67 Places To Get Free (or Cheap) Food Delivery Right Now

Preparing food takes time, and time is money. Even a trip to the grocery store can be expensive and time-consuming. Knowing how to get free food delivery can be a lifesaver.

Key points

  • The simplest way to get free food delivery is to sign up for a premium service through an app like Uber Eats, DoorDash or Grubhub
  • Some popular restaurants offer free or discounted delivery when you order through a delivery app
  • These apps are ideal for finding free delivery near you — wherever you might be, particularly if you’re traveling
  • You’ll get free food and/or delivery offers by signing up for restaurant loyalty programs
  • Always look for discount offers and coupons to maximize savings
  • Even if the delivery is free, a tip is still expected

Which restaurants offer free food delivery?

Free delivery was once a standard promotional offer for many restaurants. That’s no longer the case: high fuel prices and scarce labor have made free delivery much less common. 

Dominos, for example, used to make “30 minutes fast and free” a core part of their advertising. Today, they charge a location-based delivery fee, and there may be an additional service fee tacked on.

Pro tip: Even free delivery isn’t entirely free. A tip for the delivery driver is expected.

Very few restaurants or fast food chains still have a standard free delivery policy, but getting food delivered for free is still possible. One way is to watch promotional offers. For example, many restaurants offer free delivery on your first order through DoorDash, including:

  • McDonald’s
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Burger King
  • Shake Shack
  • Papa John’s
  • Panda Express
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell

Chain restaurants aren’t the only ones that offer free delivery promotions. Keep an eye on local restaurants as well. These promotions typically have a limited duration and are good only for your first order from that restaurant, but they will still work.

Pro tip: Delivery apps are particularly useful if you’re traveling or on vacation and don’t want to search for a place in an unfamiliar area. Even if you don’t want delivery, you can use the apps to see nearby options. They can also be handy if you’re looking for a specific cuisine or a spot popular with locals.

Watch local media outlets for advertised promotions, or join local social media groups and do occasional internet searches.

You may have to use a promo code. Watch out for these codes and write them down, even if you aren’t sure you’ll need them.

Restaurant apps and websites that offer free delivery

Both restaurants and delivery services offer apps and often offer rewards, promos and delivery deals. These can help you get free or cheap food delivery.

And with inflation driving up food prices, it’s essential to seek out bargains as many households struggle to feed their families.

Some restaurants offer free or discounted delivery or other perks if you order through their in-house apps and loyalty programs. This saves them the commission they would pay if you order through a delivery system. Be on the lookout for promo codes

McDonald’s

McDelivery is free when you order through the My McDonald’s App. Menu prices in the app are the same as in-restaurant prices. The delivery page on their website offers promo codes that will get you discounts on either purchase or delivery costs. Their app will also offer coupons and promos, like free fries on Fridays. You can also have Mcdonald’s delivered through DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub. However, the menu prices may be higher, and the delivery will only be free if you have a premium membership (though most services offer a free trial.

Download the app here.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell recommends ordering through its partner Grubhub. Their website often offers promo codes for Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Postmates. Their app will let you order ahead and skip the line for in-store pickup, among other features. However, you’ll have to spend a minimum of $12 to get free Grubhub delivery.

KFC

Craving fried chicken but don’t want the hassle of making it at home? KFC allows ordering directly from their website or app, and there are regular promotions offering free or discounted food items, drinks, or delivery. You can also order through your favorite food delivery app. You’ll get free delivery on orders of $12 or more with a Grubhub+ membership.

Subway

Subway offers delivery service through its website or app. Watch for occasional free delivery promos, typically active for a month. You may also see promo codes or coupons for cut-price items or delivery. Sign up for a DashPass 30-day trial and get free delivery on Subway orders over $10.

Wendy’s

Wendy’s recommends ordering through their app or partners DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, or Uber Eats. You may find delivery promos on the website or app, offering bargains on delivery or on certain items. Delivery may not be available in all locations. DashPass members will get free delivery when they spend at least $10. DashPass also offers a 30-day free trial.

Domino’s

Dominos allows online ordering for both delivery and pickup through both its website and its app. Check the site and the app for discounts and coupons. Dominos does not offer free delivery directly, but in some areas, GrubHub+ members can get free delivery.

