TouchBistro Lite



  • Gorgeous interface
  • Intuitive workflow
  • Simple pricing
  • Versatile setup


  • Processor restrictions
  • No live cloud access
  • Still growing business
In our yearning quest for point-of-sale nirvana, we had heard tell of TouchBistro. Evidence was scant, but intriguing - a vivid yet half-remembered dream. They seemed to lie low for a bit during some behind-the-scenes retooling, and now they're roaring back into our geeky software lives. Well it's lovely to finally make your acquaintance, POS.Menu-Item Your visual appeal makes me anxious to begin, he suavely said to software. This feels overdue, at least to me - and I'm the one word-vomiting here - so let's dig right into the meaty bits of this restaurant management app.
Unsurprisingly, TouchBistro uses iPads. Accept your Apple-y fate. Their system also prefers Apple's AirPort routers to maintain a local network in the absence of internet access. They also support Ethernet printers that plug directly into your router (Star and Epson alike). Cash drawers that plug into said printers should work just fine.Order-Screen TouchBistro offers a kitchen display app (a one time $99 charge) that runs on a separate iPad. TouchBistro suggests sourcing an older iPad model to run as a standalone kitchen display. If you prefer not to invest in another iPad, impact printers take care of that need for most small restaurants. Finally, there are a limited number of fully-integrated processors - TouchBistro operates in both US and Canada, incidentally - but company spokespeople have informed us most Canadian merchants still use standalone terminals with the POS; this is largely due to EMV (and likely future NFC) acceptance requirements, but I personally suspect processing costs may account for a few of those decisions.

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