More retailers are now accepting alternate methods of payment like PayPal, including restaurants. But it’s not so common you can just wander into any ol’ place expecting them to be with the times. Read on for the list of restaurants accept PayPal — including delivery, fast food, and dine-in options. You can even use PayPal Credit.

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How to Pay with PayPal at Restaurants

PayPal is a worldwide online payment system that can be used directly to pay at thousands of online and retail stores, either with a PayPal account balance or with funds drawn from bank accounts or credit cards connected to your PayPal account. If you don’t already have an account, you can create a PayPal account for free. It’s also free to link your checking account, debit card, or credit card to your PayPal account.

There are a few different ways to use PayPal at restaurants — directly through a restaurant’s website or app, or with a PayPal account connected to a digital wallet.

How to Use PayPal with a Website or App

Some delivery and fast food restaurants have an online ordering system where you can place your order for delivery or pickup through a website or dedicated app. Several of them offer PayPal as a payment method. To use PayPal with these restaurants, you would place your order online or through the app, and then choose the PayPal option at checkout.

How to Use PayPal with a Digital Wallet

Another way you can use PayPal at many restaurants is by linking your PayPal account to a digital wallet. A digital wallet is an app that allows you to pay in-store (or, in this case, in-restaurant) with your phone by tapping it against the checkout terminal. If you have a digital wallet enabled, your payment information will be automatically transmitted to the terminal.

Similar to PayPal itself, digital wallets can be linked to several funding sources, including checking accounts, debit cards, and credit cards. Of the three widely used digital wallets, two of them allow you to link your PayPal account as a funding source: Android Pay and Samsung Pay. The third popular digital wallet, Apple Pay, does not allow you to connect PayPal to your account.

To use PayPal with a digital wallet at restaurants that accept them, simply make sure your PayPal account is linked to your digital wallet and set it as the primary funding source (if you have more than one account connected). When you check out at the restaurant, make sure your phone is powered on, and then tap the back of it to the checkout terminal. Your phone will vibrate, indicating that payment has been successful.

Restaurants That Take PayPal

The following restaurants allow you to use PayPal to pay for your food purchases, either directly from through their website or app, or at the restaurant using Android Pay or Samsung Pay. We’ve broken these restaurants down into delivery, fast food, and dine-in options.

Keep in mind that PayPal can’t be linked with Apple Pay as a funding source, so if you have an iPhone, you won’t be able to use PayPal at dine-in or fast food restaurants that accept wireless payments. However, at these restaurants, you can still pay with your phone using a different funding source linked to your Apple Pay account.

This is the same list for restaurants that accept PayPal Credit if you’d like to pay with credit.

Delivery Restaurants That Take PayPal

1. Panera Bread

2. Papa John’s Pizza

For more delivery options, see our article: These Restaurants Let You Order Food with PayPal and Have It Delivered

Fast Food Restaurants That Take PayPal

3. Burger King

4. Chick-fil-A

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay (in-store only)
  • How to use PayPal: Link your PayPal account to your Android Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
  • Source: Android Pay — Where to Use page and customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Chick-fil-A

5. Dunkin Donuts

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay (in-store) or in-app
  • How to use PayPal
    • In-store payments: Link your PayPal account to your Android Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
    • In-app payments: Use PayPal to add funds to your Dunkin Donuts prepaid card or virtual card, and then place your order through the app
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Download the app: Dunkin Donuts app for Android or Dunkin Donuts app for Apple
  • Find your nearest Dunkin Donuts

6. Firehouse Subs

7. Jimmy John’s

8. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay (in-store only)
  • How to use PayPal: Link your PayPal account to your Android Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
  • Source: Android Pay — Where to Use page and customer service representative
  • Find your nearest KFC

9. Little Caesars

10. McDonald’s

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay (in-store only)
  • How to use PayPal: Link your PayPal account to your Android Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
  • Source: Android Pay — Where to Use page and customer service representative
  • Find your nearest McDonald’s

11. Subway

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Online, in-app, Android Pay, Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal
    • In-store payments: Link your PayPal account to your Android Pay or Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
    • Online and in-app payments: Place your order through the website or mobile app, and then choose PayPal at checkout. The first time you order online or through the app, you can enable PayPal OneTouch, which lets you check out both in-store and online directly with PayPal without signing back in.
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Download the app: Subway app for Android or Subway app for Apple
  • Order online from Subway
  • Find your nearest Subway

Dine-in Restaurants That Take PayPal

12. Applebee’s

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal: Applebee’s provides tabletop tablets for ordering food, playing games, paying for your order, and more. To pay with PayPal through a digital wallet, choose checkout on your table’s tablet, and then tap your mobile phone to the tablet.
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Applebee’s

13. Buffalo Wild Wings

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal: Buffalo Wild Wings provides tabletop tablets for ordering food, playing games, paying for your order, and more. To pay with PayPal through a digital wallet, choose checkout on your table’s tablet, and then tap your mobile phone to the tablet.
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Find out if Buffalo Wild Wings accepts Apple Pay

14. Chili’s Grill & Bar

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal: Chili’s provides tabletop tablets for ordering food, playing games, paying for your order, and more. To pay with PayPal through a digital wallet, choose checkout on your table’s tablet, and then tap your mobile phone to the tablet.
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Chili’s

15. Hardee’s

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal: Link your PayPal account to your Samsung Pay wallet, and then use your mobile phone to pay at the restaurant
  • Source: Customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Hardee’s

16. Outback Steakhouse

  • PayPal payment methods accepted: Android Pay, Samsung Pay
  • How to use PayPal: Outback Steakhouse provides tabletop tablets for ordering food, playing games, paying for your order, and more. To pay with PayPal through a digital wallet, choose checkout on your table’s tablet, and then tap your mobile phone to the tablet.
  • Source: Geek Crunch Reviews and customer service representative
  • Find your nearest Outback Steakhouse

17. The Cheesecake Factory

Restaurants That Don’t Take PayPal

Didn’t see your favorite restaurant on the list? The following restaurants do not accept PayPal directly, although in some cases you may be able to use a multi-restaurant online/in-app ordering service to pay for your meals with PayPal at these restaurants. To learn more about online ordering services that use PayPal, check out our article, These Restaurants Let You Order Food with PayPal (Delivery Available).

  • Arby’s
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Denny’s
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • IHOP
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Olive Garden
  • PF. Chang’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sonic Drive-In (see this article to see if Sonic accepts Apply Pay)
  • Taco Bell
  • TGI Fridays
  • Tim Hortons
  • Wendy’s

In Summary

Now you know what restaurants take PayPal — even if you want to use PayPal Credit.

PayPal is a secure way to make payments, and there are a few different ways you can use PayPal directly to pay for your restaurant purchase: either with online or app orders, or at eat-in restaurants using a PayPal account linked to Android Pay or Samsung Pay digital wallets. Happy dining!

Suggested article: The List of PayPal Pay After Delivery Merchants

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