Pizza Hut

You can download the Pizza Hut app from either Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Ordering is fast and easy for pickup or delivery, and you’ll often find discounts on food or deliveries on the apps or the website. Uber Eats Eats Pass members can get free delivery, though you may save more money by paying the delivery fee and using a coupon through the app.

Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A offers delivery through nationwide partners DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates. You can also order directly from the website or app. Menu prices on delivered items are higher. Delivery through the app is not free, but you can get free delivery if you have a DashPass membership.

Starbucks

Starbucks delivers through partner Uber Eats for free, though you may be charged other fees. You can order directly from the website or app, or just say “Hey Siri, order Starbucks.” Join the Starbucks Rewards program for rewards, promotions, and discounts.

Popeye’s

Popeye’s offers delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates. Premium members will get free delivery. You can also order directly from the website or app. Expect to pay a $3.99 delivery fee if the nearest Popeye’s is less than six miles away and $5.99 if it’s farther. Watch for special offers and discounts!

Panera Bread

Panera Bread offers $1 delivery on orders over $5 from its website and app. Menu pricing may be higher, and there may be fees. Panera Bread offers a special page for promo codes, discounts, and coupons. You can also get Panera Bread delivered for free with the Uber Eats Eats Pass.

Panda Express

Chinese takeout is an old tradition, but Panda Express will bring its famed Orange Chicken straight to your door. Order from the website or the app. Watch for free delivery promos, discounts, and coupons. You can get it free with the Uber Eats Eats Pass. Panda Express charges about $5 for delivery if you order through the app, but the menu prices will be lower, so it may be cheaper to pay the fee depending on what you’re ordering.

Chipotle

Chipotle offers delivery from both its website and its app. There’s currently a $1 delivery fee promo going on, but the fine print says that higher menu prices and service fees may be charged. As usual, watch the website and app for special offers. You can also get free delivery through Uber Eats’ Eats Pass, but the higher menu prices will offset the savings and unless you have a special deal through Uber Eats you’ll come out ahead by ordering through the app.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Some Dickey’s locations offer free delivery on orders over $10. To determine whether your location participates, you’ll have to look for the “free delivery” button and enter your address.

In addition, the Big Yellow Cup Rewards program awards 10 points for every dollar you spend, which can be redeemed for free food, and members will also get occasional discount offers.

Download the app here.

Other chain restaurants

 Some other restaurants that offer free delivery for app orders:

  • Popeye’s: Free delivery for app orders over $20
  • Boston Market: Order through the app or website and delivery is free
  • Bob Evans: The chain offers free Friday delivery through their website or app. No minimum purchase is required.
  • Del Taco: Order through Postmates, use the code DELTACONOW, and delivery is free
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Free delivery
  • Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Free delivery for orders placed through the website
  • Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Order worth $20 or above through the app or website and get free delivery
  • Torchy’s Tacos: No delivery fee for DoorDash orders
  • Blaze Pizza: Order worth $15 or above through Postmates and there’s no delivery fee
  • Five Guys: Order $15 worth of food through the Five Guys website or app and your delivery is free

You may need to order above a minimum dollar amount to get free delivery through a restaurant app. Again, don’t forget local restaurants. Many have apps, and they may offer free delivery promos.

Compare prices

Free delivery is appealing, but check prices before you jump into a purchase. The restaurant may offer free delivery but charge higher prices to compensate. You may be willing to pay a higher price to compensate but there’s a point at which it’s no longer worth it.

Always compare prices with similar restaurants to understand the full cost of free delivery.

Take advantage of the major delivery apps

Delivery services like DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub, and Postmates have their own apps. These apps often offer free or discounted delivery promos. 

Pro tip: These opportunities come and go and they may only be valid for a few days, but checking the app will often give you a free or discounted delivery option.

You’ll usually have to subscribe and pay a monthly membership fee to get free delivery. Otherwise, you’ll pay a delivery fee ranging from 49 cents to up to $10. Sometimes there may be a trial offer for new users.

If you use food delivery regularly, signing up for a premium service can actually be a money-saving solution. If you don’t often use deliveries, it’s probably not worth paying the fee.

