There are plenty of meal delivery services available to those in Virginia Beach. Whatever your diet, budget, or level of culinary skill, there’s pretty much a meal delivery service to match. But with so many choices, finding the one that best suits your needs can be daunting.
I’ve compiled the 10 best meal delivery services in Virginia Beach to help you out. Having tried and tested many of the options on this list – and undertaken plenty of in-depth research on the others – I’ve picked the services which use only the highest-quality ingredients, provide the best value, and offer the most flexible delivery options.
Blue Apron is my top pick thanks to its great variety and curated wine pairings – but every service on this list has something to offer those who live in our vibrant coastal city. Whether you’re looking for meal kits or prepared meals, and whatever your dietary preferences or budget, there is something here for you.
Blue Apron – Best overall meal delivery service in Virginia Beach
Factor – Best prepared meal delivery service in Virginia Beach
Green Chef – Best organic meal kits in Virginia Beach
HelloFresh – Best family-friendly meal kits in Virginia Beach
Home Chef – Most customizable meal delivery service in Virginia Beach
Optional wine pairing subscription
16 weekly entrees, plus add-ons
Mediterranean, vegetarian, WW-approved, and other dietary options
Current deal: Enjoy $110 off across your first 5 orders
Blue Apron is #1 for its variety of upscale world cuisines and family classics. Even the service’s more complex entrees are likely to win the hearts (and stomachs) of picky eaters, and the 16 weekly meal kits are a great way to introduce kids (and yourselves!) to new flavors in a familiar form.
The recipes are straightforward to follow. You can find video tutorials on the website or via the Blue Apron app, and the recipe cards that accompany each dish are clear and concise. All the ingredients used promise to be GMO-free, and Blue Apron only uses sustainably sourced, hormone-free meats and seafood.
You can choose from 5 menu preferences each week, including Chef’s Favorites (the test kitchen’s top picks), Wellness recipes, Family-Friendly, Fast and Easy, and Veggie meals. No matter which plan you select when you sign up, you can always order from the wider menu.
Blue Apron’s Wellness recipes are inspired by the Mediterranean diet and feature plenty of lean proteins like fish, tofu, and poultry alongside fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You can also search for lower-calorie meals which contain less than 600 calories per serving, while the WW-approved options help those on WW track their Smartpoints.
The Veggies menu offers flavorful meat-free options like the Couscous-Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spinach, Raisins and Tahini Dressing. Blue Apron’s Make it Vegetarian label allows you to swap meat in a recipe for extra veggies, while some otherwise-vegetarian meals can be customized to add meat.
The Fast & Easy meal kits are great for nights when you’re short on cooking time. Recipes like the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice and Snow Peas take 25 minutes or less to get on the table. Elsewhere, Blue Apron’s wide selection of prepared meals are even quicker, taking just a few minutes in the microwave.
Blue Apron’s varied selection of extras are what make this service stand out, as my colleague discovered when they reviewed Blue Apron. Alongside prepared meals, you can add desserts, breakfast dishes, and salads to your box, while the Wine Club offers tasting notes, tips, and personalized wine selections to enhance your dinner times.
Blue Apron’s prices start at $5.74 per serving. Every week, you can order as few as 2 meals for 2 people (4 servings) or as many as 4 meals for 4 (16 servings).
No-cook meals – just heat and eat
35 dishes to choose from each week
Keto, low-calorie, plant-based, and other dietary options
Current deal: Up to $276 off with code: DR276!
Factor caters to health-conscious individuals with a rotating menu of single-serving meals prepared by chefs and designed by dietitians. All the meals are microwaveable (though they can be cooked in the oven, too), which means they’re ready to eat within 2-3 minutes. If you’re often busy or just dislike cooking, Factor is a convenient way to maintain a healthy diet.
Those on specific diets will find many options to choose from. Our reviewer loved the wide variety that Factor offers, which includes meals suitable for keto, veggie and plant-based, high-protein, low-calorie diets, and more. You can opt to see only certain dietary types when you sign up, but you’ll always have access to the full menu.
Factor is best known for its keto and high-protein meals. Those dishes tagged Protein Plus contain more than 30g of protein per serving, making them a good choice for athletes, bodybuilders, and people looking to build muscle or burn fat. You’ll also spot lots of low-carb alternative ingredients in each dish, like cauli-rice and zucchini noodles.
The selection of vegan and vegetarian meals is modest, but they’re a great way to incorporate one or two meat-free days into your week. If you’re looking for more plant-based options, you might prefer a service like Green Chef.
