Google Search and Maps Now Show You Estimated Wait Times at Restaurants

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

Google announced today that it will begin rolling out restaurant wait time support within Google Search soon. The addition is an expansion on Google's existing feature which shows businesses' busy times, but with a tweak that helps diners better decide where and when they want to eat.

According to the Huffington Post, Google hopes to have the wait times ready for most grocery stores by Thanksgiving, so you can plan your turkey purchasing accordingly. But unlike Google, NoWait also lets you put your name on the list for those restaurants that don't take reservations.

Google says this feature will be rolled out to almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world.

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To see an average wait time, tap on a restaurant's business page.

If you're planning a few days ahead you can swipe left or right to see estimated wait times for every day that the restaurant is open.

Wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how we compute the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.

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For example, searching for San Francisco restaurant Michael Mina using a smartphone in Google (goog) search or Google Maps brings up a section titled "Popular times" below the usual restaurant reviews.

You can also click an hour other than the current one to see Google's guess for that time of day, if you're trying to plan ahead.

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