34 tools and apps for restaurants

The technology of restaurants It should allow restorers to succeed and do what they love, not to create unnecessary headaches. Fortunately, great strides are being made every day in the software, technology, and services available to restaurateurs.

According to Toast Restaurant Success Report 2019 :

  • The restaurants use an average of three technology providers to manage administrative operations.

  • 50% of professionals in restaurants says that the accounting, payroll and business intelligence software is extremely important to your restaurants.

  • 68% of restaurant professionals review sales reports regularly, 45% check regularly labor reports and 32% check regularly menu reports .

To help you stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest, we've compiled a list of some of the best restaurant productivity tools and apps out there. These resources should help you simplify operations, so you can focus on what really matters: spending time with your guests, food and equipment.

34 essential restaurant productivity tools and applications

7 shifts

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7shifts is a mobile platform for programming and management cloud-based workplace trusted by 250,000 restaurant professionals. Helps you save time with programming, effectively manage your labor costs and optimize workforce communications from anywhere.

Available on Android and iOS |

Avero

Avero provides restorers with invaluable insight into business operations and sales. It offers a powerful solution that gives you the answers you need about your restaurant's performance so you can get out of the administrative office and onto the floor to connect with guests. When integrated with your POS system, you can access a complete set of solutions such as server performance monitoring, Inventory management, monitoring costs labor and food, the management income and more.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

BevSpot

Want to keep track of kitchen and bar inventory effortlessly? BevSpot is a software management of food and beverage programs that allow you to inventory kitchens and bars on any device and place orders with ease. With BevSpot, you can also gain insight into sales performance, helping you make better strategic purchase and improving your profit margin.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

BlueCart

BlueCart is a web and mobile platform that allows you to order Inventory from all your providers directly from your phone. BlueCart tools work to streamline the ordering process: You can explore your featured vendor network (or add your own), order and inventory from shelf to sheet, and return additional or damaged products.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Bonusly

Bonusly, a tool that helps management recognize restaurant staff and combat staff turnover , is a platform that encourages employees to do their best to have their co-workers and managers send them “points” that they can redeem for prizes and gift cards. This app helps inspire your employees to be more productive, so your restaurant can do the same.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

buffer

Buffer is an application that helps you manage all the accounts of social networks of tu restaurant In one single place. You can plan and schedule posts ahead of time, measure social media performance, and more from your phone or laptop.

Available on Android, iOS and Web | Learn more

Chowly

Chowly seamlessly combines its third-party online ordering platforms, such as GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash and others, with its restaurant's point of sale. Reduce errors and time spent manually entering orders so your team can focus on doing what they love.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

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Are you preparing to open a new restaurant? This free Toast calculator helps you break down the many restaurant start-up costs that New owners should consider everything from professional services to interior finishes and equipment all in one place.

Available on the web |

Evernote

Do you ever have an idea and just write it down? Don't look for a laptop or even the notes app on your phone, try Evernote. Evernote organizes all your notes into folders and notebooks, so you can easily see what's most important to you at any time. Plus, it lets you attach photos, PDF files, to-do lists, checklists, and more to each note, so you can more productively manage your restaurant.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Feedly

There is never enough time when you work in a restaurant. When you finally have a spare minute, whether you're sneaking into a bathroom or locker room, but you have a backlog of blog posts and articles you want to read, it can be frustrating and overwhelming. Feedly consolidates all the posts it reads, from Forbes to Nation's Restaurant News and Toast Restaurant Blog , in an easy to read format. Because Feedly is connected to millions of feeds and posts, you can find the content related to the restaurant that interests you in one place.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Food Cost Calculator

Calculate the cost percentage of food It can be time consuming and a bit confusing, but it doesn't have to be. To help you get to the bottom of your food cost percentage, Toast developed a free Food Cost Calculator.

This calculator shares the five most popular items (and their price breakdown) on the menus of similar restaurants in your state, then allows you to dive into those menu items and calculate the food cost of each item, plus the cost per pound and / or the cost per cup for each ingredient It also gives you the ability to create your own custom menu items and determine the ideal price.

Available on the web |

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is another application and platform management from social networks, an alternative to the Buffer mentioned above. It allows you to manage all the social media accounts of your restaurant in one place. You can schedule posts, monitor trending topics, measure performance, and more.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

HotSchedules

HotSchedules provides a cloud-based mobile solution that helps reduce the time it takes for managers to create, communicate, and manage employee work schedules. Helps you schedule the right people at the right time to cut labor costs by up to two percent. At a time when the labor it's such a pressing problem, a programming tool like HotSchedules is a must for productivity.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

IFTTT

IFTTT - If This Then That - connects all the apps you know and love and creates “recipes” that help these individual apps seamlessly communicate with each other and share valuable information. For example, you can set up a recipe that instantly posts your Instagram photos as native photos to Twitter (instead of links) or one that automatically shares your Facebook status updates on LinkedIn.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Incentive

Incentivio is a cloud-based mobile interaction platform that helps restaurants acquire new customers, generate visits, increase customer spending, and increase customer loyalty and engagement. Allows you to launch online orders, mobile apps native and loyalty programs digital in a matter of weeks.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Last pass

The more tools you add to your restaurant's arsenal, the more passwords you will have and all of those passwords will be difficult to remember and protect. LastPass is a convenient password manager designed around data privacy. The application gives you access to your passwords when you need them and makes it easy to generate a unique password for each account so that you are always protected against hacking.

