6 Popular Food Delivery Service Apps

Hungry? A few taps on your smartphone, and food is on the way

Getting food delivered right to your door (or anywhere else you happen to be) is easier than ever. You don't even need to dial a restaurant's phone number to order food with all the on-demand delivery apps available nowadays.

Check out these top apps that you can use to browse menus from local restaurants, place your order, and make your payment—including the tip—directly through your smartphone. 

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Two screenshots of the Seamless app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • Easy to make a selection, pay, and add tip.

  • Discounts and coupons are available.

  • Exclusive delivery options.

  • Pre-order meals up to four days in advance.

What We Don't Like
  • Service not available in most small cities and towns.

  • Customer service responses don't always answer the question.

  • Drivers don't have to get out of their cars.

If you live in a major U.S. city, Seamless is the food delivery app you want to have on hand. The app claims to have "oodles" of restaurants and menus that are updated regularly, completed with photos, reviews, pricing, and the time it takes for it to arrive. Seamless is available in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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Two screenshots of the Postmates app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • Delivers food, drinks (including alcohol), and groceries.

  • Wider delivery areas than competitors.

  • Track your delivery.

What We Don't Like
  • Service fee on top of delivery fee.

  • Slow customer service response time.

Got a hankering for some Starbucks or Chipotle? A Postmates shopper will go to your favorite popular restaurant chain to grab your order and bring it right to you. And the app doesn't stop there. You can also have your groceries delivered, or other merchandise delivered from popular stores like Apple. Unlike Seamless, Postmates is available in hundreds of cities across the U.S.

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Two screenshots of the GrubHub app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • Large selection of restaurants and cuisines.

  • Recommendations based on order history.

  • Discover nearby restaurants.

What We Don't Like
  • Occasional slow delivery times.

  • Delivery fee and tip is high if you order one meal.

If you're serious about variety, GrubHub's extensive list of over 30,000 restaurants in more than 800 U.S. cities will be sure to satisfy you. Browse by city, address, cuisine, menu item or specific restaurant and use the filters to drill down your results. You can filter by hours open, customer reviews, coupon deals and more. You can save your ordering details to your favorites for future orders too.

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Two screenshots of the Delivery.com app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • Delivers meals, alcoholic beverages, groceries, and dry cleaning.

  • Awards delivery points.

  • Tracks deliveries.

What We Don't Like
  • Isn't user-friendly for new users.

  • Sends ads through push notifications.

Similar to Postmates, Delivery.com is another popular app that offers other services in addition to food delivery. The app features over 10,000 local businesses where you can get food, alcohol, groceries, laundry and dry cleaning delivered right to you. Just enter your address to see what's around you, and use the sorting feature to filter by cuisine choice, reviews, or the shortest time it will take to arrive.

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Two screenshots of the Caviar app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • High-end restaurant meal delivery service.

  • Accurate delivery time estimates.

  • Issues periodic promo codes.

What We Don't Like
  • Order is canceled after driver is waiting 10 minutes.

Caviar positioned itself as a food delivery service for the undeliverable. Browse high-quality photos from the menu, customize your meal by adding notes for the restaurant, complete your payment, and then a Caviar delivery worker goes out and picks everything up to deliver it to you in lightning fast speed. You can use this app if you're located in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, or Washington, D.C.

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Two screenshots of the DoorDash app on a smartphone.
What We Like
  • Easy ordering from lots of restaurants.

  • Real-time delivery tracking.

  • No minimum order.

What We Don't Like
  • Contains sponsored food images (ads).

  • App can be glitchy.

Strapped for time? DoorDash will deliver your food from hundreds of great local restaurants in your area in 45 minutes or less. The homepage lets you browse newly added menu items and what's currently popular. When you finally decide on a dish, the app has built-in options that let you easily customize your order just how you like. At this point, DoorDash only serves San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, Dallas, Houston, Brooklyn, Boston, and Chicago.

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