Quick service point-of-sale (POS) systems are the central communication hub for cafes and restaurants serving fast or on-the-go food. They send in-person and online customer orders to the kitchen, process payments, track inventory, provide sales reports, and even act as your employee time clock. The best quick service restaurant POS systems also offer kitchen display systems, customer-facing displays, kiosks, and online ordering solutions, with software fees starting under $100 per month.
Top 6 Quick Service Restaurant POS Systems 2020
Quick Service POS
(Best Overall) Restaurants needing customer-facing tools like kiosks, digital menus, displays, and online ordering at a competitive price
QSR’s that need to display accurate nutritional information at an affordable price
Best for QSRs branching into grocery and meal kits—can attach bar code scanner and label printer
High-volume or chain quick-service restaurants; especially those that process lots of customer modifications, like delis or traditional pizza shops. *Can attach a bar code scanner to restaurant POS
Small operations with a simple menu needing a free POS, like BBQ joints, slice shops, or cafés
Quick service restaurants that want everything and the kitchen sink of restaurant tech solutions including multiple options for contactless service
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How We Evaluated Quick Service Restaurant POS
The best POS system for a quick-service restaurant is the one that streamlines your operation without breaking the bank. How you set up a POS for your quick service restaurant will vary based on your business type. For example, tools like ingredient-level inventory management are great for a high-volume burger bar, but more robust than a neighborhood slice shop needs.
To determine the best quick service restaurant POS we considered:
- Basic considerations: Things like cost, reporting functions, and ease of use.
- High Volume and quick service functions: Dual cash drawer tills, presence of kitchen display systems (KDS), digital menu screens, self-order kiosks, and online ordering
- Flexibility and Customization: In-built features or integrations for bar code scanners, label printers, delivery management, mobile payments, and contactless ordering and payment processing
Based on the above criteria, TouchBistro is our top pick for quick service POS. It is competitively priced with flexible hardware and apps for POS, kitchen display, and customer-facing solutions. Plus, TouchBistro has all of the basic features a small quick-service restaurant needs to run its entire operation, including a user-friendly interface, real-time ingredient-level tracking, and employee management.
TouchBistro: Best Quick Service POS for Small Businesses
TouchBistro is a hybrid iPad restaurant POS with more than 200 built-in features including inventory, menu management, reporting, and unlimited user logins. TouchBistro also has a wide array of options for KDS, customer-facing displays, and kiosks as well as a long list of available third-party integrations to tailor the POS to your specific quick service restaurant needs. Pricing starts at $69 per month for a single terminal.
Extremely intuitive user interface
Does not offer dual-drawer registers
Great KDS, customer-facing display, and self-service kiosk options
Not ideal for restaurants that want to offer delivery with an in-house team
Multiple options for payment processors
Few options for contactless payment solutions
TouchBistro starts at $69 per month for a single register. Additional registers come with an extra monthly fee. TouchBistro is one of the solutions on our list that is not entirely cloud-based, so you will likely need to purchase an Apple Mac Mini to serve as the “brain” or server for your software system. Mac Minis cost around $800 and each iPad is under $400.
TouchBistro also has kitchen display, kiosk, and customer-facing display solutions that are available at an additional quoted price. Restaurants can purchase hardware separately, or through TouchBistro with a payment plan that can be bundled together with the software costs. Hardware payment plans are available with interest rates starting at 0%.
TouchBistro Fees & Add-ons
Solo Plan (one terminal)
$69 per month
Dual Plan (two terminals)
$129 per month
Team Plan (five terminals)
$249 per month
Unlimited Plan (unlimited terminals)
$399 per month
Digital Menu Board
$20 per location, per month
Pricing varies based on your existing TouchBistro POS license
$50 per month
Restaurants can choose payment processor, costs will vary
Payment processing is where TouchBistro is unique. While it has a proprietary, in-built payment processing solution, TouchBistro also partners with Chase, Square, TSYS, WorldPay, and others so that restaurants can pick the integrated payment processor that offers them the best rate. This makes TouchBistro a great fit for new, small, and growing quick-service restaurants.
TouchBistro is a hybrid installation which means the system operates with a combination of Wi-Fi and a local area connection. This design manages orders and payments quickly and allows the system to function virtually interrupted if you lose internet access. Restaurants that are hoping to expand the scope of their operation beyond the in-house customer experience should note that Touchbistro’s built-in online ordering module does not permit online payments.
Online orders either must be paid in person, over the phone, or via a long-range mobile credit card processor that you can get through TouchBistro for an additional fee. TouchBistro users that want to offer online ordering with contactless payments will need to partner with third-party delivery platforms, then direct those orders to TouchBistro through a middleman app like ItsaCheckmate, Ordermark, or deliverect.
