Square for Restaurants Review: Free Trial, Pricing, Support, App Store

As we continue to move everything to the cloud using different cloud technologies. Small to medium businesses are not left out of the digital revolution. Large restaurants, bars, and lounges now make use of various cloud solutions to provide various services to customers. Square is no exception. It has some unique product offerings like Square for Restaurants. Square for Restaurants is one of the fully integrated Points of Sale (POS) solutions that utilize cloud technology. It provides Caviar which is the restaurant management software that runs on iPads. Caviar is the Square ordering and management platform.


Square for Restaurants basically helps you to streamline your restaurant operations. It provides a reliable means of communication between the guest, server, and kitchen. In other words, servers can determine the right time to fire or hold certain dishes or courses for their tables. The Square for Restaurants is a user-friendly suite that incorporates Square hardware, software, and servers. It gives restaurant owners that ability to update the online ordering menu in real time. You can also turn off online orders if, for example, the kitchen is too busy with dine-in guests.

Square for Restaurants Free Trial

Square for Restaurants offers restaurants a free 30-day trial. You can sign up for free at Square (squareup.com) website for this offer. At the expiration of the 30-day free period, it will cost you $60 per month if you don’t opt out. Square also offers other add-ons such as payroll processing, marketing, and loyalty programs for a fee.

How to Sign Up for Square for Restaurants

It’s very easy to sign up for Square for Restaurants. Here are the steps you can use to create a Square account:

  1. On the web browser of your device, type: squareup.com/us/en/point-of-sale/restaurants and hit the enter button. This will take you to the Square for Restaurants page. You can also copy the link and paste on your web browser.
  2. Click “Start your free trial” tab at the middle of the page.
  3. On the next page, enter the name of your restaurant and the type of your restaurant
  4. Enter your Email Address and confirm the Email
  5. Choose a Password and select Country
  6. Accept Square Terms and E-Sign Consent
  7. Click on the Sign Up tab.

Things You Can Do with Square for Restaurants

They include:

  • Front of House Operations such as order entry, table mapping, seating, coursing, and timed dish firing.
  • Menu Management: It gives you the ability to set menus.
  • Accept Payment: It allows you to take payments at 2.6% + 10¢ per tap, dip, or swipe. Removes the need for another payments processor.
  • Check-splitting, reprinting, and refunds
  • Managing Employees: Square for Restaurants allows you to create individual employee logins, clock-ins, different permission levels. It also gives you the ability to assign orders and tables to specific employees.
  • Inventory Tracking & Reporting: You can easily generate daily sales reports and create custom reports.
  • Customer Relationship Management: You can build customer directories, tabs, saved payment methods and order histories, all in one place.

Square for Restaurants Pricing (Cost)

A single point-of-sale (POS) costs $60 a month per location but you can get an additional POS terminal at an extra cost of $40 a month. However, if you want to buy the complete kit including Square Stand, Cash Drawer, Receipt Printer, iPad, etc, it will you about $1,400.

Square for Restaurants App – Caviar

Caviar is an on-demand food delivery management software that runs on iOS and Android devices. It’s the Square ordering and management platform. Caviar is currently available in the following locations in the United States:

  • Boston, MA
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA (including Orange County)
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA (including Greater Philadelphia)
  • Portland, OR
  • Queens, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA (including Bay Area)
  • Seattle, WA (including Eastside)
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Washington, D.C.

It’s important to note that ordering with the Caviar iOS and Android app may attract some charges. The app size is 7.7 MB and requires Android 6.0 and above. You can download the app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Square Support

Square provides 24/7 online technical support for customers. You can get answers by phone {1 (855) 700-6000} or email. Customers can also visit the Support Center (https://squareup.com/help/us/en) anytime for useful POS tips.