Who knew that ordering delivery could be such a hassle? It can be tedious to call a restaurant and order a meal. You might get put on hold, and oftentimes you have to talk over the background noise of a busy restaurant. And why do we have to interact with people at all when all we want is a pepperoni pizza and a liter of soda?
Thankfully, in the age of apps, one can order food for delivery with just a few taps of a phone screen. Whether the goal is to preserve your introvert sanity, to quickly order dinner before getting back to work, or to prep for a binge-watch, food delivery apps are here to help. We’ll start our list with the ubiquitous Grubhub, but make sure to check out all your options!
While the delivery apps below may cut down on our human-to-human contact, they also open us up to trying new restaurants and foods. Simply input your location, and these apps will show you hundreds of restaurants in your area that you can try without ever leaving the couch. We’ve rounded up the best food delivery apps that will bring deliciousness straight to your doorstep.
At a glance
The Grubhub app is available for both iOS and Android. You simply enter your location and Grubhub will show you all of the restaurants in your area. You can search by cuisine (Italian) or by a specific menu item (cheeseburger), making it easy to find your next meal. You can also save delivery locations, such as work or home, to speed up the process.
Availability: Grubhub is available in more than 900 cities.
Fee: The app is free to use, though some restaurants may charge a delivery fee and have a minimum order amount.
DoorDash isn’t as big as Grubhub, but it does offer a few unique features, such as its “DoorDash Delight” scoring system. The “Delight Score” uses factors such as food quality, restaurant popularity, delivery time, and customer satisfaction to recommend the best restaurants in your area.
Availability: DoorDash is available in 800+ cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, New York, and Chicago, among others.
Fee: The fee varies by restaurant, though there are no minimums. The price typically includes the cost of your meal, as well as tax, delivery fees, and an optional tip. Some restaurants charge additional service fees. Apple Pay is accepted.
If you trust Uber to drive you safely around the city, maybe you’ll trust them to deliver your sandwiches. The UberEats app is a standalone delivery app that is currently available in many cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles. While UberEats and Uber are different apps, they share many of the same features, such as estimated delivery times and cashless transactions. UberEats has seen significant growth recently and is an excellent option for availability, even in smaller cities. Their app also gets high marks for usability and browsing friendliness.
Availability: Covers 500+ cities, including Amsterdam, Austin, Baltimore, Singapore, Tokyo, Portland, and a host of other locations peppered throughout the globe.
Fee: UberEats charges a service fee of 15% of an order’s subtotal and there is a small order fee for orders less than $10. Fees may vary based on restaurant and location. Gift cards are available.
Postmates is a little different than the other food delivery services on our list. First off, you can get a lot more than food. Postmates is a delivery service that will pick up just about anything from just about anywhere and deliver it to your doorstep, even alcohol. Since Postmates doesn’t partner with restaurants, the only thing you are limited by is your location.
Availability: Postmates is currently available in more than 3,000+ cities throughout the U.S. in all 50 states and D.C.
Fee: There’s a fee added to every order, and during peak delivery times there may be additional Blitz Pricing fees added as well. Postmates also offers a “Plus Unlimited” service for $10 a month, which lands you free delivery from select stores and restaurants on orders of more than $15.
Delivery.com is another delivery service that goes beyond the menu. You can get lunch, groceries, a bottle of wine, or even get your laundry with this app. Similar to Grubhub and Seamless, Delivery.com doesn’t charge you a fee to use its service. Instead, the company makes its money by taking a small percentage of your pre-tip subtotal.
Availability: More than 100 cities around the United States,
Fee: The app is free to use, but restaurants may charge a delivery fee and have an order minimum. There is a reward program to collect points through repeated use.
While many of the food-delivery apps on our roundup work as a middleman between restaurants and customers, goPuff operates more like a digital convenience store. GoPuff offers everything from phone chargers and bathroom tissue to six-packs of your favorite adult beverages — it will even deliver vaporizers, for those so inclined. You can scroll through the service’s robust database of items here.
Availability: goPuff is available throughout the United States, but has a particularly strong presence in Southern and Midwest cities. They’re also continuing to grow into new locations, so check the website for more information!
Fee: The app is free to use, but goPuff charges $2 for delivery.
ChowNow has a two-pronged approach to food delivery: It works with restaurants to provide digital tools that can work directly from their own websites (an increasingly popular approach for these food apps) while appealing to customers through its own app that allows them to order from many different restaurants at one place. The app allows you to search for available restaurants in your area or browse based on the type of food you want (burgers, Thai, etc.). It’s a very clean, informative app that excels at giving you all the info you need to make up your mind.
Availability: Available in cities across the U.S., including LA, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Seattle, and many other major cities.
Fee: ChowNow’s merchant services route pricing through to restaurants, so fees will depend entirely on the restaurant and location. When you pick a restaurant, ChowNow will show you information about the delivery fees that particular restaurant charges.