Google to show estimated wait times for restaurants

Google Will Now Tell You How Long the Wait Is at Your Favorite Restaurant

Maybe you get a half-hour lunch break and the local sandwich counter has a line that takes 20 minutes to navigate. The box shows the live or historical data labeled as "busy", "usually busy", "usually not busy", etc., along with the wait time.

There's no word on when this feature will roll out, and we're also unsure if it will launch at the same time across Maps and Search.

Wait times will initially be available for mobile and desktop search before becoming a Google Maps feature. The feature will be deployed in Google Maps soon, too.

For a while now, Google Search has displayed a "popular times" widget for various businesses which could give a vague idea of whether you'd have to wait for a table at a restaurant, or if that one bar will be so crowded you won't be able to breathe.

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FoodAndWine.com is also reporting Google will add similar functionality for wait times at grocery stores to help avoid the most congested supermarkets when picking up turkey and stuffing.

Details are available in the Search app now, pulling up times for almost a million sit-down restaurants.

In order to see the new estimated wait times, you'll simply tap on the hour bars in the Popular Times section, as can be seen in the image above.

With this feature, users will be able to use Google Search to look up a restaurant and, in addition to getting all the standard information like open and close times, the address, and even reviews, visitors will be able to see when the restaurant is busy. Moreover, summaries of each day's wait times can be pulled up by scrolling through the results.

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