"Toast offers simple, customizable packages for every restaurant."
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Pros
  • Streamlined back office operations
  • Excellent integration between kitchen and service staff
  • Multi-location menu management
  • Fairly priced
Cons
  • Only available on Android
  • Early termination fee
  • Not suitable for large restaurants or chains
Company Background

The Toast POS system was built from the ground up as an all-encompassing solution to serve different restaurant types. Toast has also launched a new product called Toast Hardware, which is a point of sale tools designed especially for the restaurant community. Toast Hardware was created specifically for Toast Point of Sale and includes four new devices: the Toast Flex, Toast Tap, Toast Printer, and Toast Hub.

Plans & Pricing

Toast offers its services to users via three basic plans: the Starter plan, the Essentials plan, and the Custom plan. However, an additional New Restaurant Basics plan comes as a special offering for startup restaurants in need of payroll assistance.

Starter
$0/mo
Essentials
$165/mo
Custom
Custom Pricing
New Restaurant Basics
$110/mo

Starter

The Starter plan is best suited for restaurants and food businesses just starting. This plan offers users a cloud-based POS system and a single terminal configuration with a $0 monthly fee and $2.99% + $0.15 processing fee. However, users can pay an upfront sum of $799 and subsequently $69 per month with a 2.49% + $0.15 processing fee per transaction to cover the cost of the starter kit. The users of this plan can conveniently manage their orders, menus, and tables. There is also reporting round-the-clock customer support and real-time transaction monitoring against fraud. Users also benefit from technical support during upgrades and installation. However, features like online ordering, email marketing, gift cards, and loyalty programs can only be accessed as add-ons and at additional costs.

Essentials

The Essential plan is ideal for existing businesses that intend to experience POS the Toast way. It goes for a monthly fee of $165 and includes 3 free months of Toast’s online ordering feature (originally at $75 per month). In addition to the features of the Starter plan, users of this plan get access to an efficient delivery service and the Toast Takeout app for a more convenient customer experience.

Custom

The Toast Custom plan is designed for restaurant owners looking to scale their profit and improve their customers’ experience. As its name implies, the cost of using this plan is customized according to individual business needs. You’ll need to reach out to the company’s support team to get a quote. This plan is also cloud-based and offers the entire features of the Essentials plan.

However, with this plan, users can access features like digital ordering, takeout, and delivery as paid add-ons. In addition, email marketing, gift cards, and loyalty programs are also charged at additional prices. This plan also features many employee and customer management tools as add-ons. These tools include scheduling, payroll, business insurance, tips, a PayCard, 401k, and API.

The New Restaurant Basics

At $110 + $4 per employee per month, the Toast New Restaurant Basics plan is suited for businesses looking to have POS and payroll in one package. In addition to the features in the Starter plan, this plan covers the lite versions of employee scheduling, payroll, and team management. It also covers business insurance, 401k, tips, and the Toast PayCard.

Features & Functionality
Best For
Features
  • Retail Store
  • Coffee Shop
  • Nightclub
  • Quick Service
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Food Truck
General Features
Menu Customization

Toast menus will match the physical menus you use and allow you to organize them the same way. Beyond breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can also further break down menu item groups. There is plenty of room for more subgroups and modifiers.

Restaurant-Tailored Reporting & Inventory Management

Most point-of-sale systems offer reports on transactions. Toast goes one step further for restaurant owners.

Toast integrates its customer relationship system with reports. You can collect customer information and see which customers visit your restaurant the most. Customer reports can be broken down by average check, frequency of visits, and most frequently ordered dishes.

On the inventory side, you can monitor costs with a recipe costing tool and food cost calculator. More impressively, Toast offers a menu engineering feature that helps you determine the best-selling and most profitable dishes.

Staff Management

User-based permissions and access allow you to delegate tasks appropriately. For example, you can only allow managers to approve voids and discounts.

Kitchen Display

Toast’s color-coded kitchen display system features wait times on all orders and enables them to quickly notify servers when an order is prepared. Servers can be notified with a flash or a sound through the POS system.

Toast Go

The Toast Go app makes tableside ordering simple and easy for your staff. With a handheld device, servers send information to the kitchen quickly. Customer-requested changes can be quickly communicated via a device that’s separate from the main POS register.

Integrations & Add-Ons

This is one of Toast’s strong points. The software can be seamlessly integrated with:

  • 7shifts
  • Appfront
  • Avero
  • Bevager
  • Bevspot
  • BrewLogix
  • Chowly
  • Compeat
  • Craftable
  • CrunchTime
  • Grubhub
  • Harri
  • Homebase
  • ItsaCheckmate
  • KitchenSync
  • LevelUp
  • Marketman
  • OpenTable
  • PayTronix
  • PeachWorks
  • Punchh
  • Restaurant365
  • Shogo
  • TapMango
Features
  • Inventory Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Compatibility
  • Online Ordering
  • Reporting
  • Split Checks
  • Manage Tips
  • Staff Scheduling
  • Offline Payments
  • Customer Profiles
  • Multidevice Payments
  • Gift Card Support
  • Accounting Integration
  • Tableside Ordering
  • Floor Plan Management
  • Customer-Facing Display
  • Self-Service Kiosk
Hardware & Software
Hardware requirements

Toast POS works with tablets, terminals, card readers, bar printers, and display screens. You can make use of all the hardware you need and opt out of what you don’t.

Toast is an android-based software, making it more affordable to accommodate. If you prefer Android devices, you’ll find Toast more usable than the many iOS-based systems.

Features
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Cloud-Based
  • On-place Installation
  • Windows
  • Mac
Pricing Options
Features
  • Free Trial
  • Freemium
  • Monthly Subscription
  • Annual Subscription
  • One-Time License
Ease of Use

Toast’s basic features are easy to understand and can be taught to staff quickly. The company will assist you with the setup process. According to most users, their customer service is thorough and friendly.

It may take you and your staff some time playing around to thoroughly understand Toast’s back-end features. It does not offer the most modern design or interfaces but isn’t too difficult to learn either.

Customer Support

Toast offers more comprehensive customer support than most of its competition.

Additional customer support:
Community Forum
Toast hosts a forum on its site.

Blog
Toast has a blog for restaurant management on its site.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
24/7 technical support included in every package
Phone Support
Phone Support
24/7 phone support is available
Live Online Chat
Live Online Chat
Live chat support is available 24/7
Email
Email
Reach out for support via email 24/7
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
Many user-created tutorials available online
FAQ
FAQ
Toast has multiple FAQ sections
Final Word

Toast offers a comprehensive POS solution for small restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses. While it isn’t a solution for larger businesses, it offers small catering and takeout businesses all the support they need to compete locally. Amid the current pandemic, Toast has also tweaked its offer to include tableside ordering and other features to better accommodate social distancing.

Myles Leva
Author: Myles Leva