Square for Restaurants Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Square for Restaurants

POS software for restaurants

4.72/5 (913 reviews)

Square for Restaurants overview

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.


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United States

Supported languages

English, Spanish
Square for Restaurants screenshot: Square for Restaurants supports coursing, with servers able to drag-and-drop dishes between courses as diners change their mindsSquare for Restaurants: Full Service at Full SpeedSquare for Restaurants screenshot: Customizable floor plans allow users to manage tablesSquare for Restaurants screenshot: Courses can be fired or held with a single tapSquare for Restaurants screenshot: Multiple menus can be created for different locations, dayparts, or seasonal specialsSquare for Restaurants screenshot: The POS interface can be customizedSquare for Restaurants screenshot: Order modifiers can be created and managedSquare for Restaurants screenshot: Users can assign custom access permissions to different rolesSquare for Restaurants: Counter Service

Square for Restaurants reviews

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Easiest and simplest way to start taking credit card payments for your office

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-15
Review Source: Capterra

Great. Simple and easy to use. People have said that their customer service is extremely hard to get hold of, but we have used it for 3 years and have had no reason to contact customer service.Square POS was very easy to set up. The first card reader you receive (a simple plug in to an iPad or iPhone) was free. We created an account online, attached a bank account, and created a menu of items/services we provide. Then we simply chose photos for each service or product category so that it looks nicer in the app for our employees. The result was a very simple set up and a very clean looking POS. What's also nice is that Square POS is good at being able to refund patients if something was charged incorrectly. They also get receipts if they choose to via text message or email. Changing the prices and adding or deleting items on the service/products you sell is quite easy. You simply log in to the website and make changes. Also, you can turn in options such as giving customers a choice to tip or not. For being an office that used to take cash only, choosing Square POS was the way to go in entering the world of credit cards. We have no regrets and have no had problems. The correct amount of $$ we received (minus 2.75% of every transaction) gets deposited into our account every week. And we no longer have to hire a collections agency to go after those who don't have cash or mail in checks because they will simply pay through credit card now.

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Joseph Castaneda

Own a business? You NEED this product!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-23
Review Source: Capterra

If you're a business owner and you sell products or services, especially if you have multiple sites and/or have a mobile sales force, this product is a must. The access is easy, the interface is friendly, and the payment system is quick.EASY to set up and use! In short time, we were able to set up our entire library online and make it simple to purchase and sell products. Once set up, everything is available to every member of team, so that one of our book sellers in California has access to the same products as a book seller in Michigan the moment the product is placed online. I also love that we can easily create multiple price points for products and can easily access them from the apps on various mobile devices, desktops etc... The percentages paid to Square are as small as any other you will find, and they deposit funds into your bank account within 24-hours, with same-day options available for an extra, nominal fee. The no hassle, ease-of-deposit, process is a MUST for our small business. Customer service has been off the charts good, and every small issue has been resolved quickly. I also love that so many web sites integrate with Square so that we can maintain one payment portal for 99% of what we do. The technology (swipe devices, Point of Sale stands, card tappers/reader...work flawlessly with each and every device we've thrown at them (iPhones, iPads, Android, laptop...) and they look good, too.

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Melody Enghofer

Excellent as a cash register for small businesses

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-29
Review Source: Capterra

At the ice cream parlor I work at, the register is programmed with all of the items we sell. You can program buttons to create discounts either by a percentage of the sale or with a flat dollar amount. This program tracks sales by day and by product sold. We have used this for probably 2 years now and it allows us to track sales from the years past to see what the trends are. For example, how busy were we last Mother's Day or when to our sales start dropping as we head into/winter fall. This allows us to make informed decisions on how much staffing we need and what hours to keep our business open for. We can also see how well certain items are selling. So when we introduce new items it allows us to see if they are selling well and gives us insight as to how we need to market for our business. This replaced a simple cash register that we used to have, but it is so much more than a cash register with all of the information you can track and use to make decisions for your business. This is an easily programmable software that can be used to create a point of sale register. I work at a coffee/ice cream parlor and we use the software for our register, and it stores our sales information and has been very helpful in marketing and determining what products have been selling well or poorly

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There's room for improvement, but it's currently THE Point of Sale

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-01
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, as an independent artist, I'd recommend Square in a blink to anyone in that position. Free reader, easy to use, mobile...It's perfect. For small businesses, I'd also suggest Square - I've worked with the alternative, Clover, and it's so very slow and not as user friendly - but I think Square needs to continue evolving to keep up with those demands. And I'm sure they will given they've already created the flippable platform.Square is simple to use and that's what makes it so popular. The card readers are simple, organizing your inventory is simple. It works really well for me as an independent artist at art fairs and such. I've never run into any trouble using it in that context. The new flip screen platform is also super wonderful for retail stores and cafes as it takes the pressure off of the employee and the awkwardness of asking for tips etc... disappates. It also seems to run smoother by virtue of the platform not running other apps. Definitely love that Square is expanding their market to meet the needs of larger companies.

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Katrina Love

Can now accept payments in person, as well as, online

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-25
Review Source: Capterra

Square helps businesses grow and track sales through their app. With reader, you can accept payments on the go so you'll never miss a sale. I bump into potential customers in grocery stores, paying my cable bill or while at the doctor's office etc.I have used Square for 3 years. I found them while searching for web site builders. I was happy when I located them and read through their policy. Aside from setting up and designing my site, Square provided me with a reader. I plug it into my phone and swipe credit cards. The payments are in my account within two days minus a small fee for using Square's pos reader. I use it along with the app, you can also enter credit/debit cards manually and have the customer sign the screen. I email the customers their receipt. If a customer pays in cash, I can still take the payment and enter cash instead of paying by card. I still send them a receipt. I can set up gift cards and discounts to items online but I choose not to. I keep my items priced low enough to avoid these incentives.

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Square for Restaurants pricing

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$60 per location, per month, plus $40/month per additional POS.
Processing fees: 2.6% + 10¢ per tap, dip, or swipe

Square for Restaurants features

Credit Card Processing
Customer Loyalty Program
Discount Management
Employee Management
Gift Card System
Reporting & Statistics
Sales Reporting

API (44 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (45 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (51 other apps)
Automatic Reminders (38 other apps)
Customer Database (36 other apps)
Customer History (39 other apps)
Data Import/Export (35 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (53 other apps)
Multi-Location (55 other apps)
Real Time Data (40 other apps)
Search Functionality (42 other apps)
Third Party Integration (37 other apps)

Additional information for Square for Restaurants

Key features of Square for Restaurants

  • Table management
  • Order taking
  • Repeat orders
  • Cover tracking
  • Payroll integration
  • Offline payments
  • Loyalty integration
  • Invoices
  • Gift cards
  • Timecards
  • Cash management
  • Labor costs
  • Permission management
  • Day part analysis
  • Order modification
  • Table maps
  • Day part menus
  • Revenue centers
  • Delivery management
  • Marketing integration
  • Auto gratuity
  • Coursing, firing & holding
  • Comps
  • Voids
  • Quick splits
  • Ticket reprints
  • Refunds
  • Cover reports
  • Shift reports
  • Dining options
  • Menu management
  • Clock-in/out
  • Employee passcodes
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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.