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The Best Food Delivery Services in Canberra

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Hungry? Want food quick? Then you need a reliable food delivery service in Canberra with a great range of partner restaurants, cafes, and fast-food outlets.

We know how frustrating it can be when you order food and it shows up an hour late, cold, and squashed. To prevent this from happening, we’ve come up with a list of the best food delivery services in Canberra. We’ve asked the locals, and we’ve scoured the web – the results are now in.

Ready to get started? Excellent. Let’s go.

What makes a reliable food delivery service?

Not sure what exactly you are looking for in a quality delivery service? No worries. To start, keep a look out for the following features:

  • Prompt delivery. If you want your food delivered to your doorstep as soon as possible, then you want a delivery service that’s fast and reliable. They need to be ready and willing to show up on time.
  • Reasonable delivery fees. You shouldn’t overpay for delivery. Look for a service with delivery fees that are comparable with other service providers. It shouldn’t cost more than $5 to $10.
  • Wide range of partner restaurants. One night you might be craving Indian food. The next, you want a cheeseburger. The best food delivery services in Canberra have it all.
  • Food shows up hot and in-tact. This point is crucial. Your food should show up hot and ready to eat.
  • Friendly delivery staff. No one wants to deal with nasty delivery staff – this can put a serious dampener on your meal.

The top food delivery services in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Want dinner in the next hour? Give one of the following top food delivery services in Canberra a try.

Uber Eats

Most of us have used Uber before – the convenient taxi-replacement service that gets you from point A to point B quickly and cheaply. Well, did you know that Uber also offers a food delivery service?

Using your Uber account, you can order from hundreds of restaurants via an app on your smartphone or your computer browser. Plus, you’ll be able to GPS track your order when it’s hit the road, which, while maybe a little unnecessary, sure is fun.

Here in Canberra, you can order just about any cuisine from Uber Eats, from Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Japanese to fast-food favourites like the Chicken Shop, McDonalds, and Grill’d.

Deliveroo

With 45 partner restaurants in Canberra’s city centre – ranging from Italian, American-style burgers, and fish and chips, to Chinese, Mexican, and more – Deliveroo is another reliable food delivery service.

With Deliveroo, your food may arrive via bike. This is particularly handy if you’re located in a high-traffic area.

Menulog

What sets Menulog apart from competing food delivery services in Canberra is the rating and review system. This can give you valuable insight into, not only how the food will taste, but whether or not it’ll show up hot, cold, ready-to-eat, or totally dismantled.

What’s more, many restaurants listed on Menulog offer discounts for your first order, some even as high as 20 per cent off!

Which food delivery service do you use?

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra food delivery services.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Which food delivery service in Canberra is your favourite? Share your experiences in the comments area below.


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Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 12:49 am 29 Jul 13

cantdance said :

It doesn’t matter where your healthy food comes from , a service like this is beneficial for many people.

It’s probably not going to be particularly healthy – unless you’re comparing it to Maccas. Restaurant quality implies to me that it’s restaurant food, which is usually tasty and rich and delicious and something you do as a treat or special occasion. Not often overly “healthy”.

To the OP, there’s a place that does a similar thing in Sydney. They slow cook one meal that changes each time. $10 delivered or $9 pick up. https://www.facebook.com/HungryMondays or http://www.hungrymondays.com.au/ for non Facebookians.

poetix poetix 9:21 pm 28 Jul 13

cantdance said :

Great idea, all the best with it.

For those who think it’s ‘sad’ that some people would use this service, my cousin lost his arm in an accident a year ago and lives alone – therefore he finds it extremely difficult to cook a meal with one hand. He orders in much of the time, and a service like this would be great for him.

Some people just don’t cook well – me included. It’s not a character flaw, we all have poorer skills in something!

It doesn’t matter where your healthy food comes from , a service like this is beneficial for many people.

Obviously I didn’t have your cousin in mind when I said this proposal seems sad. I just meant that the time pressures on people often take away the ability to enjoy simple pleasures, and we seem to spend so much more money on basic things.

I wonder how much cooking programs have created unrealistic ideas of what we should be eating. The fixation on ‘cooked’ food interests me too.

OP did ask us to give our opinions for or against.

Masquara Masquara 8:54 pm 28 Jul 13

I really hope the business gets off the ground and works for you.

Some suggestions for the market here in Canberra: do have proper vegetarian options (and vegan); have gluten free options; and use free-range eggs.

cantdance cantdance 7:51 pm 28 Jul 13

Great idea, all the best with it.

For those who think it’s ‘sad’ that some people would use this service, my cousin lost his arm in an accident a year ago and lives alone – therefore he finds it extremely difficult to cook a meal with one hand. He orders in much of the time, and a service like this would be great for him.

Some people just don’t cook well – me included. It’s not a character flaw, we all have poorer skills in something!

It doesn’t matter where your healthy food comes from , a service like this is beneficial for many people.

aleayr aleayr 6:53 pm 28 Jul 13

MERC600 said :

kakosi said :

A lot of people already do order meal deliveries in Canberra – an example is liteneasy and it costs about $148 for breakfast, lunch and dinner per week. They include frozen mains and fresh and frozen lunches and breakfasts with fresh fruit.

