Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

Lynne Hanson
November 8, 2017

Google is already showing a lot of information about businesses, from the basics like opening hours through to what their busiest times are.

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. There you'll see the estimated wait time at that very moment.

You can either look up the current wait times, or tap on an hour of your choice to find the estimated wait for that time period. This could come in particularly handy for those bars and restaurants that don't take reservations (looking at you, Monk's).

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

This particular feature has been a nice addition for Google Search, and with the inclusion of restaurants should go a long way to helping visitors. All of these wait time estimates are extracted from anonymized historical data. For example, back in summer 2015, it began to show mobile web users which days of the week and time of day were the busiest for local businesses using charts that appear in the business listing.

Average wait times for about 1 million restaurants are coming to search results on Tuesday.

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