You can also add extras to your Factor box each week. These include super-healthy drinks and snacks like fruit smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and wheatgrass shots, plus high-protein breakfasts like pancakes and egg bites, and keto-friendly snacks. Not only can these extras save on trips to the grocery store, but they can help you to stay on track with your diet.
You’ll get a free 20-minute virtual consultation with an in-house dietitian when you sign up. This is a great way to seek personalized advice about your diet moving forward, whether you’re aiming for weight loss, want to manage a health condition, or are looking to boost athletic performance. Or you can take the opportunity to find out more about the meals on offer.
Factor’s meals start from $6.19 per serving. You can order anywhere between 6 and 18 meals per week, making them excellent fridge-fillers for when you’re on the go.
Sustainably sourced, organic ingredients
30 recipes per week, plus extras
Gluten-free, keto, vegan, and other dietary options
Current deal: Get $250 off + free shipping
Green Chef offers some of the highest-quality ingredients of many meal kits. As well as promising certified organic eggs and produce, you’ll only find sustainably sourced seafood and humanely raised proteins that meet strict animal welfare standards, so while this service is one of the more premium-priced – it might be worth it for many.
The menu is varied and exciting, too. You’ll find lots of bold and interesting flavor combinations, with dishes like the Spicy Chili-Ginger Chicken Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds, Mushrooms, and Ginger-Lime Aioli (pictured), plus healthy but comforting options like the Curried Coconut Turkey Soup with Summer Squash and Garlic Pitas, and premium meals like the Cajun Surf ‘n’ Turf.
Green Chef’s clear recipes and prepped ingredients make cooking easy. When I tried Green Chef at home, I was able to cook up some of the tastiest, restaurant-quality dishes I’ve ever had in the comfort of my own kitchen. Green Chef’s prepared seasonings and ready-to-use sauces and marinades make the process particularly speedy.
This service also caters well to those with specialized dietary needs. You can choose from 7 menu preferences when you sign up, but you’ll always be able to mix and match. These include Protein Packed, Keto, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean, Fast and Fit (ready in 25 minutes or less), and certified Gluten-Free. Note that some dishes will cross over – the dish pictured above, for example, is keto, gluten-free, and is also a Fast and Fit recipe.
While Green Chef’s add-ons are more limited, the quality is excellent. You can order a range of breakfast and lunch options for the week – including on-the-go meals like oatmeal and cinnamon muffins – as well as snacks and bulk-buy proteins including wild-caught salmon fillets, organic ground beef, and chicken breasts.
Green Chef prices start at $5.99 per serving. You can order 3 or 4 meals for either 2, 4, or 6 people per week. The 4-serving plan also gives you the option to order just 2 recipes per week.
High-quality, seasonal ingredients
30+ recipes per week, plus extras and customizations
Calorie-smart, vegetarian, pescatarian, and other dietary options
HelloFresh is the world’s largest meal delivery service – so it goes without saying that this giant has meal kits down to a science. The menu is extensive and varied, the recipes feature only fresh, seasonal produce, and everything arrives packaged so you can easily see which ingredients go with which dishes.
HelloFresh offers a vast menu catering to various tastes and lifestyles. Tags help you narrow down your choices based on dietary restrictions, skill level, and cooking time. Top-performing dishes have labels like Best Recipe, Hall of Fame, and Premium Picks, while there are also tags for quick options, like the 10-Minute Lunch.
HelloFresh publishes its menus 6 weeks in advance, so you can see what’s coming up. You can choose dietary/lifestyle preferences such as Quick and Easy, Family Friendly, Pescatarian, Veggie, Meat and Veggie, and Fit and Wholesome to help HelloFresh make recommendations to you, but you’ll always be able to order from the wider menu.
The dietitian-approved Fit & Wholesome meals have 650 calories or less per serving. You’ll also spot carb- and calorie-smart options, which are great if you’re looking to make healthier choices a few times a week, but those who are keen to stick to a stricter low-carb diet – like keto – should check out our options for the best keto meal delivery services.
HelloCustom lets you swap proteins or sides on selected recipes each week. While this adds to the wide variety of options, it is only available on around 12 dishes each week and the swap choices are limited. If customizable meals are important to you, I highly recommend checking out Home Chef.
HelloFresh is known for its excellent customer support, which is available 24/7. The app also receives high ratings, so it’s little wonder our reviewer, who tried this service for themselves at home, applauded HelloFresh for its high standards of service.
