The 5 Best Android Food and Restaurant Apps

Kill cravings with these picks for best food apps for your Android

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Several developers have released restaurant locator apps that take advantage of the location services in Android-based smartphones. A search on Google Play reveals a list of these apps that provide food ideas and directions to local restaurants. We've put together a list of the most popular and highly rated apps. One of these apps may help you find your new favorite restaurant. If not, order in with one of the popular food delivery apps.

All the apps below should be equally available no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

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Zagat: For The Serious Food Connoisseur

Zagat app for Android

What We Like

  • Details such as open hours and website.

  • Call restaurants from the app.

  • Reviews by real customers.

  • Photos submitted by reviewers.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited number of city guides.

  • Directions don't always work correctly.

If you are serious about where you eat, and you depend on customer reviews when choosing a restaurant, Zagat to Go is an excellent choice. The app used to run on a subscription model for $9.99 per year, but now that Google owns Zagat, the app is free. 

Zagat is the trusted name in restaurant reviews and uses reviews from over 40 different guides. With its built-in search features, top-rated restaurant suggestions, and Urban Spoon style widget, Zagat to Go is a powerful app that is perfect for those who want to find the best area restaurants. 

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Yelp: Community-based Reviewers Make The Difference

Yelp app for Android

What We Like

  • Connect with Google or Facebook.

  • Save places you want to visit.

  • Create collections and follow favorite places.

  • Information on gas stations and more.

What We Don't Like

  • Search results include paid advertising.

  • Ads get in the way of using the app at times.

Yelp offers user ratings for local restaurants and other businesses. If you use the app, you can also contribute to the conversation and add reviews or photos of your food or the environment. Yelp is rapidly becoming the go-to website and app for user reviewed content. 

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Zomato: A Unique User Interface

Zomato app for Android

What We Like

  • Create a collection of places.

  • Follow food bloggers.

  • Add your own reviews and photos.

What We Don't Like

  • App is slow to load images.

  • Search results include paid advertising.

The Urban Spoon (now Zomato) iPhone app made this famous, and the Android app functions the same way. The app determines your location and lists restaurants in your area. These are grouped according to the style of food and pricing. Set your food preferences and price range, press the spin button, and get recommendations. Results show the restaurant name, phone number, and customer reviews. The app also works with navigation apps to provide turn-by-turn directions.

Zomato's collections are its best features. With the collections, get straight to the type of restaurant you're looking for without sifting through dozens of results or filtering multiple times. Collections are well-curated and always changing to provide the best results and recommendations.

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OpenTable: Find and Reserve Restaurants Around You

OpenTable app for Android

What We Like

  • Great interface.

  • Book tables from the app.

  • Provides tons of information.

What We Don't Like

  • Pictures can make it slow to load on older devices.

OpenTable is one of the most popular ways to find restaurants in your area from your phone. It provides tools to search for restaurants and narrows results by the type of food you're looking for, the time of the day, and how many people will be with you.

When you find a place, OpenTable displays its menu and customer reviews to help you decide if that restaurant is right for you. It also displays phone numbers, pricing information, hours, payment methods, and parking directions. Once you've decided on a place and time, you can make reservations from the app. With OpenTable, there shouldn't be any unpleasant surprises, only great restaurants.

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Foursquare City Guide: Discover Someplace New With Tips From Real People

Foursquare app for Android

What We Like

  • Easy to find places.

  • Tips are a fantastic feature.

  • Excellent info, like peak hours.

What We Don't Like

  • It can be hard to find your way around at first.

Foursquare was incredibly popular several years ago, but it's since fallen out of the spotlight. That's when it shifted course to focus on helping people find great restaurants and other places in their city.

When you start Foursquare, search or browse for the type of restaurant you want through several categories. Selecting a restaurant opens up your options. Foursquare provides information about each place, including some unique statistics like peak hours when it's busiest.

Foursquare shines with its tips from previous patrons. People can recommend, or caution against, certain items and include images of what they were served. In a way, it's like hearing about a new place from a friend.