The Toulouse restaurants that are offering pickup or delivery during COVID-19 need your support
Originally published April 28, 2020. Updated and re-published November 3, 2020.
The economics of running a restaurant can be difficult even in the best economic times. However, when you throw in a global pandemic and ensuing order by the French government to close all bars and restaurants (which started before the confinement order and will extend afterwards) – well, it’s a pretty good bet that the Toulouse restaurant scene may look vastly different when this crisis is over. Despite this grim picture, there is a bright spot. We can have a direct impact on what restaurants survive COVID-19! By choosing to support those restaurants who are offering delivery and pickup during confinement – and in the time between when confinement is over and when restaurants are allowed to reopen for service – we can help ensure their continued presence in our community.
Many restaurateurs have acknowledged that government aid alone will not ensure their survival and business interruption insurance may not cover interruptions due to communicable diseases. Confronted with the prospect of months of closures, dwindling cash flow, and a cold winter ahead, many Toulouse restaurants have opted to offer delivery or (in some cases) pickup to get at least a little money flowing into their accounts. If you have to means, I’d encourage you to order from a local restaurant at least once per week.
Below is a list of restaurants that are delivering or offering pickup in Toulouse during COVID-19. Check back often, as I will try to update it as I get more information. You can also help by commenting on this post with your favorite restaurants in Toulouse that are delivering – or by contacting me with the info. As always, please confirm with the restaurant, as details may have changed.
A note about delivery apps
There has been a lot written about the predatory practices of delivery apps, both during the COVID-19 crisis and prior to it. On average, restaurants pay 20-30% commission (sometimes even higher) to delivery apps like UberEats, Deliveroo, and Just Eat (to name a few that operate in Toulouse). This works when delivery orders are offset by diners in the restaurant, but can grow quickly out of balance when delivery is the only option. Despite the pleas of restaurateurs, they have declined to lower their rates to help support local businesses during this crisis. If it’s possible, the best way to order is always directly from the restaurant. This ensures that more of your money is going directly to the business instead of to a large multi-national corporation that doesn’t really care whether your favorite restaurant succeeds. Sure, it may be slightly less convenient, but it’s better for the long-term economic health of your favorite restaurants and of your community!
Toulouse restaurants that are offering delivery/pickup during COVID-19
Baba Canteen – Contemporary Middle Eastern/North African-inspired. Open for click & collect, as well as purchases from their épicerie. Of note is the shakshuka kit, which gives you everything you need to assemble this delicious dish at home.
Barbaque – Offering takeaway with ordering through their website.
La Belle Verte – This organic vegetarian/vegan restaurant near Saint Aubin is offering takeaway and delivery. Order by phone or email. See their Facebook page for menu and details.
Le Bibent – Lunch and dinner for takeaway or delivery with ordering through their website.
la Brasserie de l’Armurier (Colomiers) – Open for takeaway for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Visit their website for the menu. Order by phone.
BWAMOA – Get their delicious bubble tea, unique ice cream flavors (Camembert or Roquefort, anyone?), veggie burgers, and more delivered through UberEats, Deliveroo, and Just Eat. Takeaway is also possible.
Café Cerise – Selling their excellent house-roasted coffee beans on their website. Free delivery within Toulouse, pickup available during certain hours, and free delivery anywhere in France for purchases over 45 €.
Canopée Coffee Shop – order bowls, sandwiches, pastries, and cold drinks online (by midnight the night before) and pickup Monday-Saturday from 11h – 14h.
Chez Yannick – offering takeaway starting the second week of November.
The Coffee Pot – offering their coffee drinks, pastries, bagels, and lunch items for takeaway (I think) or for delivery through UberEats Monday-Friday.
La Cuisine à Mémé – Delivery or takeaway for lunch and dinner, Wednesday-Sunday. See their Facebook page for an updated menu.
Cyprien le Midi – Their Place Dupuy location offering takeaway by phone or email order or delivery through UberEats. Check their Facebook page for details.
Forno Gusto – Click-and-collect (through their website) or delivery (via Deliveroo) of their wood-fired, Roman-style pizza is available from their 3 locations in Toulouse.
Fratelli Rizzo & La Romantica – are offering their pizzas and Italian dishes for delivery through UberEats, Deliveroo, and Just Eats and pickup may be possible at the La Romantica location on the Avenue de Fronton.
Guayoyo – serving up their mouth-watering arepas, burgers, and other South American cuisine for delivery or pickup. Give them a call, but if you’re too far away they also deliver via UberEats and Deliveroo.
Hello Ravioli – My favorite restaurant for homemade Chinese dumplings, located in Compans Caffarelli, is delivering through UberEats and Deliveroo.
Hugo Délices – offering takeaway. Check their Facebook page for the updated menu.
L’Improvise (Castelmarou) – offering takeaway for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. Order by phone. Delivery is also possible.
Les Jardins de l’Opera – Chef Stéphane Tournié of this 1 Michelin-starred restaurant is cooking up a takeaway menu each day for only 15 €, 20 €, or 25 € (for 1, 2, or 3 courses), plus bottles of wine available for only 10 €. Order through their website.
Le Kiosque – The Grand Rond location of one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Toulouse is delivering through UberEats and Deliveroo. I can almost smell the bo bun now…
M by Mo Bachir – This chef-driven restaurant is offering takeaway for lunch or dinner 7 days a week. The weekly menu is posted on his website, then call to place your order.
