Restaurant Management Software

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Upserve Screenshot
Upserve provides an intuitive, all-in-one restaurant management platform and POS system. This software solution features a user-friendly interface that helps you save time evaluating your top performing products and staff and…
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$119/month
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Web
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Cloud Hosted
MarketMan Screenshot
MarketMan is a complete cloud-based restaurant management solution that works on your existing Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Food Costing; Inventory Control; Purchase Order Management; Real-ime Dashboard Views…
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$149/month/user
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Web
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Cloud Hosted
Toast POS Screenshot
Toast is an Android-based restaurant point of sale and management system that helps improve restaurant operations and increase ROI. Toast scales for any size food service business from small cafes to enterprise restaurant…
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$79/month/user
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On-Premises
Lightspeed Restaurant Screenshot
Lightspeed Restaurant is a restaurant point of sale (POS) system for food service establishments from small cafes to full service restaurants. This software system integrates with accounting software, online order management…
Restaurant365 Screenshot
Restaurant365 is built on the powerful Microsoft Dynamics platform, and offers a complete suite of restaurant management software modules including accounting, operations (or ‘above store’), and reporting. It also includes…
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$159/month
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Web
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Cloud Hosted
Total Restaurant Management Screenshot
Take advantage of the latest in cloud based computing with WAND’s restaurant management software. This technology platform provides reliable performance matched only by Fortune 500 technology and at a fraction of the cost…
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Web
Deployment
Cloud Hosted
Food Service Ace - Restaurant Management Software Screenshot
Food Service Ace is a cloud-based, mobile restaurant management platform that streamlines management and accounting tasks and helps you improve profitability. Don’t get stuck with disparate systems that don’t work together…
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$ $ · · ·
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$119/month/user
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iOS, Android, Web
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Cloud Hosted
ChefTec Screenshot
Save 5-7% on Your Food Cost With ChefTec Software! ChefTec is specifically designed for chefs and foodservice owner/operators who need recipe and menu costing, inventory control and purchasing & ordering at an affordable…
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$995 (perpetual license)
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Windows
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Cloud or On-Premises
TouchBistro Screenshot
TouchBistro is an iPad POS designed to help restaurant businesses increase sales, improve service, and make informed decisions. Tableside orders are submitted to the kitchen electronically from the iPad to the kitchen display…
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$ $ · · ·
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$69/month
Client OS
iOS
Compeat Screenshot
Compeat Restaurant Accounting Systems software is the first comprehensive and fully integrated back-office and accounting system designed exclusively for the single and multi-unit restaurant operator. Compeat offers: POS…
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$75/month
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Windows
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Cloud Hosted
Restaurant POS Screenshot
Their point of sale systems are built to last while maximizing your return on investment. You can personalize your POS to meet your unique style and needs. They provide you with powerful restaurant point of sale software and…
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Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
Restaurant Management Screenshot
Restaurants can segmented into two categories — Counter Sales or Full Service Dining. Counter Sales (coffee shops, fast food, sandwich shops, etc.) create a transaction for each customer encounter. Full Service Dining…
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$ $ $ · ·
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$399/month
Client OS
Web, Windows
Deployment
Cloud or On-Premises
RestEZ Restaurant POS Software System Screenshot
RestEZ is a Point-of-Sale Touchscreen based solution for restaurants and bars. Established in 1993, the RestEZ line of products is the one to watch for. Fast-food; Fine dining; Pizzerias; Bars; and Pubs. Pricing starts at…
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$ $ · · ·
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$99/month
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Web, Windows
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Cloud Hosted
Restaurant Pro Express Screenshot
Restaurant Pro Express is a state-of-the-art, award winning restaurant point of sale system from pCAmerica. The computerized POS system enables restaurateurs to improve the profitability of their business through faster and…
U-POS Restaurant Management Screenshot
U-POS Restaurant Management is a user-friendly restaurant management system built on the Windows platform. Table Service; Quick Service; Pick Up and Delivery; and Event and Banquet. Reduce shrinkage; Make better buying…
Dinerware Screenshot
Dinerware is intuitive restaurant POS software — created by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Dinerware restaurant POS software is designed to help bars and restaurants operate smoothly. Dinerware was created to be easy to…
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Windows, iOS, Android
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Cloud or On-Premises
Aldelo for Restaurants Pro Screenshot
Aldelo For Restaurants Pro is the ideal point of sale and store management solution to help simplify operations for all table service restaurants, quick service restaurants and bars. Aldelo For Restaurants Pro takes care of…
Client OS
Windows
Deployment
On-Premises
BPA Restaurant Professional Screenshot
As a restaurant owner or operator, you know that you can be more successful if you can provide a better experience for your customers and gain greater control over your costs and profits. Business Plus Accounting Restaurant…
Restaurant Manager Screenshot
The Restaurant Manager POS system is the most flexible, feature rich, restaurant POS system available. Whether you want to run your business on a traditional touch screen terminal, iPad or Android tablet, or choose a handheld…
Digital Dining Screenshot
From Apple to Android to Windows to any handheld device&it’s your choice. Digital Dining automatically, dynamically scales graphics to the highest resolution possible. No newbie to handhelds the iconic brand Digital Dining…
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$ $ $ · ·
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$10,000 (perpetual license)
Client OS
Windows

