Powerful restaurant accounting software

Running a restaurant takes time to create great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. Let Wave take accounting off your plate so you can focus more energy on serving up amazing dishes for your guests.

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Make more dough with our recipe for success

Whether you specialize in fine dining, authentic ethnic dishes, or fun comfort food, you don’t need to be a financial whiz to improve your business processes and get more revenue flowing in. Wave is easy to use and can be customized to your unique requirements.

All the right ingredients, for free!

Wave accounting software provides everything from payroll services, invoicing, unlimited bank connections, online payment processing, and more. Wave’s extensive menu of features helps your restaurant run smoothly and efficiently.

My fav tool for invoicing and accounting is Wave. Totally free. Easy-to-use. And I love the interface!

Julienne Desjardins - Digital Marketer

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Dazzle your customers instead of cleaning up the books

Designed for restaurant owners and managers, Wave accounting software is simple to set up and use, and can be easily customized for any size of business. It’s also great for caterers, bakeries, coffee shops, and take-out and delivery services.

Whip up the right features

Just create a free account and get started right away. It’s easy to add the accounting and business features you want, and you can access your finances anywhere with peace of mind, of knowing your information is backed-up and secure.

Serve your business interests

See your daily sales, food, and labor expenses, cash flow, food write-offs, and other important data at a glance with visual graphs and charts. Dive deeper into the numbers by creating customized reports to see which food and beverage items are driving profits, and find out which expenses are affecting your bottom line.

Get your staff in on the action

It’s easy to add limited permissions so members of your restaurant team can use their expertise to help manage your books. You can quickly get your head chef and bar manager up to speed to help find efficiencies and make the most of your resources.

More food for thought

Every day you dish up the perfect balance of culinary excellence, great customer service, and business acumen. A flexible accounting system helps you handle it all, while freeing you up to get back to what you do best—creating an outstanding dining experience.

Stay on track

Our expense tracking and business reporting lets you categorize, add notes, and compare menus, food supplies, and more, so you can find opportunities to keep more of your money. You can also monitor the sales tax you charge to ensure you stay compliant with your local jurisdiction.

Increase the money flow

Connect your bank accounts in seconds for automatic transaction reconciliation, and take advantage of affordable online payment options to help you keep the revenue flowing in. And Wave uses physical and digital protection to keep your money safe.

Tax time prep

Wave uses authentic double entry accounting software, so it’s easy to hand off year-end reports to your accountant at tax time. You can also add your accountant as a limited user so they can securely access the information they need, freeing up even more of your time.

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Customers love Wave

4.4 out of 5 stars based on user reviews collected by G2Crowd as of Spring 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is your software actually free?

Our our accounting software, invoicing software, or US-only banking software are 100% free. There are no trials, subscriptions, or hidden fees.

Wave's optional paid features include online payment processing, payroll software, and access to personalized bookkeeping services and coaching through Wave Advisors. If you're interested in using payroll software, you can start a free 30-day trial when you sign up for Wave.

What’s the catch—how does Wave make money?

Wave makes money through our optional, paid money management features include online payment processing, payroll software, and access to personalized bookkeeping services and coaching through Wave Advisors. These features help keep our invoicing, accounting, and business banking (currently only available to sole proprietors in the US) free.

If you're interested in our payroll software, you can start a free 30-day trial when you sign up for Wave.

Is Wave's software something I need to install?

Wave's money management tools are web-based, so you just need an Internet connection and browser to manage your books. No installation is necessary for our online software!

If you're looking for an on-the-go money management solution, you can also install our mobile app to help you manage invoices, payments, and business banking. Download our mobile app on iOS and Android today!

Is my data secure when I use Wave?

Completely. Our servers are protected physically and electronically. Any connections between you, your bank accounts, and Wave are protected by 256-bit SSL encryption. Wave is a PCI-DSS Level 1 Service Provider.

Do you provide customer support?

We provide different levels of support for customers who use different features and services from Wave. Full details on how Wave support works are available here.

Easy-to-use software for restaurants.

Powerful and 100% free accounting software that has everything you need to confidently run your own business.