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.
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.