Google's latest update to display waiting time at restaurants on Maps, Search

Joanna Estrada
November 9, 2017

If you get exhausted thinking of waiting in long queues at restaurants, then Google will soon resolve your concern. You can then click along the bar chart depending on which time you want to visit to see the wait time.

In order to access the feature, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the restaurant listing and scroll down to the Popular Times section.

Waiting for a table at a restaurant can be quite taxing, especially when the hunger pangs kick in.

There you can see the estimated wait time at the present time, and by tapping on any of the hour bars, you can see the estimated wait time for that time period. Now a new live counter will give users an estimation of how long they'll have to wait to get a seat.

Google is also rolling this functionality out across the U.S. and worldwide, and will display waiting times for walk-ins using anonymised historical data gathered from Google's Location History function. In the future you can also expect other functions such as grocery store wait times.

To compute the Popular Times and Visit Duration features, which tell people when a restaurant or bar is busiest, and how much time people tend to spend there, Google uses aggregated and anonymized data from users who have opted in to Google Location History. You can check the wait times and decide if a restaurant is good for you if you are in a hurry.

The integration adds Dimmi's booking functionality into Google's Maps and Knowledge Panel, so Google users can search restaurants by location, see real-time availability and make reservations directly through Google. You can take a look at the estimated time and know what time you should go to your favorite restaurant.

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