Hungry? Google Will Soon Show Restaurant Wait Times

Ken Copeland
November 8, 2017

A chart in it lists the busiest times at the restaurant while another click shows an estimated wait at a specific time. Now you can decide whether that cronut is really worth an hour wait or plan ahead to get your fix at a time when you can avoid a wait entirely.

Google today confirmed that it will give users of its Google Search and Google Maps apps the ability to pull up wait times for restaurants.

Google says the feature is hitting Search first, then will arrive on Maps not long after that.

The company also appears to be rolling out wait time listings for grocery stores, which shows how long it will take for customers to check out, according to a company support page.

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When this functionality rolls out, you'll be able to use it by searching for the restaurant on Google, opening the business listing, and scrolling down to the "Popular Times" section.

The data has been aggregated from historical anonymised data, making it fairly accurate but it's not a 100% guarantee. Although not specified, this likely involves some activity and location tracking data being collected by Google from user's smartphones.

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

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