An Introduction to Amazon Restaurants
Amazon is involved in more businesses than you probably realize. Most people know Amazon for being an online store where you can buy just about anything, but Amazon also owns Whole Foods, Zappos, and IMDb. They even have their own cargo airline.
In addition to owning lots of prominent companies, Amazon offers services you might not be aware of. One such service is food delivery. Through Amazon Restaurants, the company delivers food in cities across the United States.
In this guide, we’re going to take a look at what Amazon Restaurants is, how the service works, and where it’s currently available.
What Is Amazon Restaurants?
Since Amazon’s goal is to be your go-to source for just about any product, getting into the food delivery business makes sense. It makes even more sense when you consider that Amazon already has a large network of independent contractors who help deliver their packages. With so many drivers out on the roads, Amazon has taken a similar route as Uber did with their Uber Eats platform.
Unlike Uber Eats, however, you don’t even need a separate app or website to order from Amazon Restaurants. You can order Amazon Restaurants using the same mobile app or website that you use to order your packages. This is super convenient, especially if you’re doing a bit of online shopping and decide you also want to order lunch.
Amazon Restaurants delivers from a variety of popular restaurants in your area. You’ll find national chains, local restaurants, fast food, and fine dining. Amazon also continues to add new restaurants to the platform, making sure you won’t run out of food destinations any time soon.
How Does Amazon Restaurants Work?
Amazon Restaurants works just like any other food delivery service currently on the market. To get started using the service, you have a couple of options. Your first option is to visit amazon.com/restaurants and enter your zip code. From there, you’ll be able to see a list of restaurants that Amazon delivers in your area.
If you prefer to order on the go, you can also browse restaurants in the Amazon app. To access the list of restaurants for your area, you’ll need to follow a couple steps.
First, open the Amazon app and tap on the menu button:
Next, tap where it says “See All Programs”:
Finally, tap on “Amazon Restaurants”:
You can now browse restaurants available for delivery in your area:
Once you’ve selected your food items, you can pay using the same info you use to order anything else from Amazon. You can then track your order in real-time using either the Amazon Restaurants website or the Amazon app. Once your food has been delivered, you can also rate your delivery person and give them a tip if you desire.
Amazon Restaurants Locations
Amazon’s restaurant delivery service is very convenient, but that only matters if it’s available in your area. Amazon Restaurants isn’t as widely available as some other food delivery services, but it still has a respectable presence in major cities across the United States. Here are all the cities where Amazon Restaurants is currently available:
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Baltimore, MD
- Bay Area, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Houston, TX
- Las Vegas, NV
- Los Angeles and Orange County, CA
- Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY
- Miami, FL
- Minneapolis, MN
- Nashville, TN
- Orlando, FL
- Phoenix, AZ
- Portland, OR
- Richmond, VA
- San Diego, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Tampa, FL
- Virginia Beach, VA
- Washington, D.C. Area
To see if Amazon Restaurants delivers in your area, visit the Amazon Restaurants website and enter your zip code.
Amazon Restaurants FAQ
To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about Amazon Restaurants:
1. Do I have to be an Amazon Prime Member to use Amazon Restaurants?
Yes, you do. Amazon Restaurants is only available to customers who have already have an Amazon Prime account. This is true even if you have an Amazon account but don’t have Prime. This is certainly a drawback to the service, though with an estimated 90 million Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. alone, the odds are good that you have an account.
2. What are some alternatives to Amazon Restaurants?
Amazon Restaurants is a handy service, but it’s far from the only food delivery service on the market. Here are a few of our other favorite food delivery services:
3. What’s the difference between Amazon Restaurants and Prime Now?
When you read about Amazon Restaurants, you’ll likely come across mentions of Prime Now as well. While both are services that Amazon offers, they are different.
Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more and one-hour delivery for a flat rate of $7.99. The aim of the service is to replace routine trips you’d otherwise make to a store. You can buy household essentials, produce, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.
While Amazon Restaurants uses the same fleet of couriers that makes Prime Now deliveries possible, the service is separate from Prime Now and uses its own pricing structure. Both services offer quick delivery of things that just can’t wait, but other than that, they are distinct.
4. How much do Amazon Restaurants deliveries cost?
The delivery fees for Amazon Restaurants orders will vary based on the restaurant you order from and your distance from it. Generally, the delivery fee is between $2.99 and $4.99. Amazon Restaurants also promises that you’ll never pay more for your food than you would at the restaurant and you’ll never pay any hidden fees.
This is refreshing, given that many other food delivery apps like to tack on additional service fees or allow restaurants to charge higher prices on orders placed through their app. It also makes sense, however, since Amazon Prime membership fees help subsidize other costs associated with Amazon Restaurants.
To see how much a delivery will cost you, all you have to do is browse to the restaurant you want to order from. You’ll be able to see the delivery fee under the restaurant’s name, as you can see in the example screenshot below:
5. How can I get free delivery on my Amazon Restaurants order?
There aren’t currently any promos that let you get free delivery on your Amazon Restaurants order, but Amazon is currently offering a promo that lets you get $10 off your first Amazon Restaurants order. All you have to do is enter the promo code PERFECT10 when you go to pay for your Amazon Restaurants delivery.
Use Amazon Restaurants to Get Your Favorite Food Delivered
We hope this guide has shown you the ins and outs of using Amazon Restaurants. The service is quite convenient and reasonably priced. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, then it makes sense to give Amazon Restaurants a try. And if you’re thinking about becoming a Prime member, then Amazon Restaurants is yet another perk to consider when evaluating if the service is worth it.
However you end up getting your food delivered, we hope it’s delicious!
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