Way, way better now. Solid app.
I wrote a snarky review about how much the app would lock up, and how buggy the checkout process was. I’m really glad to see that the new version of the app is *far* superior on both fronts!
I still have to knock a star off for the fact that certain screens—especially the Customize screens—can appear to fail when you open them. They are actually just loading, and dutifully populate the views after they’re done, but they are not reporting any status or progress and it makes it feel like the app is frozen or has hit an error, which isn’t great.
Also, this is just an opinion, but I think it’s odd that ordering for in-store pickup indicates that they start preparing the order right away, but ordering for drive-thru indicates that they wait for me to be on-site and check in before the order is prepared. It seems like I’d always want to choose in-store pickup, so they can prepare it while I’m driving there, or at least have advance notice of the order to save a little time on both sides, and I’m confused why the drive-thru doesn’t use the same logic... Maybe the higher likelihood of being forced to wait for a long drive-thru line...? Only one transaction-spot to receive the food in the drive-thru, versus potentially multiple points in-store? I assume it was a deliberate choice. Just interesting, I guess. Other apps use GPS to detect when you’re nearly at the restaurant for that kind of thing, could be a good feature.
Horrible app! Horrible, embarrassing experience!
I have never had so many problems with an online app as I did with Taco Bell’s app. On Thursday May 24th I made an online order for this store location 330 w northside dr Jackson ms. I submitted the order over thirty minutes before arriving to the location because I made a stop prior to arriving. The money for my order was taken from my account and when I got to the window I was yelled at and told that I could not have my food (that I had paid for) that they didn’t see any order or money. They yelled at me and made me leave the drive thru. They told me they have nothing to do with the “raggedy” app. I left and went down the road to call the customer service number for a resolution . The rep answers the phone sounding sleepy and nonchalant. She told me there was nothing she could do. It was the apps fault . That I have to wait 3 business days before I can be refunded. I called again today , Tuesday ! And was told that a refund has been requested that now I need to wait 6-10 business days for the app to refund me! I will never use this App again in my life . Thanks Taco Bell for what has been the worst fast food experience of my life ! Delete this app ! Everyone do not use it !! I promise you’ll run into an issue .
Ordering made 10x more difficult
I've tried using this app 3 times. The first two times I selected which location I wanted it at and somewhere along the way it chose a different store across town and I didn't find out until I was at the one I wanted to order from. I even payed special attention the second time to make sure it wasn't user error and it still somehow changed it. I waited in a 30 minute line twice both times because the service was slow and I didn't find out that it wasn't at that location until I was at the window. That's 2 hours of waiting overall for a taco! If it wasn't too late to have gone inside to get it but at that point only the drive thru was open. The third time I tried using it wasn't as bad but I like jalepenos so I tried adding them to my order and the option was there but every time I tried selecting it, it either didn't even show that I tried adding them but every now and then it would show it checked off for a split second before unchecking itself, I tried it with multiple different food items to make sure it wasn't just that my item couldn't have jalepenos added to it. It wouldn't let me add it to a single item. And I can't find any explanation for it. This app is supposed to make ordering easier but it's done nothing but add 10 times more stress to trying to get food. The restaurants weren't at all helpful when I explained the situation. At this point in about ready to give up on taco bell altogether and use the mcdonalds app next time.
Charged my card but didn’t place my order?
This app is by far one of the worst apps for a food establishment. I like being able to pay contactless when I eat out nowadays and also have the convenance of having it ready to pick up. The app was already buggy while trying to add items and once I got to checkout it decided to give me an error message as soon as it took my Apple Pay stating “sorry something went wrong...” BUT STILL CHARGED MY CARD with no order placed or history of a order placed ( I called to make sure that the location I was trying to place pick up did or did not receive any order under my name). This is ridiculous and an overall terrible experience. They make it so difficult to even find where / how contact the support. Luckily after some googling I was able to get hopefully somewhere via sending an email. Their number is only available from 8am-4pm what about “after hours” as most people eat dinner after 6pm or 7pm! Plus I saw the wide spread issue discussed that I am having with having your card charged without an order placed or being able to pick up the food you paid for. I will be uninstalling the app / not be using the app + suggesting that others do the same. Waste of your time and money. Also an additional side note why the did you take away all the things people actually enjoyed eating from Taco Bell with weak overhyped replacements. The fiesta potatoes + pico de gallo were literally one of the reasons I went to Taco Bell instead of Del Taco.
Great App if stores were notified.
Husband just went to pick up our order and they don't have tomatoes, sour cream, red sauce, avocado sauce, or the "double chalupa" which was "new featured item" or the box (combo) in association with it so basically he asked for a regular chalupa instead of double; they couldn't substitute and couldn't refund b cause they didn't have the detailed order of the cost (extra cheese, ect) so once I called him and asked why she couldn't just pull up the order number and see the details... basically she eventually figured out how to refund (I think/hope) but I keep trying to give it another shot and because of the inconsistency and inconvenience I won't be attempting again. Sad part is I still love the app but my store never knows that I've placed an order and ALWAYS has issues like they are regularly out of things (beef?!) that are on the menu and once The app allows me to order off lunch menu my store still won't make it until 11:00 even though the app says lunch is available before then.... so basically a good app doesn't mean much if the stores aren't in sync with the app.
(Previous review from 2 years ago..... I love that I get to take my time and order without feeling rushed and it's ready when I arrive!!)
