Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

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And while businesses in general have been supported for awhile to show wait times within Google Search, restaurants have been missing up until now. To alleviate this, Google has announced that both Search and Maps will soon feature wait times for hundreds of thousands of sit-down restaurants, enabling you to plan your meals ahead. Once it rolls out in their area, Googlers will be able to see not just average hourly crowd sizes under a restaurant's listing, but also a guess for how long it'll take to get a seat.

As detailed on the Google Blog, the wait times your see aren't going to be exact.

For over a couple of years now, Google has been leveraging data from Google Maps' install base to deliver these sorts of insights.

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With the addition, Google is at least partly challenging existing apps like NoWait, which is handy for seeing restaurant wait times. We already liked being able to check for the most popular times of day for restaurants and retailers; it's also rather helpful to know how long you might expect to spend at a place, too.

If you're not one to risk being turned away from your favorite restaurants when you don't have a reservation, Google is introducing a new feature that will show you the busiest times at specific eateries. And up next, says Google: Grocery stores.

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