Google Search and Maps Now Show You Estimated Wait Times at Restaurants


Once it rolls out in their area, Googlers will be able to see not just average hourly crowd sizes under a restaurant's listing, but also a guess for how long it'll take to get a seat.

Google today confirmed that it will give users of its Google Search and Google Maps apps the ability to pull up wait times for restaurants. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.

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.

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The data has been aggregated from historical anonymised data, making it fairly accurate but it's not a 100% guarantee. As you search for your favorite restaurants in Google, you'll now see estimated wait times along with the busy indicator. In addition, Google will tell you how long people typically spend at the restaurant.

You can either look up the current wait times, or tap on an hour of your choice to find the estimated wait for that time period.

Google says that this feature will soon launch for both Search and Maps, so it sounds like there's a little bit of a wait left (which is kind of ironic given the subject matter of this update). Moreover, summaries of each day's wait times can be pulled up by scrolling through the results.