Google to Estimate Wait Times for Local Restaurants

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

Hungry? Google can now tell you the wait time at restaurants, grocery stores

Google announced today an enhancement to the information they provide on restaurants that will be available in results from Google Search and Google Maps. 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. But unlike Google, NoWait also lets you put your name on the list for those restaurants that don't take reservations. Now though, in a development we can't believe didn't happen sooner, Google will show you the wait times of almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world.

Wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how we compute the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.

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. The feature will be deployed in Google Maps soon, too. 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. By scrolling, you can also see how wait times vary on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis.

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