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Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

The Internet giant announced Tuesday that Google Search (and eventually Google Maps) will show diners the estimated wait times for local restaurants to help them skip the crowds and jump the lines. And while businesses in general have been supported for awhile to show wait times within Google Search, restaurants have been missing up until now. Their latest feature will be showing you wait times at restaurants. There you'll see the estimated wait time at that very moment.

To see an average wait time, tap on a restaurant's business page. Although not specified, this likely involves some activity and location tracking data being collected by Google from user's smartphones.

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The wait times will be granular as well, you can see the current wait times, or if you want to visit later you can get an estimate of how long the wait time will be at that time. This could come in particularly handy for those bars and restaurants that don't take reservations (looking at you, Monk's). The information will be available for almost 1 million sit-down restaurants around the globe. The instant insight into wait times is part of a growing trend since Yelp and Nowait partnered earlier this year to deliver similar information. And up next, says Google: Grocery stores.


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