Google Wants to Help You Avoid Long Restaurant Lines

Above Popular Times

Above Popular Times

If weird food trends (cronut, anyone?) have taught us anything it's that people are prepared to wait a long time for a seat at a restaurant, so whether you're visiting a popular local eatery or Time Out's latest gastro-pick, you're faced with two choices.

Google announced today it will soon roll out a new feature to Google Search, followed by Google Maps, that will show you the estimated wait times for area restaurants. It also sends you a reminder when it's time to head to the restaurant.

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Google said it calculates its waiting time estimates "based on anonymized historical data".

Google premiered a new feature Tuesday that could save you from standing in line for groceries or being shunned by the host at your favorite restaurant.

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For example, searching for San Francisco restaurant Michael Mina using a smartphone in Google (goog) search or Google Maps brings up a section titled "Popular times" below the usual restaurant reviews. Similar to the busy times, a bar graph will show you the busiest times. Users will also be able to tap on any of the bars in the chart to get information on the estimated wait time. To access it, you look up the restaurant on Google, then go to the Popular Times tab that populates on the right-hand side of the search page.

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