- Baseline POS: Hybrid POS built to operate on Apple products includes menu management, reporting and inventory functions in the entry-level POS.
- Additional Add-On Modules: Reservations, employee management and scheduling through 7Shifts, digital menu boards, customer self-service kiosks, loyalty, customer-facing displays are all available at an additional fee.
- Standout FOH Features: 24/7 customer support is available 365 days a year for all TouchBistro customers so there is always someone to help, no matter your hours of operation.
- Standout BOH Features: Inventory Management module is intuitive and provides robust menu engineering features.
- Back Office and Reporting: Easy to digest, pre-built reports are great for novice—or busy—restaurant owners.
- Available Hardware: Full iPad-based registers, Apple TV projected digital menus, kitchen display screens, iPad stands, iPad straps to enable tableside ordering, wireless and ethernet connected printers, contactless payment terminals.
What Makes TouchBistro Great for Quick Service
TouchBistro is a very streamlined system with a friendly interface. Many users say TouchBistro is the most intuitive POS they have ever used. Their transparent pricing structure is also a welcome oasis of information in a desert of demo-required quotes.
Super high-volume counter service operations may feel limited by the inability to assign two cash drawers to a single TouchBistro terminal, and the online ordering and delivery options could be more robust.
For a full overview of TouchBistro, see our comprehensive review.
Lavu: Best for Nutrition-focused Quick Service Restaurants
Lavu is a highly customizable cloud-based iPad POS for quick-service restaurants. Lavu offers features like self-service kiosks, recipe costing, and inventory management. It also offers easily integrated digital menu display screens that can feature nutrition information. The system also syncs with bar code scanners and label printers, making it a good fit for restaurants that sell packaged food alongside cooked to order items.
Month-to-Month subscription available
Back Office is less intuitive than other systems
Can be difficult to reach customer support
Lavu’s hardware contract requires a three year payment processing contract
Lavu is $69 per month, per terminal for users that commit to a full year contract. Lavu also offers, though tends not to advertise, a month-to-month subscription at a higher rate of $79 per month. The system operates on iPads, which can be purchased separately or through Lavu. Hardware prices range from $175 for an iPad stand to $899 for a hardware kit that includes a cash drawer, kitchen printer, and receipt printer.
Lavu Fees & Add-Ons
Single Lavu Terminal (yearly subscription)
$69 per month
Single Lavu Terminal (monthly subscription)
$79 per month
$175 - $899
Online Ordering and Delivery
$75 per month
LavuPay Payment Processing (swiped, dipped, or tapped)*
2.9% + $0.30 per transaction
LavuPay Payment Processing (keyed, and card-not-present)*
3.3% + $0.30 per transaction
*Processing rates may vary at Lavu’s discretion; these numbers are based on recent quotes.
For payment processing, Lavu offers Lavu Pay, which is Lavu’s own payment processing solution. However, like TouchBistro, Lavu does not force restaurants to use their processing services. Lavu also integrates with PayPal, Vantiv, Moneris, and others.
Lavu has standard restaurant POS features such as menu customization and inventory management built into the base price. Additional features like online ordering, self-service kiosks, and digital menu boards are available for an extra quoted fee. A fascinating feature of Lavu is that its self-ordering kiosks allow the input of nutritional data and allergen information on relevant screens. This alerts customers to gluten-free, and meat-free options, as well as calorie, fat, sugar, and carb information.
- Included in Baseline POS: Lavu includes ingredient level inventory and customizable reports, along with staff management in the baseline subscription. Lavu’s open API can integrate with virtually any third-party plug-in as well.
- Additional Modules: Online ordering, KDS, self-service kiosks, and a smartphone loyalty app are all available for an additional price.
- Standout FOH Features: Displaying nutritional information on the self-ordering kiosks puts all the information your customer needs right at their fingertips.
- Standout Back of House Features: Lavu has combo building features that allow your staff to ring in combos from existing menu items then route each combo item to the relevant kitchen printer or KDS screen.
- Reporting and Back-Office: Lavu offers reports in the traditional back-office setting, but also offers the Lavu Pilot app that allows owners and managers to access real-time reporting on their smartphones.
- Available Hardware: In addition to traditional registers with dual cash drawer functions, Lavu offers self-ordering kiosks, digital menu boards, KDS, bar code scanners, and an array of receipt and kitchen printers, including label printers.
What Makes Lavu Great for Quick Service
Lavu is a feature-rich POS with an incredible list of third-party integrations that enable all types of restaurants to tailor the system to their needs. Details like dual cash drawer registers, bar code scanners, label printers, and a combo building feature make Lavu a streamlined solution for quick-service restaurants.