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Restaurant Management Software Buyer’s Guide

What is Restaurant Management Software?

Restaurant management software assists with point of sale, as well as back-office processes like reservation management, assigning waitstaff to specific tables, monitoring food costs, tracking ingredient inventory, storing recipes, and accounting. The restaurant industry’s thin margins and fierce competition both necessitate careful management using robust software to keep customers happy and increase your ROI.

Restaurant Management Features

Feature Description
Point of Sale Systems Process payments, send orders to the kitchen electronically, manage discounts from coupons or loyalty programs, collect tips, and verify age for alcohol purchases.
Restaurant Accounting Track ingredient, equipment, and labor costs and track revenue from food sales. Create financial reports based on budget, revenue, and expenses.
Inventory Management Keep track of ingredient quantities and order more when supply gets too low. Track prices of each ingredient.
Recipe Management Store recipe information to keep food quality consistent. Substitute ingredient information is saved within the system when ingredients aren’t available or an allergy is noted.
Menu Management Adjust menu items and pricing based on ingredient availability and seasonal products.
Employee Management Manage employee scheduling, process payroll, track attendance, and manage the hiring and onboarding process.

Point of Sale (POS) Systems

Restaurant POS software manages the sales side of your business. POS systems are either included as a part of a complete restaurant management solution or as standalone software that integrates with your restaurant management system.

Some of the key features of restaurant POS systems include:

Payment Processing and Tip Tracking

Order totals are calculated within the POS system to reduce errors from manual calculations. Prices are automatically adjusted if extra ingredients are added or removed from an order, ensuring customers aren’t overcharged and you aren’t losing money. After the order is submitted, the POS system will handle payment processing from credit cards and gift cards. Some systems accept payment through mobile apps like Apple Pay and Google Pay, allowing customers to pay from their mobile devices.

Tip amounts are stored within the system, making it easier for you to distribute the right amount of money to the appropriate team members. Gratuity amount suggestions can be added to receipts to make it easier for customers to calculate how much to pay. If you have a minimum gratuity for large groups, this amount will automatically be calculated and added onto the bill.

Payment processing with Restaurant Pro Express
Payment processing with Restaurant Pro Express.

Tableside Ordering

A mobile POS system allows staff to take tableside orders with an iPad, tablet, or mobile device. The orders, along with special requests, are sent to a kitchen display that is much easier to read than pen-and-paper tickets. You don’t have to rely on deciphering handwriting, so miscommunication between the waitstaff and kitchen is greatly reduced.

The restaurant POS software will also provide waitstaff with recommendations to upsell customers and increase your bottom line.

