If you want to pay in person at a restaurant using Venmo, you will have little luck. Almost no major food outlets offer this, though small ones might. However, if you use a food delivery service like Uber Eats, GrubHub, or DoorDash, you'll find that Venmo is an accepted payment method.
I've been using Venmo to order food from Uber Eats for a long time. So I was naturally disappointed when I found out that most restaurants don't accept payments made to them directly through the Venmo app. This motivated me to find out alternative ways to use Venmo to make payments at restaurants, and I found a few tricks along the way.
If you want to know more about restaurants that accept Venmo, you're in the right place. Let's get right into everything you need to know.
It's hard to answer the question in a straightforward way, so I'll break it into two.
If you go to a restaurant physically, can you pay with Venmo? In almost all cases, the answer is no. There are some businesses that have a QR code that you scan with the Venmo app, and it will pay automatically. These tend to be retailers and not food businesses.
However, small food outlets, like food trucks, might accept Venmo payments. You won't find many major restaurants supporting this payment method though.
Now, for the second part. If you are ordering food from a restaurant online, such as through delivery apps, is Venmo an accepted payment method? Well, if you're using DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub, the answer is yes.
This is the primary method that most people use to order from restaurants using the Venmo app, and it is pretty easy to get the hang of too.
If you're bummed by the fact that you can't pay for a food order in person using Venmo, that's understandable. However, there is one other option you can consider.
If you apply for a Venmo card, you can actually pay from your Venmo account at any restaurant that offers card transactions (which is pretty much all major ones).
If you have a good amount of money in your Venmo balance, you might want to use it to pay for your food every now and then.
The good thing is that three of the major delivery apps people use for food orders take Venmo transactions, which makes things super convenient.
Let's talk about how you can use each food delivery app to pay from your Venmo account.
If DoorDash is your app of choice when it comes to ordering food online, setting up Venmo as a payment method only takes a minute or two.
Follow the steps below to get this set up:
Does Uber Eats accept Venmo? The answer to that is yes.
You can add your Venmo wallet as a payment method in the Uber Eats app, which makes it easy to pay for your orders.
Do the following to pay with Venmo in Uber Eats:
Now, anytime you want to make an order using Uber Eats, you'll see Venmo as an option. Using this will debit your Venmo wallet directly.
Finally, you'll find that the GrubHub app will accept Venmo transactions too, which can make ordering from this service super convenient for you.
To do this, follow these steps:
You can now pick Venmo from the list of options when paying for your food.
You might want to know whether an outlet like Burger King accepts Venmo. As I mentioned earlier, as long as you have a Venmo card, the answer is yes.
With a Venmo card, essentially any restaurant that allows you to make payments with a credit or debit card will be within your reach using the Venmo platform.
The question though, is how do you even get a Venmo card?
Well, to do that, you just need to apply for one of these debit cards from inside the Venmo app.
Follow the steps below:
That's it! You should get your Venmo card delivered on the date specified.
You might want to get food for a group of people, but you don't have enough money in your Venmo wallet.
The good thing is that food delivery services like GrubHub and Uber Eats allow you to split the bill after paying. While DoorDash will accept Venmo, it does not support splitting the bill.
The process to split the bill using Venmo is actually ridiculously easy. The other people don't even need the mobile app for food delivery services. They just need Venmo.
The first thing you need to do is make the order as you usually would. Choose the dishes of your choice, go to checkout, choose your payment option (which is Venmo), and confirm.
Now, all that's left to do happens in the Venmo app:
Once they approve it, the money will be taken from their Venmo wallets and sent to you to cover the money you fronted them.
If you want to know which restaurants accept Venmo, you'll be disappointed to know that there are few that have Venmo integration to allow in-restaurant purchases. If you have a Venmo debit card, you will be able to get around this, though.
However, if you want to order food online, GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash accepts Venmo as a payment option. You can pay directly from your Venmo funds using any of these. Since they offer many restaurants as options, you'll be spoiled for choice.