33 Food & Restaurant App Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 23rd, 2023

Interested in starting a food & restaurant app business in 2024?

We put together 33 of the best food & restaurant app businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other food & restaurant app businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Create a meal planner app

Meal planners are used by millions of people around the world to stay organized, create meals, and even lose weight.

The weight loss services industry is currently valued at $22B and growing.

2. Start an automatic coupon applier app business

How much you can make: $450,000 — $8,333,333/month

How I Grew A Training & Wiki Software Tool To $2M ARR

Trainual is a software platform that helps small businesses effortlessly scale by capturing every process, role, and responsibility, creating a consistent, teachable, and scalable knowledge base. With over 15k users in over 80 countries, Trainual has grown to $2M ARR by catering to businesses looking for something more manageable than an enterprise learning system.

About
Chris started Trainual about 7 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $450K/month
Read by 6,541 founders

3. Start a parking space finder app business

How much you can make: $100,000/month

How I Started A $1.2M/Year Business With Tools Like Typeform & Zapier

Learn how the Co-Founder and CEO of NOSON grew their business to $1.2M in revenue in 27 markets using tools like Typeform, Zapier and Google for only $300 a month, and their advice for entrepreneurs just starting out.

About
Patrick started On Air Parking almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Patrick grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 6,061 founders

4. Start a where to eat app business

5. Start a driver tracking app business

6. Start a food waste reduction app

7. Start a reviews and rating app business

How much you can make: $710 — $3,500,000/month

How We Created A Chrome Extension & Hit The Top Of The App Store

Travel-tech startup RatePunk created a browser extension that compares hotel prices across different booking websites for free and achieved over 3,000 installs within a few weeks of launch, while learning valuable marketing lessons from social media platforms, micro-influencers, and online communities.

About
Justin started RatePunk about 2 years ago
Revenue
Justin grew the business to $50K/month
Costs
It cost Justin $5000 to start the business
Read by 4,630 founders

8. Start a home-cooked food delivery app business

How much you can make: $1,500 — $14,000/month

How I Bought A $1.5K/Month Side-Business That Sells Custom Bingo Creations

This case study showcases an entrepreneur who purchased an established online business generating $1,200 per month, and provides insights into what it takes to grow and run a successful yet small business while improving skills in digital marketing.

About
Beth started Bingo Card Creator almost 9 years ago
Revenue
Beth grew the business to $1.5K/month
Read by 6,941 founders

9. Start a drive-thru ordering app business

10. Start a food recommendation app business

11. Start a frozen food delivery app business

How much you can make: $4,000 — $83,333,333/month

What is GoPuff and How Did it Become a $15 Billion Business?

GoPuff's successful consumer products delivery business is now valued at $15 billion after raising $3.4 billion through nine different funding rounds, including a $1 billion one in July 2021, and generated an impressive $1 billion in revenue in 2021 alone, up from $300 million in 2020.

About
Yakir started Gopuff about 11 years ago
Revenue
Yakir grew the business to $83.3M/month
Read by 825 founders

12. Start a food delivery app business

How much you can make: $4,000 — $500,000/month

Trackin: Solo Founding a +$167,000/Month Food Startup

Learn how a startup founder turned his passion for technology into a lucrative food delivery business, now earning over $167k per month.

Revenue
They grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 537 founders

13. Start a nutrition app business

How much you can make: $500,000/month

Stronger U: Earning $600k/month teaching proper dieting

Case study: Founder builds $600k/mo nutrition coaching company to solve people's nutrition problems.

Revenue
They grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 653 founders

14. Start a snacks delivery app business

15. Start a grocery delivery app business

16. Start a make your own dish app business

How much you can make: $1,000,000/month

I Created A $12M/Year Online Logo Maker With 29 Million Users

David created DesignEvo, an easy-to-use logo maker that has over 29 million worldwide users and brings in about 1 million dollars each month, by realizing that there is a large number of users without professional graphic or multimedia editing skills, and building sufficiently user-friendly tools.

About
David started PearlMountain over 6 years ago
Revenue
David grew the business to $1M/month
Costs
It cost David $500000 to start the business
Read by 4,568 founders

17. Start a billing and invoice app business

How much you can make: $250,000 — $375,000/month

How We Built A SaaS Solution And Grew It To $3M ARR

Splynx, a SAAS solution for internet and voice providers with software features such as billing, payment collections, integration with accounting platforms, and network management, has achieved an ARR of around 3 million USD and 50% annual growth with 750 companies in 50 different countries as clients, and is hoping to expand further into the US and Canadian markets.

