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.

Pricing starting from:

US$165.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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.

Typical Customers

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

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$165.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Toast POS Software - Toast POS allows customers to split checks & menu items
Toast POS Software - Toast POS allows guests to pay bills at their tables
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Toast POS Software - Toast POS enables the generation of real-time reports on key parameters
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Toast POS Software - Toast POS allows customers to split checks & menu items
Toast POS Software - Toast POS allows guests to pay bills at their tables
Toast POS Software - Toast POS enables taking orders on the fly
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

Features

Total features of Toast POS: 74

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Cash Management
  • Commission Management
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delivery Estimate
  • Delivery Management
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Food Delivery Dispatching
  • For Bakeries
  • For Bars/Clubs
  • For Restaurants
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Kitchen / Menu Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Menu Builder
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Payments
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Scheduling
  • Order Tracking
  • Ordering Automation
  • POS Integration
  • Payment Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Pricing Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reservations Management
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • SMS Messaging
  • Sales Reports
  • Separate Checks
  • Split Checks
  • Status Tracking
  • Table Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Tips Management
  • Transaction History
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Personalization
  • eCommerce Management

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Square for Retail

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Aloha EPOS

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5
(336)
Value for Money
3.8/5
Features
4.0/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
3.7/5

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Patrick
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  • Industry: Food Production
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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

Excellent Service, with one caveat

Reviewed on 08/11/2022

The system itself is excellent, though their customer service leaves something to be desired.

The system itself is excellent, though their customer service leaves something to be desired.

Pros

Easy to use, easy to set up different stations (bar, kitchen, prep), very little goes wrong day to day

Cons

I've stopped contacting customer service because, most often, I know more about the system than they do. Multiple times I've called or chatted, asking for some feature to be implemented to be told that it can't be done; only to find, after some detective work by me, that it can, in fact, be done.

Alternatives Considered

Square Payments

Reasons for Choosing Toast POS

Cost, ease of use, integration of online ordering

Reasons for Switching to Toast POS

Cost, ease of use, integration of online ordering
Verified Reviewer
Overall rating
  • Industry: Hospitality
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

I'd give it a 10 but then it would be perfect!

Reviewed on 21/08/2020

Overall, I really enjoy the system. It's simple to program and they have a great support system....

Overall, I really enjoy the system. It's simple to program and they have a great support system. It's worth the investment to pay for extended support until you or a manager has the ins and outs of the backend in hand. The reporting is awesome and when used the right way, you have your answers to questions you didn't even know you needed to ask.

Pros

I have been using restaurant POS for over 20 years and Toast has shown itself to be one of the best on the market. It is so user-friendly and easy to work in, including the handhelds, that it's amazing. In training new teams they offer a great program and support team. The layout is ideal for high-volume. Reporting is excellent. I refer Toast to most of our clients.

Cons

As with any new system you install, there will be issues and "clunks." Toast is no exception. The worst was the display screen and the use of it on the line. If you do not set aside enough time to train, prior to opening or first use, it will be challenging to understand, especially if you are not used to systems other than tickets and calling out. It just takes time getting used to and working out the kinks upon install.

Alternatives Considered

CAKE POS, Clover and NCR Aloha

Reasons for Choosing Toast POS

We needed to have a better system than the old one we were using, as in most places. Toast offered the package at a wonderful price and the system supports the costs.

Switched From

NCR Aloha

Reasons for Switching to Toast POS

Price, support, system use

Response from Toast

Hi there, Mora from Toast here. It's great to hear that your positive experiences with Customer Care have enabled you to efficiently train up new team members. Thank you for providing this feedback!

Valentina
Overall rating
  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • 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.

Jayelynn
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

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

Incredibly Efficient!

Reviewed on 05/09/2019

Overall, I'm thrilled we switched to Toast. It's simple to use, has made us more efficient, and...

Overall, I'm thrilled we switched to Toast. It's simple to use, has made us more efficient, and wasn't as expensive as similar systems.

Pros

Compared to POS systems I've used in the past, Toast is a lifesaver! It has tremendously improved efficiency and flow of our Taproom. We now have the ability to swipe a card and store credit card information; which is a huge benefit for those of us in co-op spaces. Although they look bulky, their handhelds fit into your back pocket and allow us to close tabs out table side. They are shock and water resistant, plus you can log into more than one device at the same time so if you're working alone, you can close out multiple parties at once. As a GM, I'm grateful that Toast is not only cloud-based, but allows me to access the back end from my laptop or smart phone so I don't have to be onsite to make system changes. Updates are incredibly quick so there's not a ton of down time. There is also Toast Central, where you can troubleshoot issues yourself rather rather than immediately calling Support. They are helpful instructions with screenshots and videos.

Cons

Customer Support is hit or miss. I always get an answer, it's just a matter of when I get it. After hours and on weekends, I feel like their staffing is very limited which leads to delays in getting immediate help. Thankfully it's only happened once where I needed a quick answer and wasn't able to get it.

Alternatives Considered

Aloha EPOS

Reasons for Choosing Toast POS

The main reason was functionality. TouchBistro required us to use card readers attached to iPads, but finding iPad protectors that would allow enough room for the card readers was extremely difficult. I also had to be onsite to make any changes to the back end which was extremely inconvenient.

Switched From

TouchBistro

Reasons for Switching to Toast POS

While it has a lot of features, we couldn't justify the cost versus the features we would actually be using. Since we don't have a kitchen in our Taproom, we didn't need the inventory and recipe features that make Aloha a standard in our industry.

Response from Toast

Hi Jayelynn, Jasmine from Toast here. Thank you for your feedback. We are thrilled to hear how multiple features of Toast have improved your operations, and that you are taking full advantage of Toast Central as a resource!

Wendy
Overall rating
  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

Overall rating

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

Essential

Reviewed on 06/12/2022

The best pos out there for all restaurants.

The best pos out there for all restaurants.

Pros

Toast offers all the tools we need as a business. We initially adopted to get away from our legacy system that did not offer affordable POS option with cloud-based services at the time. Toast makes it easy for me to manage all three of my locations.

Cons

There are a few glitches in the system that could be fixed faster. They generally do update and fix quickly but some things take away as they gather user feedback. Also, it would be nice to enterprise our menu management for multi-locations.

Alternatives Considered

Square Point of Sale and Revel Systems

Reasons for Choosing Toast POS

Micros sucked. It went down a lot and we had to constantly deal with a mess of cables and connections to fix and you always had to go to the physical location to do anything for the menu or labor or reports. It was an ancient system compared to these days.

Reasons for Switching to Toast POS

Toast was restaurant specific and a good mix of user friendly and robust reporting and integrations.
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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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