Easy ways to get free or discounted food delivery

The fastest and simplest way to get free food delivery is to sign up for a delivery service. Uber Eats, DoorDash and GrubHub are big names, but several others exist. Premium users get (mostly) free delivery, and you may not even have to pay for the premium subscription. Often, the services will offer free delivery for first-time users or promo codes for regular users.

Pro tip: These opportunities come and go and may only be valid for a few days, but checking the app will often give you a free or discounted delivery option.

You’ll usually have to subscribe and pay a monthly membership fee to get free delivery. Otherwise, you’ll pay a delivery fee ranging from 49 cents to up to $10. Sometimes there may be a trial offer for new users.

If you use food delivery regularly, signing up for a premium service can actually be a money-saving solution. If you don’t often use deliveries, it’s probably not worth paying the fee.

Pro tip: If you’re traveling, these apps are a great way to find popular local restaurants or give you a starting point if have dietary restrictions and are looking for meals that are gluten-free or halal, or you’re in the mood for a specific type of food, like Thai or Indian. Many offer curbside delivery, so you can meet the driver outside if you’re staying at an AirBnb or hotel.

How to get free meal delivery service subscriptions

You can get free premium subscriptions to all three major food delivery services with credit cards or subscriptions you may already have.

  • Chase offers a free DashPass subscription to customers with Chase Sapphire credit cards. This includes free delivery from such restaurants as Applebee’s, Baskin-Robbins, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Cinnabon, El Pollo Loco, Pepe’s Pizza, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Subway and Wingstop.
  • Capital One offers statement credits for Uber One (and 10% cash back on Uber and Uber Eats purchases) for SavorSavorOne, SavorOne Rewards for Students and Quicksilver Rewards for Students cardholders. This includes free delivery from such restaurants as Blaze Pizza, Chili’s, Church’s Chicken, IHOP, Krystal, P.F. Chang’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Whataburger and White Castle.
  • Amazon Prime subscribers get a free GrubHub+ membership. This will get you free delivery from such restaurants as Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Firehouse Subs, Jamba Juice, Original Pancake House, Shake Shack and Sonic. You must sign up, so check to ensure you aren’t overlooking an offer.

Otherwise, a premium subscription usually costs about $10 a month but usually includes enough monthly discount offers to offset the costs.

Pro tip: It’s no secret that food prices are higher through these apps. But if you subscribe to a premium service for free food delivery, the company sends special offers a few times a month. These can be for one free pickup entree or 40% off a delivery order. If your subscription is already free, you still get the discounts.

Top food delivery apps (and how to get free delivery)

DoorDash

DoorDash dominates the food delivery service market, with a 59% market share in 2022. The app is available in all 50 states.

DoorDash has a delivery fee, which varies with location and the restaurant. Online reports indicate changes ranging from $2 to $18 per order. There may be service fees as well. DoorDash also practices “surge pricing,” which means you may pay more during peak delivery hours. 

DashPass is a DoorDash subscription service that offers a $0 delivery fee for orders over $12 from “thousands of restaurants” and eligible grocery orders over $25. You will pay a $9.99 subscription fee. If you use deliveries regularly, this could be a money-saving option.

DoorDash also offers free delivery on the first order from many restaurants, and some restaurants may offer $0 delivery promotions, generally for limited times.

Restaurants that offer free food delivery through DashPass

Applebee’s, Baskin-Robbins, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Cinnabon, Einstein Bros., El Pollo Loco, Pepe’s Pizza, Noodles & Co., Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Shari’s, Subway and Wingstop.

Uber Eats

Uber Eats offers Eats Pass, which gets you $0 deliveries from select restaurants without surge pricing on orders over $15. You’ll pay $9.99/month. With your Eats Pass you will usually get a few discount offers per month that will usually offset the cost.

One example is an offer for 40% off an order of $30 or more. This is usually substantial enough to cover any and all of the app’s higher prices, delivery fees, and tips and still save about $5. However, the discount will only work at participating restaurants (primarily national chains.)

