Your Guide to Grubhub Denver: Restaurants, Competitors, and More

Denver residents looking for a reliable food delivery service might be thinking about trying Grubhub. The app is one of the most popular in the country, known for its easy-to-use interface, secure payment system, and reliable door-to-door delivery service. But what does it offer Denver residents specifically? In this article, we’ll provide a brief introduction to Grubhub and look...

Denver residents looking for a reliable food delivery service might be thinking about trying Grubhub. The app is one of the most popular in the country, known for its easy-to-use interface, secure payment system, and reliable door-to-door delivery service.

But what does it offer Denver residents specifically? In this article, we’ll provide a brief introduction to Grubhub and look at some of the most popular Denver restaurants currently available for Grubhub delivery. We’ll also evaluate competing delivery services in Denver and give a brief rundown of what it’s like to work for Grubhub in Denver. At the end of the article, you should have a sense of what Grubhub can offer in the Mile High City — for diners and drivers alike.

A Brief Guide to Grubhub

Grubhub is a popular mobile food-ordering company that was founded in 2004 and is now headquartered in Chicago. The company merged with Seamless in 2011, and since then, the two apps now have identical user interfaces and restaurant partnerships — every Grubhub restaurant is a Seamless restaurant and vice versa.

They are now both owned by a parent company: Grubhub Inc., one of the largest food ordering companies in the country. Grubhub Inc. recently acquired Eat24 to break into the Los Angeles market and has expanded internationally, as well, with locations in Canada and London. Grubhub boasts over 100,000 restaurant partners in the United States. Last year, they did over $5 billion in gross food sales for their partners.

Grubhub works by allowing customers to review menus of local restaurants, make food selections, and provide special instructions to the restaurant. Once they’ve got their order set, customers can pay for the order securely by credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Wallet.

After the restaurant prepares the food, a delivery driver is dispatched to collect the order, then bring it to the home of the customer. Customers can provide special instructions to couriers (they can ask drivers to call when they reach the building, dial a special phone number at a building’s callbox, etc.), and they can tip directly through the app.

For restaurants, Grubhub allows them to set up every aspect of delivery service — ordering, secure payment, dispatch, driving — through a trusted third party who acts as a delivery partner, so the restaurants can focus on making great food.

The Best Denver Restaurants on Grubhub

Grubhub Denver: a plate of grilled chicken wings

Colorado residents who want to support local businesses or just love eating great food can do it all through Grubhub. Below are some of the most popular Denver restaurants on Grubhub, all of which have very strong Grubhub reviews, including high marks for food quality, order accuracy, and timeliness.

Brothers BBQ

Brothers BBQ has multiple locations all available on Grubhub, including their Washington Street restaurant, their Leetsdale Drive restaurant, and their location on Wadsworth Boulevard. Come hungry. Their Brother Sandwich Special and the half slab of pork ribs are all amazing, but they will absolutely fill you up.

Pizza and Grill

This popular pizza spot on Lincoln Street is a favorite of Grubhub users. It receives consistently high ratings for order accuracy, delivery timeliness, and food quality. They also frequently offer special coupons for Grubhub users. In one recent offer, Grubhub users who spent $30 or more got a free chocolate cake with their meal.

Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop

This delightfully named sandwich shop has almost 1,000 reviews on Grubhub with an average rating of almost five stars. They’re known for their specialty box, which includes a sandwich, half a giant deli pickle, a cookie, and a choice of chips, soup, or chili, all for just $10.99.

Pepper Asian Bistro

This Asian fusion spot located on East Colfax is a consistent favorite for Grubhub users. They’re especially loved for their Mongolian Beef and Sesame Chicken. They have a $12 minimum for delivery orders.

Red Ginger

Red Ginger is a favorite for Denver sushi lovers, and they consistently offer specials on sushi rolls. Some nights, they offer as much as 50% off popular rolls like California Rolls, Salmon Avocado Rolls, and Dragon Rolls.