About
Alex started Splynx almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Alex grew the business to $250K/month
Read by 1,842 founders

18. Start a payments app business

How much you can make: $27,000 — $1,700,000/month

How We Have Built An $18M/Year Business Providing Payment Processing Solutions To SMBs

VizyPay is a bootstrapped fintech that provides transparent and cost-saving payment processing solutions to small business merchants across rural America, with over $27 million saved for merchants through their Cash Discount Program, experiencing a revenue growth of 28% year-over-year in Q1.

About
Austin started VizyPay almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Austin grew the business to $1.7M/month
Costs
It cost Austin $197000 to start the business
Read by 2,295 founders

19. Start a calorie tracker app business

How much you can make: $50,000 — $33,333,333/month

How I Developed A $20K/Month Software For Personal Trainers

FitSW founder Jacob Montoya bootstrapped his company to $25K monthly revenue, helping over 20,000 personal trainers manage their businesses through software that enables them to create workouts, track progress, plan meals, accept payments, and manage schedules, and has now expanded to include FindTrainGain, enabling people to join live online fitness classes from the comfort of their homes.

About
Jacob started FitSW: Personal Trainer Software almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Jacob grew the business to $50K/month
Costs
It cost Jacob $1000 to start the business
Read by 9,373 founders

20. Start a calling a waiter app business

21. Start an advance food ordering app business

How much you can make: $3,000/month

How We Developed A $36K/Year Tool To Help Restaurants Sell More Online

Maynuu helps small restaurant owners streamline their online ordering process, making an average monthly revenue of $3,050 in the past 12 months and growing about 200% throughout the pandemic, with plans for Southeast Asian expansion and global distribution.

About
Aaron started Maynuu almost 4 years ago
Revenue
Aaron grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Aaron $500 to start the business
Read by 2,320 founders

22. Start a baby food suggestions app business

23. Start a cooking recipes app business

24. Start a double discount app business

25. Start an experimental cooking app business

26. Start a kitchen management app business

27. Start a pizza delivery app business

28. Start a food app

How much you can make: $25,000,000/month

Sweetgreen: Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman: How I Built This

Case Study: From a 500 square-foot salad shop to over 100 locations, Sweetgreen founders disrupt fast-casual dining through innovation in tech, despite coronavirus challenges.

Revenue
Jonathan grew the business to $25M/month
Read by 618 founders

29. Start a burger constructor app business

How much you can make: $114,200,000/month

HOW I GOT HERE - STEVE KAUFER OF TRIPADVISOR

Tripadvisor is a global travel advice network with over 1 billion reviews and recommendations from almost 8 million companies that generated 902 million U.S. dollars in global revenue in 2021, representing a 49% increase from the previous year.

About
Stephen started Tripadvisor about 24 years ago
Revenue
Stephen grew the business to $114M/month
Read by 904 founders

30. Start a restaurant exploring AR-based app business

HOW I GOT HERE - STEVE KAUFER OF TRIPADVISOR

Tripadvisor is a global travel advice network with over 1 billion reviews and recommendations from almost 8 million companies that generated 902 million U.S. dollars in global revenue in 2021, representing a 49% increase from the previous year.

About
Stephen started Tripadvisor about 24 years ago
Revenue
Stephen grew the business to $114M/month
Read by 904 founders

31. Start a customized food ordering app business

How much you can make: $3,000/month

How We Developed A $36K/Year Tool To Help Restaurants Sell More Online

Maynuu helps small restaurant owners streamline their online ordering process, making an average monthly revenue of $3,050 in the past 12 months and growing about 200% throughout the pandemic, with plans for Southeast Asian expansion and global distribution.

About
Aaron started Maynuu almost 4 years ago
Revenue
Aaron grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Aaron $500 to start the business
Read by 2,320 founders

32. Start a restaurant table reservation app business

How much you can make: $114,200,000/month

HOW I GOT HERE - STEVE KAUFER OF TRIPADVISOR

Tripadvisor is a global travel advice network with over 1 billion reviews and recommendations from almost 8 million companies that generated 902 million U.S. dollars in global revenue in 2021, representing a 49% increase from the previous year.

About
Stephen started Tripadvisor about 24 years ago
Revenue
Stephen grew the business to $114M/month
Read by 904 founders

33. Start a digital menu app business

meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.