Google Now Lets You Know Restaurant Waiting Times

Everyone from all over the world is somewhat of a foodie. Trying out every restaurant, finding out the cuisines that tingle your taste buds, but what foodies despise the most is waiting in line to grab a seat. It gets really annoying having to stand in there for hours.

Google has now launched a new feature that shows the “wait time” of various restaurants which will save you the trouble of waiting in line.

It’s been a while since Google added in a “popular time” feature for assorted businesses. For example, back in summer 2015, it began to show days of the week and times of the day for local businesses by charts appearing in the business listing.

On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that the popular times feature for restaurants will analyze and display wait times at sit-down restaurants, which would help you know which place will seat you post-haste and which ones would be crowded.

According to the company, the feature is coming soon on Google Search with Google Maps and Android to follow.

Google foresees the wait times feature going global to millions of restaurants after the update launches.


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How Does it Work?

  1. Search for your favorite restaurant in the Google Search Bar.
  2. Open-up the business listings.
  3. Scroll down till you reach the popular times section.
  4. There you’ll find the estimated wait for that time frame.
  5. The box below will show the live or historical data labeled as “busy,” “usually busy,” “usually not busy,” etc., along with the wait time.
  6. Below the popular times chart there’s a section that gives you info on the peak wait times and durations which would help the Googlers plan accordingly, g.  “People typically spend 45 mins to 2 hr here.”

The feature will be active starting today, and once live, you’ll be able to see the times in the restaurant listings on cell phones and desktop. After hitting Google Maps and Android, it will enlarge its wait time list by including grocery stores, says the company.

Via TechCrunch



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