HelloFresh recipes start at $3.32 per serving. You can order between 2 and 6 recipes each week (another reason why it’s so great for families) for households of either 2 or 4 people.
Swap, upgrade, or double-up on protein
30+ weekly recipes, plus extras
Calorie-conscious, vegetarian and carb-conscious meals
Home Chef stands out as one of the most flexible meal kit services on the market. You can order meal kits for every kind of skill level and schedule, as well as a variety of add-ons that you can mix and match to create your own meals.
The menu features many familiar American recipes – think baked, cheesy chicken, burgers, and pasta dishes. But alongside comfort food like the Turkey Meatballs and Mushroom Sauce (pictured), there’s a range of Culinary Collection dishes that feature more premium ingredients like filet mignon or mahi mahi, which are perfect for special occasions.
The Customize It feature lets you swap or double-up on protein in almost all of Home Chef’s recipes. For example, the Turkey Meatballs can be swapped for ground beef, ground pork, or plant-based Impossible Burger. This makes it easy for you to get the meal you’re craving. While other services offer customizations on a few entrees, none offer as many choices as Home Chef.
Many of Home Chef’s meals are family-friendly. Look out for the Family Meal tag, which indicates that a dish comes in family-sized portions. Home Chef’s Market also offers protein bundles, breakfast items, and desserts that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face at mealtimes.
There are meal types for every schedule, too. Look out for the Easy Prep meal kits, which take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to put together, while the ingredients for the Oven-Ready options only need to be assembled in the accompanying pan and baked. Our reviewer loved the combination of learning new techniques and having easy-to-cook meals to hand and said this service gave them more confidence in the kitchen.
Home Chef’s filters let you avoid recipes that contain common allergens – but the selection is somewhat limited for those with special dietary needs. Plus, all the meals are prepared in the same facility so there’s still a chance of cross-contamination. If you have more serious sensitivities, you may want to read our list of the best allergy-friendly meal delivery services.
Home Chef prices start at $7.99 per serving, but since the meals are priced individually, this is just a guide. The minimum order is 2 meals for 2 people, but you can order up to 6 meals for 6. This makes Home Chef a great choice for larger households.
Pre-portioned ingredients and oven-ready dishes
Choose from 16+ weekly recipes
Carb-conscious and calorie-conscious meals available
Fresh and Easy meals are Home Chef’s range of lowest-prep recipes. They’ve become so popular with working couples and busy families that Home Chef has spun them off as a dedicated line. They may be low-effort, but they’re packed with flavor and exciting ingredients, with dishes like the Blackened Salmon Pasta (pictured) and more.
All the recipes are designed to make your life easier, with options including Express Meal Kits, Salads, Fast and Fresh microwave meals, Oven-Ready dishes, and extras like bread, smoothies, and desserts.
Some of the Express Meal Kits can take just 15 minutes to make. The ingredients arrive prepped and pre-portioned, so there’s no chopping and a lot less cleanup when you’re done. These low-effort shortcuts were something my colleague appreciated, when they put Fresh and Easy to the test.
Home Chef’s Fast and Fresh meals are even quicker! You can simply assemble the ingredients, then heat them in your microwave or oven. You can even pick up family-sized portions (look out for the Family tag), allowing you to feed your household in mere minutes.
The Fresh and Easy Plus recipes use many of the same ingredients found in Home Chef’s Culinary Collection. But where Culinary Collection meals often require more time and advanced cooking techniques, Fresh and Easy’s Plus recipes can be ready in 30 minutes or less.
Your Fresh and Easy subscription lets you order any recipe on the Home Chef menu. That means you can order Fresh and Easy entrees for busy weeknights, yet still have the option to select more time-consuming meal kits for weekend dinners or less hectic evenings.
You’ll have access to the Customize-It feature, too. You can replace your chicken with pork chops, for example, and enjoy quick, low-prep meals without compromising on your preferred protein. You’ll have access to all the same extras too, including desserts and snacks to fill your box each week.
Fresh and Easy’s prices start at $7.99 per serving. Your minimum weekly order is 2 meals of 2 servings, up to a maximum of 6 meals for 6.
Doctor-designed weight loss plans
150+ rotating meal and snack options
Diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy, gluten-free, and other dietary options
BistroMD makes losing weight or managing a health condition easy, thanks to its portion-controlled prepared meals. The low-calorie, high-protein, high-fiber dishes are designed to leave you feeling full, while the program aims to teach you better eating habits to help you keep the weight off after you lose it.
