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6 Best Food Delivery Apps In India For 2019 | Satisfy Your Hunger Anytime

Online food ordering in India is on the rise as more and more people are getting access to the internet. For many people like me who live in metro cities and don’t know how to cook, various food delivery apps fill their belly when it’s hunger time.

It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is. Whenever you feel rats dancing in your stomach, just take out your phone to order food online, and some food delivery service will be ready to help you.

Right now, Swiggy, Zomato, and UberEats are some of the top food delivery apps covering multiple cities in India. These food startups have managed to penetrate Tier II and Tier III cities in India which has contributed to their success. But many other food ordering services can bring mouth-watering meals right on your doorstep at affordable prices.


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So, here I have compiled some of the best food ordering apps that you can try in various Indian cities.

6 Best Food Delivery Apps In India (2019)

1. Swiggy


Best food ordering apps india 1 Swiggy

Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Cash on Delivery, Wallets (PayTM, Amazon Pay, PhonePe, Freecharge, Mobikwik), Credit/Debit cards, UPI (Google Pay, PhonePe), Food Cards (Zeta, Sodexo), Net Banking,

Areas Served: 100+ cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Gurgaon, etc.)

The food ordering app Swiggy has risen to fame after facing a crisis for a while. It has managed to replace Zomato as the online food delivery king in India.

Swiggy is a 5-year-old startup based out of Bengaluru and offers its delivery services in over 100 cities, making it one of the biggest in the game.

What sets Swiggy food delivery app apart?

  • It features an easy-to-navigate user interface with well-defined food filters and category pages.
  • It provides a good selection of restaurants of the different price range.
  • Deliveries for online orders are mostly processed within the specified time in the app.
  • Swiggy offers late-night food delivery service (almost 24×7, depending on restaurant availability)
  • This food ordering service provides an option to schedule food delivery.
  • Swiggy offers a seamless chat-based customer care experience and refund process.
  • Swiggy Pop service is there to quickly deliver meals for a single person.
  • Doesn’t seem to cut costs in terms of offers and discounts.
  • The Swiggy app provides live tracking of active food delivery.

What’s the bad part?

  • Less control over taste and packaging quality (differs from restaurant to restaurant).
  • No ‘Non-Veg only’ food filter in the app.
  • It’s very hard to make a phone call to customer care.

Is Swiggy paid or free?

This online food ordering app is free to use. Swiggy charges a delivery fee for all orders and also puts surge pricing on delivery fee in case of rush or bad weather.

You can opt-in for a paid subscription program called Swiggy Super, where the company offers unlimited free delivery option for all orders above Rs 99 and also waives off any surge pricing.

The subscription also promises some free goodies called Swiggy Surprises, but I haven’t got even a single till date.

Swiggy Super is available for Rs 150 (3 months).

Download Swiggy: Android, iOS

2. Faasos


Best food ordering apps india 2 Faasos

Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Cash on Delivery, Pay Later Faasos Elite, Wallets (PayTM, Amazon Pay, Ola Money), UPI (PhonePe, Google Pay, BHIM), Credit/Debit cards, Netbanking, Sodexo, Paypal

Areas Served: 20+ cities (including Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Surat, etc.)

Faasos is a different type of food delivery app that has existed on Indian soil since 2011. Unlike Swiggy and Zomato, who provide food delivery services for other restaurants, Faasos has set up its own cloud kitchens to serve food to its customers.

The popular food startup maintains different sub-brands, including Behrouz Biryani, Lunchbox, Oven Story, etc., offering different food cuisine options when you order food online.

What are the best features of Faasos?

  • Faasos has a well-designed app for both Android and iOS.
  • Offers and discounts are decent and sometimes turn out to be cost-saving.
  • Good control over food quality due to in-house cooking of items.
  • Food is mostly good in terms of taste and quality of packaging.
  • Provides a variety of food items ranging across multiple cuisines.
  • Fast and reliable food delivery in over 20 cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, etc.
  • You can use the ‘Schedule Later’ option to get your food delivered at a specified time.
  • Faasos gives 100% cashback up to INR 200 if it fails to deliver the paid order (made through its app or website) within the specified delivery time.
  • Provides bulk ordering option for parties.

What’s the bad part?

  • Some food items are served in less quantity or appear overpriced.
  • Faasos sign-in process requires OTP via SMS, which could create problems. No other option is available.
  • No ‘Non-Veg only’ food filter.
  • Refund for orders is made as Faasos credits.
  • No 24-hour food delivery.

Is Faasos paid or free?

This food ordering app is free to use. Faasos charges a delivery fee for food order of Rs 100 (and below). But this food ordering service has a loyalty program called Faasos Elite.

Under the program, Faasos provides options such as priority delivery, exclusive food items at discounted rates, and a Pay Later option to make a single payment for multiple orders every 15 days.

You can buy the Faasos Elite membership for INR 149 (1 year).

Download Faasos: Android, iOS

3. UberEats


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Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Cash on Delivery, PayTM, UPI (Google Pay, PhonePe, BHIM, Credit/Debit cards.

Areas Served: 30+ cities (including Ludhiana, Bhopal Kochi, Lucknow, Chandigarh, etc.)

As you might know, UberEats is a food delivery app owned by the popular taxi aggregator Uber, Inc. You can consider this app as the third big fish in the sea of online food delivery apps in India.

It has been almost two years since UberEats has existed in India and become one of the top food delivery apps. In that time, it has managed to make a good reputation among customers in various metro cities.

What are the best features of UberEats?

