Finding software can be overwhelming. We help restaurant owners choose the right restaurant management software to monitor food costs and optimize staff schedules.

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Upserve

Upserve is a complete restaurant management solution featuring an Android or iOS-based point-of-sale (POS) system, automated inventory management, sales analytics, and more. The platform offers several time-saving tools, including... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 51 recommendations

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Toast POS

Built exclusively 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 with table service,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 75 recommendations

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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

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Recent recommendations: 67 recommendations

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LimeTray

LimeTray's restaurant management software helps restaurants grow their businesses. The business functions they cater to can be divided into 3 parts - Discovery, Operations and Engagement. Through the Discovery module, restaurants can... Read more

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Thr!ve

Thr!ve is a point of sale (POS) solution by Granbury Restaurant Solutions that helps users manage POS operations, customer management, online ordering and restaurant marketing. It includes modules for delivery, online ordering, customer... Read more

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Lightspeed Restaurant

Lightspeed Restaurant is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants suitable for full-or quick-service restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and more. Key features include floor management, customer... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 16 recommendations

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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

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BPA Restaurant Pro

BPA Restaurant Professional is a complete software package available in the Restaurant industry today. This package includes Restaurant POS, Retail POS, Inventory Management, Time Clock & Payroll, Internal Gift Card & Loyalty Processing,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations

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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

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Recent recommendations: 73 recommendations

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Fattmerchant

Fattmerchant is a cloud-based retail solution suitable for businesses of all sizes across industries such as e-commerce, healthcare and retail. Key features of the solution include point of sale integration, mobile processing, online... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 26 recommendations

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Cash Register Express

Cash Register Express (CRE) by pcAmerica is a point of sale solution for retail stores and small businesses including liquor stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and other specialty retailers. CRE offers inventory management,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 23 recommendations

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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

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Recent recommendations: 22 recommendations

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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

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Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations

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Sunami

Sunami POS is a cloud-based restaurant management system leveraging the best of mobile, social and cloud services. Features include point of sale, purchasing, inventory, recipes, delivery, delivery services, employee time clock, reservations,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations

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HIPPOS

Hippos is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution designed for cafes, bakeries, quick and full-service restaurants, food trucks and casual dining services. Features include inventory management, ingredient tracking, user security... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations

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LS Retail

LS Retail is a retail management system consisting of point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Key features include inventory management, customer management, retail accounting, e-commerce, warehouse management and... Read more

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Koomi POS

Koomi POS is a cloud-based point of sale solution and was created specifically for the quick-serve and fast-casual restaurant segments. Customers typically include coffee shops, salad bars, pizza stands, ice cream shops, food trucks,... Read more

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OrderSnapp

OrderSnapp Point of Sale combines powerful cloud-based software with beautiful hardware designed for the restaurant and retail industry. Included with a POS online ordering along with a customized website landing page that receives... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 47 recommendations

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Paytouch

Paytouch brings you less stress and more success by giving you everything you need to sell, manage and grow your business. Accept any type of payment quickly, including cash, swipe, chip and pin credit/debit cards, as well as NFC (Apple... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 15 recommendations

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iVend Retail

iVend Retail is an omnichannel retail management solution that helps businesses manage various aspects of a brick and mortar retail shop and e-commerce store. It covers from point-of-sale (POS) to back office to head office operations.... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 7 recommendations

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 19, 2019

The dinner rush has begun, and once again, your kitchen is struggling to get plates out on time. You’re short-staffed because a server forgot their shift, and the cooks are worried there aren’t enough ingredients to serve the daily special until closing. Everyone is scrambling, and for good reason. You can’t afford another bad revenue day or negative Yelp review in this competitive market.

Such is the life of managing a restaurant, where a thousand things need to go right to keep you afloat, but one thing going wrong can sink you immediately. If you find yourself struggling to keep on top of day-to-day operations, or you don’t have an accurate picture of the road ahead, restaurant management software can help.

If you’ve never researched or purchased a restaurant management system before, that’s OK. This Buyer’s Guide highlights everything you need to know to help find the right solution.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Restaurant Management Software?
Common Functionality of Restaurant Management Systems
5 Benefits of Restaurant Management Software
How Much Does Restaurant Management Software Cost?
Additional Restaurant Management Software Resources

What Is Restaurant Management Software?

Restaurant management software is designed specifically to help users manage their food service establishment. Some platforms have functionality related to customer interactions, such as that found in a point of sale (POS) system, but more often restaurant management software focuses on behind-the-scenes processes such as restaurant employee scheduling, inventory management and accounting.

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Restaurant employee shift schedule in HotSchedules

Restaurant management software exists in two forms. Systems like HotSchedules are best-of-breed applications that focus on one particular need. But, there are also all-encompassing suites like PeachWorks, which are designed to take care of everything related to managing your restaurant.

Common Functionality of Restaurant Management Systems

Though products vary, here are some examples of common functions you can find in restaurant management systems:

Labor management Create and manage employee schedules, calculate labor costs and track compliance with laws and regulations.
Inventory management Keep running counts of what’s in stock and create custom reports.
Recipe management Create and maintain recipes based on inventory, set menu prices and analyze historical trends.
Accounting Manage your general ledger, compare financials against budget and generate reports.
Logbook Collaborate with other users, store customer feedback, take notes and create to-do lists.
POS integration Collect sales data from your POS system and track how it affects other areas of your restaurant.

5 Benefits of Restaurant Management Software

Using dedicated software to manage your restaurant offers a number of benefits over manual methods like pen and paper or Excel spreadsheets. These include:

  • Reducing duplicate entry. Instead of having to transfer inventory numbers and labor costs into your accounting ledger manually, restaurant management software can do it automatically. Better integration between applications means you don’t have to enter numbers twice, saving valuable time.
  • Improved communication. Individual user logins allow all of your staff to keep up-to-date with information and tasks relevant to them, while automated reminders can ensure that workers never forget when their next shift is again.
  • Greater flexibility. Cloud-based systems allow you to access your account from anywhere with any device if you have an internet connection. If you need to generate a report or switch someone’s schedule from home or while you’re out and about, you can.
  • Fewer errors. Audit trails and flagged entries for anything that appears out of the ordinary can ensure that the information you have is complete and accurate.
  • More accurate forecasting. Using historical data, restaurant management systems can give you more accurate predictions regarding future sales, inventory needs and otherwise. You can dig into your numbers and view them in different ways to uncover trends you might not have otherwise.

How Much Does Restaurant Management Software Cost?

The cost of a restaurant management software system largely depends on the complexity of the system’s functionality and how many locations you need to manage with it.

A basic restaurant POS system to manage your sales and accounting needs may only cost $150 a year, while a more complex restaurant management suite to track every aspect of multiple locations may run you thousands of dollars a month. If you need integrated hardware, such as a tablet or cash register, that will bump up the price as well.

Your payment schedule is also going to vary depending on whether the software is sold with perpetual or subscription licensing.

With perpetual licensing, you pay one large fee upfront to use the software indefinitely. Recurring costs are lower, but the initial cost is substantial. With subscription licensing, you pay a smaller monthly or annual fee as you go along. The upfront cost is lower, but the recurring costs are higher than those with a perpetual license. Costs associated with each licensing option tend to equal out over time.

Ask vendors about the specifics of their particular pricing structure so you can budget for the system accordingly.

Additional Restaurant Management Software Resources

The information found in this Buyer’s Guide offers a good baseline to help you begin researching restaurant management software vendors. Here are some additional Software Advice resources to check out as you decide on a system and learn how to get the best use out of it for your business: