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Top software solutions by category

Toast POS

Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More

TouchBistro Restaurant POS

TouchBistro is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants of all types. Specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the restaurant industry, TouchBistro comes complete with food service specific features and advanced... Read More

Brigade POS

Brigade is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution designed for small restaurants. It offers reservation management, staff management and service management within a suite. Brigade’s menu management feature enables users to build... Read More

Lavu iPad POS

Lavu is a Point of Sale solution designed for use by restaurants, bars, and nightclubs - from full-service, quick-service, and franchise restaurants, to food trucks, coffee shops, and lounges. Users can choose between bar, restaurant,... Read More

SplitAbility POS

SplitAbility POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution targeted to businesses of any size in the food, beverage and hospitality industry.   SplitAbility POS can be accessed on unlimited devices; orders can be taken on tablets... Read More

COMCASH Retail ERP

COMCASH ERP is a complete retail management system ideally suited for multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The software is cloud-based, allowing access to the administrative functions from anywhere on any device. The Point... Read More

Maitre'D POS

Founded in 1999, Posera Software Inc. offers a robust and customizable restaurant and foodservice POS system in Maitre’D POS. The solution is fit for businesses within the hospitality industry seeking a point of sale (POS) system... Read More

Lightspeed Restaurant

The newest POS offering from Lightspeed, aptly named Lightspeed Restaurant, delivers the same interface found in their flagship product for retail stores. Since it’s cloud-based, management can create schedules and track labor,... Read More

EdgePOS

EdgePOS from SilverEdge LLC is a comprehensive, cloud-based point of sale program that integrates key features without significant out-of-pocket expenses. All of their packages include iPads or all-in-one touchscreens and accompanying... Read More

Clover POS

Clover is an integrated point-of-sale system with custom hardware designed for several types of retailers. The program is available in both web-based and server-based deployment versions and offers a mobile POS option in addition to... Read More

Epos Now

Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More

CAKE POS

CAKE is a point of sale (POS) system designed exclusively to meet the needs of the restaurant industry. It offers features such as multiple payment acceptance, online ordering, gift cards and tableside ordering. The reporting module... Read More

Breadcrumb

Breadcrumb is an iPad-based Point of Sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items, and split checks while... Read More

BarTab

BarTab is an on-premise point of sales solution designed specifically for bars and pubs and is suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include cloud-based till records and stock tracking with full customization of features... Read More

Bleu

Bleu is an on-premise point of sales (POS) solution for businesses of any size which integrates with beacon technology. Key features include inventory and customer management, marketing analytics and a customer mobile app. Bleu is... Read More

Rezku POS

Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive point of sale (POS) system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The solution is available through on-premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key features of the system... Read More

Nobly POS

 Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More

Datio POS

Datio POS is an iPad-based retail management solution for small cafes, quick-serve restaurants and other retail businesses. Key features include point of sale (POS), inventory management and reporting. Datio POS offers a variety of... Read More

Restaurant Manager POS

Restaurant Manager is a POS solution for a variety of operations, from QSR to sit-down restaurants. Can be accessed remotely via the Internet, as well as on mobile devices. Includes a loyalty program and inventory management.

Sellsy

Sellsy is a cloud-based sales management solution for small to midsize businesses. Features include time tracking, sales automation and a help desk. It is suitable for industries such as advertising, construction, non-profit and retail. The... Read More

Tab King

Tab King is a retail solution that features integrated point of sale, automated inventory management, customer management and analytics. Hardware, software and support are all included in the purchase price.  Suitable for bars, restaurants... Read More

POSsible POS Restaurant

POSsible POS is an end-to-end point of sale system specifically designed for the restaurant and bar/nightclub service industries. It’s used by food trucks, pizza shops, quick service restaurants, and many others. The system also... Read More

Pomodo Tech POS

A fully customizable retail solution, Pomodo Tech POS provides a modular solution that is available as web-based, on-premise, as well as a hybrid cloud-based model. The cloud-based version of the system can be accessed from any Internet-capable... Read More

