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Compare Square for Restaurants and Square Point of Sale

Square for Restaurants is a solution built specifically for the Food &
Beverage industry. It s an all-in-one POS solution that will keep you ahead of the curve when it comes to ordering, paying, and fulfilling your diner's ever-changing needs.

Compare Square Point of Sale with Square for Restaurants Free and Plus features to see which plan is best suited for your business. If you’re interested in learning more about Square for Restaurants Plus, you can access a free 30-day trial.

Pricing

  Square Point of Sale Square for Restaurants Free Square for Restaurants Plus
Monthly Price Free Free $129 per month, per location
Card Present Processing Fees 1.9% 1.9% 1.9%
Square Stand with Square Reader Processing Fees 1.9% 1.9% 1.9%
Square Terminal Processing Fees 1.6% 1.6% 1.6%
Square Register Processing Fees 1.6% 1.6% ✖️
Afterpay In-Person Processing Fees 6% + 0.30¢ (excl. GST) 6% + 0.30¢ (excl. GST) 6% + 0.30¢ (excl. GST)

Custom Pricing

Custom pricing is available if you process more than $250,000 per year. Contact our Sales Team to learn more about our Square for Restaurants Premium Plan.

For more information regarding processing fees, check out our Square for Restaurants and Point of Sale pricing articles.

Afterpay and Square for Restaurants

Afterpay in-person acceptance is available with Square Point of Sale and Square for Restaurants Free, Plus and Premium.

Overview

With Square for Restaurants and Afterpay, customers to pay for in person transactions in four instalments over six weeks.

  • If you’re eligible, you can accept Afterpay payments in store via your Square for Restaurants POS app.
  • Afterpay in-person is available with Square for Restaurants Free, Plus and Premium plans.
  • For all transactions, merchants get paid in full – immediately.

Learn more about Afterpay and Square.

Afterpay Pricing

Square sellers using Afterpay get paid the full amount at the time of purchase, minus a processing fee on the total order. Enabling Afterpay with Square is free — there are no monthly fees or startup costs. You only pay when you make a sale for in-person transactions. There are no processing fees charged on the remaining instalments or if your customer makes a late payment.

Afterpay in-person processing fee is 6% + 30¢ (excluding GST) per sale.

Note: Afterpay rates are fixed and do not vary by subscription type, hardware, or custom pricing.

Enable or Disable Afterpay

You can go to Payment Methods to enable or disable Afterpay at any time.

Note: The setting for In-person payments with Afterpay is global and applies across all Square products that can also take Afterpay payments in-person. This includes other online platforms such as Square Point of Sale, Square Appointments, Square for Retail and Virtual Terminal. There isn’t a way to enable/disable Afterpay only for Square for Restaurants at this time.

Afterpay Eligibility

To see if you are eligible for Afterpay, visit our In-Person eligibility.

Features

Visit the Square for Restaurants page for a full comparison between Plus and Premium plans.

Dashboard Features

Feature Square POS Restaurants Free Restaurants Plus
Remote Menu/Grid Management ✔️ ✔️
Remote Device Management ✔️ ✔️
Shared Device Settings ✔️
Service Charge Reporting ✔️ ✔️
Category Rollups ✔️
Menu Reports ✔️
Live Sales Reports ✔️
Section Sale/Cover Reports ✔️

Point of Sale Features

Feature Square POS Restaurants Free Restaurants Plus
Mobile Point of Sale‡ ✔️
Afterpay acceptance ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square KDS Available as paid add on Available as paid add on ✔️
Open Bills (& Predefined Bills) ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Reopen Closed Bills ✔️
Fractional Quantities ✔️
Local Item Creation ✔️
Local Device Settings ✔️
Image Tiles ✔️ ✔️
Dark Mode ✔️ ✔️
Service Charge (manual) ✔️
Service Charge (based on seating) ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Order Manager ✔️ ✔️
Advanced (Conversational) Modifiers ✔️ ✔️
Table Maps ✔️
Table Colours Based on Time ✔️
Course Management ✔️
Dark Mode ✔️ ✔️
Seating & Cover Counts ✔️
Item Availability Tracking ✔️
Shift Reports ✔️
Close of Day Reports ✔️
Live Sales in App ✔️

Support

Support Square POS Restaurants Free Restaurants Plus
Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AET Support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
24/7 Support Not included for sellers that self onboard Not included for sellers that self onboard ✔️

Square Add Ons

Add On Square POS Restaurants Free Restaurants Plus
Team Management Free ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Team Management Plus Available as paid add on Available as paid add on ✔️

Supported Operating Systems

Square Point of Sale Square for Restaurants Free Plan Square for Restaurants Plus Plan
iPad ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iOS phones ✔️ ✖️ ✖️
Android phones ✔️ ✖️ ✖️
Android tablets ✔️ ✖️ ✖️

Hardware Compatibility

  Square Point of Sale Square for Restaurants Free Plan Square for Restaurants Plus Plan
Square Reader ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Stand ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Terminal ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Register ✔️ ✔️ ✖️
Square POS Kits ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Terms and Conditions

‡ Limited time offer valid until 11:59pm AEST on 1 March 2023. Eligible sellers will receive $0 per month pricing for using unlimited Square Terminal and Restaurant Mobile POS kit devices within Australia during the promotional period, inclusive of all fees and taxes, and will then be automatically migrated to the standard $50 per month per location upon conclusion of the promotional period, unless the seller elects to opt out of using the product. All sellers will be notified via email prior to the end of the promotional period with the option to opt-out before being migrated to standard pricing. To avail yourself of this offer, activation of the Square for Restaurants Plus plan is required. You must be signed into your own account. Square reserves the right to modify, revoke, or cancel the offer at any time. Void where prohibited, not redeemable for cash, and non-transferable.

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