Written by: Felicity Kay on Feb 17th, 2021

10 Best Meal Delivery Services in San Diego 2021

Finding the best meal delivery service for your specific likes, dietary needs, or to fit in with your schedule is a nightmare, especially in a city as food-diverse as San Diego.

But all is not lost! I’ve taken a close look at over 20 meal delivery services across all diets and tastes, rounded up the best, and reviewed them based on price, cuisine, and how tasty they are.

From all of the meal delivery services I’ve reviewed, my top choice is Sunbasket. It has the best range of dietary-specific meal kits (vegan, paleo, gluten-free, diabetic, and more) that I've seen from one meal kit service.  

Short on time? Here are the Best Meal Delivery Services in San Diego of 2021 

Our Best Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

1. Sunbasket – Best for Dietary-Specific Meal Kits

Sunbasket’s Best Features 

  • Wide range of specialist plans available – Vegan, Paleo, Mediterranean, and more!

  • Huge portion sizes – the biggest I’ve seen on the market 

  • Helpful guidance available – videos, tips, and technique walkthroughs 

  • Family plan available – kid-friendly meal kits and prepared meals

Sunbasket in a Nutshell 

This is my top choice for meal kit delivery in San Diego. It has a huge range of dietary-specific plans (the largest range I've seen on the market), with a whopping 10 menu options to choose from. You can read more about this in our in-depth Sunbasket review

Although Sunbasket pays close attention to the number of calories per portion (most of which fall between 500-800), it doesn't skimp on the portion size and creativity of its meals. While other meal kits might stick to standard, American fare, Sunbasket really goes all-out to bring you exciting flavors and creative meal ideas. 

All that coupled with a 30-minute prep time, and an easy-to-follow recipe card makes Sunbasket a top choice. 

2. Green Chef – 100% Organic-Certified Ingredients

Green Chef’s Best Features 

  • 100% fresh and organic ingredients, responsibly sourced

  • Recyclable packaging – some of the best I've seen on the market 

  • Ingredients prepared for you – just put them together to cook/bake, et voila!

  • Special dietary plans available, including Keto + Paleo

Green Chef in a Nutshell 

Green Chef is the very first meal kit delivery service certified to be 100% organic. That means it's a top choice (and my top pick) for plant-powered, keto, and paleo dieters. There are also plans geared towards each of these diets, which you can read more about in this in-depth Green Chef review

I found that most recipes are easily assembled and cooked within 30-minutes, with ingredients arriving prepared for you (chopped, mixed, and more), complete with very detailed instructions. 

Green Chef is truly committed to the environment. This was one of the only meal kit delivery services I found with packaging that’s almost 100% recyclable. It has a fantastic delivery process with your box being trackable from the moment it leaves the warehouse, and you have up to seven days before your delivery to edit your order. 

3. Blue Apron – The Cheapest Meal Kit On the Market 

Blue Apron’s Best Features 

  • One of the least expensive meal kit deliveries on the market 

  • Free delivery on plans with more than three meals a week 

  • 11 recipe options a week, across three plans 

  • Easily filter out certain allergens or food aversions (such as pork, seafood, and others)

Blue Apron in a Nutshell 

If you want to give meal kits a try, but don't want to be out of pocket, then Blue Apron is the perfect experience for you. It’s one of the most affordable meal kit delivery services on the market and there’s even enough choice for fussy eaters. For a more in-depth idea, check out my colleague’s Blue Apron review

There’s a Vegetarian plan and a Wellness Plan as well as a four-person and a two-person Signature plan. There’s not really anything for vegans beyond being able to customize the vegetarian menu. In the other plans, you'll be able to filter out certain allergens and food avoidances.

Overall, Blue Apron is a nice and easy basic meal-kit service. 

4. HelloFresh – Quick Meal Prep, Especially for New Chefs 

HelloFresh’s Best Features 

  • Range of quick and easy recipes available – recipes for under 20 minutes, one-pot, and more. 

  • Less expensive than other healthy kits on the market

  • Kid-friendly and family-friendly recipes available 

  • Quality produce, fresh from the farm, delivered to you 

HelloFresh in a Nutshell 

Although it doesn't have any dietary-specific meal plans (vegans and paleo eaters, this might not be your best choice), HelloFresh does have some brilliant menu filters such as total cook time and prep time, which makes sure you only get the meals that suit your lifestyle. You can read more about this in my colleague’s HelloFresh review

There are up to 20 recipes a week, across plans for Meat and Veggies, Veggie, Family Friendly, and Calorie Smart. That, combined with those filters, is a winning combination in my books! You’ll also be able to edit your order up to five days before your delivery slot. 

