Top Restaurant Merchant Account Providers

Overview

Restaurant credit card processing is an incredibly specialized industry addressing a wide variety of merchant needs. From one-register food trucks to national chains, the diversity of restaurant payment processing environments means that there is no single best provider for all restaurant types. Some locations may need a single iPad POS, while others might require hundreds of traditional countertop terminals. The sheer number of possibilities can make it tough for you to settle on a single option for your business.

To help with your search, we’ve compiled the following list of the top five best restaurant credit card processors. These providers offer restaurant POS software and hardware in addition to fair, transparent pricing and positively reviewed customer service. Some of them are ideal low-cost choices for small mom and pop locations, while others offer scalable options for large and growing food service enterprises. Be sure to check out each company’s product and service offerings before giving them a call to make sure they’re the best fit for you.

Why These Providers

Dharma Merchant Services

Based in San Francisco, Dharma Merchant Services is one of the highest-rated providers on CardPaymentOptions.com and is an excellent processor for most restaurant types. Dharma offers interchange-plus pricing with no early termination fees, annual fees, or monthly minimum fees, and it has consistently received positive testimonials from merchants since we first reviewed it in 2012.

To serve its restaurant merchants, Dharma is partnered with ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based iPad point-of-sale system that currently has an “A” rating on CardPaymentOptions.com. ShopKeep’s features include direct tableside service, order notes, check splitting, inventory management, employee management, customer relationship management, QuickBooks integration, and detailed reporting. By combining a Dharma Merchant Services merchant account with a ShopKeep point-of-sale system, you can enjoy excellent customer service and robust point-of-sale features at a very low cost. Our review of Dharma currently awards the company an “A+” rating, and the Better Business Bureau also assigns Dharma an “A+.”

For more information, see the Dharma Merchant Services Website or call (888) 404-1237.

Host Merchant Services

Host Merchant Services is a Newark, Delaware-based merchant account provider that is well-suited for most business types, including restaurants. The company’s products and services include point-of-sale solutions, online marketing tools, mobile credit card processing, gift and loyalty programs, and merchant cash advance. Host Merchant Services also offers a wide array of e-commerce solutions for restaurants that cater to special events.

Host Merchant Services has received only positive feedback on public forums, with most reviewers singling out the company’s customer service for praise. The company offers interchange-plus pricing with no early termination fees to all of its merchants, meaning that users will enjoy the most transparent pricing model and can cancel service without penalty. The BBB gives Host an “A+” rating, and CPO also gives the company an “A+.”

For more information, visit the Host Merchant Services website or call (888) 727-4538.

SalesVu

Founded in 2007, SalesVu is an Austin, Texas-based software provider that has partnered with Mercury Payment Systems and Century Payments to offer a full POS system for iPad and iPhone. SalesVu’s free POS app comes with a free card reader and allows for Quickbooks integration, end-of-shift reports, labor tracking, social media promotion, recurring billing, barcode scanning, automated discounts, tip adjusting, split checks, and invoicing. The company’s service also comes with a free, customizable e-commerce website and telephone support. Merchants can either open a new merchant account with unique pricing through Mercury or Century or receive a match with their existing rates through SalesVu.

SalesVu currently receives an “A+” from CardPaymentOptions.com, and although the company does not have a Better Business Bureau profile at this time, the BBB profile for Mercury Payment Systems is showing an “A+” rating.

For more information, see the SalesVu Website.

Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce merchant services provider that also offers a robust POS option for brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants. Shopify’s POS solution includes features like check splitting, gift card management, legacy terminal compatibility, offline processing, custom payment types, discounts, mobile checkout on iPad, cash float, QuickBooks integration, customer relationship management, inventory tracking, and add-on apps and plugins for a custom solution. Shopify currently has an “A” rating on CardPaymentOptions.com and an “A+” rating with the BBB.

For more information, see the Shopify Website.


If your company provides merchant account solutions for the restaurant industry, let us know in the comment section below or through our Contact page.

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