Planning for an out lunch or dinner? Check Google to find how long you might have to wait in the queue. Google has launched a new tool by which it can estimate wait times and display them in Search and Maps in real-time.
The new feature has started to appear within the existing popular times’ graph that Google displays in its search results. Now a new live counter will give users an estimation of how long they will have to wait to get a seat.
Once users search for the restaurant on Google and open the business listing, alongside the Popular Times section they will now see the estimated wait time. By tapping on any of the hour bars, users will see the estimated wait for that time period.
Google says this feature will be rolled out to nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world. When this feature is available, all you have to do is search for the business name to find current wait times. The information will be shown in the same segment where ‘Popular Times’ are shown.
You can either look up the current wait times or tap on an hour of your selection to find the estimated wait for that time period.
If you are planning a few days ahead you can swipe left or right to see estimated wait times for every day that the restaurant is open.
Just like the Popular Times and Visit Duration features, wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data.