Charm City may be known for its harbor-front eateries and incredible farmer’s markets, but who has the budget to regularly eat out when time is of the essence? Convenience is certainly key in today’s world and that’s where meal delivery services come in. Meal kits in particular are a great way to save both time and money, as well as eat healthily at home.
So we’ve made it our mission to find solutions that are comparable to restaurant-level convenience, taste, and variety. We’ve also taken the quality of the ingredients into account and the dietary preferences catered for. After doing lots of research and reviews, these are our top 10 meal delivery services in Baltimore.
Despite their similar terms, meal delivery and food delivery provide very different services. Meal delivery offers weekly meals or meal kits that are shipped directly to your door on a subscription basis. The meal kit ingredients or prepared meals provided by the service are all prepped in the vendor’s kitchens and sent to you.
In Baltimore, you’ll find quite a few meal delivery services, for example, Home Chef and Blue Apron. Both of these offer meal kits, which come with portioned ingredients for you to prepare and cook at home. Home Chef also has prepared meal options that only require heating and eating.
Alternatively, you have food delivery services, in which you order food from your favorite local restaurants or retailers, and the service will deliver it right to your door. With food delivery, you never have to worry about preparation as all of your meals come ready to eat.
Grubhub and Postmates are both food delivery services that are readily available to Baltimoreans. Craving crab cakes from your favorite eatery? Order in! Simply place an order through the website or app, and the service will have someone pick up your food and deliver it directly to you. Orders are paid for on a per-meal basis, rather than a subscription.
Feed the whole family – order up to six servings per meal
Quick and easy – dishes are ready in as little as 15 minutes
Prepared dishes and meal kits – choose whichever suits you
Special Deal: Get 16 Free Meals!
Home Chef is our best overall meal delivery service in Baltimore simply because it offers brilliant customization options. You can mix up your meals by swapping, upgrading, or doubling-up on the protein, and there’s also the option to mix and match its standard meal kits with Easy Prep kits, which include Oven-Ready dishes. It means there’s always something on the menu to suit your schedule.
You’ll never get bored of the menu, since Home Chef rotates its recipes every week. Choose from around 20 options, including Calorie-Conscious (less than 625 calories) and Carb-Conscious (less than 35g of carbs) recipes.
You can read more about both these plans in our expert Home Chef review.
Unfortunately, Home Chef doesn’t cater to specific diets such as vegan, keto, or paleo. Instead, expect classic American dishes like the Pimento Turkey Meatloaf or the Tex-Mex Quinoa Vegetable Stew.
Easy prep and cook – dishes ready in less than 30 minutes
Diet-friendly – dedicated Wellness plan and WW-Approved recipes
Pair with wine – explore Blue Apron’s exclusive wine delivery service
Blue Apron is known for being one of the original meal kit delivery services in the US and is still thriving today. It does an excellent job of accommodating various dietary requirements, with the option to eliminate some foods, such as pork and seafood. It’s also partnered with Weight Watchers to create healthy, balanced meals that show the WW points on each.
Find out more about how this works in our Blue Apron review.
From the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy simple-to-cook restaurant-quality meals in less than 30 minutes. Blue Apron even welcomes beginner cooks with an app that helps you to brush up on your kitchen technique.
Sustainably sourced ingredients – seasonal, farm-fresh produce
Really affordable – prices from $3.79 per serving
Family-friendly – tasty recipes even the kids will love
HelloFresh is known for its commitment to sustainability, including sourcing only the highest-quality proteins and produce for its meal kits. With ingredients sourced directly from the farmers, it’s the next best thing to shopping at Lexington Market.
You can find out more about these in our dedicated HelloFresh review.
The menu may be varied, but it’s easy to see what’s what. You can browse based on factors like prep time or specifically for spicy dishes or Carb-Smart ones. It’s a great option for families, too. Why not get everyone involved in choosing dinner? You can edit your order up to five days before delivery.
Certified organic – only the freshest, high-quality produce
Dietary-specific menus – gluten-free, paleo, Mediterranean, and more
Huge variety – around 40 dishes across 10 different plans to mix and match
Special Deal: $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
Another great meal delivery service available in Baltimore is Sunbasket. This company offers both meal kits and prepared meals which you can mix and match from 10 dietary plans – the most we’ve seen yet. These include everything from Gluten-Free and Paleo to Vegetarian and Diabetes-Friendly.
Find out more in our in-depth Sunbasket review.