Options to display nutritional information on menu screens and self-ordering kiosks make it easy to offer an extra level of service.
ShopKeep by Lightspeed Restaurant: Best Quick Service POS for Grocerants
ShopKeep by Lightspeed is a hybrid iPad POS system with preset sales and inventory reports, which are ideal for novice (or busy) restaurant operators that need detailed insights at-a-glance, without having to manipulate data themselves. Hardware includes bar code scanners, scales, and label printers, making ShopKeep by Lightspeed an excellent choice for quick-service restaurants that also sell staples to their customers, as in a “grocerant” model.
ShopKeep by Lightspeed POS Strengths
ShopKeep by Lightspeed POS Weaknesses
Excellent Customer service
Cannot pre-authorize credit cards for tabs
Built-in reports are easy for novice restaurant owners to navigate
Customers cannot tip on orders paid online
Available hardware is a great fit for restaurant/retail hybrids like grocerants
No driver dispatch functions
ShopKeep by Lightspeed Pricing
ShopKeep by Lightspeed has recently begun basing their pricing to custom quotes. Previously, however, their baseline system was priced at $69 per month, making ShopKeep by Lightspeed comparable in price to Lavu and TouchBistro. It also formerly offered month-to-month subscription plans that were not tied to an annual contract; if that interests you, you should definitely ask a ShopKeep by Lightspeed sales representative for a month-to-month option.
ShopKeep by Lightspeed Fees & Add-Ons
Processing Fees* (swiped)
~2.5% + 10 cents/transaction
Processing Fees* (keyed-in)
~3.5% + 15 cents/transaction
ShopKeep by Lightspeed Features
ShopKeep by Lightspeed prides itself on providing high functioning POS solutions at a competitive price. This system excels at streamlining basic processes. Since ShopKeep by Lightspeed got its start as a retail POS, this system has all the foundational features that a grocerant concept needs.
- Baseline POS: This hybrid iPad POS includes inventory, employee management, and reporting functions in the baseline offering.
- Available Add-On Modules: Online ordering, loyalty, gift cards are available as add-on modules. ShopKeep by Lightspeed integrates directly with QuickBooks for accounting, but currently, the system does not integrate with online ordering and delivery apps.
- Standout FOH Features: ShopKeep by Lightspeed offers many options to ring in products, making it a powerhouse system for blending restaurant and retail features.
- Standout BOH Features: Inventory reordering alerts are helpful. You cannot, however, manually change the unit of measurement on inventory items.
- Back Office and Reporting: Pocket Reporting App allows you to access real-time reports from your smartphone and easily shift between. ShopKeep by Lightspeed Payments also allows customers get paid within 24 hours with next day funding.
- Available Hardware: ShopKeep by Lightspeed offers iPad-based registers with cash drawers, printers, mobile credit card readers/ iPad stands start at $35 each. Full terminal kits range in price from $809 to $1,519.
What Makes ShopKeep by Lightspeed Great for Quick Service
ShopKeep by Lightspeed is an efficient system that is priced to support small restaurant businesses, so operations with a small footprint won’t get stuck paying for more system than they need. If, however, you are looking for integrations with third-party delivery apps, you might be happier with Square for Restaurants.
Revel Systems: Best Quick Service POS for Multi-Location Restaurants
Revel Systems is a hybrid iPad POS that, like TouchBistro, operates on a locally installed server with a cloud backup. In addition to industry-standard features like ingredient-level tracking and menu management, Revel has rare additions like built-in delivery driver management, self-order kiosks, and flexible hardware setups that make it a good fit for high-volume, multi-location, and delivery-heavy restaurants.
Revel Systems POS Strengths
Revel Systems POS Weaknesses
Lots of options for customer-facing displays, kiosks, KDS, and digital menu screens
Prices are tailored to your business; you must contact Revel for a quote
Highly customizable reports
Can take time to learn the Revel Back Office functions
Excellent online ordering and delivery functions
Contract requires a three year commitment
Revel Systems Pricing
Revel Systems starts at $99 per month, per register, which is a higher base cost than most of the other systems on our list. However, Revel includes customer relationship management and employee management features in the base model, whereas most POS systems charge extra monthly fees.
Revel Systems operates on iPads, which can be purchased through Revel Systems along with accessories like iPad stands, cash drawers, receipt printers, and more. Revel Systems also has a proprietary payment processing solution called Revel Advantage Payment Processing. Payment processing rates are not disclosed on the website. There is also an option for businesses to keep their existing payment processor when switching to Revel Systems.
