What are the Best Restaurant POS Systems for 2019?

Some of the POS systems mentioned on this page were designed specifically for restaurants. Others have added a dedicated restaurant edition to their main POS offering. The one thing they have in common is they’re all deserving of being named one of the best restaurant POS systems on the market.

1. eatOS

1. eatOS

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2. TouchBistro

2. TouchBistro

As the name hints, TouchBistro was envisioned as a restaurant POS from the very start. Its focus on the industry has earned it our top recommendation as the best POS for restaurant use. More than 12,000 venues around the globe operate using the TouchBistro software, with their payments processed to date totaling more than $6 billion. 

A versatile interface and strong inventory/staff management options make this a feature-rich restaurant POS bolstered by its support team and price tag: The company claims over 200 features are available from their service, which covers virtually anything most restaurants will ever need.

3. Square

3. Square

Square for Restaurants is probably one of the most famous and popular POS systems in our list – they’ve done a great job at effectively marketing themselves to small business owners throughout the country. Square’s goal is to simplify the payment processing industry – they handle more complex payment features such as dividing tabs and predetermining tip percentages. The front end interface is no frills, but it is effortless to navigate and find the items you need quickly.

4. Toast

4. Toast

Toast is one of our favorite POS systems for restaurants who want to use a cloud-based tablet POS but don’t necessarily want an iPad system. In fact, Toast runs exclusively on Samsung Android devices. But despite that distinction, it has a lot in common with the other tablet POS systems on our list—it’s easy to use and set up, and allows servers to take orders and even payments right from their tablets. Plus, it has a lot of cool extras like online ordering, a loyalty program, and delivery management—though some of these features will require you to pay extra.

5. Upserve

5. Upserve

Upserve POS, formerly Breadcrumb boasts an advantage as the only POS system built for restaurants designed specifically by restaurant owners themselves. upserve promises intuitive use and streamlined operations between front and back of house. It also integrates easily with the inventory and employee management systems you’re already using. 24/7 customer support is provided by staff who are experienced with working on a restaurant floor and understand the needs of your business. Upserve is one of the first brands in the industry to offer a customized restaurant POS app on both Android and iOS.

6. Revel

6. Revel

Revel Systems makes it easy to incorporate features like discounts, gift cards, online ordering, and loyalty programs since all those features are built in to their platform. Revel is great for the management team in charge of multiple locations because it offers real-time reporting from their POS platform straight to your smartphone. This way owners and managers can make informed decisions even when they’re on-the-go.

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7. Shopkeep

Shopkeep is a leading restaurant POS systems for iPad. We like Shopkeep because it has a pretty amazing array of features for its affordable starting price point of $69/month. Many quick-serve eateries, bars, and full-service restaurants love this feature-packed system. Some favorite Shopkeep features include detailed modifiers with the option to add notes to clarify complicated orders, and an unlimited inventory matrix with raw goods management that alerts you when you’re running low.

8. Lavu

8. Lavu

Here’s your fix for the notoriously fast churn in the service industry: Lavu has great management options for onboarding and training new employees, streamlining a tough but essential aspect of running a business. Notable features include centralized menu, layout, and inventory management, as well as employee scheduling abilities and bill-splitting.

9. Clover

9. Clover

Restaurants with a healthy online customer base need a POS system like Clover, that can handle online orders and delivery management. Clover also offers useful online integrations such as newsletter service Mailchimp and ecommerce company Shopify. Their suite of customer engagement features includes contact lists with options for promos, rewards, and private feedback.

10. Rezku POS

10. Rezku POS

Rezku POS is a relative newcomer on the iPad POS market based out of Sacramento California. Why we like Rezku – one of the biggest challenges restaurant owners face when implementing a new point of sale system is getting the best service and support required for a smooth transition. Working with a company that puts their customers first can’t be overstated. Rezku is lauded by its end-users and by business analysts for its dependable customer service and their commitment to ease-of-use. That’s a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by the bottom line.

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