From tacos to sushi, burgers to BBQ: New food-delivery service enters Columbia market

Waitr food delivery begins service in the Columbia area
Waitr food delivery begins service in the Columbia area

A new food-delivery service is joining the Midlands market. Waitr officially debuts Thursday with a 5 p.m. launch party at The Grand on Main Street.

Waitr drivers will deliver meals from participating restaurants throughout Richland and Lexington counties for a flat fee of $5. According to, there is no minimum order and the menu prices are the same on the app as they are at the restaurant. The flat fee is the same no matter the size of the order or the distance delivered.

Customers also can use the Waitr app to place pickup orders and get alerts when carry-out orders are ready for pickup. Some Columbia-area restaurants already signed with Waitr include The Grand, Thirsty Fellow, Poke Bros., Casa Oaxaca, American Deli on Garners Ferry, Maurice’s Piggie Park, Groucho’s Deli, Rosewood Dairy Bar, San Jose Mexican and more.

The Thursday party is free with samples of small bites and beverages from participating restaurants and giveaway items from Waitr. As part of the company’s debut, customers using the app through Sept. 2 can get food delivered free by using the promo code “ColumbiaSC” at checkout.

The company also is looking to hire drivers in the area. Applications are online at waitrapp,com/become-a-driver.

In the past year, food-delivery services in the Midlands have grown with 256ToGo/Bitesquad, Eat 24/Grubhub, Eatstreet, UberEats and Let’s Drive. Customers have choices with services offering different delivery areas and a range of delivery fees.