Cheba Hut

Cheba Hut, located on Champa Street, is a funky, eclectic sandwich shop known for their inventive subs and wild salads. Try their pretzel nuggets, which are tossed in garlic butter and parmesan, and come with house made honey-mustard sauce.

Spicy Basil

This Thai spot is one of the best reviewed restaurants on Grubhub in Denver. It has nearly 3,000 reviews and a perfect 5-star average. They are known for their spinach-cheese wontons, their peanut-sauce curry, and their decadent drunken noodles.

Thai Basil

Another popular Thai spot in Denver, Thai Basil is located on East 18th and rates high with Grubhub users because of their timeliness and order accuracy. They also frequently offer coupons for Grubhub users, like a free order of cheese wontons with purchases of $25 or more, or a free order of egg rolls for Grubhub customers who spend more than $18.

Barricuda’s

Barricuda’s is a great place to get a big plate of American grub. Prices are cheap and the food is delicious. Try the half pounder burger, the mozzarella sticks, or the Santa Fe egg rolls — all favorites.

Grubhub Competitors in Denver

Grubhub Denver: a plate of barbecued ribs

While Grubhub delivery is a strong service, it’s not the only show in town. Here is a breakdown of some of the competitors to the app. All of these competing services are available in Denver.

Postmates

Postmates allows you to order from many popular local restaurants, but unlike Grubhub, you aren’t limited to delivery from their restaurant partners. Postmates will deliver you stuff from just about anywhere, whether it’s CVS, Ace Hardware, or the local candy store. But Postmates may charge higher delivery fees to provide this service.

DoorDash

DoorDash is similar to Grubhub, though unlike Grubhub and Seamless, its availability is limited to a few dozen American cities. (Grubhub and Seamless are available in over 1,700 cities across three countries.)

However, DoorDash is available in Denver and with fees similar to Grubhub. Both are in the $3.99 to $5.99 range for most restaurant deliveries. It’s a pretty close comparison. The main differences are in the app interface. (Read more in our DoorDash vs. Grubhub breakdown.)

Uber Eats

Uber Eats functions a little differently from Grubhub and Seamless in that it’s an offshoot of their rideshare service, while Grubhub is entirely focused on food delivery. The fees are comparable, however, and both have many different restaurant options in town. For delivery drivers, Uber does have driving and car requirements, while Grubhub couriers can ride a bike if they choose.

Working for Grubhub in Denver

Grubhub is often looking for local driver specialists to provide reliable delivery service for their company. Grubhub allows you to set your own schedule, which provides flexibility and the ability to maintain a strong work-life balance.

Couriers are allowed to drive or deliver via bicycle. If you want to drive, you need a valid license and active insurance. Grubhub also recommends that you keep up basic car maintenance (regular oil changes will ensure you don’t break down mid-delivery).

As for the requirements for Grubhub delivery drivers, according to their website, you must:

  • Be at least 19 years old.
  • Have two or more years of driving experience.
  • Use an iPhone with at least iOS 10 or an Android with 4.0 or higher, and have your own data plan.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance if you’re making deliveries by car.
  • Have a valid state ID if you’re making deliveries by bicycle.
  • Have a checking account for direct deposit to assure that you are able to get paid.
  • Pass a background check.

You can learn more about driving for Grubhub with our article on the subject.

Grubhub in Denver

Diners looking for great delivery in Denver should give Grubhub a shot. Grubhub has partnered with some of the best restaurants in the city. They allow for easy ordering and secure payment online. And they have built a reliable network of drivers who provide quick and friendly service. If you want to eat well in Denver, try Grubhub.

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Brett Helling is the owner of Gigworker.com. Since an early age, he has started business ventures and worked various side hustles in many different niches. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber and Lyft. In 2014 he started a website to share his experiences with other drivers, which has now become Ridester.com. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche by building and growing Gigworker.com. As the site grows, his insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more.

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