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Does Grubhub Accept PayPal? (Plus 10 Ways You Can Pay for Grubhub)

Last updated: January 8, 2020
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It’s 2020, which means that not only can you get food delivered from your favorite local restaurants using a variety of food delivery apps, but you also now have more ways than ever to pay for that food. In an effort to add an additional level of convenience to an already convenient process, food delivery apps have been working with different financial service companies to expand their available payment options.

One mobile food-ordering company that’s making great strides in this area is Grubhub. Recognizing that customers want the payment part of their mobile buying experiences to be as convenient as the ordering part, Grubhub now offers 10 different ways for customers to make food-related payments.

The sheer number of payment methods can get a bit confusing. That’s why we created this guide, which takes a look at all the ways you can pay for Grubhub (including some very convenient methods such as PayPal, Venmo, and Apple Pay).

What Is Grubhub?

Just in case you’re not familiar with the app, here’s a brief introduction to Grubhub. Grubhub began in Chicago in 2004, and it quickly expanded into a variety of other U.S. cities. In 2013, Grubhub announced that it would be merging with Seamless, a food delivery app based out of New York City.

Since then, the company has continued to expand, and it has now partnered with more than 105,000 restaurants in both the U.S. and London. The company’s goal is to offer an easier way to order food delivery and pick up.

Instead of having to call a restaurant to place an order, you can just order using the Grubhub app. The app also lets you pay for your order, meaning you don’t have to mess with reading your credit card number over the phone or fumble with cash for your pizza delivery driver.

So just how easy does Grubhub make it to pay for food delivery? Let’s take a closer look at the payment options that Grubhub offers.

10 Ways You Can Pay for Grubhub Orders

Gone are the days when you could only pay for things using cash or card. With Grubhub, you have access to a full range of modern payment options, many of which take advantage of mobile payment technology. In no particular order, here are the 10 payment methods that Grubhub currently accepts:

1. Credit Cards

We’ll start off with the classic credit card. This is the default payment method for Grubhub, and you can use it to pay for any Grubhub order. All you have to do is enter your credit card information in the Grubhub app:

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You can even use your phone’s camera to scan the info from your credit card, which can make the entry process a lot faster.

2. Debit Cards

Up next, we have debit cards. These work with Grubhub in the same way as credit cards. Just be sure before you order that the bank account attached to the debit card has sufficient funds to pay for your order. If not, you could get hit with overdraft fees or be unable to complete your order.

3. Venmo

Moving on from the more traditional payment methods, there’s Venmo. Venmo offers a secure way to pay for your order using a linked bank account or credit card. Instead of having to enter your credit card information into the Grubhub app, you can just link your Venmo account.

Grubhub will then use your Venmo balance to pay for your order. If you don’t have a sufficient Venmo balance, then Venmo will pull from either the bank account or credit card associated with your Venmo account.

Here’s how to link your Venmo account with Grubhub:

1. Open the Grubhub app

2. Navigate to “My Grubhub”

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3. Tap on the “Settings” icon

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4. Tap “Payment”

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5. Tap the “Add new payment” button

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6. Tap “Select Method of Payment”

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7. Choose “Venmo”

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8. Give Grubhub permission to charge your Venmo account

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Note that the availability of Venmo is limited to customers in the United States. If you’re from London, for instance, you won’t be able to pay with Venmo; you’ll need to choose another option that’s available in the U.K.

4. PayPal

Want another way to pay for Grubhub from your mobile device? Grubhub now lets you use your PayPal account to pay for orders. The whole process is quite easy. All you have to do is follow these steps:

1. Open the Grubhub app

2. Navigate to “My Grubhub”

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3. Tap on the “Settings” icon

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4. Tap “Payment”

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5. Tap the “Add new payment” button

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6. Tap “Select Method of Payment”

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7. Choose “PayPal”

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8. Sign into your PayPal account and choose the payment method you want to use

That’s it! You’ve successfully linked your PayPal to Grubhub.

5. Apple Pay

The next payment method that Grubhub accepts is Apple Pay. This method is even easier to use than the ones we’ve previously discussed. Assuming that your Apple Pay account is set up, all you have to do to pay for a Grubhub order with Apple Pay is scan your fingerprint or Face ID during the checkout process.

If you’d like to learn more about Apple Pay and Grubhub, check out this press release.

6. Google Pay

Google Pay (formerly known as Android Pay) works with Grubhub in much the same way as Apple Pay. As long as Google Pay is already set up on your device, all you have to do is select it as your payment method when you check out.

You can learn more about Google Pay and Grubhub here.

7. Amex Express Checkout

This method isn’t as well-known as the others we’ve discussed, but Grubhub has partnered with American Express to allow Amex customers to use Amex Express Checkout to pay for orders.

If you have an Amex card and don’t want to enter all your credit card information into Grubhub, then just select “Amex Express Checkout” when you go to pay for your order. The app will then prompt you to enter your AmericanExpress.com UserID and Password. Once you’ve done that, it will automatically fill in your credit card information. All that’s left after that is to confirm and place your order.

8. Cash (Select Restaurants Only)

Few people know this, but Grubhub will let you pay for certain orders using cash. It’s not a feature they promote heavily, but certain Grubhub merchants will allow you to pay your delivery person in cash when they bring your order.

That being said, it’s not a common option. Many restaurants don’t want to hassle with handling cash, and most delivery drivers don’t want to deal with making change. If an order is eligible for cash payment, then the Grubhub app will let you know when you check out.

9. Grubhub Gift Cards

If you were lucky enough to receive a Grubhub gift card, then you can use it to pay for any Grubhub order. If you’re curious about how to turn your Grubhub gift card into a delicious meal, then check out our complete guide to purchasing and redeeming Grubhub gift cards.

10. Grubhub Promo Codes and Credit

This final option isn’t a “payment method” in the same way that the others on this list are, but it is a useful way to save lots of money when ordering from Grubhub.

We have a complete guide to how Grubhub promo codes work, but all you need to know here is that if you sign up for Grubhub using this link, you’ll get $12 off your first Grubhub order. You can also get additional credit when you refer friends to Grubhub, which you can learn more about here.

Grubhub Payment FAQ

To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about paying for Grubhub.

1. Do Seamless and Eat24 accept the same payment methods as Grubhub?

Yes, they do. Both brands are part of Grubhub and work in the same way.

2. What payment methods will Grubhub add next?

We’re not sure, but we encourage you to sign up for Grubhub email alerts if you want to be the first to hear about any changes or additions to the platform.

3. Do the Grubhub website and mobile app accept the same payment methods?

Not exactly. If you’re ordering online from your computer, then Grubhub will only let you pay using a credit or debit card. We’re not sure why Grubhub currently has this limitation, but it remains the case for the moment. To access the full range of payment methods we discussed in this article, you’ll need to use the Grubhub app.

Start Ordering From Grubhub Today

We hope this guide has helped you understand the full range of payment methods that Grubhub currently accepts. Whatever payment method you choose, be sure to sign up for Grubhub with this link to get $12 in credit to use for your first order.

Happy eating!

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