About Toast POS

Toast is a Point of Sales (POS) software which allows business owners to reduce operational costs, increase staff efficiencies, and improve customer experience. The software can be paired only with an Android tablet and offers no support for iPad at present. The software caters to the needs of several outlets in quick service restaurants (QSR), fine dining restaurants, coffee outlets, bakery’s, pizza chains, and breweries & bars.

Toast POS offers menu management features that include setting up the entire menu including all the groups & sub-groups, customizing menu’s separately for online & offline audiences, and adding time specific pricing for menu’s such as happy hour menu. The product provides a restaurant ordering feature that offers capability to take orders on the fly, sending automatic notifications to the server when the order is ready, and splitting bills & menu items among customers. The solution simplifies payments for the customers & business owners by offering features such as 'pay at the table', tipping servers directly from the tablets, emailing receipts or printing them through integration with an external printer, and the ability to turn payments into loyalty points redeemable on future visits. The product also tracks real-time menu sales and provides users with detailed reporting of product mix across all menus.

Toast POS operates on a subscription based pricing model based on the core software in addition to offering add-on modules such as online ordering, loyalty programs, and digital & physical gift cards. The product also offers bundled hardware with a one-time pricing option. Some of the key customers of ToastPOS include Lakewood Brewing Company, Paris Creperie, Beach Hut Deli, and Fresh City.


Key benefits of Toast POS

- Toast POS allows food servers to take orders directly with the POS tablets, avoiding the hassles of them running back and forth between kitchen, terminals, or the serving tables.

- The product offers an intuitive interface with features such as adding or removing menu items, changing interface layouts, marking stock outs, all from the tablet’s interface.

- The solution enables users to pay bills, sign receipts, and offer tip right at their tables using the tablet’s interface.

- Toast POS allows the users to perform extensive customizations on its interface. It provides options to customize the entire menu, adding role-based permissions and automating discounts & loyalty program workflows.

- The product also enables restaurant owners to track staff performance on key metrics by sending daily email digests on the key parameters.


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Toast POS Software - Toast POS allows customers to split checks & menu items
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Toast POS Software - Toast POS enables the generation of real-time reports on key parameters
Toast POS Software - Toast POS offers automatic notifications to servers on order completion

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(505)
Value for Money
3.9/5
Features
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
3.7/5

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Steve
Steve
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Toast POS for Restaurants

Reviewed on 03/01/2023

We have had a great Toast experience overall. It is a vast improvement over our previous POS system...

We have had a great Toast experience overall. It is a vast improvement over our previous POS system and saves us a great deal of time by giving us important information in a concise, effective format.

Pros

The whole package is easy to use and provides a huge amount of valuable information. It also helps build sales with ordering and marketing options (some of which are at additional cost).

Cons

The initial installation required us to do a great deal of the set-up work, which required outside technical help. It also would have been nice to have someone present for an extra day or two to help with errors and changes. I am interested in rolling out Toast Order and Pay, but Toast can't locate a similar restaurant for me to model, which is causing delays in using this feature.

Katie
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Toast Support needs a lot of "Support"

Reviewed on 22/12/2022

Overall I like using Toast and the various integration options, but if they cannot get better...

Overall I like using Toast and the various integration options, but if they cannot get better support solutions, they will conitnue to have angry merchants who wait weeks for solutions and have to spend time digging for their own solutions after Toast cannot help or refuses to help. In a fast moving business like a restaurant, having to wait weeks for support especially on issues that cause revenue loss is devastating and would be a reason to find another POS solution. If you're going with Toast make sure you have managers who are experts at troubleshooting and critical thinking because they will have to figure out problems themselves a lot and will have to be able to articulate in very simple terms to the support team what the issue is for it to be understood.

Pros

Toast software works pretty well, and has a lot of integration partners which is nice for a growing small business who is looking to integrate several different tech options.

Cons

The "Support" or lack there of leaves much to be desired. When I call support often times I am teaching or coaching their support people on what the issue is or how to fix it. They often sound like they are reading solutinos from a flip book and many times the solutions offered are not for the problem I am describing. I have to repeat myself more than 4 or 5 times for them to understand what the issue is and even then, it is painful to get them to understand the problem and offer me appropriate support.Further, I recently had a support issue that I had to call and email about for 3 weeks straight every day in which they continued to offer no support and today told me they refused to send me to the integrations department because the problem I was experiencing was not a toast problem. Turns it is WAS. I have never been refused support before. Very dissapointed in their support or lack there of.

