A Square vs. Toast comparison

What’s the best all-in-one POS system for you?

A Square vs. Toast comparison

For front of house, back of house and everywhere in between.

One flexible solution that helps you deliver great diner experiences, maximize kitchen efficiency and streamline vendors. All the benefits of working with a trusted, technology-first restaurant partner without any of the predatory contracts, hidden fees or fine print.

Square is on your side.

When comparing Square to Toast, many restaurants are drawn to our fair and flexible pricing and commitment to transparency. We’re in your corner – no restrictive contracts, no hidden fees and no fine print.

No more hidden fees.

Simplified and predictable pricing across all payment types and software fees. We won’t upcharge or change pricing in a few months’ time. What you see is what you get.

Always know what you’re paying for.

Our restaurants use Square because they want to – Square will not make you sign a contract and increase your processing fees once you are locked in. Pay monthly for Square subscriptions, opt out at any time or turn on your services for seasonal business or busy periods.

Better total cost of ownership.

Start with all the essentials you need to run your restaurant for free – just pay a processing rate of 2.65% for all major credit cards and a 0.75% + 7¢ fee per Interac chip & PIN or tap versus Toast’s 2.99% + 15 cents for their pay-as-you-go plan. Unlock the Square advanced features for just $60/month per location versus Toast’s $165 for their mid-tier and advanced plans.

We’ve got you covered.

We handle payment security and authentication so you never pay PCI compliance fees. Rest easy knowing that disputes and chargebacks are handled by Square.

Square works for you, no matter what you’re serving.

Why restaurants choose Square over Toast.

Square is the partner that restaurants trust to help them build the business they envision, today and in the future.

Work with a trusted partner.

We believe in transparency – which means no hidden fees or contract lock-in. With Square you always know what you’re paying for, and you can opt in or out at any time based on what your business needs.

Everything you need to grow.

Whatever comes next, handle it with Square. Scaling your restaurant? Easily add locations, launch online ordering and run loyalty programs. Expanding the team? Train your staff in minutes, manage shifts and run payroll seamlessly – and do it all straight from your POS.

Connect to the tools you already use.

Save time by connecting disjointed systems. No more manual data entry or spreadsheets. Integrate with top restaurant tools to solve problems today, make your job easier and grow your business for tomorrow.

Pricing plans

Three flexible plans. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime.

2.65% per tap, insert or swipe.


Everything you need to handle day-to-day service.


Unlimited devices.
Unlimited locations.

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  • M–F, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT support
  • Fast order entry
  • Menu management
  • Remote device management
  • Order Manager
  • Multi-location management
  • Square Team Management free plan


Streamline operations and boost revenue as your needs grow more complex.


Per month per location.
+$40/month per added POS device.
30-day free trial.

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Includes Free plan and:
  • 24/7 support
  • Square KDS
  • Close of day reports
  • Shared device settings
  • Auto 86ing & item counts
  • Live sales
  • Advanced reporting
  • Shift reports
  • Square Team Plus


Get a custom plan that scales as you expand your footprint and your brand.

Custom pricing

Eligibility applies*

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Includes Plus plan and discounts* on optional add-ons:
  • Square Loyalty

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*Available if you process more than $250,000 per year. Other exclusions apply. Contact Sales →

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Fast setup. No long-term contract. Cancel anytime.