Square Review & Alternatives (2021 Guide)

Most people recognize the POS system Square because it was one of the first POS systems to make it super easy for small businesses to accept credit card payments with little more than a smartphone. 

The square-shaped card readers plugged directly into an iPhone’s audio jack to make accepting payments super simple.

The POS system has evolved a lot since that time to become a fully featured POS system for both retailers and restaurants. It aims to serve restaurants of all types, always with a primary focus on speed and efficiency. 

Square POS has robust features for marketing, online table reservations, team management, and payroll. It also integrates with plenty of third party apps.

The main benefit of Square POS is that it can accept any type of payment quickly and securely, whether you want to collect orders online, at customers’ tables, or at the checkout counter. However, if you own a franchise or a restaurant that needs a built-in online ordering platform, there are better options for your needs.

Pros of Square

  • High level of functionality within its simple user interface
  • The ease of menu updating and customization
  • Great for small businesses

Cons of Square

  • Online ordering platform not available
  • Enterprise deployment not available
  • Built-in kitchen display system not available
  • Hidden and payment processing fees can be expensive
  • Back of house reporting can be inefficient

What’s the best Square alternative?

As an alternative to Square, TrufflePOS is an industry-leading POS system, built for restaurants. If you’re looking to either launch your online ordering system or an end-to-end enterprise POS solution, Truffle is your go-to option.

Why Choose TrufflePOS Over Square
TrufflePOS
Square
Online Ordering Platform with Built-in Driver Tracking
Driver Application
Enterprise Deployment (multi-location ready)
Built-in Marketing Engine with Email Campaign Management
Back Office Hardware Not Required
Smart-Food Locker System
Built-in 3rd Party Delivery Integrations
Online Table Reservations
Built-in Kitchen Display System
Food Wastage Tracking

Top 4 Reasons To Go With Truffle POS

Enterprise-level functionality with flexible pricing

Gain access to a full range of options with enterprise-level functionality that fits all budget types. Scale your restaurant from one location to thousands with Truffle POS – faster at innovation than any other legacy systems in the marketplace.

More than just a POS

Instead of using other POS systems that provide 10% of what we offer, you can gain access to our Restaurant Management System – Everything you need to run and scale your restaurant. From Marketing to customer engagement and rewards.

Future proof your restaurant

Make sure your restaurant stays at the top of the industry trends, with features such as Cloud Kitchen Management, Contactless Food Locker Pickup System, Restaurant Automation, Marketing Analytics. Working with TrufflePOS also means working for other social causes – We integrate with systems that allow you to offer unsold food as donations to those in need.

Cross-platform compatibility

IOS, Windows, Android

A core difference between us and the competition is our ability to run on any hardware platform, Windows, IOS & Android, so as technology changes we are always ready to deploy (hardware agnostic)

Restaurants Who Choose TrufflePOS Over Other Solutions

Rieley K.
Rieley K.
Owner, Cilantro & Chive
Read More
"Truffle's support and services have been incredible. Quick turnarounds, attentive and patient support team, intuitive back end and ease of use puts this system far above our previous system."
Tammy A.
Tammy A.
GM, Yiannis Taverna
Read More
"Before using TrufflePOS we were spending more time, money, and effort using multiple systems that did not talk to each other. This was the best investment we’ve made this year."
David O.
David O.
Mikado Restaurant
Read More
"I would highly recommend Truffle POS to other Restaurateurs, They truly take a partnership approach and deliver the best service which allows us to deliver a unique customer experience."

Find Out How Truffle Can Help Your Restaurant

Book a 30-minute demo session where we'll learn more about your business and show you how we can help you save time, and build amazing customer experiences.