Available on Android, iOS and Web | Get it free

MobileDay

Never worry about calling back or scheduling a conference call with restaurant stakeholders. MobileDay syncs with your smartphone's calendar, notifies you of upcoming meetings, and allows you to connect to your calls with a single touch. Even if you're on the go, you won't need to search for a conference line pin or access code.

Available on Android and iOS | Learn more

OpenTable GuestCenter

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Do you want to manage your restaurant reservations from anywhere? GuestCenter by OpenTable provides reservations and guest management, whether you're in the office or on your phone. Automates table status updates, allows you to access real-time shift revenue and average guest spend, and more.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Outlook y gmail

Outlook and Gmail are two of the largest email applications on the market. They allow you to manage all of your email communications on the go. You can also schedule appointments and keep up to date with your calendar using the applications.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

PourMyBeer

Instead of guests waiting to order and get their pints of beer, give them a chance to serve it themselves. With PourMyBeer's self-service bar faucet system, you'll need fewer staff to manage your bar, and you will enhance your guests' experience by bringing them drinks faster and easier. They will wait less and feel encouraged to buy more.

Available on the web |

Restaurant365

Restaurant365 is a consolidated back office solution created for restaurants that helps manage your accounting, Inventory y programming labor. It helps you forecast sales, control better food costs and optimize your staffing schedule based on your sales history, timing, and even weather.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Restaurant Productivity Calculator

This free Toast resource allows restaurant owners and managers to find the gaps in their day and see where they compare to the average restaurateur.

All you have to do is enter the number of hours per week you spend on tasks like inventory tracking, accounting and reporting, and menu work. The template then adds up your time so you can see how much time you spend at the restaurant each week and where you can make changes to your schedule to be more productive.

Available on the web |

Restaurant schedule template

Has an employee ever missed a shift or entered the wrong time because they did not look at the schedule posted in the break room before leaving their last shift? That is why Toast created this free and simple solution of restaurant schedule . The restaurant scheduling template allows you to easily schedule your restaurant staff shifts. Plus, it's responsive, updateable on the go, and employees can access it from home or on their phones.

Available on the web |

Restaurant Technology ROI Calculator

Be sure to make the most of the technology from your restaurant with the free Toast's Restaurant Technology ROI Calculator. It is an easy guide to analyze the success of the POS system of your restaurant . It also helps you calculate ROI up to the dollar and features unique ways your point-of-sale system can give you back, according to industry statistics.

Available on the web |

Restorer

Open a new restaurant? You may want to download the Restaurateur app to outline the business plan and the financial plan of your restaurant. Enter your space size, average number of checks, cost ratios, and monthly expenses, and Restaurateur will instantly generate a profit and loss statement for you by calculating your balance on sales and checks. Plus, the app alerts you when your indices fall outside of industry guidelines.

Take your results to your potential landlord to negotiate a lower rent, or export them to your favorite business planning software to prepare for conversations with banks, lenders, and investors.

Available on iOS | Download it now

ReviewTrackers

ReviewTrackers review management software lets you use customer feedback to act today and predict tomorrow. Gather comments from your happiest guests and use data to gain insights to improve your business, all in one easy-to-use dashboard. This application consolidates opinions from Google+, TripAdvisor, Facebook, Yelp and more.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Rockbot

With over 16 million songs licensed to your restaurant, Rockbot lets you play the best background music to achieve the mood you want. Your tea can easily manage and change what is being played in your restaurant and control the application from a mobile device. You can also wow your guests and create an amazing experience by allowing them to see the music playing, request songs from their pre-approved library, and discover their promotions.

Music is customized for your business, so you can set up playlists to automatically play throughout the day and stop worrying about the environment and even restaurant music licensing fees .

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Rooam

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Do you want a new way to improve the guest experience? Rooam allows guests to pay their bar or restaurant bill remotely from their phones. They also offer chargeback protection and can drive customer acquisition and re-engage customers with in-app events, targeted digital promotions, and targeted email campaigns.

Available on Android, iOS and Web | Learn more

Say2eat

Do you want to make it easy for your guests to order on their favorite channels? Say2eat offers a white label tool that allows your audience to discover your restaurant, connect and order everything within popular marketing and communication channels like Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Slack and more.

Available on the web |

Solink

Protect and monitor your business with Solink's video surveillance service, which links your security images to your sales transactions. Have full visibility of every action and transaction for every location from any device. Solink also offers the tools your team needs to identify training opportunities, compliance issues, and security issues.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

SpeedETab

SpeedETab is an industry leader in native mobile ordering, mobile payment and analytics solutions for restaurants. They help you design brand order experiences, whether it's an app, a landing page, or an online ordering site, that target the technology and channels your guests use the most, making orders and payments easy to navigate.

Available on Android and iOS |

Sprout Social

Another tool administration Social Networking Sprout Social lets you view all of your messages in one place, easily view conversation history, and assign certain tasks or to-do lists based on messages. It acts as a social inbox so you can quickly post, monitor, and schedule content on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

Unroll.me

Are you inundated with emails that you don't have time to unsubscribe from? That's what makes Unroll.Me a lifesaver. With Unroll.Me, you can instantly see a list of all your subscription emails. Then it allows you to unsubscribe from spam emails and consolidate the emails you want to keep, all with a simple swipe.

Available on Android and iOS |

xtraCHEF

xtraCHEF is an automated accounts payable processing and cost management platform created for restaurants. Helps you automate invoice management, eliminating manual accounting and inventory management tasks. Plus, you can analyze your food costs and improve your purchasing decisions with less effort.

Available on Android, iOS and Web |

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