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Is There Uber Eats Pickup For Food Orders?

Uber Eats Pickup offers a convenient way to save on fees and get your food faster by allowing you to collect your orders directly from restaurants. Discover the ins and outs of using this pick-up feature on the Uber Eats app. Here's how it works.

Can You Pick Up on Uber Eats?

Yes, Uber Eats offers a pickup option that allows you to collect your order from local restaurants in numerous cities in which the app operates. Opting for pickup can be more cost-effective than delivery, even if it might require a bit more effort on your part.

Uber Eats pickup screenshot

This service, initially piloted in select cities like Austin and San Diego, is now widely available, offering a quicker and potentially more cost-effective alternative to traditional delivery.

How Does Uber Eats Pickup Work?

Uber Eats Pickup works by allowing you to order through the app and collect your food directly from the restaurant, bypassing delivery fees and service charges.

Once you select the ‘Pickup’ option in the Uber Eats app, you can browse through available restaurants, place your order, and pay in advance. The app will keep you updated on the preparation of your order and notify you when it’s ready.

Instead of waiting for a delivery driver though, you can head to the restaurant at your convenience to pick up your meal, ensuring it’s fresh and exactly how you want it.

Remember, while you save on delivery and service fees with pickup, in-app menu prices may differ from those in-store.

Do You Have to Go Inside for an Uber Eats Pickup?

For an Uber Eats pickup, you generally need to enter the restaurant to retrieve your order, although this can vary by vendor .

Fast food restaurants usually require pickup at the counter, while some local eateries may accommodate requests to bring your order to your car, depending on their policies and staff availability.

Does Uber Eats Tell You When Your Order Is Ready for Pickup?

Yes, Uber Eats notifies you via the app when your order is ready for pickup. You’ll receive a notification, and you can also check the app for real-time updates.

Additionally, Uber Eats provides an estimated time for when your order will be ready, which is generally accurate, especially for fast food orders, allowing you to time your pickup accordingly.

When to Use Uber Eats Pickup

vector graphic showing customers walking up to a restaurant and walking away with an Uber Eats pickup order

Only use pickup if you have the time to go to the restaurant yourself and a way of getting there. Once you place a pickup order, you will need to go to the restaurant to get your food – you can’t change your mind later.

Typically, you should order Uber Eats Pickup in these situations:

  • You have a car, motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, or some other way of getting to the restaurant.
  • The restaurant is not far from you, and you won’t have to sit in traffic going back and forth.
  • The restaurant is within walking distance.
  • You’re heading somewhere, and the restaurant is on the way.

You should also consider using pickup if:

  • You want to avoid the delivery fee.
  • You want to avoid additional fees, like the service fee or tips.
  • You are very hungry and don’t want to deal with waiting for a driver.
  • It is peak delivery time, and you suspect that Uber Eats will have a hard time finding a driver.
  • You are ordering from a restaurant that drivers don’t like picking up from.
  • Delivery drivers have a tough time finding your home.

Does Uber Charge for Pickup?

No, Uber Eats does not charge for pickup.

You won’t have to pay a delivery fee or a service fee.

However, prices in the Uber app are often a bit higher than prices when buying from the restaurant directly.

That’s because Uber takes a commission from restaurants, so they need to increase their prices.

Uber Eats Pickup Fees

There is no Uber Eats pickup fee for customers.

However, if you are driving there, you will use gas, which costs money.

Also, if you are taking public transportation there, you will have to pay for that.

Does Uber Eats Charge Restaurants for Pickup Orders?

Yes, Uber Eats charges restaurants in the United States a 6% commission on pickup orders.

That is less than the commission Uber Eats charges restaurants on delivery orders, which is 15-30%.

So, both you and the restaurant save on fees.

How to Select Uber Eats Pickup

After opening the Uber Eats app, you will see two options at the top of the screen: Delivery and Pickup.

Tap on Pickup to see restaurants that offer a pickup option in your area.