Sunbasket is also particularly diet-friendly because it closely monitors the number of calories in each portion, ensuring most fall between 500 and 800. Unlike some other meal delivery services out there though, Sunbasket doesn't skimp on portion sizes, and it offers an extensive menu showcasing flavors from around the world.
Expect organic produce, responsibly raised meats, and wild-caught seafood in both its meal kits and Fresh & Ready prepared dishes. Sunbasket also offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all of its orders within seven days of receiving your weekly box.
Nutritionist-designed meals – high-protein, low-carb, and low-calorie options
No-prep meals – all are ready to heat and eat
All gluten- and peanut-free – certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group
Special Deal: Save $125, Promo Code: SAVE125AFF
If prepared meals are more your style, Freshly is another top meal delivery service in Baltimore. Offering a wide selection of gluten- and peanut-free dishes, including its popular Takeout Twists menu, Freshly is the ultimate option for those looking for a healthier alternative to fast food.
There are between 30 to 40 dishes to choose from on plans that offer up to 12 meals per week. Choosing from such a vast menu might feel a little overwhelming, so narrow down your choices by browsing categories such as Crafted Classics, Signature Collection, FreshlyFit, and Takeout Twists.
Learn more about these menus in our dedicated Freshly review.
It’s worth noting that Freshly doesn’t currently accommodate vegan or vegetarian diets. That said, for anyone wanting to lose weight, support an active lifestyle with high-protein meals, or just eat more healthily with little-to-no prep, this is as effortless as it gets.
Certified organic ingredients – responsibly sourced and non-GMO
Eco-friendly packaging – almost entirely recyclable and reusable
Plans to match your lifestyle – Plant-Powered, Keto + Paleo, and more
Special Deal: Get $135 Off + Free Shipping
Green Chef could be the answer for any Charm City natives wanting the health benefits of organic, farm-fresh ingredients and the convenience of meal kit delivery. As well as high-quality produce, Green Chef has a range of diet-specific plans, including a Plant-Powered plan and Keto + Paleo plan.
It’s also one of the simpler meal kit delivery services out there – the ingredients for each meal are packaged separately to avoid confusion, the recipe cards are easy to follow, and dishes are ready within 30 minutes. Learn more about what’s included in your box in our dedicated Green Chef review.
Ultimately though, Green Chef is dedicated to minimizing its impact on the environment, with almost all its packaging being recyclable, reusable, and/or compostable, depending on your location. It also promises to support local farmers and artisanal suppliers, so you know your purchase is benefitting dozens of regional economies.
Budget-friendly – just $1.49 per serving
Extra meat available – add a protein pack to your order
Easy-to-follow recipes – clearly states which pantry ingredients you’re expected to have already
Special Deal: Get $1.49/meal + 20% off your next 2 boxes
The primary focus of EveryPlate is to provide high-quality meals at a fraction of the cost of other meal delivery services on the market. It’s certainly the most affordable option on our list – all the meals come in at $1.49 per serving, regardless of your order size.
Learn more about the ins and outs in our EveryPlate review.
Unfortunately, allowing you to dine on a budget does come with one drawback: there are some limitations when it comes to dietary preferences. EveryPlate doesn’t currently cater to specific dietary needs or allergies, including few-to-no options for vegans or those on a keto or paleo diet.
That said, you’ll find a good variety of dishes, with around 14 options to choose from each week. The recipes are also easy to follow, with just six simple steps and a comprehensive list of all the store-cupboard essentials you’ll need.
Completely vegan – all plant-based and organic
Extensive menu – more than 50 dishes to choose from each time
Dedicated weight loss plan – three meals per day at approximately 1,200 calories
Special Deal: $7.16
Whether you’re looking to follow an exclusively vegan diet, or just try it for a few days each week, Veestro is an excellent option. Enjoy the convenience of not having to research and cook your plant-based meals with these tasty and varied dishes.
With more than 50 meals to choose from on its a la carte menu, Veestro goes above and beyond for even the pickiest of diners, with dishes like the hearty Taco Bowl, Chick’n Milanese, and Turkish Meatballs. If all that variety feels too much, filter the menu by dietary preference, with categories including Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, High-Protein, Kosher, and more.
You can learn more about the menu in our dedicated Veestro review.
Another great feature is Veestro’s eco-friendly packaging. The prepared dishes come in either compostable carton trays or recyclable plastic pouches, and the insulation is made with recycled paper. Each meal lasts in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for eight weeks. There’s also free shipping when you subscribe to auto-deliveries.
