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You Can Now Google Restaurant Wait Times

Dave Parrack 08-11-2017

Google wants to get you seated and served at your favorite restaurant without waiting hours for the opportunity to eat. Which is often easier said than done. To aid you in this endeavor, Google is adding restaurant wait times to Google Search and Google Maps, and it’s rolling out now.


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The latest piece of information Google is providing is wait times at restaurants. Most people have their favorite restaurants and favorite foodstuffs, and are willing to wait in line to experience them. But everyone has a limit to how long they’re willing to wait. So Google has stepped in.

From now on, when you click on a business listing on Google for a restaurant, it will show you a slew of information about wait times. This includes live wait times at that moment, average wait times for specific days of the week, and when the restaurant experiences its peak wait times.

Google is adding wait times for almost 1 million “sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins”. The company is also planning to add wait times for grocery stores in the future, thereby allowing millenials to decide whether that almost-ripe avocado really is worth the wait.

These wait times are based on “anonymized historical data,” so they may not always be 100% accurate. Still, knowing roughly how long you’ll have to wait to eat is better than not having a clue. This feature is rolling out to Google Search now, and coming soon to Google Maps.


Is There Anything Google Cannot Do?

This is the latest in a long line of extra features Google has been adding to Search and Maps of late. Which means Google can now help you find a parking space Google Maps Now Helps You Find a Parking Space Google Maps is introducing new tools to help you park your car. And in one fell swoop, Google Maps has eased the worried minds of drivers everywhere. Read More and find your car again Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked Your Car Google Maps now has the ability to remember where you parked your car. Making Google Maps an indispensible app for anyone who either lives, or regularly travels into, a metropolitan area. Read More , help wheelchair users get around Google Maps Is Now Wheelchair Friendly Google has added information regarding wheelchair accessibility to Google Maps. And it's all thanks to the company's famed "20% time". Read More , help you find a job Google Wants to Help You Find a Better Job Google is making it easier for you to find your next job. With a little help from job sites. Read More , and even help Indians find toilets Google Helps Indians Find Toilets There simply aren't enough toilets to go around in India. Which is why Google is testing a toilet location tool in Google Maps. Read More . What’s next?

Do you ever look through a business’s listing on Google? Do you read the reviews? Browse the photos? Or use them to plan your visit? Will you be making use of Google’s new-found ability to predict waiting times in popular restaurants? Please let us know in the comments below!

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