Then, scroll through the list of restaurants.

You will also be able to look on the map and see where each restaurant is located.

That way, you can determine how close they are to you.

Alternatively, when browsing any category from the “Browse” section, you can tap on the Pickup option at the top of the screen to filter for restaurants that accept pickup orders.

Also, when looking at any restaurant’s menu, the “Pickup” option will appear at the top of the screen if available.

How to Save on Uber Eats Pickup Charges

While Uber Eats doesn’t charge an extra fee for pickup, you can still save money on pickup orders when using Uber Eats.

vector graphic showing coins and dollar bills going into a wallet next to a mobile phone with an Uber Eats refund screenshot on the screen

Get an Uber Eats Pass

The easiest way to save money on Uber Eats pickup orders is to get Uber One.

Uber One is a premium Uber membership that replaced Eats Pass.

It costs $9.99/month if paying monthly or $99/year if paying yearly.

Members get access to exclusive perks and discounts, including a 5% discount on eligible pickup orders.

Not all restaurants and stores are part of Uber One.

Those that are will have an Uber One icon appearing next to their names once you have subscribed.

Also, the 5% discount only applies to orders of at least $15 when picking up from restaurants or $30 when picking up from other stores, like convenience stores.

Uber One makes even more sense if you order deliveries because it will give you free delivery on eligible orders from restaurants and stores.

If you only place pickup orders, you will save less money.

Use an Uber Eats Pickup Promo Code

Using an Uber Eats promo code is another awesome way of saving money on Uber Eats orders.

In the app, tap on “Account” in the bottom-right corner.

Scroll down and click on “Promotions.”

There, you can see promotions currently available to you.

You can also check for available promo codes on the Uber Eats Promo Codes page.

You may also find Uber Eats promo codes on third-party websites.

For example, here are some from the Wall Street Journal.

You can also check RetailMeNot.

However, not all of those promo codes may be up-to-date or still working.

Tipping on Uber Eats Pickup Orders

A lot of people tip their Uber Eats delivery drivers.

As such, it’s only natural to wonder whether you should tip on Uber Eats pickup orders, too.

vector graphic showing the uber eats tipping amount to give a driver

Should You Tip on Uber Eats Pickups?

Generally, workers don’t expect you to tip on Uber Eats pickup orders.

The reason for that is simple – you’re doing the hard work yourself.

When ordering delivery on Uber Eats, the driver needs to go to the restaurant and pick up your order.

It’s hard work – they need to find the restaurant, get your food, and then find your home.

Sometimes, they end up waiting in the restaurant for the order to be ready or spending extra time in traffic.

However, you are doing that work yourself when placing a pickup order.

Furthermore, you are not even waited on in the restaurant – it’s not like there is a waiter there to take your order and ensure you get your food quickly.

However, you can still tip the restaurant workers who hand you your order if you like.

If there is a tip jar in the restaurant, you can leave some money there.

In some restaurants, everyone working in the restaurant shares the tip jar, including the chef who just cooked your food.

In fast-food restaurants, however, tipping is not commonplace.

How Much Should You Tip on Uber Eats Pickup Orders?

You don’t have to leave any tips when picking up your order.

You’re doing most of the work, and the restaurant employees won’t expect you to tip them anything.

However, you can give a few dollars to the restaurant worker handing you your food.

Or, you can leave some loose change or a dollar or two in the change jar.

Who Gets the Tip?

That depends on who you give it to.

There is no option in the app to leave a tip, as that option only applies when placing a delivery order.

If you leave a tip in the tip jar, it may go to the waiters or cashiers, or the workers may split it with everyone, including cleaners and chefs.

Final Thoughts

Uber Eats also offers a dine-in option in some cities, which allows you to go to the restaurant and eat your food there, right away, instead of taking it home first.

Whether you choose pickup or dine-in, you can save money and get your food faster, provided the restaurant is close to you.

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