Aloha POS

Aloha POS is a fully featured retail solution designed for all types of dining restaurants, including casual dining, quick service, fast casual and fine dining restaurants. Aloha POS can be used on fixed point of sale (POS) terminals,... Read More

All in One Restaurant Solutions

All in One Restaurant Solutions is a point of sale (POS) system designed for full service and quick-serve restaurants, especially those operating takeout or delivery operations. All in One Restaurant Solutions offers typical POS capabilities... Read More

KAEM Restaurant Management

KAEM Technology’s Restaurant Management System is an integrated restaurant software solution. KAEM offers numerous products across many industries, and this restaurant management system combines those applicable into a cohesive system. Modules... Read More

Bevo POS by Benseron

Benseron is a restaurant and hospitality technology company that helps restaurant and retail storeowners manage and grow their businesses. Benseron offers desktop and mobile POS systems called Bevo POS for restaurants and bars. The... Read More

TeamPOS ­- Hospitality Edition

TeamPOS - Hospitality Edition is an on-premise point of sale (POS) system designed for the food service industry. Key features include an optional cloud-based reporting module and a back-of-house display feature. This product features... Read More

Poster

Poster is a cloud-based mobile point of sale (POS) software designed for the foodservice industry. This solution scalable, and can work on any device. It offers an inventory management application, which can alert users when they... Read More

FoodZaps

FoodZaps is a point of sale (POS) and mobile ordering system. It is essentially a hybrid solution that combines traditional legacy and cloud-based POS technologies. The former stores data on a closed internal network (e.g., a PC or... Read More

Shoptree

Shoptree is a cloud-based retail solution suitable for businesses in a variety of industries. Key features include point of sale (POS), inventory and stock management, customer management, payment processing and business analytics. Shoptree’s... Read More

Zoey

Zoey is a cloud-based website design and e-commerce tool suitable for e-commerce businesses of any size. Key features include website design, marketing, region-based hosting, faceted search, inventory management and payment processing. Zoey... Read More

myCart

myCart is a cloud-based retail solution suitable for brick and mortar retail businesses of any size. Key features include point of sale (POS), inventory management, customer management, payment processing and accounting. myCart features... Read More

Preferred POS

Preferred POS is an on-premise retail solution that is compatible with Windows operating systems. Key features include point of sale (POS), inventory management, customer management and accounting reports. The solution was built to... Read More

Primaseller

Primaseller is a cloud-based retail management solution that helps users manage inventory and automate point of sale (POS) transactions. It is suitable for small and midsize retail buisinesses. The software enables retailers to manage... Read More

Marketman

Marketman is a cloud-based restaurant management platform that helps restaurant chains and groups manage their daily operations. The solution streamlines the order-handling process and acts as a collaboration tool between restaurant... Read More

CrunchTime

CrunchTime is a restaurant management solution designed for midsize and large restaurants which offers food-cost management, inventory management, labor management and dashboards within a suite. The solution is available in both cloud-based... Read More

ReServe Interactive

ReServe Interactive is a cloud-based restaurant management solution suitable for businesses of all sizes. ReServe Interactive enables users to manage multiple restaurant chains from a single location. ReServe Interactive’s dining... Read More

OpenTable

OpenTable is a cloud-based restaurant management solution that enables restaurant managers to accept online reservations and optimize seating arrangements. It is suitable for restaurants of all sizes. OpenTable is available in two... Read More

retailcloud

retailcloud is a retail management solution for small retailers. It enables users to handle point of sale (POS) operations, monitor inventory levels, analyze store performance and run loyalty programs. retailcloud’s Zero POS version... Read More

SimpleOrder

SimpleOrder is a cloud-based platform to manage multiple restaurant chains and suppliers through a single interface. The solution streamlines operational activities and manages inventory for restaurants, bakeries, bars, hotels and... Read More

SynergySuite for Restaurants

SynergySuite for Restaurants offers a suite of cloud-based software for restaurant management. It enables restaurant chains, pub groups and other multi-location facilities to manage daily operations. SynergySuite offers a suite of... Read More