Taking an order with TouchBistro
Taking an order with TouchBistro.

POS systems can store your full menu, allowing you to organize products by type (like appetizers, entrees, and drinks) and add or remove items easily. If you have seasonal items or specials not listed on the printed menu, staff can read them off right from the system and place the order. Waitstaff can also be prompted to ask questions related to the order. For example, if a side is required, staff will be prompted to ask for a soup or salad choice.

Editing a menu item in BPA Restaurant Professional
Editing a menu item in BPA Restaurant Professional

Inventory Management

Inventory management functionalities help restaurant managers keep track of ingredient inventory in real-time. Cut down on food costs by tracking the amount of available ingredients, so you don’t purchase more than you need.

Inventory control systems keep track of purchase dates and expiration dates, allowing you to avoid wasting food or using spoiled ingredients. Waste tracking also recommends portion sizes, so you don’t lose money on overserving guests.

Ingredients often come from multiple different vendors. Inventory management systems keep track of which vendors you use for each ingredient, so you can easily create and send purchase orders to the right vendor.

Run variance reports and cost of goods sold (COGS) reports to get a better look into your profitability. These reports let you compare your budget versus your actual revenue and expenses, as well as calculate food cost percentage.

Inventory details in MarketMan
Inventory details in MarketMan.

Online Ordering and Reservations

Some restaurant management systems allow online ordering through your website or a mobile app. These systems allow customers to choose menu items, make customizations, and submit the order from anywhere.

Restaurants that never offered delivery options can integrate their systems with apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats to provide a new delivery service. Restaurant owners can monitor orders and update menus.

Restaurant management software sometimes lets you take reservations online through your website. Standalone reservation systems like OpenTable integrate with most solutions and allows you to take online reservations through their app or your own website.

Online ordering with Upserve
Online ordering with Upserve.

Cost of Restaurant Software

Restaurant owners can expect to start out spending around $2,500 to $4,500 on restaurant management software for one user over a 3-year course of ownership. The software price will increase as you add more concurrent users, terminals, or locations. Keep in mind that many systems require hardware upgrades if you desire something such as tableside ordering. Some software providers supply their own hardware. Additional fees are also added for installation and training.

Free and Open Source Restaurant Management Software

Finding a completely free restaurant management software is extremely difficult. There are either hidden charges for functionalities like payment processing or very limited free plans with options to upgrade at a price. Most free software is also geared towards multiple industries and not specific to the restaurant industry.

One of the closest solutions you’ll find is Floreant POS. This solution is marketed towards food and beverage retailers, as well as restaurants. Floreant is a free, open source solution that can be used on Windows, Mac, or Linux platforms. It includes financial reporting, table management, sales tax calculation, and mobile device support. A paid version is available starting at $19.99/month/terminal along with plugins for an extra charge per month per terminal - some of these plugins include inventory tracking, kitchen display software with helpdesk support, and a floorplan designer.

What Does Your Business Need?

Full-Service Restaurants

Fine dining and casual dining restaurants are focused on providing a high-quality guest experience with great tableside service. Full-service restaurants should consider a mobile POS as part of their restaurant management system to record orders clearly and allow customers to pay quicker from their table. Reservations and table management are also important functionalities for a full-service restaurant to prevent staff from double booking parties or tables

Quick-Service Restaurants

Fast food and fast casual restaurants need to fill a large volume of orders quickly. Your restaurant management system should be able to send orders electronically to the kitchen as soon as an order is submitted and accept payments at the kiosk to keep people moving along. The system can assign ticket numbers to customers to make it easier to hand out orders as they’re completed.

Coffee shops, cafes, and bakeries typically have low volume orders but a higher volume of customers throughout the day. You’ll need to process orders quickly and accept payments from the register.

Food Trucks

Food trucks need a system that can work from anywhere as they travel as well as keep up with a stream of orders. Your restaurant management system should keep track of your limited inventory so you can notify customers when menu items run out.