Restaurant wait times are coming soon to Google Search and Maps

Bill Rogers
November 8, 2017

And while businesses in general have been supported for awhile to show wait times within Google Search, restaurants have been missing up until now.

It has been nearly a year since Google began showing their Popular Times feature in Google Search and Maps, so today, they are adding an additional bit of information to it. Google is adding new detail with information about actual wait times and projected wait times to help hungry consumers plan their visits for a bite to eat. You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day's wait times below the hour bars-so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds. When they're ready to launch on Google Maps and Android, Google also promises to expand the function to include grocery-store listings.

With the addition, Google is at least partly challenging existing apps like NoWait, which is handy for seeing restaurant wait times.

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The new wait time feature will be supported on almost a million sit-down restaurant listings worldwide, initially in Google Search.

Google says the feature begins rolling out today, and once live, you'll see the times in the restaurant listings on both mobile and desktop. Not only will it tell you which times are most popular among visitors and your estimated wait time for a table, but it will also tell you how long people typically spend at the business you're visiting.

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