Nothing is more frustrating than going to your favorite restaurant only to find out the wait time is two hours. If you’re super hungry and don’t want to wait, Google’s new feature will help you with that.
Google’s new feature will list restaurant wait times and help you plan your trips to your favorite restaurants. The update is set to arrive on Google search and Maps “soon.” You will be able to see how long you have to wait to get seated at a restaurant any any given hour (during open hours). Google says that it will have wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants from all over the world.
In order to access this feature, all you have to do is search on Google for the restaurant that you want to go to, open the business listing, and a Popular Times section will come up. Here you will see the estimated wait in real time. You can also tap on any hour to see how long people normally wait, at any given hour, so you can plan things in advance.
Google notes that these estimates are based on “anonymized historical data.” This means that it’s calculating wait times for businesses like it calculates for grocery stores and museums.