MealPal gives you access to the best food near you, for just $5.99 per meal.
From salads and sushi to spaghetti and sandwiches, choose and pick up delicious meals from hundreds of local restaurants with just a few taps.
How does it work?
Discover new restaurants and select your weekday lunch (or dinner) with easy-to-use filters and a hyper-local map.
Arrive at the restaurant and head straight to the cashier - skipping the line never felt so good!
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MealPal is available in Auckland, Austin, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC, Wellington -- plus, more coming soon!
Ratings and Reviews
Unhealthy low quality food and deceptive marketing
This app and their business model suffer from two very glaring problems, as a former user of this app for over two years.
First off, you often receive food from the restaurant that is almost entirely carbohydrates, and very little protein. Meaning, the restaurants get away with giving you the cheapest food options available, which is often an empty calories in the form of bread and grains and other generally unhealthy food. So when you get a six dollar lunch, the restaurants get away with giving you low quality food. And it may look like a lot at first but you often get a large amount of low-quality food, and/or a very small amount of good quality food.
Secondly, they engage in deceptive marketing with their email marketing program and promotions to get you to resubscribe. Again, tonight I got a 30% promotion from their email marketing list, and when I clicked on the ad it took me to MealPal and there was no 30% off promotion. Just because they’re a stupid start up doesn’t mean their absolved from deceptive advertising laws, this is highly illegal. This should be reported to the FTC, the federal trade commission, because deceptive marketing is illegal, even for cutesy start up’s. These start ups take tens of millions of dollars in funding from banks and investors, and they can’t even follow the laws of marketing. Someone should report this.
I signed up for a discounted plan and would say it’s quite worth it. Getting a $10-$12 salad from Just Salad, for $4 is pretty good. However, not all the deals are that great. Some place offer terrible lunch options like “one sushi roll”. That’s not MealPals doing though, it’s the restaurants.
The annoying part is forcing users to go use their desktop version to cancel an auto renewing membership, that I’m not even sure I can cancel on the desktop version.
The most annoying part is that the meals expire, even more annoying is that they will try to offer Meals That Don’t Expire as a marketing tool to keep you on board. These meals should never expire. This app and their marketing team are lagging behind significantly in transparency trends and decent business practice.
I imagine they make decent money, counting on people to miss meals. But I travel, I have meeting that run late, I have a last minute working lunch, I don’t want to walk .5 mile because it’s snowing and 2 degrees Fahrenheit outside. There’s just no way I could ever justify renewing my subscription with business practices like these, without some serious change. It also doesn’t look like I’m the only one with these complaints.
Inconsistent quality makes this frustrating
While a great concept, I have found MealPal to be more frustrating than convenient. First there is the inconsistent quality among the restaurants available to select your meal from. I have had several occasions where the meal I was given was completely different from what was advertised on the menu (e.g., ordered chicken and veggies and got a container full of only veggies. Order a meal with two sandwiches and one sandwich was missing, etc). Additionally, even though MealPal advertises that you can skip the line when picking up your order, most restaurant don’t actually let you do this and so you have to wait. Adding on to that, MealPal advertises that your meal is supposed to be ready when you arrive and in my experience about half the time it is not, and so you have to wait some more. So instead of being convenient, MealPal turned into a giant waste of time for me and so unfortunately I will be canceling my membership. Hopefully in the future MealPal will figure out how to hold the restaurants they partner with to a higher standard of customer service.
Developer Response ,
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It sounds like the restaurants you reserved your lunch from didn't give you the experience we want you to have. We'd love the opportunity to make it up to you. Feel free to send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.