5. Home Chef – Best All-Rounder Meal Kit 

Home Chef’s Best Features 

  • Easily customizable meals and menu plans allow you to swap, upgrade, and double up ingredients

  • Fresh and prepared meals available 

  • Super easy, step-by-step instructions

Home Chef in a Nutshell 

One of the best things about Home Chef has to be just how flexible it is. All meals can be upgraded and customized by doubling up or swapping certain ingredients. As well as that, most meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. 

Recipes are rotated weekly, meaning you’ll never get bored, while there are also just enough options for those on a calorie-conscious (under 625 calories) or carb-conscious (under 35 grams) diet. You can read more about both of these plans in my colleague’s expert Home Chef review/prodcutReviewLink. 

Unfortunately, vegans and other specialty diet followers might struggle to find a lot to suit them, but for non-specialty diets, there’s a lot to love... and that all-important flexibility! 

6. Diet-to-Go – Best for Weight Loss and Diabetics 

 Diet-to-Go’s Best Features 

  • Weight loss-centric, dietitian-built meals so you don’t need to worry about calculating macronutrients or counting calories

  • 500+ options available across four plans – so you'll never be bored! 

  • Easily build your own menu, swapping meals if you wish 

  • No-prep or cook, just heat your meal in the microwave

Diet-to-Go in a Nutshell 

Whether you're looking to lose weight, manage your diabetes, or you’re just not much of a cook, then Diet-to-Go is the best meal delivery option for you. 

Although at first, it might be tough to pick from the 500+ meals on offer (you can check out the sorts of dishes on offer over in this Diet-to-Go review), you can browse by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks making the whole process less overwhelming. You can learn all about it in this dedicated Diet-to-Go review

There’s little choice for vegans but for any non-vegans looking to manage their weight, Diet-to-Go takes all of the guesswork and calculation out of preparing your food. You don't even need to cook it, just heat it up in the microwave, and your weight loss journey has begun! 

7. Veestro – Best for Pre-Cooked Vegan Meals 

Veestro's Best Features 

  • 100% vegan meals, delivered straight to you, no cooking necessary! 

  • 96%+ fully organic ingredients

  • Free shipping when you enable auto-delivery 

  • Kid-friendly vegan meals available, too

Veestro in a Nutshell 

Veestro is the best option if you follow an exclusively vegan diet, but don't want the hassle of actually having to cook. You can read more in my Veestro review

Veestro goes above and beyond for even the fussiest vegan eaters (and kids): you can easily filter out the meals on offer for gluten, soy, nuts, high-protein, low calories, and more. There’s even an option to view kosher meals only. 

With fully-recyclable packaging (yay!), your meal will arrive pre-cooked and can last in the fridge for up to five days, or in the freezer for eight weeks. There’s also free shipping when you turn on auto-deliveries. 

8. Fresh n’Lean – Best for Prepared, No-Cook, & Organic Food 

Fresh n’Lean’s Best Features 

  • No need to cook, just heat and eat! 

  • Locally grown, non-GMO, gluten-free, and certified organic ingredients 

  • One-time orders available – no need to lock yourself into a plan 

  • Free shipping available 

Fresh n’Lean in a Nutshell 

Fresh n’Lean is the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t have time to spend in the kitchen but still wants 100% organic, low-calorie meals. There are five plans to choose from: Keto, Protein+, Paleo, Plant-Based, and Low-Carb Plant-Based – find out more about these in this full Fresh n’Lean review

But there’s one catch: unless you're ordering from the a la carte menu (where you get to make one-off orders), your meals will be set for you. Having said that, Fresh n’Lean does a great job of choosing these, with mouth-watering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options. 

9. The Lean Machine Meal Prep – Best for Gluten-Free, Lifestyle-Changing Meals

The Lean Machine Meal Prep’s Best Features 

  • Order a prepared Signature meal or build your own meal and menu according to your favorite ingredients and dishes  

  • Order small, large, or custom meals, depending on your preferences

  • Meals are broken down into protein, veggies, carbs, and sauce, allowing more flexibility

  • All ingredients are 100% gluten-free, all-natural, and contain fresh ingredients

The Lean Machine Meal Prep in a Nutshell 

If you're looking to use a meal kit as a way to support you towards a healthier eating lifestyle, rather than a quick fix, then the Lean Machine Meal Prep helps you on your way, with no fuss or hassle anywhere. 

Not only are all of its ingredients 100% gluten-free, fresh, and all-natural, but it's also highly customizable: build your own menu, set your portion size, and even decide whether you want protein, carbs, veggies, or sauce. You'll pay individually for each type of portion! 

The recipes on offer are delicious, with no cooking required...but vegans and vegetarians, this one’s not for you as meat or fish options are the only protein choices. 