Alternatives Considered

Aloha Cloud, Clover and Olo

Reasons for Switching to Toast POS

Price, integration opportunities, growth potential, ease of use
Tim
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

Disappointed is the right way to say it. Promised so much and did not deliver

Reviewed on 29/01/2020

It started off strong, and then just slowly going down hill. They have you locked in is how I...

It started off strong, and then just slowly going down hill. They have you locked in is how I feel, and now they don’t care.. They are worried about other things...

Pros

The hardware is nice. Having a handheld order taker is very nice. Also saving some paper with people signing the handheld device, but there are some issues as well. If there is an issue, it is nice to have a US based support center..

Cons

Well, You can not add an auto charge of 3% if a person is using a credit card unless you manually add it, the kitchen display has glitches, an order with 5 things will send a text alert for each item rather than the entire order when finished. I was also promised that the credit cards would not cost more, they would match or beet what I had in the past, and that is not ringing true to the tune of around 100 ish a month.... Took 4 months to get someone to finally review the credit card charges only for him to “shine me on” which is frustrating to a business owner. I have also had a few extremely good feature requests that I know other restaurants would use, like using the hand held to present the final bill rather than printing a receipt... But honestly there is no way to know if anyone has herd you, if anything will happen or if anyone cares... Also you can’t have pictures in the POS.. having pictures as well as having descriptions and a recipe would be great.. but no options...

Response from Toast

Hi Tim, Mora from Toast here. Thank you for all this feedback, we appreciate hearing from you as we work to continuously improve our product! We do have many great feature ideas in our queue from customers and are constantly working on implementing them. I would encourage you to follow "Feature Release Updates", available on Toast Central (central.toasttab.com). This is where you can find the most up-to-date product release notes for various Toast products.

Sharon
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Recommend Toast

Reviewed on 17/12/2023

Pros

Ease of using and training on. I have several younger and older employees and it is very easy to learn how to use the system. It is very simplified.

Cons

Not really anything. We have been really pleased with Toast hardware, customer support, product support and updates that we receive about new products and new equipment.

Response from Toast

Hi Sharon, we appreciate your sharing your feedback and experience using Toast.

Valentina
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Beware of their promises

Reviewed on 21/10/2019

After 6 months, I am not impressed. I am spending so much more money than I was before, and put in...

After 6 months, I am not impressed. I am spending so much more money than I was before, and put in so much effort and time into setting everything up, but nothing is ever on point with Toast.

Pros

Nice features and ways to set up the menu for ease of use by employees. User-friendly up to a certain extent.

Cons

Most of the features promised by the sales rep were all available at an extra cost, after paying a lot of money already for the system and the hardware, you have to pay extra for EVERYTHING. Their customer support is very unreliable, sometimes you have someone great who knows exactly what you are talking about, sometimes it seems like the person has never even used the POS before... They put you on hold for 10+ minutes at a time too.

Response from Toast

Hi Valentina, Jasmine from Toast here. We greatly appreciate your feedback as we strive to provide best-in-class customer support and offer solutions for all of our customers. We encourage you to reach out to your Restaurant Success Manager so we can help your business thrive on Toast.

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Toast POS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Toast POS.

Toast POS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$165.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Starter: From $0 per month (Flexible payment options available) Essentials: $165 per month (3 months free on Online Ordering) Custom: Custom Price New Restaurant Basics: $110 per month

Toast POS has the following typical customers:

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

Toast POS supports the following languages:

English

Toast POS supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile)

Toast POS integrates with the following applications:

7shifts, Avero Slingshot, BevSpot Food and Beverage Management, Chowly, Cirrus, Cohesion, Como Sense, Compeat, Craftable, CrunchTime, CrunchTime TeamworX, DAVO, DolceClock, DoorDash, Envysion Managed Video Solution, GrubHub, Harri, Homebase, HotSchedules, Incentivio, LevelUp, Marketman, Odeko, Olo, OpenTable, Paytronix, PeachWorks, Proliant, Punchh, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Raydiant, Repeat Returns, Restaurant365, Resy OS, Sauce, SevenRooms, Sling, Solink, SynergySuite, TapMango, Tock, Vestwell, Yellow Dog Inventory, xtraCHEF

Toast POS offers the following support options:

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

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