Google will now give you current wait times at nearly one-million restaurants

If you hate to arrive at a restaurant ready to chow down, only to find out that you need to wait in line for a table, Google has a feature just for you. The app will now show you wait times at nearly one-million sit-down eateries across the country. The current wait time will show up when you look up the restaurant on Google and scroll down to Popular Times. You also will see a bar graph showing the average wait time based on current and past data.

Click on one of the bars and you'll see the estimated wait time for that particular time period. And scrolling left and right will give you a summary of each day's wait time. This can help you plan your dinner better, allowing you to beat the crowds when you reserve a table.

So you might be asking,"where does this data come from?" Similar to Google's popular times and visit duration graphs, the info comes from anonymous Google users who are willing to take the time to pass their dining experiences on to Google. Eventually, this information will also be available on Google Maps.

source: Google

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8 Comments

1. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

the other day i posted about "'maybe too many apple articles" and pa remove my comment!!! IS THAT REALLY NECESSARY!!!???

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

And yet you still are making apple comments on a google story

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Don't post unnecessary comments on wrong articles. So simple, common sense actually.

7. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I'm just asking on the latest post i found by the way...i love iphone 7

2. gamehead unregistered

this will come in handy for the familys that celebrate mothers day...fathers days however...

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You can always order a pizza for fathers day :-/

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Another gimmicky feature by Google which will lead to more and more data collection. Wait times??? ok...lol

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, Google provides you data this time. They already know you were interested since you Googled the restaurant. And they already know information about the restaurant since users provided reviews. While it's only one million restaurants in probably USA only, I find the feature quite useful in general. For you it might not be useful since there are hardly wait times at McDonalds, but for other people it might be very useful information.

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