Revel Systems Features
Revel Systems is a full-featured POS with tools for payment processing, inventory tracking, reporting, customer relationship management, employee management, and more. Revel Systems also has restaurant-specific features including the ability to design menus and pre-authorize payment cards for bar tabs.
Revel Systems Pricing
Revel Systems starts at $99 per month, per register, which is a higher base cost than most of the other restaurant POS systems on our list. In most POS systems, these are additional modules with an additional monthly price tag.
Revel Systems operates on iPads, which can be purchased through Revel Systems along with accessories like iPad stands, cash drawers, receipt printers, and more. Revel allows restaurant clients to choose their own payment processor or use the built-in Revel Advantage Payment Processing. Pricing for Revel’s proprietary payment processing solution varies based on business type and sales volume; restaurants will need to contact Revel for a custom quote.
Revel Systems Fees and Add-Ons
$99 per terminal, per month
Revel Advantage Payments
Flat rate, custom quote
Varies based on custom quotes
Revel Systems POS Features:
- Baseline POS: Hybrid iPad-based POS with inventory tracking, employee management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and customizable reports included in the entry-level package.
- Available Add-On Modules: Online ordering, delivery, and inventory counting smartphone app, self-service kiosks, gift cards, and customer loyalty modules can all be added to customize your Revel POS.
- Standout FOH Features: Revel’s Delivery module is the most robust available in a hybrid POS. Dispatching and managing drivers is as easy as managing servers.
- Standout BOH Features: Even without the optional inventory counting smartphone app, Revel Systems’ inventory management functions are robust and include the ability to place orders with vendors directly from the POS.
- Back Office and Reporting: Highly customizable reports sync across locations for easy management of multi-unit brands.
- Available Hardware: Digital menu boards, kitchen display screens, iPad based registers, self-service kiosks, mobile ordering tablets, chip, swipe, and contactless payments, mobile and Ethernet connected printers are all available on Revel.
What Makes Revel Great for Quick Service
Revel Systems POS is nearly infinitely customizable for a quick-service restaurant, especially a high volume, or multi-location concept. Revel is an incredibly comprehensive system, but it might have more bells and whistles than a small operation needs. If, however, your menu is large with dishes like pizza and sandwiches that are frequently modified, Revel will save your sanity. The only reason this system does not score higher here is because of the price. It is the highest-priced option and requires a three-year contract.
For a full-spectrum look at Revel Systems, see our full review.
Square: Best Free Quick Service Restaurant POS
Square for Restaurants is a cloud-based iPad POS that has built-in payment processing and basic inventory and customer tracking. Square for Restaurants POS app lets quick service restaurants set up as many registers, users, and products as they need and has paid features that can be added as needed like payroll processing, loyalty programs, and email marketing.
Square for Restaurants Strengths
Square for Restaurants Weaknesses
Price—you can’t beat free
Square KDS included only with paid plans
Easy to integrate online ordering and delivery
Limited options for kiosks and customer-facing displays
Streamlined user interface
Inventory management features cannot track at the ingredient-level
Square for Restaurants POS Pricing
Square for Restaurants POS offers three subscription tiers. The baseline subscription, Free, has no monthly fees; all you pay is the credit card processing fees on credit card transitions. There are no monthly, startup, or cancellation fees. Anyone can create a Square account, download the app, and start using Square for Restaurants POS in a matter of minutes.
Square requires businesses to use its built-in credit card processing solution. Square Payments transaction fees are 2.6% + $0.10 per dipped, swiped, or tapped transaction. This is not the lowest available but is an extremely good rate for small businesses with average tickets below $20. If your restaurant’s annual sales are above $250,000, you may be able to negotiate a different rate with a Square sales representative.
Square for Restaurants Fees & Add-Ons
Free - $299 per month, depending on membership tier
$400 - $1343, depending on preferences
Square Team Plus
$35 per month for Free subscribers (Included with Plus and Premium Tiers)
$29 + $5 per employee, per month
From $45 per location, per month
From $15 per location, per month
Caviar (Online Ordering and Delivery)
~28% per delivery order, ~12% per pick up order
- Baseline POS: This User-friendly, cloud-based app that can be installed on iPads or Square registers includes Square online Store, online order integrations, and cash tacking functions.
- Additional Add-On Modules: Online ordering and delivery, Marketing, Loyalty, and Payroll, live sales reporting, coursing, and auto-86’ing functions are available at additional monthly costs.
- Standout FOH Features: Conversational ordering reflects the way customers speak when they place orders, allowing servers to easily modify items on the fly.
