Uber Eats arrives to Calgary’s food delivery scene

More than 70 restaurants around the city on board with service that costs a $4.99 flat fee.

Joining Just Eat and Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats has officially joined the food delivery business in Calgary.

On board are more than 70 restaurants around the city, including Burger 320, Holy Grill, Tuk Tuk Thai, Poke, Juice Because and Street Eatery.

Five of Teatro Group’s restaurants – from Alforno to Vendome Café – are also offering their dishes through the service.

Teatro Group operations manager Karen Kho said they’ve seen growing interest from diners in being able to have their food delivered and will be offering a range of items from their restaurants, from grab-and-go sandwiches to classic Italian dishes.

The addition of Uber Eats to Calgary follows the program being made available in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa.

Uber Eats Canada general manager Dan Park said using it will be “as easy as pushing a button for a ride.”

The cost will be a $4.99 flat rate anywhere in the city, with restaurants also paying Uber a percentage of each food bill. Uber drivers will be paid a similar rate for transporting food as they would passengers, Park said.

Though, he said, drivers will only have one type of fare at a time.

“You’ll never be in a car with a sandwich at the same time,” he said.

Gwendolyn Richards is a Calgary-based food writer and the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. She regularly contributes to Avenue magazine, the Calgary Herald, and is the restaurant writer for Where Calgary. She thinks food delivery – no matter from which company – is a very good thing.