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Top 5 Food & Restaurant Apps for Android

Abhinav Girdhar
By Abhinav Girdhar | Last Updated on August 8th, 2023 10:47 am
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App Builder Appy Pie: The culture of eating out is only going to increase as human lives are getting busier and there is lesser time to accomplish the daily chores. As our lives are getting more stressful, people are looking for some alternatives or ways to simplify their lives. Cooking dinner is one of the chores that has disillusioned the modern day professional and they are constantly on the lookout for an alternative to cooking at home, whether they just want to order in, find a great dine in joint to hang out with friends or planning to have a special night of fine dining.

A number of restaurant apps have recently made it to the app stores and some of them have found more popularity than the others. The users today are not just looking for a database of restaurants, but also want to know which restaurants they should go to, which dishes are good there, and which places to avoid!

Let us take a look at the top 5 food and restaurant Android apps that have made it to the top of the list for both, Android & iOS devices. Once you go through this list, you would not only understand what it is that people look into but may also come up with your own idea for an app, harnessing an opportunity that has not yet been recognized.

According to Statista, there are 3.8 million apps on the Google Play app store as of the first quarter of 2018. Of this huge number of apps on the popular app store, the following 5 food and restaurant android apps stand out.

1. Yelp

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As a community-based review service, this app might be one of the biggest and the most wonderful ones out there. In this digital age, Yelp has emerged as the epitome among restaurant finders. Though many have been impressed with the buzz and the glamor built around it, but in reality, the app has only been able to establish itself as a leader in the industry due to the amazing experience it offers. The app offers to their users more than 50 million reviews for various businesses across the world, so that they can easily look for a restaurant nearby, go through genuine reviews, go hunting for some special deals, and explore the photographs of local establishments. One of the distinguishing features on the app that make it a favorite among the app users is the search filter that can help them narrow down the results according to different parameters like distance, price, and ratings. This also helps the users step into a restaurant knowing exactly what they should expect there. This app is wildly popular among the establishments as well, because of the exposure and reviews they garner on the platform, helping them expand their clientele.

2. Restaurant Finder

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As the name suggests, Restaurant Finder is a simple but flawless location-based app and is one of the most popular apps for finding restaurants based on your location. The app covers a great number of countries and they cover a number of different continents. The app is available for free on Google Play and makes use of the Google Search feature on the mobile device to locate restaurants in the vicinity. The home screen gives you a number of categories to choose from, and you can click on any category to further explore different recommendations within. Hence, whether you are looking for a sushi joint, an all-American diner, a fine dining venue, or some place particularly in mind, Restaurant Finder would help you find it. The app also offers a great number of extensive reviews that can help you decide which place is perfect for your next evening out. What makes it fun is that if the app cannot find a restaurant around you, it will recommend some great grocery stores around you!

3. Zagat

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For those food connoisseurs who are looking for a truly refined place to eat and choose the eateries based on genuine reviews, Zagat is a great choice! The app that started on a subscription model of $9.99 a year, is now owned by Google and offered for free to the users. This is one of those apps that are based on the principle of ‘less is more’. In addition to the usual filters on the app, the app features a scoring system that rates the food, décor, and service separately. They have a crisp list of places that are selected by experts covering different occasions, moods, or cravings and creates for you, a well-rounded package, so that you do not have to keep browsing for hours altogether and have barely any time to actually enjoy an eating out experience.

4. Food Finder

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This is yet another free app available in Google Play but is favored greatly for the robust category search options. The app’s category list is populated with more than 100 different categories, which means that when you go looking for a recommendation, the accuracy of it is a lot greater than any of their competitors. However, if you are one of those who get easily distracted or confused when there are too many options, this app might overwhelm you! The app not only offers you information about the local eateries, but even gives you the distance from your current location and step by step navigation instructions by tapping in to your Android Navigation map.

5. Zomato

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Known earlier as The Urban Spoon, Zomato first became popular on the iOS, but gained a huge following on the Android version as well. This app can be of particularly great use when you are in an unfamiliar city as it uses your device’s built-in GPS to help you find the restaurants in the vicinity. The app determines your location and then gives you a list of restaurants in the area which are categorized according to the cuisine or food style, pricing, and many such more criteria. You can set your food preferences as search criteria and choose the price range according to mood, pocket, or occasion, and look for suitable recommendations. The single results are showcased along with the name of the restaurant, phone number, reviews, etc. and can even be tied in to the navigation app on the phone to provide step by step direction.

Abhinav Girdhar

Founder and CEO of Appy Pie

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