Five stars before glitch
Update: I was finally able to reset password, store connectivity seems to be up and running again. Moved to 4 stars until the app proves it will work seamlessly again like it did the first two weeks after downloading... if no more issues will move to 5!
Original: This app is fantastic... until it kicks you off and won’t let you back on. I guess I was using it too frequently! Seriously though, the app is attractive, user friendly, and dangerous for late night cravings. However, on trying to order one night from the same store I had used it for many times before, upon checkout/submit order it told me that the connection with store was lost. I thought this to be a mistake so I tried again, and again, and again. I was starting to get nervous that maybe my order was going through and just getting run over and over. But that was not the case. Using Apple Pay, none went through but what was worse, it logged me out of the app, I couldn’t remember my password, and then the forget password functionality told me user access denied. I can’t get back into the app... I’m in the phantom zone! Taco Bell is easily losing $15/wk keeping me out of the app. Please fix this bug!!!
Doesn’t work when needed
I’ve had the app for the longest time to keep up with their menu changes; unfortunately, it doesn’t provide an updated menu (at least for my area). As a result, despite the store no longer offering a limited item on the menu, they still offer it in the app. I figured: maybe it’s just an incentive from ordering from the app? Not that it matters, b.c I hate how every fast food restaurant wants you to preload your payment methods. Still, I got taco bell gift cards recently, so I decided to order their cravings box. This particular limited item is only available through the app. I decided I’d preload my gift cards onto the app to try to get this item; unfortunately, the app wouldn’t even accept my order submission. The store I went to most definitely took online orders, but it seems their system likes to act up. It was already annoying that they made the item only accessible through the app, but when their system decides ‘go to the next taco bell to get this item instead’, I may as well just uninstall the app from my phone at this rate, and spare myself the inconvenience. Thus, that’s what I’ll do. Seriously, considering all of the above, what the heck is it good for? Compared to all of the restaurants with apps, this one seems to be among the most meaningless ones to have… Taco bell had literal years to win me over with the app, and I genuinely wanted them to; regrettably, it’s just an outright disappointment I refuse to entertain any further.
Failure after failure
The interface is very touchy and the screen jumps all over the place. It finds my closest Taco Bell. I eventually manage to order my food. It takes my email, phone number and credit card. It tells me my food will be ready in 10 min. My credit card is charged but no email receipt. So I wait. Nothing. I arrive more than 15 min after the charge hit my credit card. No order. No food. An employee tells me I need to log into my account to show her the order. I showed her the app. It does not ask for a password or name, just email, phone and credit card. Only the email can be used but a password is needed. The manager tells me I cannot get food because I have no receipt and I cannot get a refund because I ordered through the app and not his store. I have to take it up with customer support. Fine. It’s at this point when I realized if I reopened my app, as if to start a new order it saved my info. But it shows no order. Whatever. I’m hungry, I’m here. I go to the register and repeat my order to the woman at the register, she stops me and tells me one of the meals I ordered doesn’t exist. In the app, for this particular store, there was a meal containing 2 chalupa supremes, a taco and a drink. So I asked about it again as it is also offered on Taco Bell’s website. The cashier’s words were “that combo does not exist in any Taco Bell anywhere””there is no Taco Bell where you can order that.”
So I left without food that I already paid for.
… wish I could have used the app.
I decided to open up my Taco Bell app and give it a try. I’ve had it for a long while but just didn’t use it. First things first… completely new app. No big deal. I wasn’t to familiar with the old app. I knew I had an account. Go to sign in and it says access denied. Go to recover my password and it says something similar. So I thought maybe new app new log in. Go to create, email is in use. Delete the app and reinstall. Now it’s working and we’re logged in! I use a lot of apps to order but this one didn’t feel user friendly to me at all. I finally found the coupons. There’s one for 15% off. Great! How hard can this be… we’re just ordering some food after all. I clicked on the grande box. The one with tacos and burritos. Get the burritos in, everything’s going smoothly. Go to the tacos. Soft tacos. I needed these to be customized three different ways. Put the first one in. Go to start the second specialty set. It’s lumping those with the first soft tacos I set up. I deleted and tried again. I repeated this process several times before showing my IT boyfriend the issue I was experiencing. I wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Yep. I was doing it right. Again and again. After about the sixth try I gave up. We aren’t a family who will all eat the same type of soft taco. So no 15% off for me. Nope. Why you ask… because I went through the drive through. Coupon states only good for mobile or online ordering.
By Brian W. II
Let me start by saying I have used many different apps through the App Store for food services and restaurants. This app, by far, has caused me the most headache for trying to figure out what I want to eat. The first thing that happens when opening the app is it displays an error message stating “Oops! Well this is embarrassing...” the message goes on for longer. It leaves me with a button to go to the home page. I press the button and does just that. At the home page, or menu as it takes me to, if I click on any category of food so I can figure out what I want to eat, it displays the same error and takes me back to the menu. The only way I can get to see the menu is the top slide bar with the categories. By the time I figure out what I want, I could have ordered at the drive-thru and paid. Since I have been experiencing this flaw since installing, I have never used the app to order food. Other apps have given me such great results and streamlined the ordering process, unfortunately, this app is an inconvenience. I truly refuse to use the app as I have been having many issues. If this is how a more personalized experience feels then it is a disgrace to have this app anywhere near my phone. Two stars for a review is being generous. The reason for two is I was able to still find what I wanted to eat, but nothing else redeems the rest of the stars.