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Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps

08 November 2017

The addition is an expansion on Google's existing feature which shows businesses' busy times, but with a tweak that helps diners better decide where and when they want to eat.

Google announced today that it will begin rolling out restaurant wait time support within Google Search soon.

Google already uses this data to show you when a restaurant will get busy through the "Popular Times" section on each restaurant listing. Google determined the wait times with historical data, similar to the "Popular Times" graph, according to the company.


Wait times will first be available on mobile and desktop search, and will later roll out to Google Maps.

For over a couple of years now, Google has been leveraging data from Google Maps' install base to deliver these sorts of insights. To calculate wait times, Google analyzes patterns of customer visits over the last several weeks.

Details are available in the Search app now, pulling up times for almost a million sit-down restaurants. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants. You can also see a summary of each days wait times so you can try to go at a quieter time. The information will be available for almost 1 million sit-down restaurants around the globe.

Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps