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Restaurant POS Systems

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NetSuite

With NetSuite’s retail software, restaurant managers can integrate their POS, inventory, and marketing operations. Can be used for customer marked based on purchase history or demographics- perfect for restaurant promotions.
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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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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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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
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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
Rating:  63 reviews
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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
Rating:  23 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  37
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Breadcrumb POS

Breadcrumb POS by UpServe is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that caters to restaurants and bars, helping them manage their interaction with the customers. Key features include shift notes, tip adjust, spilt checks, logbook... Read More
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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
Rating:  27 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  21
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Instore

Instore is a point of sale (POS) solution for small to midsize restaurants and retailers. It offers features such as customer rewards, gift cards, promotions, online ordering, labor and inventory management and business insights. Instore’s... Read More
Rating:  35 reviews
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Clover POS

Clover is an integrated point-of-sale (POS) 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... Read More
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Revel Systems

Revel Systems is a cloud-based Point of Sale system designed for iPad, which is suitable for many industries, including restaurants. This customizable system comes with strong security features and is designed to be PCI compliant.
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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
Rating:  14 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  5
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Talech Register

Talech Register is a cloud-based retail solution that offers point-of-sale(POS), inventory and customer management, and analytics. The solution stores in the cloud, and can be accessed from multiple devices. The solution can also be... Read More
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Ehopper

eHopper is a cross-platform point-of-sale software designed for small size retail stores and available for Windows, Android, iOS and Poynt Smart terminals. In addition to the POS module, eHopper offers a suite of applications like... Read More
Rating:  30 reviews
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iVend Hospitality

iVend Hospitality is a Windows-based point of sale (POS) and hospitality management solution that helps users across the food and beverage industry to monitor and manage their front and backend operations. It offers a core POS system... Read More
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Gotmerchant.com

Gotmerchant.com is a free point of sale solution for restaurant owners. Users of this system receive software, hardware, support, training and credit card processing for a monthly per-terminal fee. Touchscreen menu-ready.
Rating:  16 reviews
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LS Nav

LS Nav 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
Rating:  60 reviews
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W3bstore

W3bstore is an e-commerce solution for retailers and e-commerce businesses with multiple stores, warehouses, suppliers or brands. Features include multi-channel management, reorder management, supplier management, warehouse inventory... Read More
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Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is a mobile phone app available on Google Play and the App Store. The system is designed to run on a tablet or smartphone. Key capabilities include online payment processing, sales reports, inventory and digital... Read More
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CAKE POS

CAKE is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants. Primary features include payment acceptance, guest and waitlist manager, online ordering, gift cards and tableside ordering. It allows users to track real-time sales... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

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Last Updated: October 27, 2018

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.