10. Michaela’s Meals – Best for Locally-Sourced, Gluten-Free, and Organic Food

Michaela’s Meals’ Best Features 

  • San Diego-based meal prep 

  • All ingredients are organic and gluten-free 

  • Paleo, keto, and vegetarian plans available 

  • One-off ordering or weekly ordering available 

Michaela’s Meals in a Nutshell 

If you're looking for something close to home, it doesn't get more local than Michaela’s Meals. Based in and delivering to the Greater San Diego area, this is your answer to healthy, organic, and gluten-free meal delivery. Choose from a range of options including vegetarian (not vegan), paleo, keto, and classic, across 5-14 meals a week, which you can choose for either one-off or weekly delivery. 

Meals are kept on the low-calorie, low-carb side, with clearly displayed nutritional information and ingredients. You can also “bulk” your order with an extra 2oz of protein, or double the carbohydrates – a perfect solution for athletes and those looking to bulk up themselves! 

Best Meal Delivery Services for San Diego: Comparison Table


Meals starting from

Diet options

Shipping costs 

Meal variety 


Sunbasket

$8.99 per serving

Vegan, paleo, mediterraneanlow-carb, diabetic, weight loss, pescetarian

$6.99 per week

18+ options p/menu

Get Started

Green Chef

$11.99 a serving

Balanced, vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, Keto + Paleo

$7.99 per week

9 options per menu 

Get Started

HelloFresh

$7.49 for three meals a week for four people

Balanced, low-carb, low-calorie

$6.99 per week

17+ options per menu

Get Started

Home Chef

Meals starting at $6.99

Balanced, dairy-free, vegetarian, low-calorie, low-carb

Free over $45, $10 if under

21+ options per menu

Get Started

Diet-to-Go

Starting from $8.57

Weight loss, keto, diabetes, vegetarian 

$9.99 per week

500+ options per plan

Get Started

Veestro

$9.90 per portion 

Vegan, gluten-free, weight loss, carb-conscious

Free 

50 options per week 

See Veestro’s Latest Plans

Blue Apron

$7.49 per serving

Diabetes-friendly, low-calorie, dairy-free

Free shipping on three recipes per week and up; $7.99 per week on two recipes per week

17+ options p/menu

Get Started

Fresh n’Lean

From $7.93 per meal

Keto, high-protein, paleo, vegan, low-carb plant-based

Free 

12+ options per menu 

See Fresh n’Lean’s Plan

The Lean Machine Meal Prep

From $9 per meal 

None

$8.25 per week

17+ options per week

Learn More

Michaela’s Meals

From $65 per week (five meals subscription)

keto, paleo, vegetarian 

Free

16+ options per menu

Learn More

Bottom Line: Why Choose a Meal Delivery Service?

Meal delivery services come in all shapes and sizes, meaning there’s definitely at least one out there that could be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. So whether you don't know what to cook, how to cook, don't have time, or are trying to stick to a specific diet, meal delivery services can help make your life easier

And, regardless of whether a pandemic rages, you can't get to the supermarket, or find a delivery slot, you can rely on your meal kit provider to get your order to you, every time!

FAQs

What is the best premade meal delivery service in San Diego?

That would have to be the prepared meals from Sunbasket. You get organic meals made with ethically-sourced ingredients. What could be better than that?

If you're looking for dietary-specific prepared meals, then the best option for you could be Veestro for prepared vegan meals or Fresh n’Lean, for organic and gluten-free meals. 

Which meal delivery service is best for diabetics in San Diego?

I strongly recommend Sunbasket for diabetics due to its specific Diabetes-Friendly plan. You'll also get up to 20 options to choose from every week, and creative, flavorful meals too! 

Which meal delivery service is best for vegetarians in San Diego?

Vegetarians have their pick as most meal delivery services offer some kind of vegetarian plan in San Diego! My favorite has to be HelloFresh’s Veggie plan. It has recipes with under 20-minutes of prep and cook time, kid-friendly recipes, and one-pot recipes, too.

What is the most affordable meal delivery service in San Diego?

Blue Apron is the most affordable San Diego meal delivery kit on the market, with portions starting from just $7.49 on the Family plan. Another option is The Lean Machine Meal Prep, which charges you separately per “type” of food you include – protein, veggies, sauce, and carbs – meaning you can build a meal that really works for you and your budget! 

About The Author

Felicity Kay

Staff Writer, Delivery Rank

Felicity loves and lives for food, and new culinary experiences in general.
When shes not out walking her dogs, shes trying out the coolest new restaurants and take out in the local area - one day she might even learn to cook!

Felicity loves and lives for food, and new culinary experiences in general.
When shes not out walking her dogs, shes trying out the coolest new restaurants and take out in the local area - one day she might even learn to cook!
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