Countr

Countr is a cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) application that supports integrations with e-commerce programs such as WooCommerce and Lightspeed. It allows users to download product data from existing online stores and offers reports... Read More

CashFootprint Professional

CashFootprint is a retail management solution that offers point of sale (POS), inventory management, customer management, loyalty programs and reporting. The solution helps small and midsize businesses organize and automate retail... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

Restaurant Point of Sale (POS) Software Overview

Restaurant POS software is the backbone of restaurant operations. Key features include reporting and analytics, inventory management, food costing and marketing capabilities. These systems may also offer such specialized functionality as reservation management, food spoilage reporting and tip management.

Benefits of Restaurant POS Software

Restaurant POS software offers many operational benefits to restaurant owners and operators. Obviously payment processing is great, but restaurant software systems offer critical capabilities that help food businesses optimize daily operations and achieve consistent business success. Key benefits include:

  • Inventory control. Tools are provided for monitoring perishables and tracking stock levels by recipes and portions. This gives an easy snapshot for kitchen and restaurant product needs.

  • Reporting and analytics. Critical performance information can be packaged into easily understood insights. Operators and owners can leverage this data to make informed business decisions like managing food costs and monitoring product margins.

  • Customer management tools. Operators can create loyalty and rewards programs, track crucial customer information and create sustained retention.

Competitive Advantages of Using Restaurant POS Software

Sixty three percent of restaurants don't have a POS system in place. These are restaurants using cash registers, credit card processors, Excel spreadsheets and maybe QuickBooks for accounting.

If they want to scale operations, restaurants should bring on a restaurant POS system for:

  • Growing the business. Automated inventory control and customer management creates operational efficiencies and enables informed decision making. Smarter decisions will lead to greater business sustainability and increased growth.

  • Better understanding key customers. Software can identify and generate sustainable relationships with valuable customers and create repeat business from a regular customer base.

  • Succeeding in a competitive market. Automating day-to-day time drains can set a restaurant apart from competitors. This frees up managers to spend more time managing employees and interacting with customers.

Business Sizes Using Restaurant POS Software

The restaurant POS market can fill the needs of any restaurant business demographic, be it pop-ups and food trailers, single location restaurants or multiple location businesses.

  • Small restaurant business: If your operation consists of a single location, be it a fixed restaurant, a rotating pop-up or a mobile food trailer, you'll be best served by a basic restaurant POS system. You'll be fine with limited hardware or advanced features.

  • Midsize restaurant business: If you operate a high-volume, growing restaurant with one to five locations, you'll want a restaurant POS system that offers advanced features. These include reporting and analytics, inventory control and maybe even online ordering capabilities.

  • Large/enterprise restaurant business: Managers and operators of more than five locations should look for a restaurant POS option with advanced dashboards and analytics and multiple-location management.

Software Related to Restaurant POS

Many POS systems on the market today offer retailers with all critical capabilities packaged into one solution. However, if a core capability that retailers need is missing from their POS system, they'll want to look to specialized software to fill the void. Popular specialized software includes:

Features Guide

A List of Common Restaurant POS Features

When comparing restaurant POS systems, it's important to understand the functionality included in each. The most common functions of these systems are listed in the table below:

Order entry
Input customer orders, including any special modifiers. Communicate with bar and/or kitchen. Complete payments. Split checks.
Inventory management
Monitor bulk food on hand. Track portioned items to determine food costs. Set thresholds for minimum product counts and assign automatic reordering.
Recipe costing
Determine the monetary value of each batch and/or serving of a menu item.
Customer management
Track customer purchase histories. Support a loyalty rewards program. Store valuable customer contact information.
Tablet-based system
Allow customers to input tips on tablets and sign their names. Enable a mobile POS experience for servers and customers.

Feature Details and Examples

Here are examples of what these critical tools look like with some top restaurant POS vendors:

Order entry: For servers, the view of the restaurant system is the order entry and check handling system. With a handheld device or a kiosk station, the order must be quickly and correctly entered. The order entry system must also handle special orders.

