7 Best Online Food Ordering Apps in India

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Let us list down the best food delivery apps around you. These apps have risen to the top owing to their top-notch service, easy-to-use UI, quick delivery, and safe and hygienic food. You will notice the Google Play ratings, number of downloads, and membership benefits of each of the apps in this article. These will help you make an informed decision while choosing you next go-to food delivery platform.

1. Swiggy

Google Play Store rating – 4.5

Downloads – 50M+

Founded in 2014 by Nandan Reddy, Rahul Jaimini, and Sriharsha Majety, Swiggy is one of the most popular food delivery apps and operates in more than 400 cities across India. However, the app started its food journey in Bangalore.

Operated by Bundl Technologies Pvt Ltd., the app is enriched with features. You can not only order from faraway restaurants, but also order as much or as little as you like, with no minimum order limits. The recently introduced Swiggy Genie also lets you get anything picked up and delivered, be it medicines from pharmacies, phone charger from your home, or supplies from a local store.

Regular Swiggy offers and discounts coupled with quick and prompt delivery make the brand a leading player in India’s food delivery domain.

Membership benefits – Swiggy SUPER (Rs.129/3 months) gives you free delivery on all orders. You are exempted from delivery fee, surge charges during rains, restaurant fixed fee and late-night surcharge.

2. Zomato

Google Play Store rating – 4.0

Downloads – 100M+

Launched in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah, Zomato was born way before its present-day competitors. The app was founded with an aim to provide reviews and information about restaurants. Zomato was to food what IMDB was to movies. Soon, as the demand for food delivery popped up, Zomato was in the right time and place to usher in.

Operational across 24 today, Zomato does what your regular food delivery apps do, and much more. You can check reviews and ratings, look at pictures, reserve a table, contact the restaurant, or get your food delivered.

Available both on Android and iOS, the app offers various payment options, including COD. It also provides the option for live tracking.

Membership benefits – Zomato PRO (Rs.200/3 months) gives you up to 40% off on each dining experience and up to 30% off on each food delivery

3. Uber Eats

Google Play Store rating – 4.4

Downloads – 100M+

The subsidiary venture of Uber Technologies, Uber Eats was launched in August 2014, and is available both on Android and iOS. The app operates in 1000+ major cities and various countries around the world. In India, the app was received warmly after the success of Uber’s cabs.

The tagline “Delicious eats, delivered easily” stands true, with the app offering super quick delivery. The payment methods it accepts include cash on delivery, net banking, wallets, UPI, and credit & debit cards.

Membership benefits – Eats Pass ($9.99/month) gives you free delivery and an additional 5% off on orders above $15. The membership is currently available in United States and Canada.

4. Foodpanda

Google Play Store rating – 3.3

Downloads – 10M+

Founded in 2012, Foodpanda arrived in India in 2013. Today, with a base of 15,000+ restaurants in India, it is as popular as it is around the world. The app is easy to use and is ranked by users as India’s most convenient delivery platform.

Foodpanda also has attractive deals and discounts in store all the time. For payments, it accepts all major wallets like Paytm, Mobikwik, Freecharge, and PhonePe. It also accepts UPI and COD.

Membership benefits – Pandapro gives you perks like free delivery, discounts up to 20% on orders, and extra 5% off on foodpanda pick-ups. The membership is available in limited countries.

5. Domino’s

Google Play Store rating – 4.3

Downloads – 10M+

Known in India as the ultimate pizza destination, Domino’s is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Pizza. And if you’re someone who likes to enrich his palette, then Domino’s with its cheesy sides and sweet cakes is the right way to go. Available for iOS, Android, as well as Windows mobiles, the Domino’s Pizza app replaces the experience of going to the local branch and waiting in line.

While you can place your Domino’s order on any delivery app, doing so on Domino’s own app has some additional perks. For one, there is the 30-minute delivery guarantee that you may not get on Swiggy or Zomato. Secondly, you get exclusive and freshly updated deals on ordering from the Domino’s app.

Think of Domino’s Pizza app as the modified version of delivery apps just like GBWhatsApp is the modified version of the original WhatsApp – the point is that both modified versions certainly add some extra benefits and special features.

6. Faasos

Google Play Store rating – 4.2

Downloads – 5M+

Now evolved into EatSure, Faasos was founded in 2011 by Kallol Banerjee and Jaydeep Burman. The company’s aim is to ensure complete safety, hygiene, and transparency in the food you order. EatSure brings to you a set of handpicked restaurants that adhere to FSSAI guidelines and fit EatSure’s safety and hygiene requirements.

On the app, you get complete information of what goes into the food, and what is the caloric value of each dish. The app also tells you who is cooking in the kitchen, how they pack their food, and some extra trivia about the food. With 200+ stringent quality checks being followed, you can rest assured while ordering from EatSure. The app is available in all major cities across India.

7. BOX8

Google Play Store rating – 4.3

Downloads – 1M+

Launched in 2014 by Amit Raj and Anshul Gupta, BOX8 is all about Indian spices, fresh ingredients, and delicious herbs that do not burn a hole in your pocket. Curated specially for every desi food lover, BOX8 offers a wide range of hand-picked meal options. These include All-in-one meals, Curries, Desi box, Dum biryani, Wraps, Desserts, Desi Openers, and Sides & Drinks.

The app promises delivery within 28 minutes, and delivers till as late as 1AM in the night. So, in case you have midnight hunger pangs, you are sorted. The app also has the most rewarding referral scheme. For every friend that you refer, you get 500 credits. These credits work like real cash. In other words, 500 credits = Rs.500. You can go ahead and enjoy free meals to your heart’s content with BOX8’s referral program!

Membership benefits – 8PASS (Rs.49/3 months) gives you 25% off on every order as well as free priority delivery.

About the author: Jagruti Jaiswal is a full-time content writer, a part time foodie, and a freelancer in obsessive pizza stalking.

The Bottom Line

Whether you are a consumer looking to avail tasting food from your favourite restaurants or a business looking to enter the highly profitable world of food delivery, the future seems pretty bright. While this is a highly lucrative domain, businesses in the niche need to focus on important elements like Insurance options for fast food delivery and address other overheads in the industry. This will allow them to keep the costs down along with bringing in more profitability for the business.

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