Google Is Adding Restaurant Wait Times to Search Results

Above Popular Times

Rolling out soon, wait times on Google Search (and coming soon to Maps) shows you the estimated wait at your favorite restaurants. A chart in it lists the busiest times at the restaurant while another click shows an estimated wait at a specific time.

The new feature expands on Google showing consumers looking to change their oil and get their hair cut how busy local businesses typically are.

To see wait times for almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. Although not specified, this likely involves some activity and location tracking data being collected by Google from user's smartphones.

Is that restaurant on the corner going to make you wait 90 minutes for a table? To calculate wait times, Google analyzes patterns of customer visits over the last several weeks. Tap the hour bars on the page to see wait times at other times of the day, too. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.

Google Maps and Search have received some handy new features throughout the year, but this newest addition might be the best one yet. And up next, says Google: Grocery stores.

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