Hungry? Google Will Soon Show Restaurant Wait Times

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

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

Coming soon, Google Search and Google Maps will show estimated wait times for almost a million sit-down restaurants across the world, the company announced today.

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If weird food trends (cronut, anyone?) have taught us anything it's that people are prepared to wait a long time for a seat at a restaurant, so whether you're visiting a popular local eatery or Time Out's latest gastro-pick, you're faced with two choices. Google is adding new detail with information about actual wait times and projected wait times to help hungry consumers plan their visits for a bite to eat. When they're ready to launch on Google Maps and Android, Google also promises to expand the function to include grocery-store listings.

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When this functionality rolls out, you'll be able to use it by searching for the restaurant on Google, opening the business listing, and scrolling down to the "Popular Times" section. This could come in particularly handy for those bars and restaurants that don't take reservations (looking at you, Monk's).

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This particular feature has been a nice addition for Google Search, and with the inclusion of restaurants should go a long way to helping visitors. The instant insight into wait times is part of a growing trend since Yelp and Nowait partnered earlier this year to deliver similar information.

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