The service was set up by Dr. Caroline Cederquist, a physician specializing in weight management. With the help of registered dietitians and her foodie husband Ed, Dr. Cederquist offers plans tailored to a number of dietary and health requirements, including heart health, diabetes, and even menopause.
There are signature plans for both men and women, but you’ll also find the following: Heart Healthy, Gluten-Free, Keto-Flex, Diabetic-Friendly, Menopause, and the Vegan program. All the meals come in at 450 calories or less and are designed to stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full, with 25-30 grams of protein, low glycemic carbs, and fiber per serving. It’s little wonder BistroMD regularly scores highly on our list of the best weight loss meal delivery services.
The service’s Essential and Tasty Snacks (EATS) are optional but recommended. You’ll get familiar items like whey protein shakes, granola mixes, and high-fiber bars, but also treats like keto-friendly cheesecake and low-calorie cookies. As our reviewer suggested, they’re a great way to stay on track and avoid the temptation of the grocery store aisles.
BistroMD’s vegan plan is great for anyone wanting to begin a plant-based diet. While some store-bought vegan meals tend to be higher in carbs and not so rich in protein, BistroMD’s prepared dishes are designed to be rich in plant-based protein, with options such as Mushroom Couscous with Roasted Beets, and the Harrisa Chickpea Power Bowl.
BistroMD’s prices start from $8.24 per serving. The service’s minimum plan offers 5 days of lunch and dinner per week (10 meals), while its maximum plan sends 3 meals per day, 7 days per week (21 meals). Adding EATS to your plan will increase the price by $30 to $40 a week.
Easy-to-follow recipes and high-quality ingredients
100+ meals and extras every week
Vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, and other dietary options
Marley Spoon meals are curated in collaboration with celebrity hostess Martha Stewart. The service’s step-by-step recipes are a great way to pick up new cooking techniques while getting to enjoy gourmet meals that are packed with international flavors. Look out for upgrades on classic dishes, like the Classic Chicken al Limone over Sautéed Spinach (pictured).
The service is an excellent choice for foodies and families alike. Alongside its more sophisticated and complex meals, you’ll spot kid-friendly recipes like pizza, burgers, and the Crispy Firecracker Chicken. My colleague loved Marley Spoon’s variety, calling it one of the best all-around meal delivery services out there.
The menu is extensive, but key tags make it easier to navigate. You’ll find dozens of choices, including Dairy Free, Kid Friendly, No Added Gluten, Low Calorie, One Pot Meal, Low Carb, Healthy, and more. There are both vegan and veggie options alongside the meat dishes, and those with certain dietary needs will likely find more than enough to choose from each week thanks to the sheer number of recipes on the menu.
You can check for allergens via the online Ingredient Hub. And while it offers meals tagged as No Added Gluten, all Marley Spoon recipes are prepared in the same facility so there is a cross-contamination risk. If you have a serious allergy, check out our list of the best gluten-free meal delivery services.
Marley Spoon is also loved for its eco-credentials. It was the first carbon-neutral meal delivery service of its kind and a key sustainability leader. The company provides helpful recycling and reusing instructions for packaging material, and the Climatarian tag lets you find meals that have an especially low carbon footprint.
You can also choose from a range of sides and add-ons. Subscribers can order desserts like brownies, cupcakes, and oat bars, while savory add-ons include roasted fingerling potatoes, baked popcorn chicken, and chicken flautas, as well as meal bundles.
Marley Spoon prices start at $2.99 per serving, making it one of the more budget-friendly options on our list. You can order between 2 and 6 recipes each week for households of 2 or 4.
Prepared meals and meal kits
16+ entrees each week, plus extras
High-protein, low-calorie, soy-free, and other dietary options
Purple Carrot's colorful and exciting menu makes it the best choice for vegan diners. Each week, the menu is curated by pro chefs and is packed with seasonal produce and ingredients you may not have tried before. You’ll find plant-based twists on tons of family favorites, like stir-fries and pasta dishes, as well as brand-new flavor combinations.
You can navigate dishes on the menu by browsing through tags such as High-Protein, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, and <600 Calories, making this a great option for those with specific dietary needs. The ingredients are also mostly organic where possible, particularly its non-produce items, including beans, non-dairy milks, tofu, and plant-based cheeses.
Purple Carrot offers both meal kits and prepared meals. If you're looking for a compromise between the two, Purple Carrot's Less Prep meals may be the perfect solution. The Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (pictured) are a Less Prep option, for example, that requires just a sheet pan, saucepan, and small bowl – so there’s minimal post-prep cleanup. These meals also come with prepped ingredients to make cooking even quicker.
