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About menu management

Menu management in Lightspeed Restaurant Back Office is the hub where you manage your items, accounting groups, production instructions, menus, and price lists. Most importantly, from Menu management, you can add new items, edit existing ones, and delete outdated or unnecessary items. See the table below for descriptions of the various pages you can visit via Menu management on the navigation menu.


Menu management

Page Description
Accounting groups Accounting groups are mandatory categories that are used to organize items with shared settings: tax profile, accounting ID, statistic category, and production centers. For example, an Alcohol accounting group would allow a restaurant to assign incoming alcoholic beverages to always print at the bar and have the same tax attributes (VAT).
Items Items commonly refer to standard food and beverage products that can be added to an order. There are four Types of items: individual items, combos, groups, and sub-items. For precise descriptions about these types, visit our About items article.
Production instructions 

Production instructions, a type of modifier, provide preparation information for menu items. For example, you might create a production instruction used to specify cooking levels for a main dish, like steak: rare, medium rare, well-done, etc.

Sub-items, like dressings for a salad, are also modifiers and can be created the same way.

Production instructions and sub-items can be added through instruction buttons on menus or assigned directly to items from the Back Office.

Menus Menus determine the items that are available to order on the POS. By having multiple menus, you can assign specific menus to particular POS devices (such as a Drinks menu for the bar device) or set up separate menus for different meal times or locations, which can then be shared across your multiple locations.
Price lists

Price lists allow you to create preset pricing schemes, which you can then apply to menu items based on restaurant location and account profile.

For example, if you have 10 locations across five cities with different prices in each city, you can set up five price lists to apply the proper pricing in each location. As another example, for your daily drink specials, you can link an account profile called Happy hour to an additional price list to automatically apply that pricing at a scheduled time. Note: Price lists are an optional feature and are not suitable for all restaurants.


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