About Lavu POS

Lavu is an iPad POS (point of sale) system designed for small to large businesses within the restaurant industry. Lavu is adaptable to any sort of environment whether it’s full-service, quick-service or a franchise. The software is a combination of cloud-based management and mobile/wireless technologies with a modern and intuitive touchscreen interface.

Users can choose between bar, restaurant, and quick-service interfaces which can be customized to fit each business’ particular needs, whether it’s a restaurant, coffee shop or even food truck.

The front of house features offer a fully customizable menu where items can include photos and an ingredients list. Servers can switch between tableside service, counter service, or bar tab layouts for their order screen. Delivery services are also available with the delivery and routing extension which enables staff to assign drivers to orders, and provides them with a map and directions to each delivery location.

The back of house control includes scheduling, managing employee shifts and payroll reports, as well as inventory management tools including low-count warnings and an '86 countdown'. In addition to the POS, Lavu also offers users a variety of sales, inventory and expense reports that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

Lavu also has marketing and promotions features that include a built-in happy hour function, where users can set prices based on date and time, and offer customers loyalty rewards through integration with LoyalTree.

Pricing starting from:

US$59.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Lavu POS

Restaurant owners can keep track of their business, view reports, and modify content and settings anywhere on any internet capable device in real-time via the Lavu Pilot iPhone app.

Lavu offers personalization features including customizable menus, specific multi-room table layouts, seat and course numbering, and multi-printer order routing.

Restaurants can market their branding by creating customized logos, uploading original product images and designing custom receipts for their customers.

Managers can track employees with the time clock feature along with shift summaries, including over-time and bonuses, as well as manage tips and payroll.

Lavu offers free software upgrades and integrates with a wide variety of hardware options that connect with the remote backend office.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese, English, French, German, Italian , Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

US$59.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Lavu POS: 76

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Bar Tab Management
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Cash Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Delivery Management
  • Discount Management
  • Dynamic Pricing
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • For Bars/Clubs
  • For Restaurants
  • For iPad Devices
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Item Management
  • Kitchen / Menu Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multi-Location
  • Offline Access
  • Online Ordering
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Ordering Automation
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Ordering
  • Separate Checks
  • Split Checks
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Table Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Clock
  • Timeout
  • Tips Management
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.0 /5
(159)
Value for Money
4.0/5
Features
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Taylor
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best Restaurant Software Yet

Reviewed on 04/11/2018

Pros

-Love the ease of using an iPad
-Size of the icons
-Different color option icons
- Different categories available
-Ease of table organization
-Ease of checkouts
-Very well laid out
-Easy clock-in

Cons

-Hard signing process, customers complained

Response from Lavu

Hi Taylor, thanks for your feedback! We love to hear directly from our customers, and figure out what can be improved and what is already working well!

Gladys
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  • Industry: Wine & Spirits
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Love Lavu and the team !

Reviewed on 08/07/2022

My experience with Lavu is second to none insofar as POS systems. We love this system and look...

My experience with Lavu is second to none insofar as POS systems. We love this system and look forward to seeing the new implementation once released in November.

Pros

This software continues to grow with the customer demands. We seem to never be outdated or lacking. The servers have an ease of use on the floor with the iPads at table side. We love the software so much so that we will be implementing it at two other facilities.

Cons

There are cons to each software but there is not a dealbreaker for us with this software. It continues to grow and with that growth sometimes there seems to be the older than time conflict between tech and accounting due to reports however, the Lavu team are able to populate these reports in a timely manner. We have gotten everything we need from this program to meet the consumer demand of our growing winery.

Alternatives Considered

Toast POS

Reasons for Switching to Lavu POS

The service team was extremely helpful in designing the system to meet our needs. Ironically we are more busy than we ever have been and this software and the tech team have been amazing in helping us realize the potential of what we can do with this software and realize efficiency through growth. We are happy to have made this decision.

Response from Lavu

Hi Gladys, thanks for your feedback. We appreciate hearing firsthand from our customers, and it really helps to hear what works so great and what can be improved upon. We appreciate your business and we thank you for being a loyal Lavu customer!

Cindi
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

My experience with Lavu

Reviewed on 28/10/2022

I have been very satisfied with this company.

I have been very satisfied with this company.

Pros

The ease of navigating through all the different functions available.

Cons

I really haven’t found anything that I have felt is worth complaining about or suggesting changes.

Response from Lavu

Hi Cindi,

Thanks so much for reaching out and taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. The Lavu team really appreciates hearing about your experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions.

Daniel
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Underdeveloped and unsupported

Reviewed on 04/06/2021

I deployed LAVU POS at three of my restaurants several years ago. Initially the basic product was...

I deployed LAVU POS at three of my restaurants several years ago. Initially the basic product was well supported and reasonably easy to use.

About the time of the pandemic everything changed. The US based customer support staff disappeared and was replaced by a call center in India, our monthly fees nearly doubled (in the middle of the pandemic!) and LAVU rolled out Menu Drive, an online ordering platform, which we subscribed to.

The biggest problem is that there is little to no integration between Menu Drive (which they purchased from a third party) and the LAVU POS. So any changes you make to pricing or item availability on your POS will not show up in Menu Drive. This was extremely frustrating. Menu Drive itself appears a very rough and amateurish clunky and visually unappealing effort.

In addition to the constant frustrations with MenuDrive, we began to have major problems with printers randomly going offline several times a day. My managers made endless calls to the LAVU customer support center in India, often waiting hours to get through. On the rare occasions that they were able to reach someone the solutions offered were basic and ineffective. Several times we had to close the restaurant because we were unable to keep LAVU operational for an entire day.

Between the lack of customer support, the inherently low level of design/functionality in both LAVU POS and Menu Drive, the relativly high monthly cost, I would say avoid at all costs!

Pros

Not much to like here. It is overpriced, underdeveloped, and largely unsupported.

Cons

1. The online platform (Menu Drive) and the POS are totally unintegrated. They were built by different companies and don't communicate.
2. Effectively (in our experience) there is no customer support. There is a call center in India but you may have to wait hours on hold and the limit of their technical expertise seems to be, "try turning it off and then on again."
3. Our salesperson quit responding to calls and email right after the sale was made and only resurfaced when there was yet another new LAVU product to try to sell to us.

Response from Lavu

Hi Daniel, thank you for letting us know about your experience with Lavu. First and foremost, we are sorry to hear the changes to the product (including MenuDrive) did not benefit you as they were intended. We now have customer service representatives in Mexico City, India, Tampa, and New Mexico to insure our 24/7 support line is answered. If we can help in any way, please reach out.

Mia
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Seafood restaurant

Reviewed on 12/08/2022

Lavu has made it much easier for our restaurant to handle the influx of customers during the summer...

Lavu has made it much easier for our restaurant to handle the influx of customers during the summer months

Pros

Used Lavu as our Point of Sale for years, I really like how easy it was to use and how portable the iPads are. Simple setup, we got it done ourselves in a few hours. Support team always there if we need it.

Cons

If wifi is flaky, system slows done, especially in busy times

Response from Lavu

Hi Mia, thank you for your feedback! It's great to hear how well Lavu has worked for your restaurant and staff. Please reach out if you have any questions!

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Lavu POS FAQs

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Lavu POS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$59.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Starter Package: $59.00 | Growth Package: $129.00 | Optimize Package: $279.00

Lavu POS has the following typical customers:

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

Lavu POS supports the following languages:

Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Lavu POS supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Lavu POS integrates with the following applications:

Marketman, PayPal, Paychex Flex, Square Point of Sale, TableUp, Venga, Wisely

Lavu POS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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