restaurant softwares

The food businesses’ dependence on technology is growing at an incredible rate and shows no sign of slowing down. From sous vide machines which help maintain a constant cooking temperature being used at the back-end to intelligent restaurant management softwares that maintain a consistent account of all transactions at the Point of Sales, technology is playing a surprisingly major role in your next meal, be it your take-away meal from the local McDonald’s to a five-star brunch at a Michelin-star restaurant.

So, have you got a restaurant, bar or food business but don’t know how to take it to the next level and maximise efficiency? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of 5 MUST-HAVE softwares for restaurants to help bring your business into the 21st century!

  • OpenTable: OpenTable is one of the most popular online restaurant management platforms and is used by more than 31,000 restaurants from around the world, and seats about 15 million diners every month. An app that’s free to use for customers, restaurants are charged either monthly or on a per-reservation basis for use of this platform. The subscribing restaurants use an electronic reservation book (ERB) instead of the traditional paper-based reservation book. The ERB streamlines the tasks of reservation and table management, customer recognition and online promotions by offering them all on one single software platform. OpenTable is also available as a free download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Windows Phone Marketplace and Blackberry App World.
  • NetSuite: NetSuite is a retail management solution that allows businesses to connect their Point-of-sales, inventory management, financial resources and marketing strategies into a streamlined, easy-to-manage system. Using a cloud-based system to manage the different business options, it provides a clear and refined experience for both your clients and staff. As it also tracks metrics and data, it’s excellent for planning and pricing purposes. It also allows restaurants to track regular visitors’ order history, making an excellent tool in customising their experience and keeping your status high in their list of favourite places to eat!
  • Tabbedout: Tabbed out allows customers a simple and secure payment gateway, with payments being made directly on their smartphones. This means there’s less time spent by your wait-staff in running around for checks and bills. It also enables customers to instantly provide feedback on their experience and gives the restaurant the ability to easily manage any reward programs it may have and ensuring customers keep coming back for more!
  • MenuPad: An iPad app that became a bit of an internet meme soon after its launch, this app is more than just a gimmicky product. By providing an interactive menu of your restaurant for your customers, it allows them to place their orders directly from the device. By offering seamless connectivity with your staff and kitchen, it allows you to focus and prioritize customer satisfaction right from the get-go. It also allows you to upload large, appetizing images of your products, enticing customers from the moment they look at the menu. It also gives you the ability to modify and change your menu without too much of a hassle as it is all done via very intuitive and intelligent software.
  • Belly: Belly or BellyCard is a popular and innovative loyalty service that helps you generate a large pool of clients that just can’t get enough of your restaurant! Clients can participate by either downloading the app or by obtaining a physical loyalty card. The service allows you to customize the loyalty program you offer using a points system, be it discounts, free meals or priority bookings for any events that your restaurant may host. This software also allows you to track customer preferences and help customize experiences and maximise satisfaction. An absolute must-have for marketing, belly gives you the ability to encourage customer loyalty whilst bringing in new customers like nothing else in the market.

Now if none of these options suit your needs, you can always choose to create your own software that has been built specifically for your business. This would let you create a solution tailored for your needs.