Pathetic Chipotle app
By SoCo ATX
Chipotle’s app is pathetic. I have been going to Chipotle for years and the food when you dine in has most been very good. I’ve never bothered with the app before Covid- 19. The app is not intuitive. It is not robust. It is ridiculous for a company like Chipotle.
Covid - 19 has been looking for ways for food with the least contact possible. I have never been a patron of Chick Fil A prior to Covid - 19. I thought a drive through might has less human contact. I downloaded the Chick Fil A app and tried it. The food was surprisingly good. Their app is the best food app I’ve ever seen. It makes everything easy. I won’t review that here, but their flawless app, friendly service, easy rewards and perfect execution of the whole experience has had me going there 10 times in the last two weeks.
On top of the terrible Chipotle app, when I got home my chicken bowl had no chicken. It was a bowl full of rice and I don’t like rice. It was also cold I got there 15 minutes before my pick up time. I called the store to see if I had been charged twice. The first two times, the phone IVR transferred me to a screeching horrible mess. On the 3rd try, I reached an apathetic man who knew nothing and cared not about my inquiries on whether I was charged for two orders or not. After two or three questions he couldn’t answer, he offered to give me some chicken if I drive back up to the store. Chipotle just lost my business.
I ❤️❤️❤️❤️this place & eat here so much
That I switch restaurant locations at times cause i go so often! I love getting points each visit they build up fast .. but that’s about all I can do with the app is scan at the check out . I can’t order from app , can’t put a favorite in off the menu into app even after I’m home page its an option because it does not store my orders in its memory! Never any specials in my area EVER( to get faster points) Even with ordering from 3-4 places in south jersey and two places in Manhattan.. almost daily ! IF I could place an order with my app ... when I go to check out in app ( I think you can pay with a card only) it charges me more .. says ordering for the first time $2.50 or a little more . Another way for getting faster points .. “try something new ... or favorite something new... well that’s stated on the home page only but no place in the app opens that offer up to use. I’m ok with walking in to order If I had to rely using this app to order.. I would Not be able.. like what if .. who
Knows if something happened and I was unable to walk in and my cell speaker was broke .. i could not call an order in .. I couldn’t order via the app .. I’d miss chipotle hugely .. I’d have to go elsewhere! Thinking 🤔 how many missed costumers... due to issues with this app ?
Lacking basic functionality
I love the convenience of being able to order food by an application and have it ready when I get there.
However, the chipotle app leaves a lot to be desired.I had purchased a gift card and loaded it onto my app, but when it got down to only seven dollars, it proved to be very frustrating because I couldn’t make up the rest of my order with another payment. I had to go to the store and have them scan the app in order to remove the remaining balance on the gift card and clear it out. The problem is, the folks in the store are not that well trained and it took three times of doing that in order to make it show properly.
Also, even if you have more than one gift card, you have to remove one before you can add another. Once again, very inconvenient.
It’s also very frustrating that you can’t order a vegan salad without the guacamole and get credit for that. If you aren’t ordering a two dollar add-on, then your order should be two dollars less.
And finally, you should have the option to make something light or extra for every option. Sometimes I can and sometimes it says I have exceeded the number even though I basically ordered the same thing almost every day.
Continued Gift Card Issues
The app just doesn’t seem to want you to use gift cards. There has been a problem for weeks of it not showing any gift card balance, which support told me was going to be fixed. Still not fixed. The bigger issue for me is that I can’t load multiple gift cards. I LOVE Chipotle, so family and friends often give me gift cards for birthdays or Christmas. But when I have a $5 balance on a card thru the app (when it was actually working!), I can’t load another gift card to get it high enough to actually make the purchase, and there is no ability to split the payment between the gift card balance and credit card. The “response” to this is to use the small gift card balance toward a purchase in store...which makes the app pretty pointless! If I can only make 50% of the orders I would like to via the app, and the app itself is apparently unreliable, what is the point of the app? It is not a tall task to add the capability to load multiple gift cards or split the payment between a gift card and credit card (in fact I think the early versions of the app HAD that ability), so why is this still not a thing? I will eat Chipotle either way, but the point of the app is the convenience, and I find the continued neglect of the payment portion of the app supremely disappointing.
the app itself is pretty cool but chipotle do better.
we ordered off of this app only to realize 30
Minutes later our order had been canceled... no notification or explanation as to why. I had to click on the “where is my food?” Option to see (since it hadn’t came even past the estimated time!) where it was at. When we investigated further we saw that the app had charged the money anyway?!? Like what? If the order was canceled, refund the money. We then called up the chipotle we ordered from and they told us, a door dash employee had came to pick up the order but the chipotle location said they didn’t receive it...🤔hmm. How could that be, if the door dash employee received it & went to that chipotle to pick it up... how could they not have received it? If Chipotle is the one billing us.. how could they not have received it? come to find out they did have it in their system. They were just lazy and didn’t want to take the time to search for our order or make it. We ourselves had to leave the house to pick up the food/ get out money back. all in all Chipotle make sure your employees don’t try to scam people and act as if it’s all door dashes fault when in reality, they are at fault. Period.
