About Square for Restaurants

Square for Restaurants is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system with support for dine-in, pickup and delivery restaurant operations. The system provides tools for front and back of house management, online ordering, credit card processing, mobile payments, employee management, reporting, and more.

Square for Restaurants gives users full control over their floor plans, with the ability to customize table maps and assign checks to seats or tables. Multiple menus can be created and managed, for different locations, dayparts, or seasonal specials. Coursing functionality allows servers to drag-and-drop items between courses, and hold or fire courses with a single tap. A range of discounts can be offered, including Happy Hour discounts, buy-one-get-one-free offers, and Friends & Family deals. Bills can be split in half, thirds, quarters, or other fractions with a single tap, and payments can be processed even when connection is lost.

Square for Restaurants also offers tools for managing employees, including timecards enabling clock-in and clock-out from the register, customizable access permissions, personal passcodes, and check assignment for sales attribution. A variety of reports can be generated, such as cover reports, shift reports, revenue center reports, discount reports, taxable sales, labor costing, employee sales, and more. Users can also create custom reports to match their business’ workflow or needs.

Pricing starting from:

CA$60,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Square for Restaurants

Floor plans can be customized with multiple sections, and be used to track covers, tables about to turn, and performance of revenue centers.

Items can be dragged between courses when guests change their minds, and preset straight-firing, one-tap firing, and holding give users full control over the pace of meals.

Multiple menus can be created for different dayparts, locations, seasons, and more, with users able to edit menus at any time and swap menus with a tap.

Roles and permissions can be assigned to each staff member, to control what data they can access and operation they can carry out.

Users can run reports and track sales, covers, comps and voids, customers, revenue centers, and more, and analyse server performance using sales data for each team member.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

CA$60,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Square for Restaurants

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Square for Restaurants Software - Square for Restaurants supports coursing, with servers able to drag-and-drop dishes between courses as diners change their minds
Square for Restaurants Software - Customizable floor plans allow users to manage tables
Square for Restaurants Software - Courses can be fired or held with a single tap
Square for Restaurants Software - Multiple menus can be created for different locations, dayparts, or seasonal specials
Square for Restaurants Software - The POS interface can be customized
Square for Restaurants Software - Order modifiers can be created and managed
Square for Restaurants Software - Users can assign custom access permissions to different roles
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Square for Restaurants Software - Square for Restaurants supports coursing, with servers able to drag-and-drop dishes between courses as diners change their minds
Square for Restaurants Software - Customizable floor plans allow users to manage tables
Square for Restaurants Software - Courses can be fired or held with a single tap
Square for Restaurants Software - Multiple menus can be created for different locations, dayparts, or seasonal specials
Square for Restaurants Software - The POS interface can be customized
Square for Restaurants Software - Order modifiers can be created and managed
Square for Restaurants Software - Users can assign custom access permissions to different roles

Features

Total features of Square for Restaurants: 31

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Cash Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Reports
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Loyalty Program
  • Multi-Location
  • Offline Access
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Separate Checks
  • Split Checks
  • Time Clock
  • Tips Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,3 /5
(35)
Value for Money
3,7/5
Features
4,1/5
Ease of Use
4,4/5
Customer Support
3,5/5

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Ryan P.
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Super easy to use and convenient!

Reviewed on 2020/01/07

I enjoy it a lot and will continue to use

I enjoy it a lot and will continue to use

Pros

I really love using this software! It is so easy to use and is always quick to use, never issues with it! This is important in the restaurant

Cons

The only con is that the fees get a little expensive at times, especially when you manually enter info

Camila K.
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

the best POS for restaurants

Reviewed on 2020/12/02

Square was a huge help for us as a restaurant this year. With covid-19 businesses had to move...

Square was a huge help for us as a restaurant this year. With covid-19 businesses had to move really fast to the online market and Square provides the tools to get there really fast and easy.

Pros

It is really easy to set up, the price is way better than the other systems in the market, it works with wifi and you can use it on your laptop, Ipad, smartphone.

I love how they offer the CRM tool and even more I love how easy is to create a website for your restaurant with them.

Cons

they could improve some of the features so It is even easier and faster to select the items. for example to add more options to the conditional words ( add, yes, No, extra, etc...) they could put the option to replace (ex: replace Ham for turkey) so when we have a customer who wants to customize a product we do not have to write long sentences all the time, instead we can just click a few buttons and is done.

Alternatives Considered

Clover and Toast POS

Reasons for Choosing Square for Restaurants

Price, features, customer service.

Switched From

Revel Systems

Reasons for Switching to Square for Restaurants

The quality of the product was better and for a better price
Julie S.
Overall rating
  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Contract Sign Language Interpreter

Reviewed on 2022/04/26

Pros

I like square for restaurants because it is tech savvy and lets the customers easily receive receipts and give feedback through their phone.

Cons

There is nothing that I can think of that I do not like about this software.

Leah C.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Glitchy Hellish Nightmare

Reviewed on 2022/06/09

Traumatizing. Glitches crashed our restaurant multiple nights in a row.

Can’t handle a complex...

Traumatizing. Glitches crashed our restaurant multiple nights in a row.

Can’t handle a complex restaurant. Fine for a 1 terminal retail operation, but RUN AWAY if you are a restaurant owner. Use Toast!

Pros

The price is the only good thing about this software. But you get what you pay for and it’s not worth the savings!

Cons

The software is so glitchy that it has been an epic fail! QR codes fail; printers randomly disconnect; the software double & triple prints tickets (but with delays so it seems like new tickets); tech support is terrible (often barely speaks English & can’t solve complex issues). No on-site support like competing products. We’ve spent thousands of dollars on staff trying to figure it out, but random glitches that have no explanation crash the iPads, QR codes and printing capacity. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the issues we’ve had. The software cannot handle the complexity of a restaurant. NIGHTMARE!

Alternatives Considered

Toast POS

Reasons for Choosing Square for Restaurants

Price. But it was not worth it. Get different software!

Reasons for Switching to Square for Restaurants

Price
Jarrod L.
Overall rating
  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Super Intuitive

Reviewed on 2022/03/08

Pros

We are a food truck and catering company. Square is by far the most intuitive and convenient P.O.S. for our business.
I cannot say enough about how simple and effective square is as a P.O.S for a food truck.

Cons

Really and truly we have had no issues with square. Any time that we did rung into something it was solved by customer service and was usually user error.

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Square for Restaurants FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Square for Restaurants.

Square for Restaurants offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: CA$60,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Free + 2/6% + 10 cents processing rate for in-person & invoice pamyents or 2.9% + 30 cents for online payments. Plus: $60 per location, per month, plus $40/month per additional POS & 2/6% + 10 cents processing rate for in-person & invoice pamyents or 2.9% + 30 cents for online payments. Premium: Custom Pricing - eligibility applies

Square for Restaurants has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001-5 000

Square for Restaurants supports the following languages:

English

Square for Restaurants supports the following devices:

iPad (Mobile)

Square for Restaurants integrates with the following applications:

7shifts, Bench, BentoBox, Chowly, Commerce Sync, Craver, Cuboh, DAVO, Deliverect, Deputy, Homebase, Humanity, Marketman, Odeko, PeachWorks, Pepper, Plate IQ, Postmates, Quickbooks Online, Ritual, SalesVu, Slice, TapMango, TouchBistro, TurboTax Business, When I Work, Xero, Yellow Dog Inventory

Square for Restaurants offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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