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It’s only for Google users in the U.S. for the moment, but this is one Google Search feature that everyone could do with. Type in a restaurant’s name and Google Search will display the menu from the place. The restaurant menus are displayed as a OneBox-style answer when you type (or speak) – “Show me the menu for“.

The immediate benefit is that you don’t have to wade through restaurant websites or recommendation tools to arrive at the perfect destination for the perfect evening meal.

Google Search & Menus

You can cover the entire menu with the “At a Glance” main section. But the search result makes your decisions easier by showing different courses in their own tabs. For instance, starters, soups & salads, appetizers etc. get their own tabs. The different tabs depend on the nature of the menus at different restaurants.

The Google+ announcement was brief and didn’t reveal much beyond this information. It is not clear how many cities are covered with this search. Do restaurant owners have a say in the displays? Are the menus updated frequently? These are early days, so we will just have to wait and watch how this feature evolves over time.

But if you are in the U.S., do try out the search and give us a feedback here.

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Source: Google+ via Search Engine Land |Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan via Flickr

  1. Joel L
    March 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    This is going to be so awesome. I can't count how many times I've searched for menus online and come up short. Google may be sketchy with its privacy but they sure do pump out nifty features.

    • Saikat B
      March 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      This is competition for culinary recommendation sites. Right now, Google is sourcing the menus from an unnamed third party, but if this feature takes off then restaurateurs will surely take note. It looks like easy promotion.

  2. Pampam L
    March 4, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Hopefully, this will be available in the Philippines. :)

    • Saikat B
      March 4, 2014 at 3:51 am

      It could essentially mean agreements with restaurant owners (guessing). So, that could take time.

  3. David
    March 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, this such a helpful feature that I'm surprised hasn't come out sooner. Thank you Saikat!

    • Saikat B
      March 4, 2014 at 3:51 am

      Does it work for your city? I think covering the length and breadth of the U.S. itself will take time.

    • David
      March 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Saikat,

      It works selectively in my area (greater LA area and Orange County, CA).
      Only a few of the larger chain restaurants, such as CPK, show up for now.

      David

    • Saikat B
      March 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Dave. I guess this is one Google feature I would really like to see take off.

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