Google to show estimated wait times for restaurants

Alyssa Bailey
November 8, 2017

Coming soon, Google Search and Google Maps will show estimated wait times for almost a million sit-down restaurants across the world, the company announced today.

Users will find that directly below the graphed data showing popular times, Google will now show estimated wait times if you were to walk in the door at that very moment.

In the case of restaurants, Google will now include a pop-up box that appears when you click on a time frame in the popular times' chart. Google gathers this information from aggregated and anonymized data from users who allow Google to track their location using Google apps on their phones or other devices. The box shows the live or historical data labeled as "busy", "usually busy", "usually not busy", etc., along with the wait time.

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The company also appears to be rolling out wait time listings for grocery stores, which shows how long it will take for customers to check out, according to a company support page. 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.

Google says millions of restaurants will be participating at launch.

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