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

Google Will Now Tell You How Long the Wait Is at Your Favorite Restaurant

This could come in particularly handy for those bars and restaurants that don't take reservations (looking at you, Monk's).

There's no word on when this feature will roll out, and we're also unsure if it will launch at the same time across Maps and Search.

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. And this feature could theoretically be applied to the Apple store or Woolworths.

While the listed wait times are not calculated in real-time - this would nearly certainly raise privacy issues - Google says that a fairly accurate estimate can be displayed using "anonymized historical data" which works in much the same way as the calculation to determine busy times for venues.

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As for where the data comes from, Google notes that wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, much like how it calculates popular times for millions of businesses beyond just restaurants.

Google premiered a new feature Tuesday that could save you from standing in line for groceries or being shunned by the host at your favorite restaurant.

With this feature, users will be able to use Google Search to look up a restaurant and, in addition to getting all the standard information like open and close times, the address, and even reviews, visitors will be able to see when the restaurant is busy. Yes, it's an opt-in feature, and yes, you've probably opted-in, because it makes Maps and Search a lot more useful.

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