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Food delivery in Toronto and how to order online

Posted by Tara MacInnis / January 11, 2014

food delivery torontoFood delivery in Toronto is one of the biggest reasons we order online. From lazy summers to brutal winters, there are plenty of excuses why we now turn to web sites (or apps on our smartphones) in order to get our fill from our favourite local restaurants. While in the past food delivery from restaurants was largely relegated to the usual Chinese, Indian, Thai and Pizza options, these days it's easy to get pretty much any type of food delivered to your door.

But what site to use? A few years ago there were just a few different web sites that we'd use to place an order online but recently a number of new competitors have entered the space.

Here's a round-up of the current crop of web sites that make it easy to order food online from your favourite Toronto restaurant.

Hurrier
At restaurants like Grand Electric and The Burger's Priest, getting a table can take upwards of an hour. Hurrier, a bike courier service that specializes in the city's hippest food, will let you wait at home instead. Although it's kind of pricey, having your food delivered by bike is eco-friendly, and they can even pay for your food on your behalf.

Cost: $5.50 flat rate, $2 per kilometer from pick-up point to destination
Delivery Zone: Dupont to Lake Ontario, Keele to the DVP
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 12p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends

Just-Eat
Powered by a team of "Anti-Cooking Activists," Just-Eat services over 160 cities across Canada, and Toronto is of course one of them. While the site is a little cluttered, they're pretty active on Twitter and seem to make it a priority to deal with customers who need help. And, if you're on the go, they have a free app.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: Specific to restaurant.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

Orderit
Orderit services pretty much every neighbourhood in the GTA and is linked to 340 restaurants in the downtown core. With a food blog, photos, restaurant reviews and the option to collect and redeem GO Points, this site is really user-friendly.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: Specific to restaurant.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

So Hungry
More concerned about the kind of food you're ordering than where it comes from? So Hungry has all of their offerings sorted by food type rather than restaurant, so you can easily compare a souvlaki dinner from The Healthy Greek with one from Souvlaki Express. The site also makes recommendations based on how many people you're ordering for, so everyone at your couch party should have enough to eat.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: Specific to restaurant.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

Realeat.ca
Realeat.ca is your typical online ordering service where typing in your postal code lists lots of restaurant options near you to order from. Connecting Torontonians to over 50 restaurants that serve everything from pizza to Indian food is their mandate, and because they are new, their grand opening special gives you 40 per cent off your order. Another bonus: Realeat.ca offers the option to donate 10 per cent of the profits from your order to a local charity.

Cost: Not yet listed on the site.
Delivery Zone: Boundaries are not listed either, but typing in a postal code north of St. Clair brought up zero options.
Hours: Not yet listed on the site.

Taste Away
This site functions very similarly to Realeat.ca but it's a little more user-friendly. Taste Away works with hundreds of restaurants in the GTA, and makes great suggestions in your area when you can't decide what you're craving. When you do find your favourites on their site, they track them on your profile, and remember them for your future orders. Also, Taste Away will give you five bucks to spend on food if you recommend the site to a friend.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: Specific to restaurant.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

uEat
uEat.ca looks like most of the other online order services on this site, but unlike the others, it shows you the estimated delivery time for each restaurant relative to your postal code before you even place your order. That's helpful, especially if eating ASAP is at the top of your list.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: Specific to restaurant.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

BONUS

TakeoutCity
A newcomer to the scene, TakeoutCity only has five restaurants on its roster, and all are available for pick up only. So if you're not feeling completely lazy and you are really craving a burger from Big Moe's, this site can help you out. But to have your food arrive at your door, you'll have to go elsewhere.

Cost: Service is free.
Delivery Zone: All restaurants listed are pick up only.
Hours: Specific to restaurant.

What web site do you use to order food online? Give it props in the comments below.

Discussion

12 Comments

Alexander / January 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Since when is Just-Eat and ilk free? There is a delivery charge that can range from free to $4-5 depending on the restaurant. Also, often, the charge is MUCH higher on the website than calling the restaurant directly.
Christina / January 11, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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Orderit isn't free, they charge typically $6 delivery fee though it does vary from place to place.
Tara / January 11, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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According to Just-Eat, restaurants set the delivery fee, and Just-Eat takes a commission from the order itself. So the delivery fee depends on the restaurant your food is coming from. Hopefully that clears things up!
Mr. replying to a comment from Rob Ford / January 11, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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Pizza Gigi does : )
mophead / January 11, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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What's missing: What payment to they take? Cash? Debit at door? Visa? Mastercard? Paypal? I think you need some extra account to order from some sites with Visa.
Steph / January 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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I'm in Toronto, been using sohungry.com since November. I love the fact that i can see the pictures of the food and pick whatever i want and press order n its done!
once the restaurant really messed up on my order and they dealt completely with it and got the restaurant to credit me $20 on my next order...
its totally free from the site's end and u can use cash, visa, master card...some restaurants have free delivery but others charge a small fee...
All in all its a great site..totally recommend it!
StellsBells / January 12, 2014 at 02:37 am
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As a freelancer who works weird hours and neeeeeeeeeeeds delivery sometimes, I have a love/hate with Just-eat. On the one hand, I love the wide variety of restos the have on their roster, but the $20-30 min sucks big time for a single person. So when I order, I pick my must-have + stuff that will still be edible over the next 2-3 days. The price of convenience
Corina / January 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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Thanks for including Orderit! For the record, Orderit delivery fees range from $0 to $6.95 (depending on the Restaurant fees or type of delivery offered). We are also among the only Canadian started/owned/operated companies (15+ years working with Toronto's best restos!) ...If you need catering or corporate deliveries, we do those too! Glad you like the new website; mobile is on its way :)
Josie / January 15, 2014 at 11:28 am
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SoHungry.com is also a Canadian started/owned and Operated company - as opposed to Just-Eat... they have a great user-friendly site and mobile friendly website!
At least with SoHungry I dnt have to look at those long endless menus when im so hungry n just wanna order quick :D
James Forest / January 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm
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If the service is great and the food is as awesome as eaten in the restaurant itself, then, on the way we go! SoHungy and Just-Eat are all good.


James Forest
Weight Loss Expert
http://www.WeightLossFoodDelivery.net
EatToronto / March 7, 2014 at 09:24 pm
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Just ordered from Realeat.ca - very disappointing. I ordered Thai food from 'Asian Chef Cuisine' (which is written on website), to later find out food was coming from 'Thai one On'!! I would never have ordered food from Thai one on, with their ketchup pad Thai! I was mislead. This definitely needs to be changed.
+ I waited more than 45mins quoted. I got food 1 hr 15 min later! No words or sorry of lateness. Experience was poor.
online ordering system for pizza / March 12, 2014 at 09:39 am
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Just like i have know another site. eatnow is popular in austrlia. just wanted to share :)

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