Restaurant POS system & payments

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Connect and run every location with Lightspeed's restaurant management software. Turn tables faster, help boost revenue and grow with powerful insights.

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Built for ambitious hospitality professionals.

Customize your restaurant POS system for your unique workflows, starting with your menus, screens and floor plans.

Craft guest experiences from seamless ordering to data-backed recommendations, to make every customer feel like a VIP.

Unlock real-time insights with every integrated transaction, so you instantly know what you need to do next.

Fewer steps for your staff to learn. A better experience for guests.

Lightspeed Restaurant POS is, on average, 40% faster than other leading restaurant POS systems in North America.*

Get Advanced Insights with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System

Make faster decisions

Data you can use with every payment.

  • Optimize your menu
  • Track customer behavior
  • Identify top-performing staff
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Serve customers faster with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System

Serve customers faster

More options for guests. More revenue streams for you.

  • Online ordering
  • Tableside ordering
  • QR code ordering
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Be more efficient with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS system

Be more efficient

Manage all locations or revenue centers with one platform.

  • Supports multiple locations
  • PMS integration for hotels
  • Partner API access
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The world's best businesses rely on Lightspeed

Tailor your restaurant POS system to your goals

Lightspeed Payments is built into the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System

Payment Processing

Integrated payments powers insights for a seamless experience.

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Manage inventory with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System

Inventory Management

Track inventory to the ingredient level.

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Automate accounting with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System


Automate your bookkeeping to avoid errors.

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Manage delivery orders with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System


Consolidate all delivery orders on one screen.

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Connect your front and back of house with the Lightspeed Restaurant POS System

Kitchen Display System

Connect your FOH and BOH teams with a KDS.

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The Lightspeed POS System offers a customer facing display

Customer Facing Display

Create a better checkout experience.

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Recess uses Lightspeed to keep up with the summer traffic surge.

Guests at Terrace Bay Hotel can order at the hotel restaurant, at the bar and from their rooms.

Table Rock Coffee Roasters customized their restaurant POS system to match their workflows and simplify staff training.

Wander the Resort saves hundreds of dollars a month in processing fees with Lightspeed Payments.

Miriam connects all of its NYC locations with a single restaurant POS system.

Connect Lightspeed Restaurant POS to the tools you already use.

  • Hotel PMS software
  • Employee management tools
  • Loyalty programs
The Lightspeed Restaurant POS System integrates with technology you already use

Considering the switch to Lightspeed?

Switching to Lightspeed is easy. From data migration to hardware and payments setup, our industry experts will support you each step of the way.

  • Get fast 24/7 support
  • One-on-one onboarding
  • Dedicated Account Manager to answer every question
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See if Lightspeed Restaurant POS is right for you

Get a free, personalized demo to see if our restaurant management software is right for you.


What is a restaurant POS system?

A restaurant POS system is the hardware and software restaurants use to take orders, track inventory, take payments and manage operations in the front and back of house. There are a lot of different POS systems on the market, but the two main categories are legacy systems—which store data locally, usually on proprietary hardware—and cloud-based systems, which store data in the cloud. The latter gives restaurant owners and managers a lot more flexibility and accessibility, which is why cloud-based systems are quickly gaining in popularity.

Why should I choose Lightspeed over another restaurant POS?

Lightspeed Restaurant POS is built for speed and helps restaurants optimize their operations with an easy-to-use cloud-based solution that's 40% faster on average than other leading restaurant POS systems in North America.*

With Lightspeed, restaurants get a customizable, user-friendly interface, access to in-depth data and reports, and 24/7 phone and chat support from our in-house support teams. They also get built-in tools and integrations designed to simplify operations, maximize revenue, reach new customers and improve the customer experience.

- Take payments in-person and online with an embedded payment processor
- Give customers a seamless experience with shared customer data across locations
- Build the perfect restaurant system for your needs with our vast partner network and integrations
- Built-in sales and marketing tools to connect directly with your desired audience
- A deep set of reporting and business intelligence tools that enable you to optimize your menu and staff performance
- A complete set of inventory management tools

Compare Lightspeed's features with those of our competitors and check out our reviews to choose the best POS for your restaurant.

Does Lightspeed Restaurant POS work offline if my internet goes down?

Yes, Lightspeed's restaurant software will continue to work offline if you're having connectivity issues. All data entered while offline is stored locally on the device and automatically uploaded to the cloud as soon as the connection is re-established.

NOTE: This does not apply to master data maintenance and ecloud evaluations that can only be used with an existing Internet connection.

Can I manage multiple restaurant locations with Lightspeed Restaurant POS?

Yes, Lightspeed lets you manage as many locations as you want, all from one restaurant POS system. Easily keep track of guest data and reports across locations and change all menus in a few clicks within a single unified platform.

Learn more about Lightspeed's multi-location restaurant POS.

Does Lightspeed's restaurant point of sale work for hotel restaurants?

Yes, Lightspeed's customizable solution lets you plug in your hotel PMS to your restaurant POS system and seamlessly manage multiple revenue centers. With Lightspeed, hotels can fully customize their floor plans to accurately reflect their hotel restaurant, monitor their entire business and offer guests charge-to-room options.

Learn more about using Lightspeed for your hotel POS system.

What payment processors do restaurant POS systems use?

Restaurant POS systems process credit and debit card transactions via a payment processor, which works as an intermediary between the customer’s and the restaurant’s bank. Payments can be integrated, non-integrated or embedded. An embedded payment processor is natively built into a restaurant POS system to create a seamless checkout workflow.

Restaurants that operate using the embedded model own every part of the customer journey, ensuring a streamlined experience from ordering to the pos system to checkout. Lightspeed Payments is an embedded payment processor. Learn more about the difference between integrated, non-integrated and embedded payments here.

The processing rates charged by payment processors vary widely depending on the provider, transaction volume and sometimes the average transaction amount. Generally, these rates are structured as a percentage of the transaction amount plus a fixed fee per transaction. When choosing a payment processor, be sure to ask about any additional fees or markups.

With Lightspeed Payments, restaurants save money with flat-rate pricing and no hidden fees. Since switching to Lightspeed Payments, Wander the Resort in Prince Edward County saves hundreds of dollars a month in processing fees. Learn more about Lightspeed Restaurant payment processing.

What does Lightspeed Restaurant POS integrate with?

Lightspeed has a vast network of partners offering best-in-class tools that seamlessly integrate with Lightspeed's POS system, enabling you to run your restaurant at full capacity. From optimizing your schedule and controlling labor costs with 7shifts to managing reservations and expanding your market reach with OpenTable, there's a partner integration for just about any challenge you have in your restaurant.

Think of integrations as à la carte options—as your business grows and your needs become more complex, you can connect the third-party tools you want to use to your Lightspeed Restaurant POS. This way, you have an integrated system and one tech stack to manage, rather than a bunch of disconnected systems to juggle. Learn more about Lightspeed Restaurant integrations.

How much does Lightspeed Restaurant POS cost?

Lightspeed Restaurant's pricing varies relative to the subscription you want to use. If you're looking for a restaurant POS system for a single location with straightforward operations, we have a Starter plan that could be the perfect fit for you. If you have multiple locations or omni-channel needs, our Essential or Premium plans will give you the features and benefits you need to streamline and simplify your operations.

Learn more about Lightspeed Restaurant pricing tiers.

*Based on internal testing in August 2022 of industry peer check management and other workflows in North America. Lightspeed Restaurant POS requires 40% fewer clicks for completing check splitting, discounting and other basic POS workflows than certain industry-leading POS systems. Results outside such internal testing could vary depending on location and other factors.