It’s a common situation: The person delivering your DoorDash order (called a Dasher) arrives on your doorstep and hands you a bag that’s missing an item. Ugh! What happens next? Does your Dasher return to the restaurant to fetch your item? Does DoorDash arrange another delivery?
As badly as you might want that missing food delivered to you, the reality is that you can only expect to get a refund for missing items. Neither DoorDash nor the restaurant will set up a rush delivery to send you missing items.
Learn how to report missing f00d, learn what your Dasher can and can’t do to help, and learn how to avoid this situation in the first place.
Food Missing from Your DoorDash Order? Here’s What to Do
When you discover that your order is missing something, the best thing to do is to report the missing item to DoorDash via the app or DoorDash.com. You will most likely receive a refund for the missing item, but DoorDash won’t send your missing item.
How to report a missing item (DoorDash app)
- Tap Orders, then select the order
- Tap Help in the upper corner of the order page
- Under Order Issues, select Missing Items. Tap the items that were missing
- Add any relevant info in the Details section
- Finally, tap Submit
Does DoorDash give full or partial refunds for missing items?
After you report a missing item, you should hear back from DoorDash quickly, within a few hours. The most likely outcome is that you will be refunded for the missing item. DoorDash will not typically offer a full refund unless there were other major issues with the order. DoorDash will not send another Dasher to pick up your missing item.
If you still need the item, consider creating a new order. Need to add an item shortly after placing an order? You can add an item if you contact DoorDash quickly enough. Here’s how to add or remove an item.
What Not to Do When Your Order Is Missing Food
Don’t contact your Dasher after the delivery is complete. Once your Dasher has left the restaurant, they are no longer responsible for missing items. Many upset customers ask Dashers to return to the restaurant, or call DoorDash, or contact the restaurant, but they aren’t obligated to do that. At that point, the best thing to do is to contact DoorDash customer service and report the missing item.
Customers are concerned about food tampering, so many deliveries are now in stapled or sealed bags. It’s almost always the restaurant’s fault when an item is missing, so blaming your Dasher or asking them to fix the problem is not productive.
Your Dasher will not return to the restaurant to pick up extras unless you catch them while they’re at the restaurant, or if they are feeling extra generous. If you were late to ask for extras, don’t be surprised if your Dasher doesn’t pick them up. Add requests for extras in the delivery notes, or contact your Dasher as soon as they arrive at the restaurant to pick up your order.
Contacting the restaurant about a missing item most likely won’t be helpful. Because the order was created through DoorDash, restaurants will always direct you to DoorDash about problems. DoorDash will let the restaurant know there was an issue with the order, and DoorDash will issue you a refund for the missing item.
Don’t try to add an item after the order has been picked up. Once your Dasher has picked up your order and left the restaurant, it’s too late to add an item. You can only add an item if the restaurant hasn’t processed the order yet. Read how to add an item to your order.
How to Add or Remove an Item from Your Order
It’s possible to add or remove an item from your order if the restaurant hasn’t finished processing the order. Here’s how to do add or remove an item in the DoorDash app.
- In the Orders tab, select your current order
- Tap Help
- An option called “Make adjustments to this order” may be available. Describe the adjustment you want to make
- If that option isn’t available, choose “Chat with support” to speak with a support agent. They may be able to add or remove the item for you
Only customer support can add or remove items from your order. Your Dasher can’t add or remove items!
The Best Ways to Prevent Missing Items
Restaurants are to blame for a missing item most of the time. There’s not much you can do to make sure a restaurant won’t make a mistake, but there are a few things you can do to make sure that your Dasher brings the extras you want.
Need napkins, straws, extra sauce, or other free side items? Add a note to your order. Your Dasher should see the note and pick those items up at the restaurant for you. If they don’t, there’s not much you can do other than leave a lower rating.
Forgot to add a note? You can message your Dasher once they’re on the way to the restaurant. At that point, you can use the in-app messaging feature to ask them to pick up extra freebies.
Stand Up for Yourself, and Be a Good Customer Too
If your DoorDash order is missing something, be proactive and report it to DoorDash as soon as possible. Try to understand the limits of your Dasher’s responsibilities, and understand that DoorDash, not restaurants, handles issues and refunds. Dashers can’t do much to help with missing items, so don’t take out your frustration on them.
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