Toast Review & Alternatives (2021 Guide)

Toast, Inc. is a cloud-based restaurant software company based in Boston, Massachusetts, and founded in 2012. Toast was also designed specifically for restaurants and is used in cafes, diners, fine dining establishments, bakeries, and other restaurants.   

One of the first things that distinguish Toast from other popular cloud-based POS programs for restaurants is that it’s built on the Android operating system and has a line of dedicated hardware. Toast claims that this hardware —unlike Apple iPads — is designed for the high-heat, high-impact world of restaurants.

Another thing to note about Toast is that its pricing structure is a little unique. The basic package includes a minimal number of features, with features such as loyalty, marketing, and online ordering considered “add-ons” to the basic package.

However, it also doesn’t come with features to manage online reservations or smart food lockers. You’ll also have to pay for a separate email marketing program, as email marketing is not included.

Pros of Toast

  • High level of functionality within its simple user interface
  • The ease of menu updating and customization
  • Efficient built-in online ordering platform

Cons of Toast

  • Requires additional fees for a separate email marketing program
  • Immediate support sometimes not available
  • Online table reservations not available
  • Smart food locker system not available

What’s the best Toast alternative?

As an alternative to Toast, 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 Toast
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

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
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"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
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"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
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"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."

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