- Standout BOH Features: Square owns third-party delivery platform Caviar, and integrates with several other ordering platforms via integration with Chowly, so online orders flow directly into your kitchen’s order stream.
- Back Office and Reporting: Basic reporting is easy to navigate. Inventory module is not ingredient-level, however. Square can alert when you are out of a dish, but not out of an ingredient. Real-time reporting is only available at the higher-priced subscription tiers.
- Available Hardware: Full registers with cash drawers, various styles of iPad stands, dedicated customer display screens, contactless payment terminals, payment-enabled iPhone cases for tableside payments, and Bluetooth enabled wireless printers. Square Registers can be purchased with in-built customer-facing displays.
What Makes Square for Restaurants Great for Quick Service
Square for restaurants offers quick service restaurants incredible value for their money. The Free subscription tier makes POS functions accessible for new and small restaurants, in particular. Square’s pricing is refreshingly transparent, so you always know what functions you have, and what additional functions will cost.
Square for Restaurants also does not require a long-term contract, so small operations can start with the free Square for Restaurants POS, then easily upgrade to a Plus or Premium membership—or a different POS system—as their business grows.
Toast: Best Quick Service POS for Contactless Ordering & Payments
Toast is a tablet POS for the restaurant industry that has lots of customizable features for quick-service restaurants. This cloud-based POS has hard-to-find features for processing contactless payments, making it a great fit for restaurants that want to move in a contactless direction for a software fee that starts at under $80 per month.
Toast POS Strengths
Toast POS Weaknesses
User-friendly, all-in-one system
Mandatory installation fees, add-ons can be costly
Lots of digital display, kiosk, and contactless payment options
Cannot choose a payment processor
System is constantly innovating to provide tools for a changing restaurant industry
Total pricing based on a custom quote
Toast POS starts at $79 per month, per terminal. Inventory management features are an additional quoted monthly fee. Most of the quick service POS systems on our list run on iPads, but Toast has proprietary hardware. Bundles start at $899 with a one-time installation fee that starts at $499. Toast offers 0% financing for hardware in some markets.
Toast Fees & Add-Ons
Software for one terminal
One time fee $499
One time fee $1,500
Processing Fees* (swiped)
~2.49% + 15 cents per transaction
Processing Fees* (keyed-in)
~3.5% + 15 cents per transaction
*These fees are based on three separate quotes, but fees can vary based on the type of card and at Toast’s discretion.
Toast POS Features
- Included in Baseline POS: This user-friendly, Android-based cloud POS comes with recipe and food costing tools, menu management, tableside ordering, table, and order management, and light customer relationship management (CRM) built-in.
- Additional Modules: Integrated Online ordering and delivery, scheduling, digital gift cards, customer loyalty, payroll, and team management are available with additional, quoted fees.
- Standout FOH Features: Toast recently rolled out a completely contactless ordering and payment system that allows customers to order and pay from their personal smartphones using a QR code.
- Standout Back of House Features: Toast’s KDS screens integrate with SMS text messaging to alert takeout customers when their food is ready.
- Reporting and Back-Office: Detailed menu management with ingredient-level tracking, recipe costing, waste and COGS reports, payroll administration, sales, and performance data, all with real-time data.
- Available Hardware: Standard terminals with flip screens, customer-facing displays, tableside/mobile ordering, kitchen display screens, and self-order kiosks are all available on this system.
What Makes Toast Great for Quick Service
Toast is a system built by hospitality professionals, specifically for restaurants. The company is constantly developing new tools for the changing restaurant landscape. At the onset of COVID-19, for example, Toast was the first restaurant software company to release a free-standing, commission-free online ordering and delivery system for restaurants. Toast is an excellent partner to restaurants, and its software tools are nimble and constantly evolving.
Currently, the Toast POS has everything a quick-service restaurant needs to create a completely contactless ordering and payment system for both in-house and delivery customers, and they are constantly developing more. For example, Toast quickly rolled out QR code ordering and payments to create an in-built contactless ordering and payment system for restaurants. For a more comprehensive look at Toast, you can read our full Toast POS Review.
The best quick service restaurant POS can easily process customer orders, accept payments, and manage food inventory. The quick-service POS systems should also have kiosks and kitchen display systems, along with online ordering functions for flexible ordering. Strong systems are priced at less than $100 per month to support the tight margins quick-service restaurants operate under.
TouchBistro is the best quick service restaurant POS because it is competitively priced with flexible hardware and apps for POS, kitchen display, and customer-facing solutions. TouchBistro also has affordable payment plans for hardware and a variety of integrated payment processors to choose from. If TouchBistro sounds like a fit for your quick service restaurant, visit TouchBistro for a free quote.