September 2, 2022

Mrunali Gaikwad


You surely don’t need to have your own restaurant to run a food delivery app. However, in either case, it’s a major business decision. Among the various factors that affect your decision, food delivery app development cost is the most important one. Therefore, we decided to answer the most common question our clients ask.  

In this blog,

  • How to determine the actual cost of food delivery app development
  • Important feature sets for different users of food delivery apps
  • Why do you need a food delivery app development company


Determining the actual cost of any development product isn’t easy. According to the best practices, even after the launch of an application, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Therefore, you need to consider several factors to estimate the approximate cost of the food delivery app development solution that you’re seeking. We all know that the idea of food ordering applications is no longer a newcomer. Thus it’s crucial to study your competitors and the market before you make any moves. 

If you are planning on getting an app like Zomato, Swiggy, or Ubereats you must first understand the concept of on-demand food ordering. There are also several market statistics we’ll show you later.  

What is On-Demand Food Delivery

As the name suggests, on-demand food delivery apps allow customers to order and receive the products or meals of their choice. All these get delivered at their doorsteps within a few taps and clicks. Food delivery apps like Ubereats, Zomato, Swiggy, etc are examples of the same. Apart from these third-party food delivery giants, there are various in-restaurant apps that restaurant owners use to handle operations and improve sales and customer service.  

The extensive features of these apps make it absolutely convenient for customers to get their desired meals from their favorite restaurants. These applications allow various payment options. In many countries, users might soon be able to use cryptocurrencies for online food ordering. However, these features and the skills and resources used to build and execute them, decide the cost of food delivery app development. We will talk about them in detail further in this blog. 

Understanding how food delivery apps are built would help you estimate the approximate cost of an application even well. To know more about food delivery app development process, 

Read Our Blog: Roadmap to Successful Food Delivery App Development   

How to Estimate the Cost of Food Delivery App Development

Not only a food ordering app but every single application is composed of various components. These components/factors decide how much you would have to pay for an excellent application.

Cost of a Food Delivery App

1. App Development Platform

When building an application, choosing the right development platform is one of the most important decisions to make. It plays a crucial role in the success of your app. While deciding between iOS and Android can be tricky, you can make better decisions using some thorough market research and device usage among the target audience. 

For example, if you are seeking a food delivery app solution in USA, you should prefer developing an iOS app. The users there use more iOS devices. On the other hand, if you are developing an app for other regions where Android is prominent, you should decide accordingly. 

However, the app development platform you choose impacts the overall cost of your food delivery app. To choose the right platform for your upcoming application, 

Read Our Blog: iOS vs Android: Which Platform to Build Your App on First 

2. Technology Stack

It’s yet another important aspect of an application. There are many tools and technologies that make app development easier, efficient, and reliable. However, not all tools may be the best choice for the app you have pictured. 

Since this may be confusing for someone from a non-technical background, the food delivery app service company you choose, shall guide you with it. The tools and frameworks used for backend and frontend development will have a notable effect on the overall cost of app development. 

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3. Food Delivery App Features

The feature sets you decide for an application determine its complexity and subsequently its cost. App features vary based on how you want your application to unfold and who all will be using it. There are generally three different people using the app to complete the food delivery cycle: customer, restaurant, and delivery person. Let’s take a look at some of the important features according to various user roles. 

(i) For Customers

A food delivery app will be used directly by the customers to order their favorite food from the restaurants of their choice. Therefore, this interface should have all the functions and functionalities that make the process smooth and easy. Here’s a list of some important features you must consider including in your app: 

  • Customer registration and login 
  • Search and browse restaurants 
  • Set delivery location 
  • Customize and add items to the cart  
  • Track and schedule orders 
  • Cancel or repeat orders 
  • Multiple payment options 
  • Feedback 

(ii) For Restaurants

Restaurants become a mediator between the customers and the delivery agents. Thus they have a crucial role to play when it comes to on-time, expected delivery. The app will be accessed by restaurant owners to manage their menus and orders they receive. Here are some important features that would make the app perfect for restaurant owners. 

  • Restaurant profile 
  • Toggle items and time 
  • Accept or reject orders from customers  
  • Update order status 
  • Assign orders to the delivery agent 
  • Update new offers 

(iii) For Delivery Agents

For delivery agents to be able to deliver orders on time, the rider/ delivery agents’ app should be fully-fledged with necessary features. Some important features include: 

  • Driver profile 
  • Toggle availability 
  • GPS tracking 
  • In-app calling 
  • Cash collection 
  • Update order status after delivery 
  • Order and earnings history 

These feature sets affect the overall cost of the food delivery app development. To know the approximate expenses, you must be clear with what features you want for your application.  

4. UI/UX Design 

Design is an important aspect of an application, it determines how the app would look and how users navigate from one page to another. We often get clients who are more concerned about their app’s design. If you have any specific requirements or inspirations regarding your app’s design, you must communicate the same to the developers. It would be an important addition to the overall costs and resources that are necessary to execute the idea.  

cost of food delivery app development

5. Location of the App Developers

This is something you should pay attention to if you want affordable and reliable app development. When you hire food delivery app developer, make sure to be sure about your choices. Not only do their skills and expertise make the services valuable but the location they are working from will affect the prices. Later in some of our blogs, we talked about how app development services are cheaper in Asia than in other areas of the world.  

There are different ways you can hire developers for your project. However, a food delivery app may be best handled by a fully-fledged team of designers, developers, QA experts, and project managers. Make sure to do away with your research before deciding on anything. 

Summing Up

As we always say, predicting the exact cost of developing an app may be difficult initially. Even after the development and launch, some expenses may be recurring since an application requires regular updates. Only after knowing your actual requirements, your development partner can calculate the approximate cost of the product. Moreover, when you hire food delivery app developer, make sure to not compromise with the quality for a low price. This may prove to be an even greater loss. 

At Narola Infotech, we have an excellent team of skilled and experienced designers, developers, analysts, and project managers. Over the last 16+years we have delivered thousands of successful projects. In case you want similar services or have any queries, fel free to reach out.  

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