Free QuickBooks for Restaurants


Looking for a Quickbooks for Restaurants alternative that has all of the accounting features you need without the ridiculous price tag? You’ve come to the right place. Meet ZipBooks: the only free DIY accounting app that makes your business smarter.

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QuickBooks vs. ZipBooks for Restaurants

Saying hello to ZipBooks means saying goodbye to clunky, outdated accounting softwares that charge high premiums but don’t actually meet your needs. We created ZipBooks after realizing that while QuickBooks claimed to be the best accounting solution (and certainly charged more than everyone else), it was actually intended to be a desktop software that only functioned on one computer at a time—not exactly the solution tech-savvy restaurant owners like you are looking for.

ZipBooks was built in the cloud and is easily accessible from wherever you are, whether you’re chatting with regulars at the bar or going through receipts at the end of the night.

Send and track invoices
Bank feed import
Credit card processing
Recurring billing
Time tracking
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$15 / month
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$15 / month
4.8 rating from 344 reviews
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  • After trying multiple accounting apps for 10 years, ZipBooks was finally the solution. My clients can pay online & accept quotes through a simple, interactive process. Clients love it as much as I do.

    Chris Kelley Digital Craft Co.
  • This is by far the best app that has helped me with my small business. It has made accounting, invoicing, and tracking payments a breeze! I really love it!

    Jill Muñiz Quirky Print & Design Studio
  • I never studied accounting, but I found this software to be very user friendly for basic bookkeeping. I was able to figure it out in a short period of time. ZipBooks, I love you!

    Bonnie Cohen Bonnie Cohen-Gallet, Esq
  • After trying multiple platforms, ZipBooks proves to surpass all expectations. They make bookkeeping a breeze. Would recommend a thousand times over because it has been crucial to my business growth.

    Laine Napoli Branding Addicts
  • Why not have bookkeeping software that is delightful and intuitive? Do you like using your old, boring software? Nah, didn't think so. ZipBooks rocks!

    Alex Harvey Illuminate Design

True Fact: ZipBooks users spend 15% less time on mundane bookkeeping tasks.

ZipBooks Keeps Your Restaurant Running Smoothly

We’re going to assume you’re looking for an accounting solution that will help you automate your new-ending administrative tasks. You’re tired of pulling your hair out wrestling with a software system that does the opposite of what software is supposed to do – make your life easier. Not only does ZipBooks have all of the QuickBooks accounting capabilities your restaurant needs, but in terms of convenience and functionality, there is no comparison.

Unlimited Free Invoices – Running a restaurant means also running a catering company, event venue, and meeting space. When it’s time to invoice for those services, get it done and get paid faster than ever with ZipBooks’ beautiful (and free) invoice templates.

Smoother Credit Card Processing – You’ve heard that businesses get paid faster when customers can pay by credit card, and it’s true. Whether you want to accept bank transfer, credit cards, PayPal, or Stripe, do it all with ZipBooks.

Get Paid Faster – Stop waiting around for your event and catering clients to “get around” to paying you – ZipBooks will automatically remind your customers when an invoice is due and alert you when that cash hits the bank. Plus, our vendors cash out in just two business days.

Easy Auto-billing – Have customers you provide regular catering to or other recurring income you need to invoice? Stop setting reminders in your phone and set ZipBooks to auto-bill. It’s that easy.


The Accounting App Built for a Kitchen Full of Cooks

There are a lot of people who are invested in making your restaurant a success – chefs, line cooks, servers, hosts, bussers, and of course, you. And if your business doesn’t operate solo, why should your accounting solution? Fortunately, ZipBooks was made for team collaboration and stocked with features that make running a team even easier:

Add multiple users – Need your bookkeeper, partner, or other employees to have access to your ZipBooks account? No problem. Add as many users are you need to for maximum cross-collaboration.

Tag Transactions – Make your bookkeeper’s (and your) life a little easier by easily assigning every transaction to a category for easier spending reports and tax deductions.

Effortless Time Tracking – Have servers or cooks that you pay by the hour? ZipBooks does time tracking too. Simply add each user you need to track, set custom pay rates for each person, and then easily calculate pay for each time period.

On-the-go Access – You’re not at the restaurant every second of the day, and their should your accounting software. Get access to your account anywhere you are, anytime of the day via a web browser or our iPhone app.


Our plans start at $0 a month, meaning we have an accounting solution that will fit your restaurant’s needs, and for a fraction of the cost you were paying before.

Our app is so intuitive and easy to use, we think you’ll find handling your business finances is easier than ever. But if you need help at any time, our amazing customer support team is on standby to answer any question you have.

Need a little more support to make your restaurant run smoothly? We also offer bookkeeping and tax prep services so you can get back to creating happy memories and full stomachs.

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