The best POS system out there, is dependent on your business model. Are you a small business with minimal square footage? Maybe opt for a cloud based POS system. Are you a multi-unit restaurant group that needs robust reporting and reservation capabilities? Maybe a hardware based POS solution is the best option for you. The key in looking for restaurant software is finding something that is flexible to your restaurant; not a “one size fits all” model.

So we’re put together a small list of the possible point-of-sale systems that are best for your restaurant:

LightSpeed

Lightspeed is an all -in-one technology solution partnering your POS with a FOH and BOH experience, unique customer ordering options and a built in loyalty program. Pricing for this option is extremely affordable with a one location POS set up for as low as $69 a month.

Pros:

  • Restaurant focused
  • Loyalty program built in (extra fees may apply)
  • Customer self ordering screen
  • Integration options like Xero accounting, Wisk Inventory Management and many others

Cons:

  • Slow system during busy usage
  • Inventory auto add feature

Toast

Toast is a cloud based platform that creates an all-in-one environment. With Toast University users can learn the ins and outs of the system in an online classroom setting giving your team the ability to understand the system in its entirety.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Quick system set up
  • Integrated digital ordering platform
  • Toast University
  • Built in loyalty system (extra fees may apply)

Cons:

  • Processing fees
  • Less sales tracking options
  • Customization options limited

Squirrel Point of Sale

As the first touch screen point-of-sale system on the market, Squirrel is a leading point-of-sale provider in the restaurant industry. With a quote based model for pricing, their software caters to small businesses to multi-location restaurant groups.

Pros:

  • Hospitality and restaurant focused
  • Flexible pricing and products
  • Software and hardware options
  • Robust multi-unit location reporting

Cons:

  • Level of ease of use is dependent on restaurant software knowledge

Lavu

Looking for a mobile point-of-sale system? Look no further! Lavu is a restaurant specific mobile point-of-sale software that is made for those who love details. Their reports are extensive, and they offer inventory management for restaurants.

Pros:

  • Restaurant specific
  • Monthly contracts
  • Detailed reporting

Cons:

  • Compatible with Apple/iOS devices only
  • Different tiers of support
  • Limited device options based on tiers

Square

One of the tablet POS systems taking the industry by storm, is SquarePOS. With a payment terminal that’s presented as a sleek white square, SquarePOS works best for new restaurants, and quick service type establishments.

Pros:

  • Compatible with both Apple and Android devices
  • Easy set-up and navigation
  • No extra hardware
  • Third party integrations
  • Loyalty program and marketing tools available

Cons:

  • Interac/Debit cards can only be tapped, with a $100 limit
  • Transaction flat rates can get expensive
  • Costly for high revenue businesses
  • Limited phone support