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The example of food delivery app for restaurants

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90% of guests search for a restaurant on the Internet before actually going there


The research conducted by shows that about 90% of guests check restaurants online before the first visit. It is more than any other industry. For the last few years, we observe that more and more people want to order food delivery and make a reservation through the Internet.

What information should every restaurant website have? If you want your business to thrive, you should present a legible and updated menu, opening hours, call to action, online ordering, reservation and delivery service. We distinguish a few main types of restaurant apps, such as restaurant control apps, online food ordering & delivery apps, table booking apps, loyalty program apps, or restaurant location apps.


Why is it worth investing in restaurant app development in 2021?

Because of a pandemic in 2020, online food ordering & delivery apps appeared as a lifesaver for many restaurants. According to eMarketer research, the number of food delivery app users will reach almost 54 million by the end of 2023.

Experts from Statista predict that by the end of 2021, about 27.9 million adults in the USA will be using grocery apps.

54% of guests say that online table booking is the most crucial technology feature for them.

67% of millennials say they are more likely to pick a restaurant with a food delivery option.

Using digital menu boards in a restaurant can increase yearly sales per unit by $16,000.

Online food ordering & delivery apps are highly popular right now

Which one will be more profitable for your business?


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Our food tech projects

For the last 11 years, we cooperate with restaurant partners and build custom apps that meet their business goals.

Shawarmer mobile app

Bilingual web & mobile application for the food tech from the GCC region

Shawarmer is a quick-service restaurant founded in 1999, which has grown to more than 90 restaurants across the Saudi Arabia region. The project goal is to enable guests to order food for pick-up from all of the Shawarmer restaurants conveniently.

We were responsible for the UX/UI design, backend, Android & iOS development and Quality Assurance. The project is still ongoing. Implemented features:

  • Push notifications
  • Contact line: client - shop
  • App usage data analytics
  • Payments integration
  • NCR POS system integration
Shawarmer mobile app already reached over 200k downloads, and this number is growing.
Restaurant App Development - Shawarmer
Shawarmer mobile and web restaurant app - Admin Panel

Shawarmer Admin Panel

Advanced Admin Panel allows easy access to all system settings

Both the Shawarmer mobile app and KIOSK (the separate product that we’ve built for our client to make ordering food stationary as convenient as possible) are equipped in a custom Admin Panel.

Using the Admin Panel, Shawarmer restaurants staff with the proper permissions to the key data and content. Implemented features:

  • Customer profile management
  • Issues reporting & thorough analytics
  • Content & features management
  • Data visualization

What our restaurant partners say about us?

Our profile is full of positive feedback. We are incredibly proud that the average rating of over 30 clients' reviews is 5.0.

“Railwaymen team helped us in rebuilding our Mobile applications with strong base. Their professionality made the process very smooth and fast. We did this in very short time even we had a lot of obstacles. Building the base in very professional way and as per the standard with the alignment of the up-to date technology helped us to start another project with them (KIOSK “self-service”) in very short notice and finished it as planned.”

Thanks to investing in mobile app development, Starbucks increased customer loyalty by 80%


Nowadays, restaurant guests are expecting excellent treatment. The good news is that thanks to applications, you can ensure it and increase the number of loyal customers. Custom app development allows building loyalty programs that none of the competitors have. That is what Starbucks did.

Apps for restaurants provide a variety of options that will level up the customer experience. They give the possibility to access the menus quickly, pay for the order with one click, and track the delivery in real-time. Furthermore, the research conducted by clearly shows that building location-based businesses is much easier with technology.


This is how your restaurant mobile app might look

UX/UI design is an essential part of the app development process. Check the concept of the food tech application prepared by our Designer.

Restaurant App Development - the example of a food delivery app

Restaurant App Development

Food tech is the future of the modern restaurant industry. Recently, we receive many requests about restaurant mobile app development, online food ordering & delivery apps, building loyalty programs, reservation systems, etc.

How do I create a restaurant app?

There are 3 main ways to become an owner of a food ordering, delivery, or any other kind of restaurant application. You can hire a freelancer, build an in-house development team or cooperate with a software development company specializing in food technology.

In the case of hiring a freelancer, we advise you to keep in mind that freelancers usually work individually. So you have to estimate whether one person will be able to manage the whole software project. Furthermore, you won't be the only customer, so you need to be aware that delays can happen, and it may take much more time to complete the app. Building an in-house team is a time-consuming process. It is a good idea if you are planning a big, complex project that will be continued for at least a few years. Choosing a development company as a partner is a perfect choice if you have more sophisticated needs and want a complex app development service. Software house is an organization that can ensure a group of IT specialists that will build your restaurant app from scratch. They can also validate your app idea first, so you'll be 100% sure that restaurant app development is a good choice for your business.