Good thought, poor execution
Generally speaking, I love the app! However, the app should reflect when the store is unable to fulfill an order due to being out of an item or ingredient. Several other restaurant apps have no issue keeping up to date what’s actually currently in stock. Chipotle on the last several orders has called me to say they’re out of white rice, out of a specific drink, or even out of tortillas. There’s also no way to get a refund through the app when my whole order just got jacked up due to poor stocking issues at the store and a complete lapse of communicating that to customers. After tonight’s experience, I’m seriously considering scrapping the online ordering or delivering until some major changes have been put in place to remedy the refund issue as well as notifying customers what’s unavailable. I shouldn’t be able to place an order when the store is missing half of it. Especially when I can’t be reimbursed for it. Great concept, but a LONG way to go. Definitely am sticking to Panera at this rate who has an actual functioning delivery platform and exceptional customer service when they do make any errors. They certainly aren’t robbing people by refusing to refund food they quite literally can’t serve you.
Bare bones works well
Overall that app is OK - because at the end of it I get my Chipotle!
1.Frequent issues with Chipotle app needing me to log in again. This is quite inconvenient considering the only time I’m using the app is when I’m about to pay for my order and get the rewards; this ends up with me either furiously trying to figure out my password again in the moment or just saying “screw it” to the rewards points.
Solution: might be helpful to have a TouchID option for sign on - or reduce the frequency you have to log in to use the app.
2.You can only load one gift card at a time! As a hungry healthcare worker trying to get some food on the fly for my family and me, this is impressively silly because I usually need to pay in amounts larger than one gift card, but also have other gift cards I can add if only I was able. So now I basically always have to pay with my credit card some small amount, even though I have gift cards available...which is an upsetting flaw. Other large chains like Starbucks and Chick Fil A have figured out how to keep a sum of money on the app accounts.
Solution: might want to try to do the same thing as other large chains
I absolutely LOVE chipotle and my closest store is fantastic!! However, I have some specifications in my order that are not options on the app making it impossible to ever have a seemless ordering process!! I get my rice plain since I cannot have cilantro. Plain rice, however, is not an option when ordering over the app or in other online or food delivery platforms. I also like to get a side of sour cream. Outside of salsa, guacamole, and queso you’re unable to get additional sides of sour cream, cheese, lettuce, etc. I typically get a chicken bowl and order the meat on the side, this is also not an option. I would prefer to get a large bag of chips (with no dipping sauces), also Not a choice. The app also doesn’t offer any type of “special instructions” section. This leaves me having to place an order as close as possible and then I have to call the store and request my updates. This didn’t seem to be an issue but recently the stores added an automated system that answers all lines. Not only has it become a lengthy and anything but convenient process, but sometimes I’m unable to get through and my order is made incorrectly. This isn’t the stores fault , but the system doesn’t allow for orders outside of the norm. I would love to have a more seemless process in the future!!
Delivery option needs work
I ordered for my office through the app. This is my first attempt at delivery option, I have used the pickup option in the past. First, I put in the address to my work place. There was no option to select which Chipotle store to order from, but it said it delivers to my location and showed Chipotle locations on the map. I placed my order. I need to add to my order (I later find out I can’t, which is fine), so I call the Door Dash Support number. They tell me my order was sent to a location 11 miles away, the one near my home. The closest location to my work is less than 2 miles away. The outsourced cal support person asks what I want to add to my order. I tell him a burrito. He says he’ll communicate with Chipotle that I want to add a burrito (nice, specific). I get my delivery and the Door Dash dude says he got it from the location near my work. Well that’s good! I order another delivery for the additional items I need. Even though it says it was sent to my “home” location, I trust that maybe it was actually sent to the location near my work...it was not. This poor Door Dash lady drove 30-40 minutes to delivery two burritos. Why wouldn’t it be sent to the nearest store? Obviously the delivery feature needs work. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
App works fine, stores do not
Often when the store is busy it’s quicker to just wait in line. At lunch time the store I go to brings out app orders 15-30 minutes later than promised while keeping the walk in line moving instead. They do a terrible job of managing the front and back. If orders are taking that long they should be bringing some up to the front so online orders are not slower than walk-ins, or send some employees to the back to help catch up. I go in with a friend, we order at the same time with the same promised order ready time and our orders come out 10 minutes apart, 10-20 minutes later than promised, cold and missing ingredients. My last trip my burrito was cold by the time I got to eat it, had very little chicken and was missing salsa, or at least so little I couldn’t see or taste it.
When we entered the store we made note of the person at the back of the line. When she paid we started a stopwatch, and our orders didn’t come out for another 10 minutes after that. We could have made it through the long line twice and still got our food quicker than using the app to order.
App orders only make sense when the store isn’t busy, because management seems unable to handle both app and in store orders in a timely manner.