Google To Show Wait Times At Local Restaurants

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

Coming soon, Google Search and Google Maps will show estimated wait times for almost a million sit-down restaurants across the world, the company announced today.

In the case of restaurants, Google will now include a pop-up box that appears when you click on a time frame in the popular times' chart.

People can also check to see wait times for other days in the week.

Google says the feature is hitting Search first, then will arrive on Maps not long after that. The predictions are cobbled together using Google's cache of "anonymized historical data", the industry's trick for calculating popular times at businesses. When they're ready to launch on Google Maps and Android, Google also promises to expand the function to include grocery-store listings. The information will be available for almost 1 million sit-down restaurants around the globe.

Google Search is a quick way to get information on businesses, especially if you want to check to see how busy a place might be before you're able to pop in for a visit yourself.

If you're not one to risk being turned away from your favorite restaurants when you don't have a reservation, Google is introducing a new feature that will show you the busiest times at specific eateries.

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