Order entry screen by Lightspeed Restaurant

Recipe costing: Recipe costing is a key function for a restaurant system. The system must check recipes against inventory and labor costs to determine actual costs and profitability for each dish.

Recipe cost input screen by Touchbistro

Inventory management: In addition to producing the spoilage reports, restaurant inventory systems track inventory use and costs, including economic reordering points. These systems also produce management reports to help detect theft and over-portioning.

Inventory management by Lavu

Customer relationship management: Newer restaurant POS systems can send targeted offers to customers by email and text messages. The system must have a way for customers to "opt out" of future offers.

Detailed customer profile by Toast

Restaurant POS Buyers' Top Requested Features

At Software Advice we've helped thousands of SMB retailers and restaurateurs find the best POS system for their unique business needs. We analyzed these consultations to determine trends in restaurant POS needs.

According to this analysis, these are the top requested restaurant POS software features for small to midsize retailers and restaurateurs:

Top Requested Restaurant POS Features

The Restaurant POS Software Functionality You Really Need

Small restaurant business
Kitchen printing: Once an order is entered, it must be printed or displayed in the kitchen. The system should split the order by kitchen station if appropriate. At the same time, the system will adjust inventory. Advanced systems will sequence the dishes so a table's order is completed at the same time.
Midsize restaurant business
Tip tracking and time clock: IRS regulations for tips are strict. The restaurant system needs to properly track, estimate and report tips for the IRS as well as state and local authorities, if appropriate. The system must also track hours worked by the staff, breaks and compliance for juvenile workers.
Menu management: Tracks dishes and prices. Advanced systems will also provide layout options and feature pictures. The menu system provides nutrition information and special dietary information when/where required.
Large/enterprise businesses
Automated inventory receiving: Restaurants can receive inventory multiple times a day. Fresh inventory can also vary in price frequently. The system should accept advance shipment notice (ASN) reports from suppliers and prepare inventory receiving reports to confirm amounts and prices.
All formal sit-down restaurants
Reservation system: If a restaurant takes reservations, the system must record the reservation, manage the queue and balance seating between servers. Advanced systems will send reminders to customers by text or email and will activate restaurant-provided pagers when seating is available for a party.
All restaurants
Spoilage reporting: Restaurants have perishable inventory that must be tracked and documented. The system must identify expired inventory to be removed from stock and provide compliance documents.

Pricing Guide

How Restaurant POS Software Is Priced and Hosted

Restaurant POS costs vary based on the software capabilities and hardware requirements of a restaurant.

POS systems for restaurants typically cost between $49 - $150 per month per terminal. And hardware costs can be as high as $1,000 for tablets, printers, network infrastructure, cash drawers and other restaurant needs.

A big determinant of restaurant POS prices are the deployment option businesses choose. The two primary options include:

  • Cloud-based POS software that mostly features a subscription pricing structure with the system being priced on a per-terminal, per-month basis. Many vendors offer discounts to businesses that pay annually. Best for small or medium restaurants.

  • On-premise POS software is usually priced by the number of licenses and/or terminals required. Most of these systems require a large upfront fee for the right to use the software in perpetuity (rather than paying a monthly or annual subscription). Better suited for restaurant businesses with five or more locations.

What Businesses Typically Budget for Restaurant POS Software

By analyzing the numerous conversations Software Advice has with restaurant POS buyers, we can determine how much your peers are looking to spend on their new system.

Per Month Budgets of Restaurant POS Buyers

The majority of restaurant POS buyers are looking for a monthly subscription plan between $50 and $99 a month. Interestingly, 58 percent of restaurant POS buyers budget less than $100 while 90 percent of general retail POS buyers budget over $100. Keep this in mind when researching your new system, as a restaurant-specific POS is likely going to be the better option for you.

Hidden Costs of Restaurant POS Software

Typical hidden costs for a restaurant POS include:

  • Implementation fees: Depending on the need for specialized features and setups, fees for implementation can be nonexistent or cost as much as a couple thousand dollars. Learn more about POS implementation best practices.

