Caviar is a company that allows you to get food delivery orders from some of the best restaurants in a growing number of cities.
The app partners with higher end restaurants that don’t typically offer delivery, giving them more flexibility when it comes to offering the service, and is a must for foodies who don’t want to settle for standard delivery or takeout.
It’s easy to get started using the app, and thanks to a few specials and promotions, it’s never been cheaper.
In this article we’ll give a brief rundown for Caviar, share a discount code so that new diners get free delivery on their first order, and answer some frequently asked questions about the service.
How Caviar Works
Caviar is an app launched by the company Square that offers food delivery from your favorite restaurants, especially higher-end restaurants that don’t typically offer delivery.
They’ve made this possible by being much more restaurant friendly than competitors like Grubhub, Seamless, and DoorDash.
Caviar restaurants are given an app which not only enables them to accept delivery orders, but to control the entire experience and make sure the in-restaurant diners are given priority.
That’s always been the reason some places have been hesitant to add delivery service — high-end restaurants always want to make sure the people dining in are treated extremely well, and don’t want to sacrifice that service by rushing out delivery orders.
Unlike other food delivery services, Caviar allows local restaurants to remove items sitewide from the delivery menu if they think they’re running low and want to make sure that in-house diners are given priority.
Not only that, Caviar allows restaurants to pause delivery service entirely, if a chef feels that she’s in the weeds and needs time to get caught up with in-house orders.
This restaurant-first thinking might be a little frustrating for app users, especially those who want prompt delivery of their favorite food, but users have to remember that these restaurants wouldn’t be offering delivery in the first place if it weren’t for the app.
And that restaurant-first approach has led to some fantastic places — Otto’s Tacos, Baby Blues BBQ, Fractured Prune Doughnuts, and Avana Sushi, to name a few — partnering with Caviar.
Getting to Know the App
The app works like most delivery services, in that it allows you to look over menu items, pick out what you want to order, add a tip, and then watch it being prepared and delivered via real-time GPS tracking.
Some new features of the Caviar app include city-specific guides to restaurants that offer healthy-ish eating, paleo dining, and local magazines recommendations.
Unlike other apps, Caviar works to curate an experience for their users, and offers more suggestions and guidance than you might find with other apps, which tends to let user reviews guide someone on their ordering journey.
These guides are right on the homepage of the app, and look like this:
Once you’ve found a restaurant you want to order from, you select the menu items you like, and can offer the kitchen and courier any specific instructions you’d like on how the food should be prepared or delivered to your door.
Once it’s on its way, a map shows you as your food is prepared, picked up, and then delivered right to your door.
On those cold nights, the real-time GPS allows you to time it perfectly to meet your courier right as he or she gets outside.
A quirk of the Caviar ordering system is that, much like Instacart or other grocery delivery services, they ask that you select an option if a menu item is unavailable.
You have the choice to select whether or not you’d like to cancel the item, have the chef pick a replacement, or cancel the order entirely if they don’t have what you want.
This is another one of those ways that Caviar is a little more restaurant friendly, in that even after an order is placed, they give restaurants the ability to remove an item from the menu if they run out or feel the need to focus on providing that menu item to in-house diners.
Special Offers for Caviar Free Delivery
Caviar is always offering deals for new customers.
The deals are limited to those who have never used the service before and are downloading the app for the first time.
To waive the delivery fee, make sure you check out on your first order with the code “BLISSFUL”.
Removing the delivery fee should take anywhere from a dollar to several dollars off orders and can save you a few bucks on your meal.
To use it on checkout, first order all the food you’d like to order using the app or the website.
On the checkout page, specify any special instructions you have for the restaurant or the courier, then at the bottom, enter the promo code.
Once you’ve entered the promo code, it should remove the delivery fee from your order and voila, you’ve got free delivery on your first order of Caviar.
Again, this deal is only good for new users to the app on their first order.
Other Deals for Customers
That’s not the only Caviar promo code going around right now.
They’re currently offering a slate of new deals for winter and spring 2020 which allows new customers to save big on their first orders.
The three promo codes are all linked to one another, and gives you the chance to save what you want for the amount you order.
To receive $5 off orders of $30 or more, use the code “SNOW19” at checkout.
To get $10 off an order of $50 or more (a nice deal if you’re making a big order), use the Caviar coupon code “SLEET19”.
And if you’re really going for it, use code “SLUSH19” to save $15 on orders of $75 or more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Caviar offer corporate catering?
You bet they do.
If your office has a taste for the best food in your city, or you’re hosting an event where you want to impress, Caviar offers three ways to feed a large group in a professional setting.
- Group orders, where everyone adds a special order and the food is all delivered together
- Corporate accounts, which lets employees order on their own (accounts can set spending limits and bill to specific projects or departments)
Learn more at their website.
Does Caviar offer gift cards?
Yes, Caviar allows you to order gift cards in the denomination of $25, $50, $100, and $150.
Their gift cards never expire, and after an order, the recipient is credited with any amount they don’t use.
Unfortunately, you can’t order alcohol with gift card purchases, and you can’t apply the total amount of a gift card to a larger order.
Where is Caviar currently delivering?
Caviar is available in 18 markets in the United States currently.
Brooklyn & Queens, NY
Fort Worth, Texas
Greater Philadelphia, PA
Los Angeles, CA
Marin County, CA
Northern Virginia, VA
Orange County, CA
SF South Bay & East Bay, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle Eastside, WA
Walnut Creek, CA
Washington DC Metro, DC
Get Free Delivery from the Best Restaurants
Caviar is a restaurant-friendly service which allows foodies in a growing number of cities to order delivery food from the high end restaurants they love.
By empowering restaurants to provide delivery on their terms, it makes sure that your favorite places never sacrifice their in-house experience (what makes them special) and you get to have delivery when you want it.
And with plenty of special deals right now for new users, it’s never been easier to save on great food delivered to your door.
So if you need that special honey-drizzled pizza from the local, high-end wood-oven place, or the honey butter fried chicken from the hot spot across town, and thought they’d never offer delivery, Caviar is worth a look.
You just might be surprised.