Mexcal – Fantastic Mexican food near Place Arnaud Bernard. Offering pickup for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, plus a Mexican brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Delivery is also possible if you give them some notice. Place your order by email or phone. They’re great about always having at least one vegetarian option. My shameless plug: This is one of my neighborhood favorites (and they just opened a year ago) so be sure to give them some love!
Neroli Coffee Society – Order their soups, bowls, desserts, and coffee beans for delivery through UberEats, or by phone for pickup if you live nearby.
Les Passionnés – Offering wine delivery and pickup, côte de boeuf kits (to cook at home), gift certificates, and apéro baskets for pickup or delivery. Details and ordering information on their website.
Patty’s – offering delicious Lebanese food, as well as their specialty food products, to go or via click & collect. Because they are a traiteur/épicerie, they are allowed to stay open and you can still shop in person.
Aux Petits Frères – offering brunch for takeaway on Saturdays and Sundays, order by phone. Watch their Facebook page for weekly updates.
Pizza Fresca – open their usual hours for takeaway (delivery available on evenings and weekends), also available on UberEats.
Pizza Teatro – This is a brand-new and fabulous Neapolitan pizzeria near Compans Caffarelli. Call for takeaway (the owner, Antonello, speaks English) or order delivery through Deliveroo or UberEats.
Pizzavelo – Takeaway available on Friday and Sunday. Reservations by phone or text (Liz speaks English). See the link to their Facebook page for the weekly schedule and menu.
Pizzeria d’Alexis – My friends in Saint Cyprien swear by this Neapolitan-style pizza place that is now doing takeout only.
Place Mage – offering takeaway for lunch and dinner for 20 € per person. Reserve your meal by phone or through their Facebook page.
Les Planeurs – Offering takeaway for lunch and dinner. Weekly menus and ordering information on their website.
Le Point d’Ogre – Offering gift baskets filled with local products, customized to your budget. Order via email.
Le P’tit Louis – This Korean restaurant in Saint Cyprien is offering lunch and dinner Monday-Friday through their online click & collect system.
Racine Café – Takeaway available every day from 11h – 15h. Delivery via UberEats.
Des Roses et Des Orties and Sandyan (Colomiers) – Chef Yannick Delpech is offering takeaway his restaurant Des Roses et Des Orties, which opened in December at the location that was formerly his MIchelin-starred restaurant l’Amphitryon in Colomiers. You can also order pastries from his pastry shop/salon de thé Sandyan. The menu changes weekly. Orders should be placed by phone the day before pickup.
La Sandia – Takeaway and delivery available for dinner Monday-Saturday. Lunch available Saturday and Sunday only by takeaway. View the menu on their Facebook page.
Sandyan – offering takeaway of their amazing pastries, desserts, and snacks.
Le Sept – offering Michelin-starred takeaway with a 5-course tasting menu that ranges from the amuse-bouche to the mignardises (little sweets offered with coffee after the end of the meal). Order online through their website.
Taloa – Basque sandwiches available for takeaway and delivery through Deliveroo and UberEats.
Tête en l’Air – This new restaurant that opened in the Minimes neighborhood in January is offering takeaway for lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday. Check out their Facebook page for the weekly menu.
Les Têtes d’Ail – Takeaway for lunch and dinner. Order by text. View the menu on their Facebook page.
La Verrière – watch their Facebook page for updates as they are working on a click & collect system, as well as delivery.
Yoko Sushi – Takeout and delivery from both their locations on the Rue Gabriel Péri and Compans Caffarelli. Order through their website or by phone.
Hungry for more?
ActuToulouse has a list of over 150 restaurants that are offering delivery or takeaway during lockdown.
If you’re looking for more restaurants and food businesses that you can support in Toulouse, check out my previous blog post on the Toulouse food shops that are open and delivering during COVID-19 (from April 2020).
Hello’Toulouse has a great article on alternatives to the big delivery apps that includes food trucks, traiteurs (caterers), and even cocktail bars that are delivering cocktail kits! (In French, so break out the Google Translate, if you need to.)
Toulouscope has a round-up of gourmet delivery options in Toulouse. (In French)
Episode 55 of the New Paris podcast talks with a restaurateur in Paris about the future of bars and restaurants, the challenges facing French restaurants amid the lockdown, and what the future might look like when they are allowed to reopen. The discussion centers around Paris, but the situation is much the same in Toulouse. It’s a very informative conversation and a highly-recommended listen if you want to know more about the COVID-19 crisis from a restaurant perspective!
Another way you can help
Another way that you can support restaurants is to buy a gift certificate that you can use for a future meal once the restaurant reopens. This helps with the cash flow issues that many restaurants are experiencing right now. I encourage you to check to see if your favorite restaurant is offering gift vouchers through their own website or another platform. One such initiative, Demain au Restaurant, is online platform where restaurants in our region can sign up to sell gift certificates. In exchange for supporting restaurants now, purchasers are offered a 10% discount on the value of the certificates.
Don’t forget – you can help me add to this list by leaving a comment below, sending me a message on social media, or using the contact page on the website. I’ll do my best to keep it updated until restaurants are allowed to open again. Bon appétit!