Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

Diners will soon have a new tool to balance hunger and patience when Google adds a new feature to help dodge long wait times at popular NY restaurants. 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. Yelp's free NoWait app also shows restaurant wait times and it has an even handier feature: It lets you put your name on the waiting list at restaurants that don't take reservations.

As detailed on the Google Blog, the wait times your see aren't going to be exact. Now though, in a development we can't believe didn't happen sooner, Google will show you the wait times of almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world.

The data has been aggregated from historical anonymised data, making it fairly accurate but it's not a 100% guarantee. The feature will be deployed in Google Maps soon, too. Moreover, summaries of each day's wait times can be pulled up by scrolling through the results.

Google says the feature begins rolling out today, and once live, you'll see the times in the restaurant listings on both mobile and desktop.

To see an average wait time, tap on a restaurant's business page.

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