How much does it cost to develop a restaurant app?

At Railwaymen, we can build a basic version of your restaurant application (Minimum Viable Product) for around $20,000 - $30,000, and it will take about 3 months.

How long does it take to develop a mobile restaurant app?

The speed of app development is related to the project's scope and the number of people who participate in it. For example, to build a basic app for one platform with basic UI (without custom elements) that has up to 5 screens, we will need two developers, one QA Specialist and one UX/UI designer. Creating the application will take about 350-650 hours (4-9 weeks).

How to build a restaurant app MVP?

The first step is to research the market and potential customers. Market research and knowledge of users are necessary to build a successful MVP. This knowledge is essential to plan any next steps. With background information, we can define key problems and solutions. The main question here is what is the main difficulty your restaurant guests have and how the product can help them solve it. Then we can plan and build the restaurant app MVP. Tools like user flows or wireframes will help us prepare the vision for the business app, which in turn will get more defined into user stories. Another great idea at this stage is a working UI prototype. Of course, to build an MVP, you will need a team of experts: developers, QA specialists, UX/UI designers, and project managers. When the digital product is ready, it is time to release it and gather the target audience's feedback. The last step is further app development or maintenance.

What features a good restaurant app should have?

Of course, the list of features should be strongly related to your business goals and target users' needs, but a few are definitely worth implementation. It is hard to imagine a solid restaurant application without online ordering & reservation and mobile payments. Online ordering and table booking are desirable by users, no doubt. Food delivery apps are another hot trend. Implementing push notifications is good idea to inform users about their order status and marketing promotions.
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Our Services

We develop mobile & web apps based on Ruby on Rails, Android, and iOS. We already delivered over 120 IT projects for clients worldwide. We're hiring over 50 talented people. Half of our Developers are Seniors.

Detailed cost & timeline estimation within 72h. MVP for your restaurant business in 3 months.


Web Apps

Web Development


Front-end and back-end developers from our team will use their exceptional programming skills to transform your idea into a fully-functional restaurant app. Our quality assurance team will then mercilessly break it, looking for any weak spots that could endanger your project's success.


  • Ruby on Rails
  • React.js
  • NodeJS
  • Vue.js
iOS & Android

Mobile Development


The mobile app market is constantly growing because people want to use their apps anywhere they are. This trend is thriving in the social media industry. With our Android and iOS developers, you can create a stunning restaurant application that will increase your revenue.


  • iOS
  • Android
  • React Native
  • Kotlin
  • Swift
UX/UI Design

Product Design


A great design is something that may decide whether the user chooses your app or the competitor one. We're not talking here only about how great it looks, but is it intuitive to navigate as well. Our talented UX/UI designers will make sure that your restaurant app ticks both these boxes!


  • User Experience design
  • Web & mobile design
  • UX Audits
  • Motion Design
Solid Research

Discovery Phase


We cannot make tailor-made software solutions without prior background research & analysis. Our experience allows us to advise about your restaurant app to fulfill your business needs. That's why we offer free Design Thinking Workshops that will help describe the project's scope.


  • Background research
  • Data analysis
  • Technical research


Social networking software company - Railwaymen
Project: James Marketing Amplifier, marketing automation app

"After speaking with several development agencies, we retained Railwaymen to turn our raw idea into first a clickable prototype. They handled 100% of the design and development. Railwaymen is a first class, high-quality operation which charges reasonable rates and does great work. We are extremely happy with the relationship, and plan to stay with Railwaymen through future versions of the software."

Jim Pawell, Co-founder, James Marketing Amplifier

Project: Launchmatic, marketing automation app

"They have highly skilled engineers that are willing to work crazy hours. And they have an hourly rate that doesn't break the bank. Railwaymen goes above and beyond to provide high-quality results at reasonable rates. The team is hard-working and organized, establishing a smooth workflow. They've quite literally built everything from the ground up and there wouldn't be a product without them!"

Tim Jones, CEO, Launchmatic

Project: ProEst, construction software

"Our search for the right development team lasted for a month, interviewing over 30 companies. We are confident that our decision to go with Railwaymen was the perfect choice. Not only do you have direct access to the executive team but have a development staff with knowledge and creativity that is unmatched. We highly recommend adding them as your extended development team."

Jeff Gerardi, President/CEO, ProEst


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