You can also get plant-based breakfasts and lunches, as well as some vegan pantry staples, snacks, and desserts like brownies, crackers, and plant-based meat alternatives. Our reviewer spoke highly of Purple Carrot’s offerings and its tasty meals when they tested this service at home, despite being someone who regularly eats meat!
Purple Carrot’s prices start from $8.50 per serving. You can order 3 or 4 meal kits each week for 2 or 4 people, or pick up 6, 8, or 10 single-serving prepared meals. For a custom plan that incorporates both, you can contact Purple Carrot directly.
Meals ready in under 40 minutes
100+ weekly recipes and add-ons
Low calorie, vegetarian, dairy-free, and other dietary options
Dinnerly is an inexpensive and easy way to put dinner on the table. With more than 100 options to choose from each week, it's also suitable for families with children or picky eaters. Additionally, there is a decent selection of plant-based and vegetarian meal kits. While so many budget services offer a more limited menu, our reviewer was amazed – if not a little overwhelmed – by Dinnerly’s huge array of choices.
Dinnerly stays affordable by offering more pared-back recipes compared to many other meal delivery services, with most sticking to just 5 or 6 ingredients. This keeps meal preparation simple and is another reason why Dinnerly is a great choice for busy individuals and families who want to make quick and easy meals.
Dinnerly and Marley Spoon are owned by the same company, and while Marley Spoon is more expensive thanks to its more complex recipes, the quality of the ingredients is the same. You’ll even find some organic options. You’ll also be able to pick up a number of culinary tips and lessons, though on a simpler level compared to Martha’s meal service.
Dinnerly’s extras include breakfast items, desserts, and a limited selection of prepared meals. There are even some customizable entrees, too, that let you choose different proteins, sides, or starches in your meals. For example, some of Dinnerly’s pasta dishes offer a gluten-free version.
Instead of printed recipe cards, you’ll find Dinnerly recipes online. It also sends all the ingredients bundled together in your box rather than in separately wrapped meal kits. While this may be a bit inconvenient, it does help to keep Dinnerly prices low and is far better for the environment than the wasteful plastic wrapping used by many other meal delivery services.
Prices start at $2.12 per serving. Dinnerly lets you order between 2 to 6 weekly meals with 2 or 4 servings.
$5.74 Per Serving
$6.19 Per Serving
$5.99 Per Serving
$3.32 Per Serving
$7.99 Per Serving
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$8.24 Per Serving
$2.99 Per Serving
$8.50 Per Serving
$2.12 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
6 prepared meals
3 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
10 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
3 meals for 2 people
20 - 60 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
20 - 30 min. meal kits
Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
Oven- & grill-ready, kits, prepared
30 min. meal kits
Meal kits, prepared meals
30-minute meal kits
Virginia Beach residents have many meal delivery options – here's how to choose the best service for you:
Look for variety: You’ll want to make sure you’re able to find enough meals each week, so consider choosing a service with a large and ever-changing menu, like HelloFresh.
Consider your dietary needs: If you’re trying to stick to a niche diet, more generalized services may only offer a few suitable meals, so look for a specialist option like Green Chef that offers dedicated vegan, keto, and high-protein menus.
Consider costs: Naturally, the service you choose will need to fit into your weekly spend, but price isn’t everything. Does a service offer extras that could save you trips to the supermarket? Those on a tight budget will find a lot to love with a good budget option like Dinnerly.
Don't hesitate to switch to a different service: All the services on my list have easy cancelation policies, so feel free to give it another shot.
Factor offers the best prepared meals in Virginia Beach. This service offers a wide range of fresh and healthy meals, with menus for specialized diets, including keto. Every week you get a choice of 35+ meals created by nutritionists and prepared by in-house chefs, as well as a selection of add-ons.
Green Chef’s certified organic meal kits make it the healthiest meal delivery service in Virginia Beach. Not only are the ingredients clean, fresh, and seasonal, but Green Chef offers a range of plans suitable for specific dietary needs, including a dedicated gluten-free plan.
BistroMD is our pick for best diet meal delivery service in Virginia Beach. The hardest part of staying on a diet is resisting the temptation to cheat, but BistroMD sends you portion-controlled, flash-frozen meals and supplemental snacks that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Dinnerly is Virginia Beach’s most affordable meal delivery service, with prices starting at $2.12 per serving when you order the maximum number of 6 recipes per week. But Dinnerly isn’t just cheap, it’s a great value, with more than 100 items to choose from each week.