Restaurants that offer free food delivery with an Eats Pass

Blaze Pizza, Chili’s, Church’s Chicken, Famous Dave’s, IHOP, Krystal, P.F. Chang’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Waffle House, Whataburger and White Castle.

Free delivery promotions may also be available from some restaurants during promotional periods.

Grubhub

Grubhub operates in 2700 cities across all 50 states. Delivery fees vary with the restaurant but are typically 15% of the order. There may also be a processing fee, and you may pay a 5% fee for credit card transactions.  

Grubhub does not use surge pricing, which could make it a better option for peak hours.

Grubhub+ is Grubhub’s subscription service. For $9.99/month, you’ll get free delivery on orders over $12 at selected restaurants. This can help you save on more than just delivery. In some locations, you may also get one free monthly meal worth $10 if you pick it up yourself.

Donate your change to charity and Grubhub will match your donation.

Grubhub owns Seamless, and the two services are virtually identical. 

Restaurants that offer free delivery with Grubhub+

Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Cold Stone Creamery, Firehouse Subs, Huddle House, Jamba Juice, Krystal, O’Charley’s, Original Pancake House, Shake Shack and Sonic.

Postmates

Postmates operates in 1,500 cities across all 50 states. It charges a relatively high commission to restaurants, so lower-priced restaurants may not offer the service.

The Postmates delivery fee is $1.99 to $3.99 for partner restaurants and $5.99 to $9.99 for other restaurants. There may be a variable service fee. Minimum orders vary in different cities.

Postmates does not publish a list of partner restaurants. Look for a green check mark by the restaurant name on the app.

Postmates uses surge pricing, which they call “blitz pricing.” You’ll pay more during peak hours.

Postmates Unlimited is a subscription service. You get free food delivery and a reduced service charge on orders over $15 ($30 for groceries) and you will not pay the blitz pricing surcharge. The service costs $9.99/month but is available for $83.99/year.

Postmates regularly offers free and discount promos; check the app for opportunities.

Pro tip: Postmates does not seem to be as widely popular as the other three options.

Restaurants that offer free delivery with Postmates Unlimited

Bojangles, Carl’s Jr., Del Taco, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hardee’s, Little Caesar’s, Outback Steakhouse and Village Inn.

More delivery apps

Not all delivery services operate in each city. Here are a few others that may offer food delivery in your area.

  • Caviar (owned by DoorDash)
  • Seamless (Owned by GrubHub)
  • Toast TakeOut
  • ChowNow
  • Delivery.com

All of these apps offer occasional discounts for customers, so it’s best to download as many as possible to maximize your savings.


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Meal kit deliveries

If you don’t mind cooking it yourself, meal delivery service Hello Fresh offers a free box containing three full meals for two for new customers. You can get a free trial box by signing up here. You can cancel at any time, so even if you can’t afford the service regularly, getting three free meals delivered to your door is always a good deal.

Pricing differences

Food delivery is very convenient, but it can add substantially to your overall food costs. This chart from TechCrunch breaks down some of the pricing differences:

The bottom line

Knowing how to get free food delivery can get you the convenience of food delivery without the extra costs. If you’re struggling to stick to a budget, that can be a big help.

Very few restaurants or delivery apps offer free delivery as a standard feature. That doesn’t mean you can’t get food delivered for free or cheaply. 

Many delivery apps have premium services that provide free delivery for a small monthly fee, a viable option if you use delivery services regularly. If you don’t, watch out for free promos and apps that offer free delivery for your first purchase.

You may not always be able to get exactly what you want for free, but you’ll often find that there is a free delivery option available.

FAQs

What does surge pricing mean?

Surge pricing means that the delivery service charges more for deliveries during peak hours. Some services may use a different name for this surcharge. Many services waive surge pricing for premium subscribers.

Can I get alcohol delivered?

Yes, Drizly is an alcohol delivery service that partners with liquor stores to provide delivery in over 1500 cities in 31 states.

Can I get halal food delivered for free?

In Arabic, halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are allowed to be consumed under Islamic dietary guidelines. All of the major food delivery services offer search options for halal foods, and many offer free food delivery if you have a premium subscription to the service. Restaurant chain The Halal Guys also occasionally offers free delivery to members of its rewards program.

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