We’ve all been there: You’re ordering food for a night in from your favorite restaurant. The splurge is worth it, and you don’t have to get all dressed up if you’re not leaving the house. But then, when you place your order, it hits you — the food delivery fee. In some cases, it’s a couple bucks. In others, a quite a bit higher (we’ve seen up to $20 delivery fees). And then you start second-guessing your decision. Perhaps you’ll put on shoes to pick up that order, after all.
Can I Get Free Food Delivery From Restaurants?
Sometimes. And we’re about to show you some ways to do that. But first, a little history — you may remember the spring of 2020. That’s when restaurants, desperate for business in a time when people were hesitant to buy or touch anything that hadn’t been disinfected first, used free delivery as a motivator to get people to order. These days, restaurants are having another problem with demand — too much demand and a worker shortage. So, free delivery is a bit harder to come by.
Is the Delivery Fee the Same Thing as a Tip?
No. Always tip on food delivery. The delivery fee, in most cases, helps a restaurant cover fees and costs incurred in delivering food. It does not go to the driver. Most food delivery apps from restaurants and food delivery services (Grubhub Uber Eats, etc.) let you easily add a tip to show your driver your appreciation.
Restaurants and Apps With Free Food Delivery
Note: We endeavor to keep this guide up to date, but offers change. When possible, we’ll note the expiration dates on the offers we feature, so you know if a free food delivery offer is still valid.
These days, it’s also important to know that most chains partner with delivery apps (like Uber, Doordash and Postmates). And those apps offer their own free delivery specials. So even if a restaurant isn’t offering free food delivery, check your apps!
Boston Market Free Delivery
Most Boston Market orders qualify for free delivery, if you meet an order minimum (which varies by area). We added an order for around $30 via the Boston Market website and got free delivery. Meanwhile, our $7 order was charged a delivery fee.
Drizly Free Delivery
Get some wine or beer to go with that food delivery. Alcohol delivery service Drizly is advertising a promo code on its social media pages (DRZLY) that gets you $0 delivery. You bet we snagged this deal:
Plus, click through from RetailMeNot to snag cash back on your purchase.
Fatburger Free Delivery
We recently saw a free delivery offer on orders over $20 (it ended in April 2022). Check out their social media for more offers.
Grubhub Free Delivery
Grubhub offers free delivery at select restaurants for new customers. Check your app. Or find free delivery promo codes here.
If you frequently use Grubhub, consider signing up for Grubhub+. It’s a subscription service that gets you free delivery on orders of $12 or more. GH+ costs $9.99 a month (but you can get a free trial).
You get free delivery by subscribing to the CookieMagic program ($9.99 per month). And, if you go to a physical location, you’ll get one free cookie per day. Learn more.
Jersey Mike’s Free Delivery
Order via the app and use this promo code to nix the delivery on orders over $15 (limited time).
Noodles & Company Free Delivery
We’ve seen free delivery offers from Noodles in the past, and there’s one that runs through May 16, 2022: Noodles Rewards members get free delivery OR $3 off pickup orders (your choice). Learn more about this offer.
Plus, even if you missed this deal, you can get free food delivery if they earn 350 points via the rewards program.
Pollo Campero Free Delivery
We confirmed on our order — delivery is free (may vary by location and order total).
Uber Eats Free Delivery
Hit up the “Deals” tab in your Uber Eats app to scope out free food delivery offers near you, like the one we spotted recently from Cracker Barrel. Most of these will have spending requirements attached, but hey, leftovers right?
The Uber Eats Deals tab has plenty of other treasures, too, like free menu items, which can save you as much as free delivery.
Or, sign up for Uber One. It’s a subscription program ($9.99 per month or an annual fee of $99.99) that gets you unlimited $0 food delivery when you place an order of at least $15.
More Options: How to Get Free Food Delivery
Not interested in anything above? Restaurants often offer free delivery during special events and holidays during which they know people will be ordering in. Check out deals for The Big Game and 4/20 in particular.