If you're like me, you have your regular rotation of restaurants you order from weekly. I usually order from Seamless because more restaurants use their platform. However, when Delivery.com offers any type of discount, I'm easily swayed to order using them instead.
One day, when I was ordering from one of my go-to Chinese restaurants on Delivery.com, I noticed something weird. The total price, before the promotional discount, seemed much less than what I pay on Seamless. At first, I thought I was just misremembering. After firing up a Seamless session, I added the identical food items into my cart and noticed this restaurant had different prices on Seamless and Delivery.com. Hold the phone.
I decided to take a closer look at restaurant offerings on Seamless and Delivery.com, not only to see if there were price differences, but if there were other variances of note. While my comparisons are for New York City restaurants on the Seamless and Delivery.com platforms, the key takeaways can be applied no matter what city you live in or what delivery platform you use.
After noticing the initial price difference, I went on the hunt to see if there were other restaurants that had price differences. After comparing 10 to 15 restaurants on Seamless and Delivery.com, I identified three that had different prices.
One example was Sherwood To Go. The price of an Italian Hero was $10.50 on Seamless compared to $9.25 on Delivery.com, a $1.25 price difference. Healthy Salmon rang in at $17.95 on Seamless and just $15.25 on Delivery.com, a $2.70 price difference. Smaller items, such as Egg on a Roll, also had a price difference of $1. Across the board, Delivery.com seemed cheaper than Seamless for this restaurant.
Angelo Bellini was another restaurant that had price differences between the two platforms, with Delivery.com generally returning lower prices. The Rigatoni Bolognese, for example, was $17.95 on Seamless and just $14.95 on Delivery.com, a $3 price difference. Many other pastas and entrees had similar price differences as well. Oddly, while the base price of a pizza was identical, the cost of adding some toppings differed, with Seamless having prices about $0.50 higher for non-meat toppings.
The takeaway is, although prices are often the same across food delivery platforms, material differences can arise at times, so it may be worth reviewing prices for your regular rotation of restaurants. A small price difference could translate into real savings for you!
Delivery Minimums And Fees
In addition, some restaurants had a higher delivery minimum on one platform vs. the other. This may not seem like a big deal, but personally, I've been in situations when trying to meet the delivery minimum on Seamless meant ordering more food than I needed.
- Bella Roma Pizza, for example, has just a $12 delivery minimum on Seamless compared to a $15 minimum on Delivery.com. Another pizza joint, Sutton Pizza, had a $15 minimum on Seamless vs. a $10 minimum on Delivery.com. There were differences outside of pizza establishments as well. Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen had no delivery minimum on Seamless, but an $8 minimum on Delivery.com.
I also came across a couple of restaurants that charged different delivery fees across platforms. The Shadmoor, for example, charged a $1 delivery fee on Seamless, but a $2.75 fee for Delivery.com.
Beyond pricing and fees, believe it or not, food offerings may differ across platforms as well. Schnippers is an example of a restaurant that had slightly different food offerings. When trying to order and customize a cheeseburger from both platforms, the options weren't the same:
- Meat Preparation: Seamless offered the full spectrum of preparation from rare to well done while Delivery.com offered all but the rare option.
- Bun: Seamless gave the option to go "no bun," while with Delivery.com, you could choose between regular, wheat, or gluten-free.
- Toppings: On Delivery.com, you have the option to add lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions. On Seamless, you're given the option to add those standard toppings, as well as premium toppings for an additional cost - such as avocado, caramelized onion, bacon, poblano pepper, and even an extra patty.
- Cheese: For both platforms, you have the option to add various types of cheese. Adding cheese costs $0.50-1.50 additional on Seamless, but was free on Delivery.com. Notably, the base price of the cheeseburger was also $0.25 more on Seamless.
Restaurants do sometimes charge different food prices and delivery fees depending on the ordering platform. Even delivery minimums and food offerings could differ across sites. As a result, you might want to check prices for restaurants you order from frequently. Slashing $5-10 weekly from your food budget could help you save more money...or just help you fuel your latte or avocado toast cravings.