UberEATS is a new service from Uber, the ride sharing service. It’s basically an on-demand food delivery service that’s much easier than ordering takeout.
From the website:
UberEATS delivers food from your favorite local restaurants. With the new UberEATS app, you have access to a broader selection of restaurants and food. Now you can order from the full menus of your local favorites whenever you want, or get something immediately through our Instant Delivery menu of curated meals.
I’ve had a $10 code from a friend that I’ve been meaning to use, but UberEATS does not deliver to my home. It does, however, deliver to my workplace.
My UberEATS review
I decided to check it out today and it seemed too good to be true. It was quoting me food delivery times of about 40 minutes for restaurants located all the way in Washington, DC, when I work in Arlington, VA. My local Chinese food restaurant does not delivery that quickly.
The photos looked delicious and were also not stock photos. The items on the various menus were represented there.
I eventually settled on a yellow tail tuna sashimi salad from Buredo. The app promised it would arrive in 45 minutes and I was suspicious. The delivery fee was $5.99. In between the fee, my food, and my $10 promo code, I spent about $6 to have my salad delivered to me from DC.
My ETA was 12:54 pm (before I took this screenshot) and I kept waiting for that to change. While it did sometimes jump to 12:55 or 56, my driver ultimately arrived at 12:53.
Before she arrived, I was given a confirmation pretty similar to ordering an Uber. It even let me know my driver’s rating.
And while it didn’t give me the exact path she was going to take, I could see where she was at all times.
UberEATS stresses efficiency, so you need to meet your drive outside for a quick drop-off. I grabbed my food through the window.
While this may be seen as an inconvenience, it definitely reduces the cost to the driver.
At 12:53, I had my food.
Here’s the awkward part. I assumed the app would let me tip percentage (like you can do with UberTaxi and delivery apps like Eat24) but I was wrong. There is no way to tip and the app insists that tipping in included. I didn’t have cash and it felt strange to not tip on food delivery.
This may be like my transition from taxis to Uber, where I felt weird not tipping Uber drivers for a while, but for me, $5.99 seems like a low fee for delivery. I wonder how much the drivers are getting paid (though my driver seemed very happy to deliver my food to me).
My sashimi was still cold when I received it, and I received it less than 45 minutes after I selected it on my phone.
This was a great deal, in my opinion. We have some 3rd party food delivery services in this area. They take a while, tend to charge $10, and sometimes get the order wrong.
UberEATS was fast and had a very clear ordering process for each restaurant. So the tl/dr of this UberEATS review is: Fast, easy, cheaper than I thought, yay.
If you are interested in trying UberEATS, I do have a promocode that will give us both $10. As always, feel free to use or not use. Either way, I appreciate you stopping by this post.
Hungry? Get $10 off your first order on #UberEATS with my code: eats-7e43s. http://ubr.to/EatsGiveGet