  • Provides better offers and discounts than its competitors (depending on location).
  • Your Uber account works with this app.
  • Very supportive customer service team which tackles your issues very quickly.
  • The built-in food search engine is very good at doing its own job.
  • The app is packed with a variety of food filters. It can sort restaurants on the basis of discount offered.
  • Offers late-night food delivery service.
  • You can text the delivery person if you need to contact him, in addition to calling.

What’s the bad part?

  • Setting up your delivery address is a big pain.
  • This app has a limited number of payment options.
  • Lesser restaurants are available during extremely late night hours.
  • The UberEats app is not very well built in comparison to other food delivery apps.
  • Sometimes, the app shows incorrect (infeasible) delivery time estimates, leading to disappointment.

Is UberEats paid or free?

You can use this online food ordering app for free. Right now, UberEats doesn’t offer any paid version or loyalty program to its users.

Download UberEats: Android, iOS

4. Zomato


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Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Cash on Delivery, Wallets (PayTM, Freecharge), Cards, Net Banking, UPI (Google Pay, PhonePe), Pay Later (Lazy Pay, Simpl)

Areas Served: 500 cities (including Alappuzha, Pushkar, Azamgarh, Sawantwadi, etc.)

It is a well-known app that many people use to find restaurants and other eateries in their nearby locations. But it also doubles up as a food delivery service in India and offers food choices from hundreds of restaurants depending on the location.

Zomato came into existence back in 2008. Since then, it has expanded not only in India but also in other countries where it mostly offers its restaurant finder service.

What are the best features of Zomato food delivery app?

  • Both the Android and iOS apps of Zomato are visually appealing and neatly designed.
  • Provides home delivery and self-pickup options.
  • Zomato has one of the biggest selections of restaurants offering online food delivery.
  • Nicely curated category pages and food filters for different kinds of users.
  • Provides live tracking of ongoing food delivery.
  • Zomato restaurant finder is a great add-on.
  • Zomato provides late night food delivery service (depends on restaurant availability)

What’s the bad part?

  • You can’t cancel or get a refund for food orders (even if you placed it by mistake).
  • Usually charges a higher delivery fee than other online food delivery apps.
  • Food taste and packaging quality mostly depend on the serving restaurant.
  • Food delivery is not so reliable during night hours (depends on location).
  • No ‘Non-Veg only’ filter.

Is Zomato paid or free?

You don’t need to pay anything to use the Zomato app. In the past, Zomato has offered a couple of loyalty programs including Treats and PiggyBank. But right now, this food delivery service is not running any such subscription service.
Download Zomato: Android, iOS

5. eat.fit


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Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Wallets (PayTM, Airtel Money, Ola Money, Amazon Pay), UPI (Google Pay, PhonePe), PayPal, Sodexo, Net Banking, Credit/Debit cards.

Areas Served: 8 cities (Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune, etc.

You think of eat.fit as a must-have food delivery app for health-conscious users. It’s operated by the famous fitness startup cure.fit. It was founded by former Myntra co-founder Mayank Bansal and has received major funding from Indian actor Hrithik Roshan.

Just like Faasos, eat.fit also provides meal options prepared by their own staff and doesn’t offer food choices from third-party restaurants when your order food online.

What are the best features of eat.fit food ordering service?

  • The eat.fit app is visually appealing and displays all the information in a neat and clean way.
  • Provides monthly and weekly subscription plans for daily consumers.
  • eat.fit has good control over the quality and present of the food served.
  • Provides nutrition information for all meal options.
  • Its menu mostly covers healthy food options ranging across different cuisines.
  • Users can change meals, delivery time, and cancel meals as per their convenience. Full refund on canceled meals.

What’s the bad part?

  • Less number of serviceable areas.
  • Cash on delivery option not available.
  • After the 1-month introductory offer period, meals cost may not be affordable for some people.

Is eat.fit paid or free?

You can use the app for free and browse the catalog. As mentioned above, you can subscribe to monthly and weekly meal plans from eat.fit.

Download: Android, iOS

5. Dunzo


Best food ordering apps india 6 dunzo

Platforms supported: Android, iOS, Web

Payment options: Wallets (PayTM, Amazon Pay), Pay Later (Simpl, Lazy Pay), PayPal, Credit/Debit cards, UPI (Google Pay, PhonePe)

Areas served: 7 cities (Noida, Pune, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon)

Dunzo is a relatively new online food delivery app in India. The selling point of the app is that it offers a lot more than delicious food. You can order medicines, send packages within your city, buy groceries, or even transport yourself to a location riding on Dunzo’s bikes.

So, even if you forget your charging cable at home, Dunzo guys can do it for you. But here, we’ll only focus on the food delivery aspect of the app.

What are the best features of Dunzo?

  • Sign-up verification can be done via a phone call, which is very helpful.
  • The app is very well built and easy to navigate.
  • Dunzo takes lower delivery charge on its online orders.
  • Provides 24×7 online delivery service.
  • You can order food from a nearby grocery store like 24 Seven.

What’s the bad part?

  • Not many food options are available.
  • No Cash on delivery option to order online food.
  • Less number of serviceable areas.

Is Dunzo paid or free?

You don’t need to pay anything to use Dunzo. Just like other apps for food delivery, Dunzo also charges a delivery fee on the order you make. However, there is no subscription program like Swiggy and Faasos.

Download Dunzo: Android, iOS

So, guys, these were some of the best food delivery apps in India. Since all of these apps are free to use, you can try them and see which one works the best for you. We’ll keep updating this list in the future and adding new apps.

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