Toast vs. Square

Weighing out Square vs. Toast? Go with the company that offers robust software and durable hardware designed specifically for restaurants.

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Top reasons to go with Toast POS vs. Square

Don’t let Square box you in. Toast’s all-in-one restaurant management platform provides a growing list of tools and features that make running a restaurant easier.

Our platform is built specifically for restaurants

Our hardware is restaurant-grade and built on Android, resulting in more stability and durability for your restaurant.

Our product suite supports your restaurant as you grow

Don't cut corners when it comes to your business. Invest in a more reliable platform that you won't outgrow in a few months.

We integrate with 100+ technology partners

Our open ecosystem of best-in-class partners means you'll get access to the partners you need to run your business.

We’re committed to the success of the restaurant industry

From our team of restaurant experts offering 24/7 support, to our lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, Toast is committed to the success of our customers and the restaurant industry as a whole.

Why choose Toast vs. Square for your restaurant?


Don’t get nickel-and-dimed every time you need to add a login or feature. Your initial investment in Toast sets your restaurant up with durable, reliable hardware and gives you access to our ever-improving, cloud-based software. Toast continually rolls out new product releases and offers cloud-based updates so your restaurant is always running as efficiently as possible.

When it comes to cost, here are the benefits of going with Toast vs. Square

  • Direct Manufactured Hardware

  • Integrated Credit Card Processing

  • Simple Monthly Payments

  • Payments Gateway

  • Customer Financing

  • Custom Pricing

Designed for Restaurants

Since day one, everything we build, we build for restaurants. Our products and hardware were specifically developed for the rigors front and back of house face during a shift.

Many restaurants outgrow Square as they add more customers, more complex service types, new digital ordering options, or become multi-location. Toast’s all-in-one, restaurant-specific platform provides you with the tools you need to scale and succeed in the restaurant business. 

The restaurant-specific benefits of choosing Toast vs. Square:

  • Sell Exclusively to Restaurants

  • Kitchen Display Systems

  • Table Service

  • Delivery Management

  • Restaurant-specific features like coursing, modifiers, and split checks

  • Takeout & Delivery App

  • Cloud Reporting

  • Heat-resistant, waterproof hardware

  • 60% of Toast employees have a restaurant background

Online Ordering

During COVID-19, online ordering has been a lifeline for restaurants. With Toast, you get a customizable online ordering site that integrates directly with your point of sale. No commissions, no hidden fees. Pair it with Toast Marketing and Toast Delivery Services, and you can do all that a third party delivery provider can at a fraction of the price. Square Online Stores, however, are designed for retail stores, not restaurants, and lack key functionality that restaurants need. 

The benefits of choosing Toast vs. Square for online ordering:

  • Online ordering site hosted by Toast

  • Customizable online ordering site

  • Delivery Management

  • Takeout & Delivery App (Toast Takeout)

  • Multi-Unit Management

  • Save customer credit cards for future use


Toast Payroll & Team Management automates the complicated, manual processes involved with restaurant payroll. Important employee data is synced between your point of sale and Toast Payroll, saving you time and money to devote where it matters most: Your business.

The benefits of choosing Toast vs. Square for payroll:

  • Time Cards

  • Multi-location employee management

  • Automated payroll

  • Fraud Reports (Transaction Item Removals Report)

  • Employee Scheduling

  • Compliant with federal and local labor laws

Finance & Payments

When we say all-in-one, we mean it: Toast is your single partner for point of sale and payment processing. This means your credit card rates are invested back into the platform you use every day to power your restaurant.Toast customers have a single flat rate, custom to your restaurant’s credit card mix. 

The benefits of choosing Toast vs. Square for payments:

  • Integrated Credit Card Processing*

  • PCI PA-DSS Validated

  • Processor Agnostic

  • Capital Financing

  • Preauth

  • Digital Receipts

24/7 Customer Care

Toast has a nationwide network of in-market support specialists who partner with restaurants to ensure better service and response times. For immediate needs,  24/7 customer support is available via phone, 365 days a year.

Reasons to choose Toast vs. Square for quality customer care:

  • 24/7/365 Customer Care

  • Award Winning Support (Silver Stevie)

  • Online Educational Resources

  • Online Customer Community

  • Onsite Support

  • FAQs on Toast Central

Restaurants Who Switched From Square to Toast

Mr Sandwich Hero
"After switching to Toast, we saw an immediate jump of 30% in sales. Not only that, but now over 40% of our sales are coming from online ordering."
Shandor Collins

Charlie Lopez
Marketing Consultant

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Mr Sandwich Hero
"Toast is more robust with capabilities that matches all the parts of our shop, such as orders for the deli and open tabs for the bar. The systems talk to each other and get orders out as fast as they can."

Jody Klein
Operations Manager

Morgan & York

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