The 4 Best Android Food and Restaurant Apps

Kill cravings with our picks for best food apps

Waitress serving people at a restaurant
Finding a great place to eat is a lot easier with the right app. andresr/E+/getty

Several developers have released restaurant locator apps that take advantage of the location services in your Android-based smartphone. You can get food ideas and directions to find local restaurants. A visit to Google Play will reveal many search results when searching for "restaurants." These are the most popular and highly rated apps. Who knows, one of these apps may help you find your new favorite restaurant. If not, order in with these 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.

Zagat - For The Serious Food Connoisseur

Zagat

Lifewire

What We Like

  • Basic 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 even an "Urban Spoon" style widget, Zagat to Go is a powerful app that is perfect for those who want to find the best area restaurants. 

Yelp - Community-based Reviewers Make The Difference

Yelp

Lifewire

What We Like

  • Connect with Google or Facebook.

  • Save places you want to visit.

  • Create collections, 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. 

Food Finder - Coordinates With Android Navigation

Food Finder

Lifewire

What We Like

  • Restaurant information at your fingertips.

  • Add your own review and read other customer's reviews.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't remember your location.

  • Restaurant pictures block map.

  • When searching for a specific place, may zoom to your location and not to your search.

Food Finder is another free app in Google Play. This app provides a category search that is much more robust than the Restaurant Finder app. Food Finder provides a list of around 100 different restaurant categories, allowing you to precisely target the style of food you are looking for. There is a bit of overkill with all these categories, however. For example, you can search for Vietnamese Restaurants and Vietnamese Sandwiches.

The app will show you all the restaurants in your area, their distance from your location and ties into your Android Navigation map to provide you with turn-by-turn directions. 

Zomato (Urban Spoon) - A Unique User Interface

Zomato

Lifewire

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 gets a list of restaurants in your area. These are grouped according to the style of food and by pricing. Set your food preferences and price range, press the spin button and get your recommendation. Your single result is shown with the restaurant name, phone number, customer reviews and can tie into your navigation app to provide turn-by-turn directions.

Despite its popularity, I am not a big fan of Zomato. The novelty of the user interface runs out quickly and uses more battery life than a simple category list format.