    • Lexington BBQ Festival

      Date: October 22nd

      Location: Lexington,  NC

      What To Expect: The festival is held in Uptown Lexington on a ten-block stretch of Main Street. Over four hundred exhibitors sell everything from handmade crafts to handmade fudge. Also, a juried competition includes artists and craftsmen from across the country.  Seven stages of entertainment showcase local and national artists. The festival is for people of all ages and includes a special section of rides and games for children, the Barbecue Carnival & Family Area. Other special attractions this year will include an antique car show, the “Hogway Speedway”- Racing Pigs, Bicycle Stunt Show, 50-ton pig-themed sand sculpture, Corvette display, “Festival Chop Shop”- Lumberjack Sports show, rock climbing wall, and much more! And of course BBQ!


    • North Carolina Seafood Festival

      Dates: September 30th -October 2nd

      Location: Morehead City, NC

      What To Expect: Created to recognize the importance of Seafood to eastern North Carolina, this annual festival features an Oyster Shucking Contest, musical performances, road races, beer sampling, rides, and wine!


    • NC Apple Festival

      Dates: September 2nd-5th

      Location: Hendersonville, NC

      What To Expect: The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years. Enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the best-known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with Freshly Picked Apples, Arts & Crafts, Festival Food, and FREE Entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.


    • Pimento Cheese Festival

      Date: June 11th

      Location: Cary, NC

      What To Expect: Food trucks will line Academy Street to serve their regular menus, along with new dishes featuring a southern delicacy: pimento cheese! Enjoy live music at Downtown Park, grab a drink from local breweries, and taste some of the best pimento cheese samples from local restaurants. You can even test your skills in the pimento cheese sculpting contest.


    • NC Blueberry Festival

      Date: June 17-18th

      Location: Burgaw, NC

      What To Expect: Over 20 events ranging from live entertainment to car show, a street fair, recipe contest, barbecue cook-off, a 5K run, kids’ activities, special exhibits, and a variety of other events.