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Here's how the new feature works.

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
April 17, 2018

It used to be if you ordered delivery from the local pizzeria or that "really good" Chinese restaurant that was just too far to walk to, you had to have cash on hand. Further complicating things was whether or not any friends hanging out at your pad had their share of the tab in their pockets as well. Then, when restaurants started taking credit cards over the phone, things got simultaneous easier and worse. No cash meant a simple, clean transaction. It also meant anyone you were splitting the bill with had to have cash or spot you the next time. As we're firmly settled in the era of ordering all of our takeout via apps like Grubhub, it's no surprise that, eventually, technology would solve this problem. And certainly, Venmo was one such solution, letting you get immediate repayment for footing the entire dim sum order on your debit card. But as of today, the two convenience-driven apps have teamed up, making sharing the cost of a double order of chicken vindaloo even easier.

Taking a cue from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, Grubhub has saved you a step by integrating Venmo—the peer-to-peer payment app that allows users to transfer money quickly and easily between each other's bank accounts, credit or debit cards—into its interface. Now, hungry users and their friends can place one giant, joint order and parse up the costs in the moment.

Courtesy of Grubhub

The feature is available on Grubhub's Seamless and Eat24 apps as well. The caveat is that all users must have both the delivery and Venmo apps on their phones.

The "split the bill" feature works by automatically sending users to the Venmo app where things can be divvied up and repayments requested before being sent back to the Grubhub app to complete the order. The integration of Venmo also means that it's now accepted as a payment option for all Grubhub orders, shared or not. Now there really is no excuse for your friend who keeps "forgetting" their wallet.

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