I’d love a service that supplies restaurant quality meals as home deliveries.

Any idea on the time contract you sign with Lite Easy ?

There isn’t a contract period. Just order what you want, whether thats the whole hog (breakfasts, snacks, lunch, dinner), just dinners or something in the middle, I find it great. You can set it up to automatically have a new delivery every “x” weeks, or just order ad hoc.

MERC600 MERC600 12:46 pm 28 Jul 13

kakosi said :

A lot of people already do order meal deliveries in Canberra – an example is liteneasy and it costs about $148 for breakfast, lunch and dinner per week. They include frozen mains and fresh and frozen lunches and breakfasts with fresh fruit.

I’d love a service that supplies restaurant quality meals as home deliveries.

Any idea on the time contract you sign with Lite Easy ?

kakosi kakosi 10:37 pm 27 Jul 13

A lot of people already do order meal deliveries in Canberra – an example is liteneasy and it costs about $148 for breakfast, lunch and dinner per week. They include frozen mains and fresh and frozen lunches and breakfasts with fresh fruit.

I’d love a service that supplies restaurant quality meals as home deliveries.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:32 pm 27 Jul 13

I know several people who subscribe to the service of those diet food companies, and anecdotally hear of people, often young blokes, who also sign up for it, who’re not on diets.

We’re becoming more and more like America. They hardly cook.. they have kitchens but “cooking’ is heating stuff up, mostly. It’s really sad to see.

s396 s396 7:22 pm 27 Jul 13

So gourmetdinnerservice.com.au?

bearlikesbeer bearlikesbeer 7:04 pm 27 Jul 13

I’m too fat and difficult to appreciate Lite n Easy.

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 5:44 pm 27 Jul 13

There is a gourmet Italian restaurant called Domino’s which does pizza and offers a delivery service. Unlike the more snooty restaurants, they still have Hawaiian pizzas.

scorpio63 scorpio63 4:13 pm 27 Jul 13

apologies for the typo “their” staff

scorpio63 scorpio63 4:10 pm 27 Jul 13

The Riverina have had this operating for a number of years successfully.

Always ensure that your trays and/or packaging materials are cleaned thoroughly using commercial cleaners and never leave meats and seafood products out for too long during change of weather. Many businesses who are starting off make this mistake when they have not trained up there staff on those two issues.

Best wishes on the success of your Business; don’t forget the leftovers for the Yellow Van to collect!

MERC600 MERC600 3:11 pm 27 Jul 13

Would certainly have a look ,, as I’m going to also have a look also at that diet mob That Madam Cholet has mentioned; the bext time I see their add on the telly.

bigred bigred 12:50 pm 27 Jul 13

A great big hearty stew or lamb shanks with vegetables for say six On a fortnightly basis for say $120-150 and I would pay attention

Masquara Masquara 12:29 pm 27 Jul 13

Benita is talking through her hat. You can’t get a wholesome meat meal delivered in LA for five bucks!!! Large plate of healthy salad in LA from a takeaway bar, sans delivery: $15-$17. Add delivery cost to that at the US minimum wage, then triple that delivery component for Australian standards.

Canberrans should expect to pay $20-$25 for a single healthy homecooked meal delivered in Canberra. Cheaper presumably for a regular delivery contracted for a few weeks ahead.

poetix poetix 12:18 pm 27 Jul 13

No, not for me, I’d rather just eat avocado on toast with a side of wine.

Something about this idea strikes me as really sad; are we really that busy?

When I’m out of avocado and bread I’d rather go out, anyway, and have some fun.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 11:51 am 27 Jul 13

$5 is not going to get a fresh meal prepared and delivered. I believe that those diet companies deliver a weeks worth of meals for around $100 or slightly more. They include morning and arvo snacks and what not, and I am advised that they are quite tasty and enough for one person. I would expect they are frozen.

Good idea, but in Canberra it’s going to be hard to make it work unless you focus on overworked Hugh ranking public servants who don’t know how to work their kitchen appliances.

During the day I would expect that most people appreciate the 15 minutes they might spend away from their desk preparing or procuring their lunch. Not sure if many workplaces would have adequate kitchen facilities – a small micro, coffee machine and bar fridge is as good as it gets in our place.

Here’s my idea – healthy food for kids birthday parties. I can’t tell you how much my heart sinks when I encounter caramel slice laid out for 4 year olds at a Sunday morning party.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 10:32 am 27 Jul 13

benita_449 said :

Yes please – 3-4 times a week. 5-10 menu choices. Mostly mains for me. $5-10 each (depending on type and quality of meat – less for random cuts or chicken, more for steak etc)
Used these in L.A. and am surprised it hasn’t arrived in Canberra yet due to the large number of transient and young professionals.

Um…seriously, you are only prepared to pay $5? You can’t even get a frozen meal from Colesworth or a crappy pizza from Dominoes for thst sort of money, let alone a freshly cooked meal delivered to your house.

Wily_Bear Wily_Bear 10:06 am 27 Jul 13

If such a service proved cost effective for a family, I would use it three to four times a week on an ongoing basis. Much would depend on delivery times being outside usual working hours, and at least twenty different mains. I would be prepared to pay around $40.00 per day for three main meal serves, no desserts or starters

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