  • Training and support fees: These vary from user to user depending on the needs of the restaurant. Do consider training one reliable employee to be the point person for the new system. The rest of the team can come to them with questions.

  • Hardware fees: Typical hardware includes registers, tablets, multiple printers and maybe barcode scanners.

  • Transaction fees: These can vary between two and four percent per transaction fee.

FAQs

What Are the Key Functions of Restaurant POS Software?

Here is a checklist of the must have restaurant POS functionality:

Order entry
Input customer orders, including any special modifiers. Communicate with bar and/or kitchen. Complete payments. Split checks.
Inventory management
Monitor bulk food on hand. Track portioned items to determine food costs. Set thresholds for minimum product counts and assign automatic reordering.
Recipe costing
Determine the monetary value of each batch and/or serving of a menu item.
Customer management
Track customer purchase histories. Support a loyalty rewards program. Store valuable customer contact information.
Tablet-based system
Allow customers to input tips on tablets and sign their names. Enable a mobile POS experience for servers and customers.

What Questions Should I Ask Vendors When Evaluating Restaurant POS Products?

When evaluating restaurant POS vendors and their systems, these are some key questions you need to get answers to:

Does the functionality of the system meet your needs?

  • Consult with employees to determine operational pain points and create a list of must-have functionality to overcome these pain points. Walk through each with vendors and take note of the features they offer to remedy the paint points.

Are there any hidden fees?

  • Some POS system costs include tiered payment processing fees based on the total amount of money processed per month or year. Determine this and other potential costs before choosing a system.

Do you have to purchase hardware from the vendor?

  • The hardware on which your POS system operates is often just as important as the software itself. Ask if you can provide your own hardware or if you're required to purchase hardware through the vendors (often at a marked up price).

What Hardware Do I Need for My Restaurant POS System?

These are the critical hardware tools you need to get the most out of your restaurant POS system:

  • Tablets/monitors: Displays menu information and restaurant layout/seating. Show servers/bartenders any opened tabs. iPads and other tablets are replacing bulky monitors.

  • Credit card reader: Processes credit, debit and gift cards. Most new readers accept EMV readers as well as enable mobile payments (Apple Pay, Android Pay).

  • Ticket/receipt printer: Send order tickets to bar and kitchen so they can prepare it. Paper receipts for customers are phasing out in exchange for email and text receipts.

  • Cash drawer: A secure place to house cash from tips and payments.

Tips & Tools

Build a Business Case for Restaurant POS Software

Adopting restaurant POS software, especially a mobile POS system, for your restaurant will effect positive change throughout all roles. Owners, operators, managers, servers, bartenders, cooks and more will all experience the positive benefits of moving to a POS system. If you need assistance building a business case for a manager, use this article and its use cases to win the decision.

Relevant Articles

Here are some recent articles about restaurant POS software you should check out:

Popular Restaurant POS System Comparisons

There are many POS systems on the market that might work for your business, so we've included the following pages for you to see detailed comparisons of a few top systems:

Recent Events in Restaurant POS Market

  • GrubHub partners with Breadcrumb POS by Upserve and Toast to streamline online ordering. GrubHub, a popular online food takeout/delivery marketplace, has partnered with Breadcrumb and Toast POS systems to enable users to manage online orders from the same device they use for the rest of their operation. This saves time tracking and managing orders across disparate systems and provides great insights into online ordering sales data.

  • United States Congress meet to discuss the repeal of The Durbin Amendment. The Durbin Amendment, passed in 2010, essentially set boundaries on how much banks can charge in fees for debit card swipes. Were Congress to repeal the amendment, restaurant owners would likely see higher payment processing costs and need to adjust their own prices accordingly.

  • Servers using tablet hardware. In addition to consumer-facing iPad technology, we're seeing an increase in iPads and mobile devices for line busting in quick service restaurant environments. Servers are using apps for iPhones, tablets and other mobile devices to take orders in high-throughput restaurant locations. For more, see our guide on POS systems for mobile devices.