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Caviar Delivery: Your Complete Guide to the High-End Food Delivery Service

Have you ever wished you could get food from local restaurants delivered straight to your door with just a couple taps on your smartphone? Because we live in the future, this is now a reality, with dozens of food delivery apps now on the market.

All of these apps work in basically the same way: You browse a list of restaurants in the app, choose your items, and pay for your order. A courier then accepts the order, picks it up from the restaurant, and delivers it into your eagerly waiting hands.

With so many food delivery apps out there, they can seem a bit monotonous after a while. They all provide the same service and cost about the same, so why should you choose one over the other?

This is why we’re excited to tell you about Caviar. It’s a food delivery app that focuses on delivering from only the best restaurants in town. You won’t find Chipotle or McDonald’s on their menu. Instead, you get a curated list of high-end, unique options, many of which have exclusive delivery deals with Caviar.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about the Caviar app. We’ll cover how the app works, where it’s available, and how much it costs, as well as answer some common questions new and prospective users have about the service.

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What Is Caviar?

Launched in 2012, Caviar is a food delivery app that focuses on delivery from premium restaurants. Many food delivery apps focus on delivering from as many restaurants as possible (and often skew towards fast food and quick service restaurants).

Caviar, on the other hand, provides delivery from a smaller number of high-quality establishments. They’ve also struck exclusive delivery deals with certain restaurants, allowing customers to get delivery from restaurants that previously didn’t offer such a service.

In 2014, mobile payments company Square acquired Caviar. They’ve continued to run Caviar as a separate company, but they have used their extensive resources to expand the app’s reach into new markets.

How Does Caviar Delivery Work?

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Getting food delivered with Caviar is easy. To start, you should download the Caviar app from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices).

The app will then ask you to create an account using your email address and a password. From there, you’ll need to enter your address and your desired delivery time. This helps Caviar show you restaurants that are currently available for delivery.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to browse a list of restaurants. You can filter restaurants in a variety of ways, including your preferred cuisine and other filters such as “healthy,” “vegan,” and “gluten-free” (to name just a few).

After you’ve found a restaurant you like, your next step is to browse the menu and add the items you want to your cart. When you’re ready to check out, just click the shopping bag icon in the upper right-hand corner of the app.

The app will now ask you for your payment information, as well as confirmation of your delivery address. After you’ve entered all the necessary information and confirmed that your order is correct, tap “Place Order” to start the delivery process.

From there, it’s just a matter of watching your order’s status within the app. You’ll be able to see your courier’s current location, as well as notifications for when they’ve picked up your food and when they arrive at your address.

Where Does Caviar Deliver?

Caviar is currently available in a variety of locations across the U.S. The company has tended to focus on major metropolitan cities, since they tend to have greater concentrations of residents with the higher disposable incomes necessary to support an app like Caviar.

Here are the locations where Caviar delivery is currently available:

  • Boston, MA
  • Brooklyn & Queens, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Greater Philadelphia, PA
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Marin County, CA
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Peninsula, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Richmond, VA
  • Rockville, MD
  • SF: East Bay, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Seattle Eastside, WA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Washington, D.C. Metro
  • Woodbridge, VA

Don’t see your city on the list? Caviar keeps expanding into new markets, so if you’re excited about the service and want to get notified when it is available in your area, download the Caviar app.

Not only will this let you get notifications about Caviar coming to your city, but it will also send a message to the Caviar team that there’s demand for the service where you live.

How Much Does Caviar Delivery Cost?

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The cost of your Caviar delivery will vary based on the restaurant you choose, the items you order, and the distance that your courier has to travel. In general, however, here are the factors that go into the final cost of your Caviar order:

  1. Delivery fee — For each order, you’ll pay a delivery fee of between $1.99 and $8.99. Occasionally, Caviar may waive this fee if they’re featuring a particular restaurant or attempting to entice new users to try the service.
  2. Service fee — All Caviar orders include a service fee of 18%. Note that this is not a gratuity paid to your courier, but rather a fee that helps Caviar cover their overhead.
  3. Cost of the food — Of course, you’ll have to pay for the cost of the food. Note that the restaurant sets this amount, and it may differ from what you’d pay if you ate at the restaurant in person.
  4. Restaurant fees — Some restaurants on Caviar may also charge their own additional fees to cover things like bagging, staff, and other restaurant costs.
  5. Tips — Once you’ve placed your order, you’ll have the option to add a tip for your courier. Caviar couriers get to keep 100% of the tips you give them, so it’s a nice gesture to reward quality service and prompt delivery.

In addition to the above fees, you should also be aware that most restaurants on Caviar have a minimum order amount that you need to meet to get food delivered. This amount varies based on the restaurant.

Caviar Delivery FAQ

To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about the Caviar delivery service:

1. What types of food does Caviar deliver?

While Caviar focuses on a smaller number of restaurants than their competitors, they still manage to offer a wide variety of cuisines and foods. Here are just some of the types of food you can order on Caviar:

  • Ice cream delivery
  • Japanese food delivery
  • Salad delivery
  • Sandwich delivery
  • Steak delivery
  • Seafood delivery
  • Indian food delivery
  • Italian food delivery
  • Juice delivery
  • Mexican food delivery
  • Pasta delivery

To see a full list of options in your area, visit the Caviar website and enter your address.

2. Does Caviar offer gift cards?

Yes, they do. You can purchase gift cards in amounts of $25, $50, $100, and $150. Visit the Caviar gift card page to get started.

3. What are alternatives to Caviar?

While Caviar is the only food delivery app to currently focus on delivery from high-end restaurants, there are plenty of other apps you can use if you just want food delivered in general. Here are some of our favorite food delivery apps:

4. How can I get a discount on my first Caviar order?

Caviar orders can get expensive, especially if you order lots of food. Luckily, there’s an easy way for you to get a discount on your first Caviar order. When you sign up for Caviar and enter the promo code PICNIC, you’ll get $10 off your first order of $50 or more.

5. Can I pay for my Caviar order with cash?

All order payments are processed through the Caviar app using the credit or debit card information you provide. You cannot pay for your order in cash, though you are welcome to give your courier a cash tip if you so desire.

6. How can I get started delivering for Caviar?

Working as a Caviar courier offers the chance to set your own delivery hours and earn some extra money, all while discovering the most interesting restaurants in your city.

You can deliver for Caviar if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have a working car, truck, bike, scooter, or motorcycle
  3. Have 2 years of driving experience (unless you’re delivering via bike)
  4. Have a smartphone that can run the Caviar mobile courier app
  5. Pass a background check

To learn more and apply, visit the Caviar application page.

Get the Best Food Delivered with Caviar

We hope this guide has helped you understand how the Caviar app works, as well as how you can get started using it. Caviar is changing the expectations people have of food delivery, and we’re excited to see where the company goes in the future.

If you’ve never used Caviar before, don’t forget to sign up for Caviar with the promo code PICNIC to get $10 off your first order of $50 or more.

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