Well-established – more than 2,000 local restaurant partners to choose from
Frequent promotions – including $10 off your $30 order
No cooking or prep required – all meals arrive ready to eat
Monthly membership option – enjoy a 14-day commitment-free trial
Grubhub is known as one of America’s best-established food delivery services, allowing you to order meals from your favorite participating local Baltimore restaurants, from the comfort of your own home.
The user-friendly website and app make it easy for you to see which local restaurants are available at the time you log on. Thankfully, the service partners with more than 2,000 different restaurants in Baltimore, so you’ll find plenty of options. No need to make the trip down to the harbor for dinner – it can be delivered right to you.
As a bonus, Grubhub often has promotions available to its users, including money off or free delivery on qualifying orders. Most orders require you to pay a standard delivery fee of $7 or less, or you can choose to sign up to Grubhub+ for $9.99 per month, which gives you unlimited free delivery on orders over $12.
Check out Grubhub+ services free during a 14-day trial, enjoying additional perks like 10% cashback for every $100 spent.
Reliable service – catering to 4,200 cities across the US, including Baltimore
More than just food delivery – get convenience items, too
User-friendly app – choose delivery or pickup, and track your order
Try Postmates Unlimited for free – enjoy the perks with a seven-day trial
Another popular Baltimore delivery service is Postmates, known for its motto of delivering “anything from anywhere.” The company currently serves 4,200 cities across the United States, and more than 600,000 retailers, including a wide assortment of establishments in Baltimore.
The website and app are quick and easy to use. You can choose from delivery, pickup, or party, which allows you to order from trending merchants within a five-minute window and waive delivery fees. So whether it’s dinner you want, a birthday card from Walgreens, or a six-pack of Bohemian Beer – but just don’t have the time – Postmates has you covered.
Delivery fees fluctuate throughout the day but can range anywhere from $1 to $10. Or, sign up to Postmates Unlimited for $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year) and never have to worry about delivery fees again. If you’re unsure about it, you can try Postmates Unlimited for free during a seven-day trial.
$6.99 Per Serving
$5.74 Per Serving
$3.79 Per Serving
$4.27 Per Serving
$6.90 Per Serving
$5.99 Per Serving
$1.49 Per Serving
$7.16 Per Serving
$8.50 Per Serving
$6.99 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
2 meal kits for 2 people/4 prepared meals
4 prepared meals
3 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
10 prepared meals
3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
Kits, oven- & grill-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
20 - 30 min. meal kits
Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
Oven- & grill-ready, kits, prepared
Absolutely! Meal delivery services allow you to cook and eat restaurant-quality dishes in the comfort of your own home, not to mention completely take the stress out of meal planning. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who wants to enjoy healthy, tasty dinners without blowing the budget on eating out.
Enjoy some of the freshest ingredients around matched with the convenience of quick prep and cooking times. For those who are particularly busy or tight on time, there are plenty of prepared meal options, too.
If you’re looking to try out or stick to a particular diet, meal delivery services can also really help you with this.
EveryPlate is notably the cheapest meal delivery service in Baltimore. Each serving is priced at $1.49, regardless of how many meals you order each week. There is a flat-rate shipping fee of $8.99 on each order.
Get the full list of the cheapest meal delivery services today.
Home Chef is an excellent option for Baltimore families. With prices starting from $6.99 per serving, you can choose from plans that feed up to six people six times per week. And for busy families, there are a variety of meals that can be ready in less than 15 minutes.
HelloFresh is another family-friendly option. In fact, it even has a dedicated Family-Friendly plan! It makes eating healthily an attainable goal for everyone. Despite boasting farm-fresh and sustainable produce, prices still start at just $3.79 per serving.
These meal kits impressed our team so much that we added them to our list of the best meal delivery services of the year.
Home Chef is a great place to start if you want to make healthy diet swaps. The company offers some of the most extensive customization options we’ve seen in a meal delivery service. There are also Calorie-Conscious and Carb-Conscious meal plans to choose from.
For anyone who has specific dietary needs or who wants to try a new diet, Sunbasket has a wide assortment of plans, including Paleo, Lean & Clean, and Diabetes-Friendly. Stick with a specific plan or mix and match to customize your weekly order.
HelloFresh is a great, affordable option, providing around 25 mouthwatering recipes each week. The ingredients are super fresh and its plans include Calorie Smart options, with meals that are less than 650 calories.
For Baltimore vegans, or those looking to try out a plant-based diet, Veestro is another excellent option. With 50 meals on its a la carte menu, it’s easy to maintain those healthy eating habits with minimal effort.
We’re always keeping tabs on the healthiest meal delivery service in the country. See the latest in our list of today’s top healthy meal delivery.