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15 Restaurant Apps to Check Out Now

We scoured the internet to see what apps are popular and which ones ranked high with users. From dozens of options, these 15 offer to help with all kinds of issues, including inventory management, scheduling, table management, online ordering – even help with opening a second location. Who knows? You just might find your new favorite.

 

7shifts

7shifts.com 

What it is: Scheduling app for restaurants

Provides: Management of staff from anywhere, forecasting of labor costs vs. projected sales, integrated time-clocking feature, notification when employee about to hit overtime

Promises to: Spend 80 percent less time on scheduling logistics

Best for: Any restaurant or hospitality company with multiple employees  

 

Bar and Club Stats 

barandclubstats.com

What it is: iPhone/iPad, Android ID app

Provides: ID scanner to ensure customers are in your bar or ordering drinks legally

Promises to: Help you deter underage drinking

Best for: Anyone who serves alcohol, high-volume bars and clubs  

 

BlueCart 

bluecart.com

What it is: Supplier/inventory management app

Provides: One-click ordering for all your suppliers in one step; manage inventory from your phone, check in orders when truck arrives

Promises to: Reduce time spent on ordering; decrease returned orders by 82 percent, cut food waste in half[

Best for: Any restaurant, hotel, supplier, wholesaler or distributor  

 

ChowNow 

chownow.com

What it is: Online ordering system with custom-built iPhone and Android ordering apps

ChowNow

Provides: Ability for customers to place orders directly from restaurant website, Facebook page and apps branded to your business; dashboard that shows top spenders, amount in sales and more 

Promises to: Increase number of orders and free your staff from the phones

Best for: Anyone offering to-go orders or delivery  

 

Find Me Gluten Free 

findmeglutenfree.com  

What it is: Smartphone app  

Provides: Allows diners who eat gluten-free to find restaurants that cater to their needs

Promises to: Promote your restaurant to diners who eat gluten free  

Best for: Gluten-free restaurants or those marketing gluten-free menu items  

 

Kitchen CUT

kitchencut.com

What it is: Cloud-based software and app for entire F&B operation

Provides: Supplier management, recipe costing and menu planning, allergen tracking, nutritional analysis, track your kitchen waste and more

Promises to: Give you more time for customer engagement, creativity and innovation 

Best for: Restaurants and bars  

 

Nowait 

nowait.com

What it is: Waitlist management app recently acquired by Yelp

Provides: Reservations, wait lists and seating by sending alerts to guests via smartphones

Promises to: Eliminate need for expensive pager equipment, organize waitlist and plan seating; diners can browse restaurants by wait time and add themselves onto your wait list, then receive a text when their table is ready

Best for: Restaurants looking to ditch the pagers  

 

Orderly 

getorderly.com

What it is: Invoicing and inventory app

Provides: Paperless invoicing, automated accounting and easy inventory.  

Promises to: Automate spend reports, show price trends, cut inventory time by 50 percent

Best for: Any restaurant big or small  

 

Partender 

Partender

app.partender.com

What it is: Smartphone app to quickly measure spirits at end of night  

Provides: Consumption analytics to help you spot check variances, ID your top movers and dead stock

Promises to: Inventory your bar in 15 minutes; save you up to $10,000/month

Best for: Bars; any restaurant with full ABC  

 

Restaurateur 

What it is: iPhone/iPad-based app for opening a new restaurant  

Provides: Ability to sketch out a business and financial plan, profit & loss statement; chart operating expenses and project revenue

Promises to: Provide documents to negotiate rent or prepare for banks and investors  

Best for: Those planning to open another location or a new restaurant concept  

 

Schedulefly 

What it is: Web-based employee scheduling app

Provides: Create, post and manage weekly schedules online, including coordinating time off and shift changes 

Promises to: Help you avoid costly overtime and forecast labor costs.  

Best for: Any restaurant or hospitality company with multiple employees  

 

Truckily 

truckily.com

What it is: App to manage your food truck’s digital presence

Provides: Ability to share and update food truck location via Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare; send push notifications to diners when your truck is near; schedule locations for up to a year out

Promises to: Be your social media hub

Best for: Food trucks  

 

Uncorkd 

uncorked.biz

What it is: iPad-based wine menu

Provides: Ability to keep wine, liquor, beer and cocktail menus updated in real time; information and pictures that shows customers each bottle’s origin, vintage and recommended pairings.  

Promises to: Potentially boost wine and beverage sales by 20 percent or more

Best for: Any restaurant with a beverage program  

 

When I Work 

wheniwork.com

What it is: Mobile employee scheduling app for iPhone and Android  

Provides: Ability to set up employee schedules that can be accessed or viewed by employees and managers 

Promises to: Save an average of 8 hours/week on employee scheduling and attendance, reduce employee no-shows and improve accountability by 25 percent

Best for: Any restaurant or hospitality company with multiple employees  

 

Zuppler 

zupplerworks.com

What it is: Order fulfillment platform

Zuppler

Provides: Online ordering to your existing website with menu images, upsales and social media integration

Promises to: Match your existing brand’s appearance; provide client demographics, top customers and delivery heat-map

Best for: Any restaurant looking to add online ordering  

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