Combo Builder

Combo Builder

Combo Builder is here! It is available for all customers in the backend version 3.7.11 and app version 3.8.8 and higher.

The combo builder feature allows restaurant owners to create combinations, or ‘combos’, using their menu items.

  • Combo Builder allows you to directly link menu items to a combo rather than using forced modifiers. This means that individual components of the combo go to different printers. For example, salads can go to the cold station, drinks can go to the bar, and entrees can go to the kitchen.
  • Combo Builder can be combined with the Hold & Fire feature so that each component of the combo can be fired individually or at the same time.
  • Combos built with Combo Builder have flexible pricing. You can import the menu item prices, add upcharges for specific items, or have the price for the combo set as a whole.
  • Combo Builder enables you to add items with different tax profiles (e.g. food and alcohol) to the same combo and maintain the separate tax structures.

This feature is perfect for Quick Serve and Full-Service Restaurants. QSRs can use the feature to build their standard combos and full-service locations can build out lunch specials and meal combinations for celebratory occasions, like Valentine’s Day.

If all of this sounds great, all you need to do is turn on the combo builder and get started building.

Turn On Combo Builder

  1. Login to your control panel at
  2. Navigate to Settings > Location Settings > Advanced Location Settings > Menu Interface Settings
  3. Check the box next to Enable Combo Builder functionality:
  4. Click SAVE


Build Your Combos

Now that you’ve turned on the feature, all of your combo building activity will take place in the Menu section of the control panel.

Before You Get Started

There are a few steps that will help this process to move more smoothly.

  • Plan your combos if you have not already done so. Make sure you know what items are going into the combo before you start building.
  • Determine your pricing for the combos. You can have:
    • You can add an up-charge to options within the combo for special add ons like sweet potato fries in place of regular fries.
    • You can directly import the menu price associated with the items if the items are an existing part of your menu. This is great if you are using combo builder to compile special groupings of items (e.g. building a combination of appetizer, entree, and dessert).
    • You can set a combo price and associate it with the combo item. This is perfect for building your typical meal combo of burger, fries, and a drink.
  • Build a category of the items that you are including in your combo if those items do not already exist in your menu.

Example Combos

This example is a combination built of existing menu items. It’s real function is to reduce the number of taps it takes for a server to create an order. The menu price will be imported for each item and added together to get the total price for the combo.


This example is a burger combo with your choice of fries and a drink. The price for this is set at the combo level and the Adjust Price box on the two specialty fries options feature an up-charge of $1.00.


Building a Combo

WARNING: Use either the full word ‘Number’ or the abbreviation ‘No.’ rather than the ‘#’ symbol when naming your combos as this is a special character that can cause problems with your combo.

These instructions will allow you to build the burger combo shown in the example above.

Part 1: Create the Combo Category and Menu Item

  1. Login to your control panel at
  2. Navigate to Menu
  3. Create a Combo Category
  4. Create an item for the Comb that contains the combo price
  5. Click the Combo box in the row for the combo item
  6. Click SAVE


Part 2: Build the Combo

  1. Open the Comb Builder by clicking the Combo Items field in the combo item


  1. Click the ADD MORE >> button to add the first line  Screen_Shot_2018-03-27_at_10.49.56_AM.png
  2. Use the dropdown to select the burger menu item that comes with this combo
  3. Enter the number of burgers the customer is order in the Qty box                    
  4. Click the ADD MORE >> to generate the next row of items
  5. Check the Header box next to the new row
  6. Type in the header you want for the choice of fries
  7. Click the + SUB OPTION button next to the header     Screen_Shot_2018-03-27_at_10.50.45_AM.png
  8. Select the first menu item that is an option for this header
  9. OPTIONAL: Add an upcharge in the Adjust Price field
  10. Click the + OPTION button next to the first option in this grouping      Screen_Shot_2018-03-27_at_10.50.37_AM.png
  11. Repeat steps 9-11 until you have add all of the options for this group
  12. Repeats steps 5-11 to add in another group for the choice of beverage
  13. Click APPLY    apply.png
  14. Click SAVE in the main group page

Congratulations! You’re combo should look like this:


Test Your Combo

Now that you’re done, you will want to test your combo in the app.

  1. Open the Lavu POS app
  2. Create a test order with your combo
  3. Send that order to the kitchen to confirm that everything works as you expect it to.


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