Restaurant POS Software

Restaurant POS Software Overview

What is Restaurant POS Software?

Restaurant Point-of-Sale (POS) solutions allow waitstaff or bartenders to process orders electronically and transmit orders instantly to the kitchen. Vendors may offer software compatible with commonly used devices or provide proprietary kiosks, tablets, and other hardware. Some restaurant POS devices are self-serve. Patrons may enter meal orders or request add-ons and drinks without waitstaff. These systems may integrate with a website to provide online reservations or take-out orders.


Besides order entry and payment processing, restaurant POS systems can sync with or contain inventory management systems. A few restaurant POS options also provide workforce management features. This is usually available via integration with a restaurant management system. Some vendors provide restaurateurs with the option of buying a restaurant management system and a point-of-sale in an all-in-one solution. Most restaurant POS vendors, however, supply hardware as well as software.

Features of Restaurant POS Software

Restaurant POS typically include these core capabilities:

  • Mobile device order entry and inventory tracking for servers

  • Cashier or tableside payment processing (e.g.EMV card processing)

  • Self-service kiosk or tabletop device for customers

  • Support for online ordering, social login, delivery & pickup management

  • Table management (i.e. server work assignment, order to table matching, order readiness & presentation tracking)

  • Website integration

  • Menu management (e.g. flag items Out of Stock, discounting & promotions or price change, happy hour, etc.)

  • Employee management (e.g. table assignment) and tracking

  • Inventory management & item performance tracking (e.g. best sellers, profitability)

  • CRM integration, or inbuilt customer data & records

  • Customer loyalty program

  • Multi-site management features (e.g. sales & performance monitoring, push menu updates & inventory changes instantly)

  • Software integrations (e.g. accounting, inventory, CRM, etc.)

Pricing Information

Restaurant POS price is generally presented as “price per terminal.” Additionally, cost may be determined by feature breadth, number of licensed users, and number of connected restaurants for multi-site establishments. Hardware pricing may be upfront, though many hardware restaurant POS are available on a payment plan. Hardware is often bundled and discounted when purchased with a POS software subscription. Restaurant POS software is generally cloud-based and available on subscription. The entry point is about $70 per terminal on an annual plan, however, prices may vary.. Hardware prices vary widely, with kiosks costing between $800 and several thousand dollars.

Restaurant POS Products

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Square POS
25 ratings
40 reviews
Top Rated
Square POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as accept credit cards with your iPhone, Android, and iPad along with the flexibility to accept credit card payments anywhere, from Square headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Upserve POS (formerly Breadcrumb)
5 ratings
24 reviews
Breadcrumb is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as complete restaurant & bar management. Breadcrumb was developed by Groupon and sold to Upserve in 2016.
Toast Point of Sale
7 ratings
9 reviews
Toast is a restaurant management point-of-sale platform for tablets.
NCR Aloha POS
20 ratings
8 reviews
Aloha POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as highest market share in the industry and streamline food preparation and delivery.
TouchBistro
4 ratings
7 reviews
TouchBistro is a complete mobile POS solution on the iPad for the restaurant industry. It allows users to manage reservations, view the menu, take orders and review sales reports with a few simple touches. Instead of servers repeatedly moving between customers and terminals for order management, se…
Clover
11 ratings
5 reviews
Clover Networks, a First Data company (merged with Fiserv July 2019) offers a modular suite of Point of Sale systems (PoS) for restaurant and retail. This modular suite features fixed PoS stations, a customer loyalty program and gift card, an analytics module, as well as a mobile point of sale that …
Revel Systems
11 ratings
4 reviews
Revel Systems, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, is a point of sale (POS) system for restaurants, bars, and related businesses (e.g. bakeries, wineries, etc) which can be extended to provide workforce management, menu and table management, and also a customer loyalty …
Siriusware Salespoint Solutions
1 rating
3 reviews
Siriusware Salespoint Solutions is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as onsite ticketing and online ecommerce.
Lavu
0 ratings
2 reviews
Lavu is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as an intelligent combination of cloud computing, wireless technologies, and a sleek touchscreen interface for restaurant.
Maitre'D
0 ratings
2 reviews
Maitre'D point of sale (POS) from Posera headquartered in Montreal is a retail POS solution quick serve or table service restaurants, hotels, bars or nightclubs, and other venues. It consists of both hardware and software. Additionally, Maitre'D can be extended to provide restaurants with back offic…
Alexandria POS
1 rating
1 review
Alexandria POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as easy to use interface and programming services.
PixelPoint POS
0 ratings
1 review
PixelPoint POS, from PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech), is designed for use in restaurant concepts from quick service to table service. PixePoint POS is a software that adapts to your business rather than forcing you to change your processes.
Aldelo POS
1 rating
1 review
Aldelo POS is a restaurant POS for smaller entities, emphasizing simplicity, from the company of the same name in Pleasanton.
AlfaRichi EPOS
AlfaRichi EPOS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as web-based front-end and back-office system and multi-device accessibility.
Fedelta Point of Sale
Fedelta Point of Sale is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as integrated solutions for front and back office operations.
POSNation
POS Nation is a customizable POS built primarily for retailers, restaurants, and specialty stores. It includes features such as customized systems, capabilities for the entire sales process lifecycle, and inventory and employee management.
Infor POS (formerly Vivonet)
Infor POS (based on the former Vivonet product acquired by Infor in September 2018) is a cloud based point of sale for hospitality, that gives visibility and control over incoming data from multiple revenue centers, connected to a cloud-based platform that helps increase business intelligence and in…
Desktop Retail POS
Desktop Retail POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as point of sale system and business automation.
Future Fusion POS
Future Fusion POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as multi-column modifiers and digital signage, from Lighthouse Network company Shift4
Newhotel Cloud Point of Sale
NewHotel Cloud Point of Sale specializes in hotels and restaurants offering a complete set of functions like quick sale, Preparations and seasonings, client cards, etc., and is interegated with front-office, stocks, and events.
Heartland Digital Dining
Digital Dining from Heartland, a Global Payments company, is a restaurant POS with advanced restaurant management features, including inventory controls, labor scheduling and management, customizable menus, online ordering payment integration and receiving, and detailed business health reporting.
Volante POS
Volante Systems Point of Sale is a customizable point-of-sale solution for multiple industries, from stadiums to hospitality firms.