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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 trialfree 30-day trial.


  Square Point of Sale Square for Restaurants Free Square for Restaurants Plus
Monthly Price Free Free £69/month, per location
Card-Present Processing Fees 1.75% 1.75% 1.75%

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

Check out the full comparison of features between Square for Restaurants Free, Plus and Premium Plans. Note: Square for Restaurants Plus features are not yet available on Square Register.

Clearpay and Square for Restaurants


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

  • If you’re eligible, you can accept Clearpay payments in store via your Square for Restaurants POS app.
  • Clearpay 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 Clearpay and Square.

Clearpay Pricing

Square sellers using Clearpay get paid the full amount at the time of purchase, minus a processing fee on the total order. Enabling Clearpay 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 installments or if your customer makes a late payment.

The processing rate for all Clearpay transactions is 6% + 30p.

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

Enable or Disable Clearpay

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

Note: The setting for In-person payments with Clearpay is global and applies across all Square products that can also take Clearpay 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 Clearpay only for Square for Restaurants at this time.

Clearpay Eligibility

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


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

Feature Square POS Square for Restaurants Free Plan Square for Restaurants Plus Plan
Remote Menu and Grid Management ✖️ ✔️
Remote Device Management ✖️ ✔️ ✔️
Shared Device Settings ✖️ ✖️
Service Charge Reporting ✖️
Menu Reports ✖️ ✖️
Section Sale and Cover Reports ✖️ ✖️
Category Rollup Reports ✖️ ✖️
Open Bills (& Predefined Bills)
Decimal Quantities ✖️ ✖️
Item Creation on the POS ✖️ ✖️
Device Settings on the POS ✖️ ✖️
Image Tiles ✖️ ✖️
Dark Mode ✖️
Service Charge (manual or always apply) ✖️
Service Charge (based on seating) ✖️ ✖️
Order Manager
Advanced (Conversational) Modifiers ✖️
Table Maps ✖️
Table Colours Based on Time ✖️ ✖️
Coursing ✖️ ✖️
Seating & Cover Counts ✖️ ✖️
Item availability & Item Counts ✖️
Reopen Closed Bills ✖️ ✖️
Shift Reports ✖️ ✖️
Close of Day ✖️ ✖️
Live Sales Report in App ✖️ ✖️
9–5, M–F Support
24/7 Support (not included) (not included)
Free Team Management
Paid Team Management Available as add-on Available as add-on Included
(Square KDS )

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 point-of-sale kits for restaurants ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Register ✔️ ✔️

If you need advanced inventory features for your restaurant, take a look at Square for Retail

Square for Restaurants Free FAQ

How can I upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus?

  1. Visit the Home page of your online Square Dashboard and select POS Systems > Square For Restaurants tab.
  2. Click See Plans > Select Pro Pricing.
  3. Select Get Started for Free to begin your 30-day free trial of Square for Restaurants.

Can I upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus on Square Register?

Square for Restaurants Plus POS features are not available on Square Register. However, you can still use Square for Restaurants Plus features such as Advanced Reporting, Square Device Settings and the Team Management free plan from your Square Dashboard.

How can I downgrade my account from Square for Restaurants Plus to Square for Restaurants Free?

  1. From your Square Dashboard select Settings > Business > Pricing and Subscriptions.
  2. Click Unsubscribe.

Can I use Restaurants Free with click and collect and delivery?

Yes! Order Manager, which allows for click and collect and delivery, is included with the Square for Restaurants Free plan. Learn how to set up click and collect and delivery.

What reports are available in-app and online if I subscribe to the Free plan?

With the free version of Square for Restaurants, you’ll get access to all of the familiar reports, including the in-app Sales Report, Item Sales and Category Sales. With Restaurants Plus, you will get access to additional reports like the live sales report in-app, category rollup sales in Dashboard and in-app, menu reporting, paid team management reports and more. See table above for the full list of included reports.

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